Barbara Bean-Mellinger

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Being A Tourist In Libya

    being a tourist in Libya By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 1:11 pm

    There’s more to Libya than deserts and dictators. You can sunbathe on bountiful — and empty — beaches. More than 1,200 miles of beaches line the northern Libyan coast. When city-dwelling Libyans want to get away, they prefer going to the countryside than to the beach. Visitors who know this can have the beach to themselves, and possibly get the added bonus of an ancient Roman site to explore next door. Guides are required when travelling in groups.

  • 15 Reasons You Really Need To Visit Cameroon

    visit cameroon By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 9:12 am

    It’s said that if you haven’t been to Cameroon, you haven’t been to Africa. Often called “Little Africa” because it contains the diversity of all of Africa within its borders, Cameroon has volcanoes, beaches, savannas, rainforests and rocky mountain ranges — as well as diversity of culture, including Christians, Muslims, pygmies, ancient chiefdoms and modern cities. Not to mention the vast amount of animals, plants and bird life. Any way you look at it, it’s unique and unmissable.

  • Conscious Consumption: 15 African Eco-Lodgings For Reduced Carbon Footprints

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 2:33 pm AFKI Original

    Located on a secluded beach, Sandele Bay Eco Lodge in The Gambia has 10 guest rooms and four lodges built using compressed earth blocks. Electricity is solar and wind powered with natural ventilation and an outdoor kitchen to help save energy. If you’re into conscious consumption, lower your vacation carbon footprint at these 16 African eco-lodgings. Most build, buy and employ locally.

  • Simple Step Saves Babies’ Lives in Rural Africa

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 9:03 am

    Women who give birth in rural areas of Africa often do so at home, without medical help, and don’t know when their premature baby’s life is in danger. Traveling volunteers use a simple test to get help for babies that need it, without leaving home.

  • Behind South Africa? Nigeria’s Amazing Economic Growth

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 9:27 am

    While Nigeria’s GDP has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, the country needs to follow the example set by rival South Africa if it is to become a global and regional leader, according to one report.

  • IMF: 3 Ps Needed for Mali Recovery

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 9:12 am

    Just 10 percent of Mali’s population has a bank account, according to the International Monetary Fund. If more people had accounts, and more money was deposited into banks, the banks would be more willing to provide credit and loans, the organization said.

  • Aeroponics: Learning from Potatoes

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 10:03 am

    Borrowing the aeroponic, no-soil technology that African farmers have used successfully to grow potatoes, farmers may be able to grow yams that produce pest-free seeds.

  • Plant Academy Returns to Tried-and-True Crops

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 8:35 am

    As corn, rice and wheat increasingly suffer the effects of climate change in Africa, scientists hope to reintroduce once-staple crops abandoned as “poor man’s food” that can withstand harsh conditions and help farmers to thrive.

  • Fighting African Hunger from Crop Loss

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 10:21 am

    While millions of people go hungry daily in Africa, crops grown on the continent are lost due to weather, decay and poor storage and transport practices. Several organizations and studies are looking at ways to combat the losses.

  • U.S. To S.A.: We’re With You In The Fight Against AIDS

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 2:06 pm

    President Barack Obama signed a bill to continue funding and support in the global fight against AIDS. South Africa receives more funds than any other country.