Global Goods, Local Costs

A farmer is seen extracting the seed out of the cotton crop, in Boromo. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.
March 21, 2017 / In These Times
by Jošt Franko, Meta Krese

Following a T-shirt's supply chain from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh to your local mall—and back again.

Containers of wasted food in Florida Market. Image by Karim Chrobog. Washington, D.C., 2014.
March 21, 2017 / Chicago Council on Global Affairs
by Karim Chrobog, Roger Thurow

Karim Chrobog talks with fellow grantee Roger Thurow about his project, "Wasted," on the Food Security Podcast.

DJI Phantom drones may be used to keep elephants away from fences, reducing conflicts with nearby villagers
March 13, 2017 / The New York Times
by Rachel Nuwer

Drones seemed like the perfect anti-poaching tools. But deploying them has been far more difficult than conservationists had hoped.

Fishers face sand dredges in Hamashu village, Lake Poyang. Image by Vince Beiser. China, 2016.
March 13, 2017 / WNYC Radio
by Vince Beiser

Sand is a crucial material for making concrete, asphalt, and glass — the building blocks of our cities. The worldwide construction boom is causing widespread environmental damage.

Image by Anne Thurow. Uganda, 2015.
March 13, 2017
by Roger Thurow, Lisa Palmer

Pulitzer Center partners with Chicago Council, bringing journalists into the conversation with broad range of individuals working on global food security and agricultural development.  

Masika Katsuva is a central figure in the Pulitzer Center-supported documentary "Seeds of Hope." She created a support center and farming community in the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist other survivors of rape, their children and orphans. Image by Fiona Lloyd-Davies. Democratic Republic of Congo, 2013.
March 8, 2017
by Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Watch the screening and attend a panel discussion on "Under the Shadow," a film about how politics, corruption and impunity affect the lives of individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A garment worker in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image by Jošt Franko. Bangladesh, 2016.
March 7, 2017
by Tom Hundley

This week: the dark history behind modern day cotton production, Saudi Arabia's religious exports, and the violent pursuit of sand.

La Victoria sits nestled in the Andes mountains, 125 kilometers south of Quito. During the 2000s, the air and soil here were heavily contaminated by lead that was emitted from backyard ceramic glazing kilns. Image by Yolanda Escobar J. Ecuador, 2016.
March 6, 2017 / Untold Stories
by Caitlin J. Cotter

In La Victoria, Ecuador, alternatives to lead glazing of tiles and painting bowls with gasoline in La Victoria are not perfect, but their intentions—healthy children—are great.

A retail store in the United Kingdom. Image by Jošt Franko. London. 2016.
March 2, 2017 / The New York Times
by Jošt Franko

Pulitzer Center grantee Jošt Franko was featured on The New York Times Lens Blog for his work on the cotton trade.

 In the 1990s, La Victoria was an epicenter of pottery in Ecuador. Artisans made roof tiles by the thousands and exported them across the country. Image by Yolanda Escobar. Ecuador, 2016.
March 1, 2017 / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Magazine
by Caitlin J. Cotter

An impoverished Ecuadorian community thrived in the 1990s making roof tiles—but their children paid a horrific price.

March 1, 2017
by Caitlin J. Cotter

An Andean village has battled severe lead toxicity from ceramics production, and now residents face the challenges of alternative glazing compounds or abandoning their cottage industry altogether.

A man harvests sand in Makueni. Sand mining has drastically changed the ecosystem across the county. Image by Rachel Reed/Harriet Constable. Kenya, 2015.
March 1, 2017 / The Guardian
by Vince Beiser

Rapid urbanization has made an ordinary commodity suddenly precious: sand. As cities devour concrete, glass and asphalt, illegal sand mining has sparked a global wave of gang violence.