Zanzibar produces 10 thousand tonnes of seaweed every year. It's exported to China, Korea, the US and the EU, where it's processed. But the harvet has been shrinking in recent years. That's forced many of the seaweed farmers out of business.
Seaweed is a global phenomenon and is often seen as either a plague or a blessing. Over the past 99 episodes, eco@africa has looked into the many uses of this marine plant — everything from superfood to clothing.
Seaweed is one of Zanzibar's key exports. But as ocean temperatures rise due to global warming, yields have been decreasing. Now farmers are being forced to find new ways to make seaweed pay.
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