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Orton Kiishweko

Orton Kiishweko is a staff reporter for the Daily News in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was named journalist of the year in the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) competition and was commended for his work on governance and HIV/AIDS.

Orton has been published in The Guardian and El Mundo (Spanish).

Journalism by Orton Kiishweko

Cheating agents cut out of cotton deals


A farmer admires his cotton fields that have been supported by contract farming.

Being cheated by agents – middlemen who buy farmers’ cotton and sell it on to ginneries, where cotton is processed into lint for export – is one of the many hardships of being a cotton farmer in Tanzania.

Orton Kiishweko