Durrie Bouscaren


Durrie Bouscaren is a health and science reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, and contributes as a freelancer to National Public Radio’s newsmagazines. In Uganda, she will cover the impact of cassava mosaic disease and the challenges of introducing genetically modified crops. Previously, Bouscaren worked for public radio stations in Iowa and upstate New York. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2012.

Reporting Locations


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Altrusim or PR? How Monsanto Plans to Snag a Foothold in African Seed Markets

The world’s largest seed companies have their eye trained on Africa’s farming industry. A few, including St. Louis-based Monsanto, see drought-resistant corn as the key to an untapped market. But some African civil service organizations…

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As South Sudan Fights, Refugees Flow Into Uganda

One way to measure the growing turmoil in South Sudan is by the rapidly expanding refugee influx in neighboring Uganda. A crowd of refugees press into a food distribution area at Pagirinya Refugee Settlement, one…

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Will St. Louis-grown GMOs help East African farmers avoid food shortages? It’s complicated.

Christine Anyeko, a laborer in Uganda’s northern Amuru district, weeds a field of cassava, banana and beans by hand. NAMULONGE, Uganda – Before rows of tall, green bushes, Jude Aleu picks a cassava tuber off…

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In Uganda, cassava is a staple in times of insecurity

Stephen Acaye holds a cassava root for sale in his stall at the Gulu Main Market in northern Uganda.DURRIE BOUSCAREN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO At the Gulu Main Market in northern Uganda, there’s an…

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A peek at daily life in northern Uganda’s refugee camps

Updated 3 p.m., Sept. 28 with Durrie Bouscaren’s interview on St. Louis on the Air from Uganda. Heavy fighting in South Sudan has pushed about 150,000 refugees across the border into Uganda over the past…

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St. Louis researchers hope genetically modified crops can prevent hunger in East Africa

Nigel Taylor, the principal investigator for the VIRCA project, checks the stems of cassava plants at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur.FILE PHOTO | DURRIE BOUSCAREN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO As…