Why the voice of Africa’s informal economy should be heard

Terence Jackson, Middlesex University The informal economy in Africa is big business. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that its average size as a percentage of gross domestic product in sub-Saharan Africa is 41%. This ranges from under 30% in South Africa to 60% in Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. It is also a huge employer. …

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Eating stink bugs could boost health in Africa

By Charles Mkoka A new study has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population. The study, published in the PloS ONE journal on 5 January, resulted from funding from the German Academic …

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Big game: banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good

Corey Bradshaw and Enrico Di Minin, University of Helsinki Furious debate around the role of trophy hunting in conservation raged in 2015, after the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, and a critically endangered black rhino in Namibia. Together, these two incidents triggered vocal appeals to ban trophy hunting throughout Africa. While to most …

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From Hemingway to Blixen: why Africa still attracts hunters

Peet Van Der Merwe, North-West University Africa is known as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Its vast grass plains, forests, deserts, mountains, big lakes and beautiful coastlines make it hugely attractive. What makes it even more appealing is the abundance of game, such as elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe and …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 November 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Girls’ education in Africa boosted by pioneering alert technology Source: Financial Times iVote Empowers African Education Sector with e-Learning Technologies Source: African Brains Portable solution to a potable issue Source: The Daily Progress Zimbabwe Govt Urged to Review Drugs Penalties …

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