Western leaders take their eyes off Africa at wrong moment

Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London Almost none of the Western world’s leaders have paid much attention to Africa in recent months. One exception was France’s newly-elected president, Emmanuel Macron, who visited Mali shortly after his inauguration. His trip was partly a show of solidarity with his country’s military effort there, and partly a gesture …

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Brutalising food vendors hurts Africa’s growing cities

Danielle Resnick, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) In January this year, the Harare City Council in Zimbabwe accused informal food vendors of spreading typhoid. The council then attempted to confiscate, and destroy, all perishable food items that were being hawked in the central business district. Many vendors fought back, resulting in deadly clashes …

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Why Africa Should Worry Less About Income Inequality

by Stacy Ndlovu Early this week, the South Africa Daily Maverick published an op-ed titled, “It’s not Zuma that we need protection from, it’s the market.” While the author rightly calls out the role of cronyism in destroying ordinary South Africans’ economic mobility, she doesn’t seem to make a distinction between economic freedom and crony …

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Southern Africa’s big supermarket chains keep out small suppliers

Reena das Nair, University of Johannesburg -This article is part of a series of studies titled “barriers to entry”, specifically looking at the expansion of regional supermarket chains in southern Africa. The article draws from studies that look at the spread of supermarkets in the region and how the market power of large firms in …

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Africa told to improve informal seed sector

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Africa’s informal seed sector has been neglected for a long time despite providing 80 per cent of seeds that smallholder farmers use, a conference has heard. According to experts who attended the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference in Kenya last month (19-20 September), developing the formal and informal …

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