Cassava farming could ‘transform economies’ in Central Africa

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] A newly established regional forum on cassava for Central African countries aims to facilitate dialogue to improve how to add value to cassava farming. Ministers of agriculture and rural development from Cameroon, Central African Republic and Gabon are optimistic that agriculture could transform the region into a semi-industrial economy, with …

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Exclusive: Interview with Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sue Valentine

In a news release dated January 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) judged 2015 to be the “fourth most deadly year on record for journalists.” It said that 71 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with 42 percent of them (30 individuals) murdered by the so-called Islamic State. According to the news …

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Pope Francis in Africa: he came, he saw, now what?

P. Pratap Kumar, University of KwaZulu-Natal Pope Francis was hailed around the world as a “messenger of hope” during his historic visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic. The visit to the three African countries was replete with gestures of reconciliation and peace. He pushed all the right buttons on religious liberty, climate change …

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Shortened drug-resistant TB treatment trial raises hope

By Linda Nordling [CAPE TOWN] A clinical trial in Francophone Africa has raised hope that a drastically shortened treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) could cut costs and reduce suffering on the continent. Interim results from the radical nine-month treatment course showed an 80.9 per cent cure rate among patients with MDR-TB in nine African …

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Africa News Headlines for 19 August 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Is South Africa Headed Toward Legalized Marijuana? Source: AFK Insider US Says AGOA Much More Than Simple Economic Agreement Source: Voice of America Nigeria to raise tertiary education tax to 4% Source: Premium Times Gabon opens new palm oil plant …

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