Can a Free-Market Solution Solve Malawi’s Poverty Crisis?

by Ibrahim B. Anoba The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently reported that over 12 million Malawians could become poor by 2030 if poverty reduction rates remain the same. This is despite Malawi’s slight improvement in GDP per capita since 2004, and the implementation of numerous measures to counter poverty, including increased government spendings on infrastructure …

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Turning youth into agricultural entrepreneurs

By Charles Mkoka [LILONGWE] Equipping youth with innovative technologies could expand their business opportunities in agricultural value chain and turn many into entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. This was one of the major impressions I got from Canadian Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) entrepreneurship and innovation training last month (21-24 February) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where I …

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Cholera – African countries fail to do even the basics

Samuel Kariuki, Kenya Medical Research Institute There have been a spate of cholera outbreaks in a number of sub-Saharan countries including South Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi. Cholera can move from one country to another, killing hundreds of people in its wake. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Sam Kariuki …

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African farmers are sustainably using wetlands

Adrian Wood, University of Huddersfield Swamps, marshes, floodplains and mangrove forests, all known as wetlands, are a precious resource. In their natural state they provide a range of eco-system services. They regulate water flows, store eroded materials and nutrients and provide water, food and raw materials. Wetlands are defined as areas that are subject to …

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Lessons from Malawi: When men tackle mother/child health

Sheryl L Hendriks, University of Pretoria; Elizabeth Mkandawire, University of Pretoria, and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu Talk of gender mainstreaming – the assessing of all policies, programmes, laws and interventions on the basis of their impact on both men and women at all levels – often attracts sceptical criticism. One of the most significant challenges the concept …

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