Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana and …

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Africa Will Not Rise Absent Trade With Itself

By Daniel Knowles For an idea of how wealthy Africans want to think of their countries, flick through the adverts in one of the glossy pan-African magazines given away in the continent’s airport lounges. Banks are promoted with pictures of young glamorous Africans in smart suits strolling through glossy malls. New apartment blocks and golf …

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Africa News Headlines for 7 February 2016

A selection of headlines covering news from Sub-Saharan Africa over the past 24 hours. An African female soccer legend is helping to coach Afghan migrant boys in Sweden Source: Southern Times Kenya: Scientists say Zika Virus Unlikely to Spread in East Africa Source: Geeska Afrika African leaders advocate locally developed Zika, Lassa virus vaccines Source: …

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Why Burkina Faso is a choice target as al-Qaeda bids to reclaim stolen thunder

Berny Sèbe, University of Birmingham The latest terror attack in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, on Friday 15 January, announced the bloody entry of an al-Qaeda franchise into a country that had so far been spared the traumas of radical Islamism. At first glance, this looks like the spillover from a wider conflict with militant Islamists …

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Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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