Farming to banish famine

A programme launched by Osun State Government, Nigeria, has its focus on granting assistance in finance, materials and equipment to individual farmers and farmers’ cooperative societies with a view to boosting their scope of operation, productivity and ensuring abundance in food production and raw materials for existing and emerging industries. The Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (OREAP) has distinguished itself already by winning widespread acceptance by the people who view it as a step in the right direction. Read more here.
Osun Defender

Farmers, processors introduced to value-added crops

Farmers and food processors from across Ghana have been exposed to improved crop varieties to increase yield and add value to production. Researchers at the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have also been engaging the farmers in best practices to increase productivity at the farm gate. The Institute has developed new cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam commodities, emanating from the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP). The objective of the programme is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the West Africa region and achieve a 25 percent increase in the productivity of the main agricultural sectors. Read more here.
Kofi Adu Domfeh

‘Africa prepare for another recession’

Africa needed to prepare itself to weather and survive the looming second wave of the global recession, said Human Settlements Minister of South Africa Tokyo Sexwale in African Union Housing Finance general meeting in Johannesburg. Referring to International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde’s statement that the world’s economy was on a “threatening downward spiral”, adding that this gave African governments and the private sector a push to work together in creating economies that would weather the financial storm that had hit the US and Europe. Read more here.
Business Report

Climate change and socio-economic development in Africa

Climate change is presently a dilemma that has put policy makers, scientists, and governments in a state of anxiety. The African continent has been targeted by policy makers and researchers for the implementation of reforms and policies to ameliorate, mitigate and adapt to climate change. This paper outlines some of the literature to convey the consequences of climate change on Africa’s socio-economic development as a continent, taking into consideration the fact that climate change predicaments may not be the same for all the nations. Read more here.
Oluwole Akiyode and Adedeji Daramola

Booming Cotton No Boon to African Farmers

Any loss of cotton profits cuts deep in the rural and often impoverished villages of west and central Africa, where the livelihood of about 10 million people depends on the fiber. About 3 million of them are in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country where one out of six citizens relies on cotton, according to the World Bank. The government and regional cotton monopolies, which Burkinabe farmers must sell to, announced they would charge growers 38 percent more for fertilizer — and pay them as little as 39 percent of the world price at the time for their crop. Thousands of the nation’s farmers took to the streets in May, threatening to do the unthinkable — boycott planting the top cash crop in one of the world’s poorest countries. Read more here.
Cam Simpson & Alan Katz

The citizen action for change

By Auburn Daniels – iLEDA trainer

The developments in North Africa and the Middle East have engrossed viewers around the world. For some it may appear a rather sudden revolt in countries that are thought to be rigid and oppressive. These unprecedented events still pose the question, will  the people of these countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya succeed in bringing about sustainable change? Continue reading

What was Pravin Gordhan not saying in his MTBPS speech?

Now that the dust has settled on the Minister of Finance’s presentation democracy institute Idasa takes a hard look at what was presented in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement to see what the real implications will be for health, service delivery, finance. Read here for analyses by Idasa’s Political Information and Monitoring Service and Economics Governance Programme.