Agriculture: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 2:25 pm
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians protested Saturday against an economy that excludes them. About 100 protesters died in police crackdowns. Western governments keep funding the Ethiopian government and refuse to acknowledge the depth of the country’s crisis. The U.S. relies on Ethiopia to help fight al-Shabab and sends tens of millions of dollars in development assistance, “tiptoeing around” the country’s human rights abuses. The E.U. offers Ethiopia aid and trade incentives in exchange for helping to keep migrants from reaching Europe.
Dana Sanchez, 1:03 pm
Copper-rich Democratic Republic of Congo is vying with Zambia to be Africa’s top producer. A new hydropower facility that the DRC government is planning to build could help shape Africa this century. It is one of DRC’s strategies for providing the energy it needs to free its economy. These aren’t the largest or most developed countries in Africa. Some are plagued with corruption and inequality. All have fast-growing economies.
Dana Sanchez, 8:17 pm
Ivory Coast’s beloved national dish, attiéké — pronounced achekay — takes a couple of days to make from scratch if it’s prepared right. A severe shortage in local markets has drawn global attention to the Ivorian staple. It’s popular in other countries and foreigners are profiting from the name without making it properly, the government says. Legal protection, like Japan got for kobe and France for champagne, will protect the name and the manufacturing process. It should also speed up industrialization.
Ann Brown, 12:20 pm AFKI Original
South African Ntuthuko Shezi’s entrepreneurial spirit landed him a spot on Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The initiative should continue, Shezi told AFKInsider. The U.S. “has been very involved in Africa for many years with various aid programs, but I think the past model was a bit flawed,” he said. It didn’t really recognize that (Africans) can build their own own roads and clinics. “What we need is to be empowered with information and support,” he said. “This is where Obama has got it right with YALI.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:40 am AFKI Original
South African food products are appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world, especially in countries where expatriates from the rainbow nation have emigrated and resettled. Places that have large South African expat communities include countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. We take a look at 12 South African food products which expatriates miss.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:37 am AFKI Original
Robusta is a coffee variety that is mostly used in instant coffee and a filler for blends. It is mostly grown in Africa alongside Arabica beans. According to recent reports, Robusta coffee beans, whose production in Africa had declined significantly over the last few decades due to pests, diseases and civil war in some producing countries, is slowly making a comeback. Below are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Robusta coffee farming in Africa.
Staff, 2:45 am
Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. Six years ago Emmanuel Koranteng, 33, gave up his job as an accountant in the US and bought a one-way ticket to Ghana. He now has a successful business growing pineapples in a village one-and-a-half hours away from the capital, Accra. He says that even when he was far away from the farm, it was always in his thoughts.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am
Robusta coffee is making a comeback in Africa, years after its production plummeted in the 1990s and early 2000s due to a fall in its price on the global market as civil war, pests and diseases affected some producing countries on the continent. Production of Robusta coffee variety currently accounts for about 40 percent of Africa’s total annual production, an increase of about 10 percent from three years ago. Prices have been on the rise in countries like Uganda – the highest Robusta coffee producer in Africa
Staff, 3:14 pm
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates plans to help the Ethiopian government tap into mobile banking technology as part of an ambitious plan to make payments more effective, he told reporters at a roundtable meeting in Addis Ababa. Gates also said his foundation is supporting EthioChicken, an innovative company that provides improved chicken breeds to local smallholder poultry farmers. A private-public partnership with American entrepreneurs, EthioChicken supplies 1-day-old chicks to local organized youth groups, helping generate income.
Dana Sanchez, 8:59 am
Business investors aren’t the only ones spotting Africa’s potential. Name-brand foundations are also investing in Africa, making grants on a historic level. Still, charity has its critics. Akon is one of the most vocal. The U.S.-based rap star is one of the most famous impact investors in Africa — and one of the most prominent voices against giving charity to Africans. These are some of the biggest philanthropic foundations giving money in Africa.
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