Burkina Faso: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 5:09 am
Like many other genetically modified crops that are still not allowed in many sub-Saharan Africa, GM cotton is only produced in two countries on the continent — Burkina Faso and Sudan. But as more African countries seek to improve their produce by making them resistant to diseases through GM cotton, which has been produced globally for almost two decades, more countries
Becca Blond, 12:20 pm AFKI Original
Omar Hassan al-Bashir has ruled Sudan for 25 years and 7 months, but he’s nowhere near to being No. 1 on this list. He overthrew a democratically elected civilian government and the country has been in a state of civil war ever since. More than 1 million people are reported dead. This morning, Bashir slipped out of South Africa, where he was attending and A.U. summit, after the ICC ordered him to be detained. These are 10 of the longest-reigning African dictators.
Dana Sanchez, 12:58 pm AFKI Original
On a continent where tech innovation is exploding, intellectual property protection is mostly undeveloped, ineffective and unenforced. African inventors often work in secret, sacrificing peer feedback for fear their ideas will be stolen. The World Economic Forum asked survey respondents, “In your country, how strong is the protection of intellectual property, including anti-counterfeiting measures?” Here are the results: the top 15 countries in Africa for intellectual property protection.
Staff, 8:55 pm
The Arab Spring is credited with helping give impetus to public protest against African governments, and to show how social media can be used to mobilise protesters. There is more momentum for protests like we’ve seen in Burundi, Burkina-Faso, DRC and Senegal. Countries are learning from each other; taking inspiration from each other’s protest movements.
Dana Sanchez, 3:04 pm AFKI Original
Marijuana is illegal in Equatorial Guinea, but an important part of the economy. People smoke it everywhere and the police don’t seem to care. Before, it was used only in traditional ceremonies, but now marijuana is part of the culture in this West African country — the only one on the continent where Spanish is the official language. Marijuana is known as “The Sacred Weed” in Equatorial Guinea. This is the second in a three-part AFKInsider series. Check out 17 more countries in Africa ranked for marijuana tolerance.
Dana Sanchez, 12:53 pm
In March, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) officially became part of the international trademark registration system (the Madrid Protocol), and it caused quite an uproar. Some lawyers argued the move was invalid. Their criticisms bothered the OAPI hierarchy which reacted by suspending the lawyers involved, and withdrawing their right to act in OAPI matters, a stakeholder says.
Dana Sanchez, 10:28 am
Malaria causes up to 32 percent of deaths in Burkina Faso, and a traditional herbal medicine used locally to fight the mosquito-borne killer is headed for clinical trials as early as July. A mixture of three plants, the medicine was developed as a herbal tea by a pharmacist in Burkina Faso who listened to his patients. Patients didn’t like the conventional medicine for malaria and preferred instead to treat themselves with herbal medicines.
Dana Sanchez, 4:12 pm
Africa’s seed industry is complex and inefficient. Most farmers use the same seeds they have been planting for generations, unlike farmers in the West, but there’s a sense that the tide is turning. Large governmental organizations controlled the production of seeds in Africa for many years. Owners of small farms had to buy their seeds from these agencies. But now there is an effort to make seeds from other suppliers available to African farmers.
Staff, 4:40 pm
One definition of the Islamic economy refers to economic activities driven by the Islamic lifestyle, consumer behavior and business practices in accordance with sharia principles. It has market value. For example, Muslim spending on tourism was estimated globally at $137 billion in 2012 — 12.5 percent of global expenditure. The Islamic economy transcends geographic, cultural and even religious boundaries, and is emerging as a new economic paradigm.
Staff, 7:00 pm
The EU-backed Electricity Access Fund plans to invest up to $60 million in around 20 businesses over five years. The fund will rely on capital paid by the EU’s 28 governments and aims to provide access to electricity for 1 million low-income people. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and eventually West Africa, will be the main targets for investment. But blending public and private funds to pay for large-scale investments has its critics.
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