Burkina Faso: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 8:52 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso is an Africa success story for press freedom. The recent military coup was accomplished without any major violations of freedom of information. Insulting the president may be decriminalized soon. Both print and broadcast media are more pluralistic and dynamic than most African countries. Transparent governments that respect human rights and the rule of law tend to be good for business and investment. We’ve highlighted 12 countries in Africa that rank highest for press freedom in 2016.
Staff, 4:09 am
African Donkeys have something Chinese consumers want — so much so that the balance of trade in this new industry is getting out of sync. Africa is kicking back. China, a world leader in donkey imports, needs an estimated 4 million donkeys annually to achieve a massive 5,000-tonne production goal of making a traditional Chinese medicine known as ejiao. Currently, China can supply around 1.8 million donkeys. “The scale of the demand from China is often so large that it can rapidly overwhelm the supply of any single resource,” a stakeholder said.
Dana Sanchez, 11:12 am
In Africa, proposed consolidations of seed and agrochemicals industries will result in a bigger push for genetically modified technology. For sub-Sahara’s predominantly small-scale farmers already operating at a low profit margin, greater consolidation means less choice for them and consumers. These proposed mergers are not just about seeds and pesticides. They’re about controlling big data, DNA and intellectual property, stakeholders say.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:22 am AFKI Original
Over the past weekend the final qualifying matches took place for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Gabon this coming January. With qualifying now complete, the 16 teams that will be present in Gabon to compete for the title of Africa’s best are now known, and final preparations can begin. Here are the 16 African national teams that have qualified to take part in the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:43 am AFKI Original
This coming weekend sees the final round of AFCON qualifiers, with teams from all over the continent finalising their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to take place in Gabon in January and February next year. Here is a brief look at some of the AFCON qualifiers, and what they will mean for the countries involved.
Staff, 11:40 pm
Patrice Talon, Benin’s new businessman president, has promised to resolve conflicting interests that have blocked modern rail transport. In 2013, Benin and Niger agreed to build a railway with France’s Bollore, with plans to extend the railway to Burkina Faso, Togo and Abidjan in Ivory Coast. The aim was to kickstart growth in five of the world’s poorest countries. Then a Benin court halted work in 2015. New track intended to cover 310 miles has been lying in Cotonou, oxidizing in the sun.
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.
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