Burkina Faso: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 10:49 am
Plans in Kenya to legalize GMOs have prompted protests. Three African countries — Burkina Faso, Egypt, and South Africa — allow GMOs. Kenyan smallholder farmers use traditional seed varieties. They’re concerned multinational companies with rights to patented seeds — and the chemicals that protect them — will prohibit reusing next-generation seeds. But not eveyone is opposed.
Dana Sanchez, 11:55 am
Some argue that African art should stay in foreign countries. It was bought in the marketplace and belongs to the buyers. Others allege looting by westerners. The real reason African art needs to come home gets overlooked: missing artistic treasure is a huge loss to Africa’s economy and society. Foreign cultural investment is a middle-ground proposal for how to bring it home.
Dana Sanchez, 10:50 am
In sub-Saharan Africa — a region with low agricultural productivity — only three countries produce GMOs including South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. Many countries ban imported food containing GM products. One of the most high profile examples was Zambia’s ban on GM food imports during a famine in 2002. What’s the rationale for rejecting GM technology?
Dana Sanchez, 5:50 pm AFKI Original
Marijuana is illegal but deeply ingrained in African economies and tribal traditions. Tolerance and enforcement varies from country to country. Zambia is the world’s third-largest marijuana-smoking country. After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana in the U.S., it’s reaping the financial benefits. We’ve ranked 18 countries for marijuana tolerance in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 11:45 am
China, already the largest contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations, pledged 8,000 more troops to a U.N. standby force — a significant increase. By providing military support in war-torn regions, China shows it’s rising on the global stage, some experts say. Others say China is acting only to protect its interests. “China has gone global,” one expert said. “It’s time for the U.S. to recognize that.”
Dana Sanchez, 3:51 pm AFKI Original
African leaders who try to ban presidential term limits end up undermining democracy and scaring away investors. Some African countries get it right, ushering in major advances in democracy. Others get tainted elections when their leaders propose constitutional amendments. Check out AFKInsider’s democracy watch with 8 upcoming presidential elections in Africa that you should follow.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:41 am
Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando, who was taken hostage by his guards a week ago, returned to power on Wednesday after the country’s army and West African leaders intervened and restored a civilian transitional government. Just three weeks before a planned election, the head of the presidential guard, General Gilbert Diendere, arrested the interim leadership of the country
Dana Sanchez, 2:39 pm AFKI Original
He’s the traditional leader of the Mossi ethnic group. His name appears in many media stories related to Burkinabe politics and he is social-media savvy, with his own Facebook page. Naba Baongo II posts pictures and comments like this one: “Let peace reign in Burkina Faso. God bless the land of upright men.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Mogho Naaba, Burkina Faso’s traditional leader.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
You won’t find an African country among the world’s top 25 performers for innovation, but several low-income African countries are outperforming their peers GDP-wise. “Barriers are falling,” according to the just-released Global Innovation Index 2015. Check out the 13 most innovative countries in Africa and how they compare globally.
Daniella Sforza, 7:51 am AFKI Original
Ranked the second best airport in the region, the Kigali International Airport can accommodate a 747 jumbo jet, but authorities are looking to relocate it to enable additional runways. What will become of this retro futuristic wonder? Some African buildings incorporate colonial influences and African traditions in ways that make them look alien. Here are 12 of Africa’s back-to-the-future architectural wonders.
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