Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Agriculture

The Maasai have led semi-nomadic pastoral lives for generations, but now some are settling down − and all thanks to a type of grass.
Foreign powers are not just engaged in African land. They are also engaged in African food systems, often in damaging ways.
The G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition pushes African countries to change their policies in exchange for aid money. This will help agribusiness but will it help the hungry?
Multinationals such as Walmart and Carrefour could easily deal a blow to smaller traders and markets in Africa. But if they choose to work with local firms, they could be a blessing.
South African union leader Irvin Jim talks to Think Africa Press about the ANC's failures, COSATU's rifts, land reform, workers' rights and more.
The idea that vast swathes children are being enslaved and forced to work 16-hour days in Ivorian cocoa fields makes for dramatic story. Except that it's not true.
Thousands of miles from the streets of Cairo, Kenyan farmers are feeling the effects of Egypt's instability as demand for tea falls significantly.
Smallholder tobacco production in Zimbabwe has been a real success, but at what cost to woods and forests?
Some say the agribusiness Gadco's presence in eastern Ghana is the best thing that's ever happened in the region. Others fear that there are accidents waiting to happen.

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