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If GM is the Answer, it is Only the Answer Partly, Sometimes, Maybe
Is it true that Africa has "no choice" but to embrace genetically-modified crops?
When the Grass is Greener: Maasai in Kenya Swap a Nomadic Existence for Farming
The Maasai have led semi-nomadic pastoral lives for generations, but now some are settling down − and all thanks to a type of grass.
Food Security is About More than Land Grabs
Foreign powers are not just engaged in African land. They are also engaged in African food systems, often in damaging ways.
Food and Farmers: When Public-Private Partnerships Become Corporate Takeovers
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?
Will it be Famine or Feast for Africa as Big Food Retailers Look to the Continent?
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.
‘We're not just Looking for a Loaf of Bread, but the Whole Bakery’: An Interview with NUMSA’s General Secretary
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.
Gimme a Break: Ivorian Cocoa's Got 99 Problems, But the Kids Ain't One
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.
Falling Leaves: Kenya's Farmers Falter as Tea Prices Drop
Thousands of miles from the streets of Cairo, Kenyan farmers are feeling the effects of Egypt's instability as demand for tea falls significantly.
Going Up in Smoke: The Environmental Costs of Zimbabwe's Tobacco Boom
Smallholder tobacco production in Zimbabwe has been a real success, but at what cost to woods and forests?
When Companies Meet Communities: Is This What Friendly Commercial Farming Looks Like?
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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