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Bitter Sugar- Cash crop harms smallholders

Bitter sugar: Cash crop harms smallholders

With more money in their pockets, Africa’s growing middle class is developing a taste for sweets, driving up demand for sugar. In theory, this should be good news for farmers. It is not.

Senegal’s energy finds- One year on

Senegal’s energy finds: One year on

Energy windfalls have not always benefitted populations in Africa. As Senegal edges towards commercial exports, early signs are fueling hopes it can chart a better course.

Climate funds should target smallholder farmers

Climate funds should target smallholder farmers

The world needs bold new ideas to fight climate change. The Green Climate Fund’s $10bn initiative could make a big difference.

Gambia’s elections- A dangerous turnaround

Gambia’s elections: A dangerous turnaround

A president who once claimed he would rule for “a billion years” now appears intent on sticking to his word after earlier conceding defeat at the polls. At what cost will he stay on?

Zimbabwes bond notes upend marriage market

Zimbabwe’s bond notes upend marriage market

Parents are fuming and would-be husbands excited, yet both seem to agree that the future value of Zimbabwe’s new quasi-currency is uncertain.

Rwanda’s drone delivery programme takes off

Rwanda’s drone delivery programme takes off

In October, Rwanda launched a new programme to deliver blood and other medical supplies to hospitals. The programme’s distinction lies in its delivery method: unmanned drones.

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Charcoal addiction: How can Africa’s households kick the habit?

Charcoal is dangerous for health, saps incomes, and ruins the environment, yet in 80 percent of homes in Africa it remains the primary fuel source. What are the alternatives?

Farming’s bottleneck: Youth credit - Getty

Farming’s bottleneck: Youth credit

Only 3 percent of funds loaned by African banks go to agriculture, and even less is available to youth or small-scale farmers. This needs to change.

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Pricey maize imports strain southern Africa

As droughts sweep across southern Africa threatening the food security of millions, value chains for other industries are also under threat.

The fight against global corruption starts in Abuja - Getty

The fight against global corruption starts in Abuja

More than $1 trillion is thought to be siphoned out of developing countries each year, which, if taxed, could fund essential services such as schools and health.

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