African agriculture has become an appealing theme for international investors: large swathes of sub-Saharan Africa offer fertile land, abundant water resources and proximity to transportation links or regional markets. Against this backdrop, it is remarkable that, while less than one quarter of the land suitable for crop production in sub-Saharan Africa is under cultivation, many African countries are unable to meet local food requirements. We believe a sustainable business model for farming in Africa must not only take advantage of the continent’s impressive agricultural potential, but also implement strategies that will make Africans successful farmers in the years ahead.

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Continued speculation over the state of Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua’s health leads to uncertainty about his succession and reform efforts within the country

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On November 18 Algeria became the final African country to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, beating Egypt in a heated play-off match in Khartoum, Sudan. Rivalry on the pitch was, however, overshadowed by escalating political tension between the countries in the weeks that led up to the match.

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