The Climate African Farmers Counted On Is Gone

By Esther Ngumbi In West Africa, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita presides over a state under siege by terrorists. But he also faces a threat to his people that makes fewer international headlines: climate change. It’s a parallel he drew when he addressed global heads of state gathered at the recently-concluded Paris Climate Conference. Keita sp...
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More Work, Less Wages

  By Olanike F. Deji, PhD Rural-urban migration by men in Nigeria has greatly increased over the past 20 years, forcing rural women left in the wake of this growing exodus to inhabit roles formerly occupied by men. Despite the fact that these women are now able to assume leadership positions in both the agricultural sector and in the domestic sphere, their livel...
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Paving Roads to Prosperity for Africa’s Farmers

By Emma Naluyima Joel Cherope, a young farmer from Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda had four tons of cabbage, and the best market was hundreds of miles away in Sudan. It took him a week to get to Sudan instead of the usual 24 hours because the vehicle he hired was barely functional and the roads were in bad repair.  By the time he arrived at the border crossing,...
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Empowering Farmers on the Kenyan Coast

By Esther Ngumbi The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that over 795 million people in the world are affected by severe hunger and poverty. The majority of these people live off the land, many as smallholder farmers. Their farms often have unproductive soils and are dependent on increasingly erratic rainfall patterns. When crops do grow,...
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Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part I

Franco Sacchi is a documentary filmmaker born in Zambia and based in Boston, Mass. This is Sacchi’s first blog in a series for African Angle, in which he documents emerging entrepreneurs in Africa. By Franco Sacchi For the past two years, I traveled to Africa on behalf of The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT to produce a series of short d...
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