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Africa Rising: How a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty

The extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty. Witness Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:12 Directed by multi-award winning director Jamie Doran

Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and developed countries’ determination to ‘Feed the World’? Well, we failed. There are more Africans living in extreme poverty […]

Burkina Faso: People no longer afraid

Burkina Faso: People no longer afraid Pierre Sidy 2011-05-26, Issue 531

Since the assassination of Thomas Sankara in 1987 and the reversing of the country’s revolutionary momentum, Blaise Compaoré has sustained himself through the use of terror and crime as a means of perpetuating his predatory regime, a regime marked by neglect, corruption and clan-based […]

The commodification of water and land in Mali

The commodification of water and land in Mali

Sékou Diarra 2011-06-07, Issue 533

Nowadays, politicians in Africa are generally more concerned with market efficiency, economic growth rates, productivity of financial capital and the security of the rich than they are about human rights and the security of the people. In African countries, if progress […]

Global land rush has potential, and potential problems

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR The New York Times Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:07 p.m.

Sekou Traore stands in fields where he grows millet, sorghum and beans in the village of Soumouni, Mali, in November. Traore fears losing his house and land to a Libyan […]

Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Black Gold asks us ‘to wake up and smell the coffee,’ to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. The film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who […]

Outsourced African farming threatens to alienate locals

It is ironic that some farms in Ethiopia produce food for other countries when it needs more than $116 million in food aid itself. Jose Cendon / Bloomberg

The National (UAE) | Dec 20, 2010

Gavin du Venage

Ghana and Qatar’s announcement that they will jointly farm 50,000 hectares of land is the latest in […]

The Dancing Forest

When Séda & Tiyéda Bawiena returned to Baga, their native village in Togo, they found it on the brink of ruin, devastated by decades of sustained exodus, bleak economic prospects and an increasingly infertile land.

Yet armed with their unshakable faith in the riches and ways of their ancestral land, they founded the International […]

Miami Rice: The Business of Disaster in Haiti

by Beverly Bell and Tory Field

Small farmers' rice harvests sat unsold in warehouses for three months, because they could not compete with U.S. food aid. Photo: Beverly Bell.

As we file this article, Port-au-Prince is thick with the smoke of burning tires and with gunfire. Towns throughout the country, along with the national airport, […]

Senate passes Black farmers settlement

By the CNN Wire Staff November 19, 2010 4:59 p.m. EST

John Boyd Jr. is the president of the National Black Farmers Association.

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

The 1997 […]

Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association Hosts Seafood Festival

November 3, 2010 | Posted by Nicole Smith in EDF Oceans General, Fishermen Voices, Seafood, South Atlantic

Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association Seafood Festival in St. Helena Island, SC.

A perk of working with fishermen is of course getting a chance to taste some of the best seafood around. When I learned that the Gullah/Geechee Fishing […]