Report urges African states to lower vulnerability to disaster, food prices

The UN report says African governments spend between 5 and 10 per cent of their budgets on agricultureThe 2012 UN Human Development Report for Africa has asked African states to institute measures to lower people and communities' vulnerability to natural disasters, civil conflicts and seasonal or volatile changes in food prices and climate change.

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Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa lose billions to fraud

Photo/ReutersSouth Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe lost billions to fraudsters, with Zimbabwe alone losing $1, 2 billion in just six months to December last year, two respected accounting firms have said.

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Uganda's Museveni: The longer you stay, the lonelier it gets

President Museveni: alone at the top/EDWARD ECHWALU/REUTERSPresident Museveni faces off against forces from without and within that could destabilise the government that has been in power since 1986.

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Alcatel-Lucent to roll out 4G in East Africa in 2012

Alcatel-Lucent has signed two contracts to roll out 4G, long term evolution (LTE) in East Africa as the race among African mobile phone operators to capture a growing market gathers speed.

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World Economic Forum: Lack of electricity is Africa's bane

Photo/ReutersAfrica needs at least $ 200 billion in the next 10 years to make electricity available to 600 million people, the ongoing World Economic Forum has been told.

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Africa can say no - Meles Zenawi

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi says Africa cannot please everyone/Photo/ReutersAfrica's leaders should be prepared to say no, Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi told business and political leaders in Addis Ababa at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2012 yesterday.

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Ethiopia: WEF honours leading African entrepreneurs

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has honoured five African innovators in its roll of Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive Chairman of the WEF, presented the award to the five on Wednesday, the opening day of the summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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World Economic Forum kicks off in Ethiopia

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB president, is encouraged by Africa's economic growth despite global economic uncertaintyThe 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with Africa being praised for the economic strides it had made in the past decade.

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Grow Africa
: Fertile grounds for funds

Photo/ReutersAfrican governments are bringing agriculture schemes to international investors in the hope of matching investors to fertile soils

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How to feed Africa's two billion

A rare example in Niger of the 3% of Africa’s farmland that is irrigated/Photo/DAVID ROSE/PANOS/REAAll of the links in the African food security chain require greater coordination between the scientists, policy makers, financiers, farmers and businessmen involved

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Russia-Africa: A widening gap

Although Africa is of little interest to Putin and Medvedev, it is not the Kremlin but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is in charge of Russia's Africa policy/Photo/ReutersDuring the bipolarity of the Cold War, the USSR maintained ideological and economic relations with one part of the African continent. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the crumbling of the Soviet Union their connection has distended, albeit not as much as is sometimes presumed.

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South Sudan: invasion of Heglig, a diplomatic error?

Sudan People's independence army/ photo/ reutersSouth Sudan has shown no signs of being a newcomer in the community of nations, after successfully seceding from its northern neighbour following years of war. 

But has Africa's newest nation's recent military campaign in Heglig dimmed its appeal?

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Pasteur launches Africa anti-cholera initiative

Photo/ReutersThe world's largest vaccines producer, Sanofi Pasteur, has launched an initiative against diarrheal and enteric diseases in Africa (IDEA).

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Textile trade exhibition in Ethiopia to provide opportunities

Map of EthiopiaEthiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has urged African countries to improve their infrastructure for them to derive maximum benefits from the textiles industry.

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Palm-oil springs in Africa

Photo/Olivier/JeuneAfriqueAsian and European industries are storming the African continent in search of arable land. Palm-oil represents a great opportunity as long as agricultural development

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Spotlight on Makhtar Diop

altThe Senegalese technocrat prepares to take over the World Bank's Africa portfolio from Nigeria's Obiageli Ezekwesili in the next few months.

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Euro-African divorce

Should Africa and Europe be heading for the divorce courts? This bad marriage first consummated over half a millennium ago now looks beyond redemption.

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When Africans are concentrated in Israeli camps

The Ketziot refugee camp is the latest in a long line of draconian immigration measures adopted by the Israeli State/Photo/ReutersIts silhouette is like a mirage that emerges from the hot sand dunes, not far from the Egyptian border.

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American land grabs mirror Africa's colonial past

The majority of Africa's poor still depend on substitence farming/Photo/ReutersWhile Africa may have celebrated the demise of colonialism, it seems the continent is sliding back to those days, as investors push murky land deals.

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Botswana's financial hub gains momentum

altA reputation for stability, fiscal incentives and the development of the diamond hub in parallel are already attracting global financial players to implant subsidiaries in Gaborone.

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