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Sun,22Jan2017

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Agriculture: Gathering data and offering choice in Ethiopia

Some agricultural practices have not changed since Biblical times. Photo©Michael Poliza/National Geographic/GettySpearheading the government's interventions in the farming sector, the Agricultural Transformation Agency has already vastly improved yields for wheat and teff.

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Ghana seeks home-grown solutions

For two decades, imports of foodstuffs that Ghana produces locally have risen inexorably. Photo©Ulrich Doering/Alamy/Photo 12Business leaders insist that the government must use the current economic woes as an opportunity to revive local industries. Companies want new policies to benefit manufacturers, but public resources are limited, especially given the twin budget and current account deficits.

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Nigeria's big question: Divide or conquer?

Children celebrate Nigeria’s independence, though the legacy still hangs heavy. Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPIn the century since unity Nigeria has experimented with federalism in myriad forms. Today, as President Jonathan plans a national conference in the face of growing criticism, he fields demands ranging from restructuring and the division of states to autonomous control.

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Rwanda's politicians and business brains step up to the challenge

A new slate of leaders in the public and private sectors are seeking to prove their independence, improve credibility and attract investment.

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Angola's financial institutions grow, but profits face pressure

Banco Nacional de Angola has taken measures to reduce dependence on the US dollar. Photo©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPNew oil legislation will give Angola's currency and banks a boost, but for some, non-performing loans are spreading at an alarming rate.

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Rwanda: New hotels and infrastructure raise Kigali's game

The Kigali Marriott will be the first in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo©All Rights ReservedGlobal chains, direct flights and a state-of-the-art conference centre will bring yet more visitors to a capital in demand.

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Angola and the lost powerhouse of the Planalto

Huambo: adorned but not revived by the MPLA. Photo©GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP   Huambo used to be a centre for large-scale agriculture and manufacturing projects, but it has not recovered from the impact of the long civil war.

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