In Depth

Thu,26May2016

In Depth

My Journey Back to the Future of African Farming - Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo. Photo©YOSHIKO KUSANO/AP/SIPAEvery year, thousands of young Africans join an exodus from their families' small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream – sometimes fulfilled, often not – is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent´s rapidly growing cities. Few return, but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.

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Terrorism or internal conflicts? Scrambling for solutions

Boko Haram. File photo©AP/SIPAThe emergence of groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the spread of Somalia's Al-Shabaab attacks into Kenya and Uganda, many are asking whether terrorism is becoming the dominant mode of conflict across Africa.

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'Green fields' of insurance growth

Photo©ReutersAfrica's insurance markets are expanding more slowly than other emerging regions', but major groups are looking to enter new markets, which could speed things along.

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Coming up: A new Burkina Faso

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon listens as Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, right, speaks during a press briefing at the presidency in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, March. 3, 2016. Photo©Theo Renaut/AP/SIPABurkina Faso is trying to pick up its pieces and chart a new path, with a new agenda of democratic and economic changes, following over a quarter century authoritarian rules.

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A good coat, because winters are cold

Plastic waste rushed down KwaZulu-Natal's rivers and out to sea. When Citigroup talked of the 100 trillion in stranded fossil fuel assets that they feared from a "successful" Paris negotiation in August 2015, the poor were busy adapting to fossil fuels, their by-products, and climate change with a mountain of stranded plastic.

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Should Africa prioritise maths and science education over arts?

At the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai in March 2016, delegates debated whether focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the detriment of arts fully equips children for the world ahead.

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