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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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Building institutional capacity is the key to an African success story

Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARIn the last year, Africa has been through enormous challenges on economic, social and political levels. The softening of commodity prices, sluggish growth in some of the continent's biggest markets, political upheaval and slight weakening of investor sentiment have all caused some to call into question the 'Africa Rising' narrative of recent times.

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Liberia: Africa's unknown tax haven with much to lose

Photo©Emrah/AP/SIPAAs world leaders consider what to do about the revelations emerging from the Panama Papers, Liberia's government will be worrying about the fall-out that may cross the Atlantic Ocean from the affair.

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Empiricism: The first step towards imperialism

Hilary Whitehall PutnamOn March 13th this year, the world lost a renowned and influential philosopher called Hilary Whitehall Putnam.

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Ghana: To memory, not rubbish

Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta, Political analyst. Photo©All Rights ReservedEchoes of Ghana's past glory and shame bubbles to the surface as the murder of a prominent Ghanaian politician triggers painful memories of the death of his namesake J.B. Danquah almost exactly 51 years earlier, while another Nkrumah seeks to lead the proud West African nation. Amid the soulful reflection, a travelling Nigerian 'man of God' failed to remind his congregation that cleanliness is next to godliness.

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Finance: Credit Suisse's fishy deal

Recent loans have hurt the government but have benefited players inside and outside of Mozambique, says Jose Ivo Correia, Researcher at Centro de Estudos Moçambicanos e Internacionais.

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