FAO: Global cereal production to rise by 7 percent

An FAO report says the overall food situation is favourable in most parts of the SahelThe Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has projected 2013 world cereal production to rise by 7 percent, the organisation's quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation released this month has announced.

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s and Militant tendencies

Photo/ReutersDiplomats and mediators working along the band of conflict from Nouakchott to Mogadishu face an intense few months of diplomacy. Regional organisations are trying to tackle what they call a transmission belt of jihadism and secessionism across the Sahel.

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AU expresses concern over rising conflicts in Africa

The AU wants Sudan and South Sudan to resume the peace talks/Photo/ReutersThe African Union (AU) Commission Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Tuesday held an emergency meeting in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa to discuss the recent new conflicts on the continent.

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Anansi: After Osama bin Laden, Islamist parties strengthened by Arab Spring?

Has the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden weakened or strengthened Islamist parties in Africa and the Middle East? Certainly in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Yemen they are on a roll this year, buoyed by the toppling of a couple of autocrats and the undermining of many more. Yet the demise of Osama bin Laden may help those Islamist parties assume a less threatening posture as they compete for power in elections.

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Sahel: As stable as the desert sand

altThe battle for control of the Sahel is the second in our series analysing Africa's 2011 political flashpoints in 2011.

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Country Profile: BENIN

Flag BeninNo lucky breaks

Problems in the management of the cotton sector led producers to abandon the crop to produce other staples, changing the country’s dependence on a traditional source of export revenue.

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Sahel armies mobilise against Al-Qaeda

Algeria and Mali are strengthening the co-ordination of their armies against the jihadist threat in the Sahel, in an effort to prevent foreign intervention.

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