Zimbabwe: Decline in diamond production as tobacco earnings drop

More than half of Zimbabwe's tobacco crop is exported to China every year. Photo©Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPAZimbabwe will fail to reach its targeted diamond output for 2016 of 6 million carats, with the government saying this is due to the disruptions that characterised the consolidation of mining operations at the vast diamond fields in the eastern part of the country early this year.

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Ethiopia: Japanese firm acquires huge stake in State-owned tobacco company

Photo©Matt Rourke/AP/SIPAJapan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has sealed the purchase of a substantial share in Ethiopia's National Tobacco Enterprise – a state-owned tobacco monopoly.

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Drought cuts output of Zimbabwe's top export earner tobacco

File Photo©ReutersProduction of tobacco, Zimbabwe's biggest export earner, is expected to fall 15 percent to 160 million kilogrammes this season following a drought that has left millions facing hunger, an industry survey showed on Wednesday.

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Zimbabwe could miss 6.4 pct growth target for 2014

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa. Photo©ReutersZimbabwe could miss its 6.4 percent growth target this year but the final number will not be as low as some international lenders have predicted, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday.

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Zimbabwe's tobacco farmers hit gold

File photo©ReutersZimbabwe's tobacco farming is on a rebound, with the sector set to produce more than 200 million kg, a third more than it did the previous year.

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Ban tobacco ads - World Health Organisation

File photo©ReutersThe World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging all countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship as the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day' on Friday.

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Zimbabwe: Millions of jobs at risk as tobacco sector struggles

About four million Zimbabweans could be directly and indirectly affected by recommendations to phase out tobacco production/Photo©ReutersUp to one million jobs could be lost in Zimbabwe's tobacco sectors, as an international lobby to ban the crop gathers momentum.

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Ghana's inflation unchanged at 9.5%

Map of GhanaGhana's annual inflation rate was unchanged at 9.5% in August, the Ghana Statistical Service announced on Wednesday. 

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Zimbabwean land lessons for South Africa

In 2011, tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe earned a total of $400m/Photo/ReutersZimbabwe's controversial land redistribution programme has succeeded in creating a new, rural middle class. South Africa, sluggish to implement its own land reforms, should take note.

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Ghana's Inflation up at 9.3 per cent in May

Ghana's annual inflation rate for May 2012 rose marginally to 9.3 per cent from 9.1 per cent in April, the government announced Wednesday.

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Zimbabwe's diamonds are not forever

Finance Minister Tendai Biti has warned that the one-time economically thriving nation could shut down/Photo/ReutersSanctioned to a breaking-point, Zimbabwe's one and only president since independence, Robert Mugabe has driven the southern African country on economic fumes, but are the fumes fizzling away?

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Health: When passive smoking hurts a child

Photo/ReutersChildren exposed to passive smoking are at risk of developing hearing deficiencies during their adolescence.

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Zimbabwe: New farmers look for certainty

Photo/HOWARD BURDITT/REUTERSSmall-scale farmers are producing bumper crops, but they need commercial financing and security of tenure if they are to improve results dramatically

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UN summit to tackle disease control

The 66th Session of United Nations' General Assembly running between September 13 to 30th will prioritise the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) world-wide.

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Country Profile: MALAWI

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Malawi's prospects have been boosted by the government's agricultural subsidy programme and the beginning of uranium production, but the tobacco industry faces regulation.

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Agriculture: A new class of farmer

tobaccoOutput of Southern Africa’s former breadbasket has nose-dived, but getting seeds, fertiliser and equipment into the hands of Zimbabwe’s farmers will restart the rattled economy

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