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Analysis: Benin’s election is a setback for la Francafrique

Lionel Zinsou was supposed to stroll to victory in Benin’s elections as the handpicked successor of President Thomas Boni Yayi– even though the respected economist had spent most of his working life in Paris. But Benin’s voters had other ideas.

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Rice: Africa’s Ticket Out of Poverty

Cotonou – Africa is eating more rice than other food staples, though it produces less than it needs. This is good news for the cereal’s potential to help Sub Saharan Africa out of poverty according to researchers.

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West Africa: New railway network aims to boost inter-regional trade

On the dual carriageway linking the main airport to downtown Niamey, the capital of Niger, workers are busy digging trenches in the middle of the island separating the lanes, and laying tracks where rows of lampposts once stood.

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Women for Expo – Rita Agboh-Noameshie: On being a wife, a mother and an agricultural researcher

Making common people as well as scientists understand the need for gender mainstreaming in agricultural research is of crucial importance, according to Rita Agboh-Noameshie, the Gender Task Force Coordinator at AfricaRice Centre. “I have seen many locations in the field where technologies developed without the participation of women were simply packed-up”, she noted.

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African music legend, Angélique Kidjo, presents her new book

African music legend and UNICEF ambassador, Angélique Kidjo is in London to discuss her new book: Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music. The book details the life and career journeys of the Benin-born musician.

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UN ‘matchmaker’ to foster South-South tech transfer

Benin – The UN has launched a new knowledge-sharing platform aimed specifically at private companies in low-income countries to help foster the spread of technology, assets and financing.

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