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Archive June 2009

G8: Africa needs food sovereignty

Agricultural assistance by Group of Eight donor countries had fallen sharply, to around $5 billion a year in 2007 from $20 billion in the 1980s, leading to a 75% drop.

Food security and Africa are high on the G8 agenda and the G8 of Agriculture had already focused on several issues promoted by African farmers’ organizations.

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What the US wants from Ghana

Jun30

The President of the United States Barack Obama will make his debut trip to Africa this summer.

On July 10 and 11 in Ghana Mr. Obama will meet the President of Ghana, Mr. Mills, to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

An understanding of US interests is crucial for Ghana if it is to capitalise on the immense opportunity provided by the President Obama’s July visit, writes Asare Otchere-Darko from Accra.

The task of Ghanaians is to ensure that Ghana comes away with concrete deliverables that help meet its own strategic goals, rather than simply being the honoured recipients of President Obama’s first visit to Africa.

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Glez – Obama in Africa

Jun30

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A call to action: sign the Africa Women’s Rights Protocol

Focused on “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security”, the 2009 African Union Summit, which takes place in Sirte from June 24th to July 3rd, faces also the role played by African women in the continent’s development.

The following summary of the article written by Norah Matovu Winyi and published by Pambazuka explains that guaranteeing women’s rights is an essential condition to reach the goal of increasing African economic growth.

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Western Kasai (DRC): a rural bank saves local agriculture

Jun29

Thanks to their banking organization, in Western Kasai (DRC), in the territory of Dibaya, life has changed for local inhabitants.

Production has augmented, as such, rural people have better nutrition and are able to sell their produce, earning enough money to build their own new houses.

Founded in Dibaya in 2007, today the rural bank is fully operating.

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Special issue: Financial crisis and its impact in Africa

The financial crisis has underscored Africa’s vulnerability, notwithstanding a decade of solid progress, the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan said at the launch of its annual report. The global economic crisis imported from the North is hitting Africa harder than any other region.

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