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Archive March 2014

African FAO Conference: First six countries to benefit from Africa-led fund

Tunis – A unique, Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the first six countries slated to benefit from the initiative.

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Human diets globally ‘becoming increasingly similar’

Nairobi – Human diets worldwide have become similar in the last 50 years, but the proportion of most abundant crops indigenous to regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia has declined over the same period, a study says.

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Breaking down the borders

Rarely is there a focus on what Africans can share with each other through interregional business opportunities and the possibilities of cross-border trade despite being a continent made up of more than 50 countries in varying stages of development, and home to a billion people.

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Middle Class – Growing or Disappearing?

Abidjan – “I’m middle class. Definitively,” Sonia Anoh, a young and independent 30-year-old Ivorian tells IPS. Anoh has a master’s degree, earns 1,470 dollars a month working in marketing, lives alone, owns a car and is now shopping for a home.

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Graziano Da Silva: “Youth and agriculture, key factors for a social inclusive growth in Africa”

“Africa is growing at a faster rate than the world’s average. And 7 out of the 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa. But it still has one major challenge: ensuring that this growth is socially inclusive. The keys to make this happen are here: youth and agriculture”, says FAO Director-General, Graziano Da Silva, during the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa.

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The right way to do business in Africa

Most people now accept that at least some of the continent’s economies are likely to grow consistently in the coming years. Today, the danger is less that businesses and investors will ignore the Africa opportunity, and more that they will squander the opportunity through a predictable combination of poor strategy and weak execution.

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