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Archive August 2014

Effective policies are essential

Few combined agriculture-youth oriented policies and specific instruments have been drawn up and implemented to date, although initiatives abound.

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Senegal opens investigation into murder of Congolese Floribert Chebeya

DRC/Senegal – Senegalese judicial authorities on Tuesday launched an investigation into the 2010 assassination of Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya and his colleague Fidèle Bazana, Hirondelle learned Wednesday.

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A new consortium to spur agricultural education

Nairobi – A new international partnership involving Africa, India and the United States has been launched with the aim to boost agricultural education to help address challenges of global food security, accessibility and affordability.

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Midwives on Sierra Leone’s turtle islands are improving women’s health

Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone – Skilled midwives are being trained and sent to Sierra Leone’s remote turtle islands in order to reduce maternal mortality and improve reproductive health.

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Why saying ‘seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa’ carries no real meaning

Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that ‘seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.’ In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds.  More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype.

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Tourists shy away from Nigeria’s Osun Oshogbo festival

Nigeria – Turnout is significantly lower at Nigeria’s popular Osun Oshogbo festival, as people fear contamination by the deadly Ebola virus. 

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