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How does the Improvement of Food Security in Africa Lead to a Solution in the Migration Crisis? Watch Dr. Agnes Kalibata’s talk on sustainable agriculture and improving food security in Africa. https://youtu.be/9XRzDYoodLE Dr. Kalibata, a refugee from Rwanda speaks about how her own background as a child of farmers shaped her insights to food security issues in Africa. “As a person who grew up in a small Hooda farm well being fed by what we…

Originally Published on the Brookings Institute Blog by Hippolyte Fofack The end of the last commodity boom from 2000-2014 and recent swings in world oil prices have once again brought to the fore one of the most important binding constraints to long-term growth and economic development in Africa—the lingering effects of colonialism on Africa’s patterns of trade and the dynamics of world markets. Several decades after independence, little has changed with Africa’s patterns of growth…

Originally published in WeForum. In Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds supply. Nigeria’s shortage of 173,000MW (for a nation whose current energy needs is around 180,000MW) gave rise to large-scale imports of noisy and polluting power generating sets. Most sub-Saharan African countries experience the same. In rural areas in Rwanda, where over 70% of the population lives, only 18% of the population has access to electricity. Large numbers of households and public buildings in rural…

Originally Published in Intracen Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) are experiencing significant growth across the world in response to consumer, buyer and producer demands, according to ‘The State of Sustainable Markets 2018: Statistics and Emerging Trends’ report. Launched today at the Trade for Sustainable Development /T4SD) Forum in Geneva, the report outlines data on global production volumes and areas, as well as certified producers, for 14 major VSS. These standards, which provide consumers assurances that their…

Image Source: Andrew Owuor With over two-thirds of Africa’s population having no access to energy, the prospects that those living there will be able to develop a modern thriving society appear on the surface to be nearly impossible. After all energy is necessary to provide communication services, proper healthcare, and a growing economy.  Yet, Africa’s energy challenges may not be as insurmountable as they appear. While it’s true in Sub-Saharan Africa the average electricity grid access rate…

For those of us who have travelled to Sub-Saharan Africa multiple times we are always impressed with the changes taking place.  New buildings, better transportation infrastructure, and increased communications capabilities are just some of the changes I have personally seen.  Yet, these changes are happening in selected areas and appear to have little impact outside of the international zones of the metropolitan areas.  Of course there are outliers like Rwanda and Kenya, but for the…