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Kenya's Flying Vegetables: Small Farmers and the 'Food Miles' Debate

"In this highly personal and keenly argued commentary, James Gikunju Muuru makes the first detailed response by an African smallholder to the controversy over ‘food miles’. His account describes the serial feats of coordination, discipline, produc...

Why Africa Can Make it Big in Agriculture

"Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected – and important – potential competitive advantage....

Going Public: How Africa's integration can work for the poor

"In the heyday of African nationalism, the continent’s founding fathers plotted their vision of pan-African unity. The twin paths of closer political and economic integration appeared to them as the only means to achieve dignity, prosperity and s...

Bank to the Future : New Era at the AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB), founded in 1964, has as its main purpose to provide capital to alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and spur economic and social development. It is the largest external funder of infrastructure in sub-S...

State(s) of Crisis: Sub-National Government in Nigeria

Nigeria generates about 20% of the total GDP on the African continent. Therefore, this country has the largest economy in Africa. With the presidential election in March 2015, the incumbent peacefully conceded defeat and transferred power to an op...

Grain Revolution Finger Millet and Livelihood Transformation in Rural Zimbabwe

According to numerous studies, finger millet was proved to be very nutritious; it also contains high levels of calcium, carbohydrates, iron and amino acids. This narrative is about much more than just switching from one crop to another. For Chidar...

The Day After Mugabe : Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe

"This book is not a partisan project. The contributors write from diverse perspectives and none received payment. Almost all are united by criticism of Mugabe, but this is not a counsel of despair. The aim of this collection is to assess the pro...

After the Promises: Re-thinking UK Policy in Africa

"Coalition government in the UK is an opportunity to revise policy on Africa. More aid is touted as proof of politicians’ compassion and conscience. But an emerging cross-party consensus has ignored significant policy failures. Democracy, trade, t...

Princes’ Progress Reconstruction and Authority in Eritrea and Rwanda

"Eritrea and Rwanda are among Africa’s smallest and poorest states. Substantial military resources, and expertise, have enabled both countries to exert dispropor-tionate influence over regional security. Aggression and authoritarianism have not p...

Dakar’s Municipal Bond Issue: A Tale of Two Cities

Currently the rapid growth of Africa's cities overwhelms their central and municipal governments. Strategic planning has been insufficient and the provision of basic services to residents is worsening. Widespread devolution, since the 1990's has...

Kenya: A Nation Fragmented

"Kenya is effectively partitioned by criminal and ethnic violence, triggered by the December 27th presidential ballot. The unrest threatens Kenya’s cohesion as a nation state, with severe consequences for its landlocked neighbours and the East Af...

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