Feast & Sacrifice is a carefully observed portrait of a Senegalese family living on the ragged edges of globalization. Questions of work, gender, and aspirations emerge as the family prepares for the biggest holiday of the year, the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice.
Posts Tagged ‘ Africa ’
British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) of biofuel land identified – in countries from Mozambique to Senegal – is linked to 11 British companies, more than any other country.
With new seeds being made for farmers in Africa, new methods of farming being promoted and linking farming to markets being emphasized, the need for farmers to have appropriate information on seeds, practices and market prices has been highlighted as a key intervention in improving agricultural productivity and helping empower especially small holder farmers. Gerald Businge interviews the founder and CEO of Question Box, a new initiative that is shifting the way farmers in Africa are getting their information to help boost their productivity.
By ARP Staff
December 5, 2009
Africa Reporting Project correspondent Madeleine Bair published a story this week in the East Bay Express about economist Ted Miguel’s research on climate change and civil conflict in Africa. The study, produced by Miguel and a UC Berkeley doctoral student, is the first to link global warming to human warfare.
Financial donations and other efforts to attack food insecurity around the globe need to be “scaled up,” the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Wednesday, as the World Summit on Food Security concluded in Rome. But the lack of attendance at the summit by all G8 country leaders–except Italy, where the three-day summit was held–did not bode well for increasing investment, donations and food aid to where they are needed most.
By GERALD BUSINGE
November 13, 2009
Software and web-search giant Google last week launched the online Google Trader pilot in Uganda to connect sellers and buyers of goods and services, including in agriculture.
Google Trader online is part of the SMS-based services that the company launched in June in Uganda. The service is aimed at bringing together buyers and sellers of products or services in a “marketplace” using their mobile phones.