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Smallholder Farms Need to Move From Just Subsistence to Being Businesses

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling attention to the current concentration of smallholder farmers in Africa, and that they run their farms on a subsistence level rather than even attempting to run them as a business. That unfortunately has created a cycle farmers cannot work well with suppliers, who might be able to lift them from the subsistence trap.

France and Ghana Celebrate Construction Start on New French Embassy

On March 24, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, HE François Pujolas, and HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, along with the Ambassador of France to Ghana, officially laid the foundation stone for the new building of the French embassy in Accra.

Ethiopia's Oromia Forested Landscape Program Receives $18M Grant

The Government of Ethiopia just signed a new grant agreement with The World Bank on an important environmental initiative. The $18 million grant is intended to improve the enabling environment for sustainable forest management, investments, and emissions reductions in the state of Oromia.

Clean Water and Flush Toilets Still Hard to Find in Africa

Despite the critical importance of clean water and sanitation as a key to good health and economic wellbeing, the high costs and poor policy implementation associated with both have kept them from millions. It has also created the oddity that African citizens have better access to mobile phones than to clean water and flush toilets.

3 Years Later, One Girl Asks for Help to Bring Back 195 Abductees

195 young girls abducted by the terrorist network Boko Haram in Nigeria have so far not been found. But one of the girls who escaped the capture, despite fear for her and her family's safety, has issued a tearful public appeal to global leaders to help bring them back.

Bridge-Building Between Ethiopia and Kenya Bring Peoples Together Too

The Kenya-Ethiopia border has been for years an explosive site of internecine violence, environmental stress, and extreme poverty. Displacement, criminality, and violent extremism have been the norm, with this especially true in the Moyale-Borona area. But investments in bridges and other cross-border projects seem to have paid off in far more than just infrastructure improvements.

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