Drought-Tolerant Maize Improves Yields in 13 Countries

Source: Sci Dev Net

[DAR-ES-SALAAM] A new project has begun following the end of a related initiative that has provided more than 200 improved maize varieties for farmers in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project launched eight years ago under the Global Maize Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has produced hybrids varieties which withstand drought and pests while boosting yields, says project leader Tsedeke Abate.

African Leaders Push for Increased Nutrition Investments

Source: African Development Bank Group

Key African leaders including philanthropists and businesses have called for increased investment to eliminate malnutrition across Africa during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings 2016 taking place from May 23-27 in Lusaka, Zambia.

Tanzania Orders Drought-Hit Herders to Leave National Parks

DAR ES SALAAM, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Drought-afflicted herders have been ordered to remove their cattle from Tanzania’s national parks, where they had moved in a bid to find new food sources, the Tanzanian government said late on Monday.

Thousands of heads of cattle, goats and sheep have crossed into Tanzania from neighbouring Kenya and Uganda in recent months searching for water and fresh pasture, according to government officials.

This has placed increasing strains on the east African nation’s wildlife and has affected the tourism industry, they said.

Make Farming a Rewarding Career for Africa’s Youth

Source: Sci Dev Net
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo argues that African agriculture needs innovation and the youth.

Every year, thousands of young Africans migrate from their families’ small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream — sometimes fulfilled, often not — is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent’s rapidly growing cities. Few return but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.

The Future of Benin Will Be Shaped by Its Geography

Source: The World Bank
Following a long tradition of economists, the newly-elected government in Benin can gain inspiration from geography. For economist Jeffrey Sachs, university professor at New York’s Columbia University, many tropical countries have failed to grow because their hot climate facilitated the propagation of epidemic diseases. Economist Paul Collier, professor of economics and public policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxfod, has argued that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is lagging because of its disproportionate number of people living far from the ocean and thus from global markets.

Out of Africa
Part III

Source: New York Times
Dakar, SENEGAL — You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the rapper and the weatherman. They’ve never met, but I could imagine them doing an amazing duet one day — words and weather predictions — on the future of Africa.

Out of Africa
Part II

Source: New York Times
Ndiamaguene, SENEGAL — I am visiting Ndiamaguene village in the far northwest of Senegal. If I were giving you directions I’d tell you that it’s the last stop after the last stop — it’s the village after the highway ends, after the paved road ends, after the gravel road ends and after the desert track ends. Turn left at the last baobab tree.