Ivory Coast crisis causes economic misery

(Reuters) – Prices in Ivory Coast are shooting up, transport is choked by strikes or fears of civil war, and a cocoa industry that is still the life blood of this once affluent West African economy is increasingly in disarray. An election on November 28 was meant to end the debilitating crisis that has plagued […]

State lifts export ban on raw nuts

By PATRICK GITHINJI The Government has lifted a ban on the export of to facilitate the mop up excess produce. In a gazette notice this week, Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgei said “in exercise of the powers conferred by section 192 (i) and (vii) of the Agriculture Act, and paragraph 14 of the Horticultural Crops Development […]

On the move in a warming world: The rise of climate refugees

By Geoffrey York Mao, Chad— From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Five-year-old Fatime moves in slow motion, barely able to lift her skeletal arms and legs. Flies land on her face, and she is too weak to brush them away. She struggles to drink a cup of therapeutic milk, the only food she can swallow. Her […]

UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

20 December 2010 – A project executed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in West Africa has succeeded in slashing the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes, and diversifying farming systems. Around 100,000 farmers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal are participating in the community-driven training programme, which promotes […]