Posts in "African Business"

Feeding Africa

Rising food prices and the link to political instability have been a core theme across global media in recent weeks, following the release of United Nations updated food price index in January. That was bad news; for seven consecutive months the index rose, in both real and nominal terms, to highest levels since records began in 1990. And the forecasts do not look good either Abdolreza Abbassian, a UN Food and Agricultural Organisation economist and grains expert, says “high prices are likely to persist in the months to come”. Continue reading

Africa Ready for Business

Africa is organised and ready for business in agriculture. But Africa must call the shots in any deal done with European partners. This was the underlying message from Dr Lindiwe Sibanda , one of three African members who sat on the 10-strong Montpellier Panel, an international group established to define a way forward for partnerships in agricultural development between Europe and Africa. The Montpellier Panel Report, on strengthening partnerships between Europe and Africa, was released on October 26, 2010. Continue reading

Africa’s Great Food Fight

In the October-December issue of BBC Focus on Africa magazine I researched a piece on growing interest in African agriculture. Food security, after all, is increasingly viewed as the new energy security and Africa is the last major reserve of arable land.That land is abundant and the land comes cheap. Of course there are challenges too; land and food in Africa are big political hot potatoes. Continue reading