Editorials

Invest in digital and transform agriculture in Africa

Africa has the potential to feed not just itself but other regions too. Our report ‘Grain, Fish, Money’ shows that technology can help transform agriculture in Africa. The spread of mobile devices has created opportunities for agribusiness, banking, commerce and investment. Mobile technology can accelerate Africa’s productivity in farming and fisheries. Examples of applied tech innovations developed by Africans for Africa and the world include mobile apps such as: - ESOKO, which...
The Grassroots of Climate Change, Kofi Annan’s op-ed featured in Project Syndicate

The Grassroots of Climate Change, Kofi Annan’s op-ed featured in Project Syndicate

PARIS – The climate-change agreement reached here on December 12 was a rich victory for diplomacy. Both the agreement itself and the atmosphere of cooperation that permeated the proceedings represent a sea change from the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009. But while we should congratulate world leaders on their success, Paris marks the beginning, not the end, of the road. It is now our collective duty to hold our leaders to account and ensure that they turn promises into action –...
Has Liberia found the way to share its forest plenty with the poor? asks Max Bankole Jarrett in the Guardian

Has Liberia found the way to share its forest plenty with the poor? asks Max Bankole Jarrett in the Guardian

The “paradox of plenty” debate tends to focus on fossil fuels and minerals. Countries that are rich in these resources are often – paradoxically – kept financially poor, with the proceeds of natural wealth largely profiting political elites, foreign companies and commodities traders, rather than being used strategically to bring whole populations out of poverty.