Africa Markets Opinions

Tough times for Africa’s Coffee Farmers – Billions to be Lost to Exploitation

Millions of Africa’s coffee farmers have slipped into abject poverty caused by poor prices which are currently barely enough to cover production costs while the rest of the coffee supply chain players enjoy rising profits. The African farmer produces some fine quality coffee, but receives the lowest prices of all growers, globally. African coffee farmers […]

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Mask Wars

Hugo Drochon NOTTINGHAM – For the last month, the United States has been regularly breaking its daily record for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, registering more than four million cases overall and closing in on 150,000 deaths. Although other developed countries in Europe and Asia seem to be containing the spread, the US has gone in […]

Opinions Wellness

A Marshall Plan for Planetary Health

Tolullah Oni CAMBRIDGE – The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the significant flaws in our urban infrastructure, and highlighted our lack of attention to how human health, natural systems, and the built environment interact to determine planetary health. It is now clear that our economic system increases food insecurity, our streets prioritize motorized traffic […]

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China’s Fiscal Dilemma

Yu Yongding BEIJING – COVID-19 hit the Chinese economy hard in the first quarter of 2020, causing real GDP to contract by 6.8% year on year. But since the city of Wuhan emerged from lockdown in early April, the economy has gradually returned to normal, and grew by 3.2% in the second quarter. According to the consensus […]

The oil and gas sector in Uganda is at a critical stage.  The commercial negotiations which will impact both the profitability and the sector’s contribution to inclusive development are in the final stages.
Industry Opinions Resources

Land Acquisition: Oil and Gas Project Affected Persons will be Adequately Compensated

The oil and gas sector in Uganda is at a critical stage.  The commercial negotiations which will impact both the profitability and the sector’s contribution to inclusive development are in the final stages. The infrastructure required to commercially produce the country’s 6 billion barrels of oil and gas resources has been clearly defined.  This includes […]

Africa Opinions Opportunities

Uganda’s Oil and Gas Project Land Acquisition -Adequately Compensation for affected persons

By Ali Ssekatawa The oil and gas sector in Uganda is at a critical stage.  The commercial negotiations which will impact both the profitability and the sector’s contribution to inclusive development are in final stages.  The infrastructure required to commercially produce the Country’s 6 billion barrels of oil and gas resources has been clearly defined.  […]

Africa Agribusiness Opinions

The True Price of Pesticides Is Unaffordable

 By Layla Liebetrau NAIROBI – A mounting body of evidence suggests that industrial agriculture is failing the planet and its people. In particular, harmful chemical pesticides increasingly threaten the environment and public health. Along with synthetic fertilizer, pesticides fuel the industrial agriculture system – and their use is steadily increasing in almost all regions of […]

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East Asia’s New Edge

By Kishore Mahbubani SINGAPORE – Death tolls don’t lie. The most striking disparity in COVID-19 fatalities to date is between East Asian countries, where the total number of deaths per million inhabitants is consistently below ten, and much of the West, where the numbers are in the hundreds. For example, Japan has so far reported […]

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A COVID-19 Bridge Over Troubled Water?

Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas SINGAPORE/GLASGOW – The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to transform our behaviors, attitudes, and policies in many areas. For the sake of overcoming the public-health crisis and enabling economic recovery, one must hope that water and wastewater management will be among them. Delivering clean water and ensuring proper wastewater management […]

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The Debt Predators

By Katharina Pistor NEW YORK – What do the Calabrian organized crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta, Hertz, China’s Sichuan Trust, and the US Federal Reserve have in common? They are all deeply entangled in a financial system that has turned credit intermediation into a debt mint that produces assets to enrich investors but leaves households, firms, and […]