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AllAfrica: Excellent Source for African News

March 23, 2010 | By |

As their ‘Who We Are’ page describes: “AllAfrica Global Media is a multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide.”  I find their headlines RSS really useful for keeping an eye on African news.  Bonnes nouvelles for our francophone members, AllAfrica also has a French site.    

Two articles I found really interesting last week are:

Ghana:  Massive Jatropha Farming Threatens Food Security   –  A recent study by Action Aid Ghana   (AAG) and their Food Security Policy Advocacy Network   (FoodSPAN)  in four Ghanaian regions, shows that the production of biofuel (from Jatropha oil)  is having a detrimental impact on food crop farmers.

Ghana:  New Wells Boost School Attendance, Improve Public Health  –  This short news item reports some encouraging results from the United Nations Development Program’s Community Water Initiative in Zukpuri Traditional Area in Ghana.  One of the impressive improvements resulting from this UNDP project has been an increase in local school attendance rates from 25 percent to 95 percent.