Powerful actors in the North are pushing for
a new Green Revolution for Africa based on technological transfers to increase
food production - an approach that empowers corporate agri-business and
marginalises African farmers advocating their own solution to the food crisis, say Raj Patel, Eric Holt-Gimenez and Annie Shattuck.
One year after the formation of a coalition government in Kenya to address post-electoral violence, a critical report by Judge Phillip Waki has caused a ‘ticking time bomb' for Kenyan politicians and opened up new possibilities for Kenyan civil society.
A preoccupation with the personality of Robert Mugabe has resulted in a narrow perspective of Zimbabwe's current problems. Instead, any understanding of the country's ills must start with an important historical legacy: post-colonial land reform. By Mahmood Mamdani.
From day-one of the crisis that has gripped Kenya this year, much of the mainstream media has been quick to label the violence “tribal warfare,” while the top US envoy to Africa called the Kenyan clashes “ethnic cleansing.” The problem with those terms is that they don’t actually explain anything.
Robert Zoellick, the likely new president of the World Bank, will face a long to-do list, but at or near the top will be the dire economic conditions in much of sub-Saharan Africa. As a seasoned diplomat, Mr Zoellick will seek counsel from many sources. But the best advice may be in the history books.