Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but...
(Citifmonline 09/21/17)
President Akufo Addo says his government will not make any pronouncements on the yet to be delivered judgment on the maritime border dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Nana Addo maintains that a lot of work is ongoing on how best to handle the outcome of the three year dispute. The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), is expected to give its ruling on the matter on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The landmark ruling is also expected to at least bring finality to the litigation between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Speaking to the Bloomberg in the USA, President Akufo Addo stressed that the judgment will inform his government’s decision going forward. “The ruling is on Saturday and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Graphic Online 09/20/17)
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have jointly appealed to the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a loan facility of $1.2 billion to set up warehouses and establish chocolate manufacturing facilities. The decision of the two countries is in response to the sharp decline of the price of cocoa on the international market. The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, disclosed this to the Daily Graphic after his return from Ivory Coast where he paid a courtesy call on...
(Bloomberg 09/20/17)
Ghana’s cocoa board pays $27 more for a bag of beans than it’s worth in Ivory Coast. Illicit traders are profiting from the difference. Much of Jamilatu Mohammed’s harvest of cocoa beans is sitting in a storage shed near her dilapidated mud house along Ghana’s western border when it should be on its way to factories of chocolatiers like Nestle SA. The mother of two and other small growers in the world’s no. 2 producer represent the casualties in a...
(APA 09/20/17)
The Ivorian State-Private Sector Consultation Committee (CCESP), on Tuesday launched in Abidjan the activities of the scientific committee of the fourth edition of sectoral meetings dedicated to agriculture. The event was in the presence of development partners and representatives from professional farming organizations. Coulibaly Siaka Minaya, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief of staff said the fourth edition of CCESP sectoral meetings should ensure that agriculture is organized to “take into account the sustainability of the farming sector.”...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Kadi Bah saw people starving in the Sahara desert and drowning in the Mediterranean during her failed six-month odyssey to reach Europe. But as soon as the United Nations plane bringing her back home from Libya to Ivory Coast touched down, she was hatching plans to try again. “I’ll be so proud of myself if I can make it to Europe; I’ll tell everybody I managed to leave,” the 23-year-old hairdresser said. “That’s why I keep trying.” At first glance,...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(AFP (eng) 09/14/17)
The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife, a green group said Wednesday. "In several national parks and other protected areas, 90 percent or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa," the group Mighty Earth said in its investigation. "Less than four percent of Ivory Coast remains densely forested," it said. "The chocolate companies’ laissez-faire approach to sourcing has driven extensive deforestation in Ghana as well." Habitat loss has been disastrous for protected species, ranging from chimpanzees and leopards to pygmy hippos and elephants, it said. The animals are forced into ever-smaller areas...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/14/17)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fuelling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests. Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana, environmental group Mighty Earth said. “Every consumer of chocolate is a part of either the problem or the solution,” Etelle Higonnet, campaign director at...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/08/17)
A group of allies of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, including at least one living in exile in neighboring Ghana, are behind a wave of attacks on security installations this year, the interior minister said Thursday. Thirty-five people, a number of them soldiers, have been arrested for involvement in the "destabilization project," according to a statement released by Sidiki Diakite following a meeting of the National Security Council. Francophone West Africa's biggest economy has been shaken by army mutinies,...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
The ruling alliance that steered Ivory Coast to become sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing economy is at risk of falling apart as the main partners are bitterly divided over who will succeed President Alassane Ouattara when he steps down in 2020. Top officials of the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace, a coalition known by its acronym RHDP, are jockeying for positions as each party claims the right to appoint a preferred presidential candidate. After six years of relative stability, succession politicking may grow increasingly disruptive. Presidential elections in Ivory Coast have often fueled tension since the death of the first post-independence ruler Felix Houphouet-Boigny in 1993 and two out of four votes have turned
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday he is confident new signing Serge Aurier will seize his chance after the player was dogged by disciplinary problems at Paris Saint-Germain. The talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week. The deal was held up as Spurs' request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two-month prison sentence Aurier received after an assault on a police officer...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for...
(Bloomberg 09/06/17)
Ivory Coast is considering cutting taxes on buying and and exporting of cocoa to allow for an increase in the minimum price paid to farmers in the upcoming season, according to a person familiar with the matter. The world’s biggest producer of cocoa is unlikely to raise the minimum price that it allows merchants to pay from the current 700 CFA francs ($1.27) per kilogram unless the tax cuts are implemented, said the person, who asked not to be identified...

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