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  • GMOs in Burkina Faso
  • Mali government
  • Decolonizing science
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The Conversation

How power shaped the ‘success story’ of genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso

The West African nation of Burkina Faso was once the poster child for genetically modified (GM) crop advocates. Its 2008 adoption of GM cotton for smallholder farmers was hailed as an example of how these technologies could alleviate poverty and food insecurity by protecting crops from pests and increasing yields.

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Daily Maverick

OP-ED: The thorny legal question of whether grand corruption is a crime against humanity

The controversy over the classification of corruption as a human rights violation notwithstanding, it is important for us to note the hugely negative impact corruption has on the protection and promotion of human rights in South Africa.

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Associated Press

West Africa Tells Mali’s Junta To Install Interim Government

BAMAKO, Mali: West Africa’s leaders have demanded that Mali’s ruling military junta put in place an interim government, headed by a civilian or retired military officer, that would last no longer than one year before democratic elections are held to restore the country to civilian rule.

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These two Nigerian filmmakers are making movies you can’t put in a box

The Nigerian entertainment industry is on a roll. In February, Netflix, the global streaming service with over 193 million subscribers, announced a slate of partnerships in the world’s third-largest filmmaking industry, Nigeria’s very own Nollywood.

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The Conversation

Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can’t be fixed without proper data

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown measures have had a huge negative impact on producers and consumers. Food production has been disrupted, and incomes have been lost. But a far more devastating welfare consequence of the pandemic could be reduced access to food

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Financial Times ($)

Bondholders need to forgive some African sovereign debt

Africa looks particularly vulnerable as the coronavirus crisis continues to batter the global economy. The IMF forecasts sub-Saharan economies will shrink by 3.2 per cent this year — the continent’s first contraction in three decades — and that government budget deficits will reach 7.6 per cent of gross domestic product, also a record.

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Physicians Weekly

Risk factors for COVID-19 death in a population cohort study from the Western Cape Province, South Africa.

Risk factors for COVID-19 death in sub-Saharan Africa and the effects of HIV and tuberculosis on COVID-19 outcomes are unknown.

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Mail and Guardian

It is possible to decolonise science

The call for decolonisation has caused much angst and much debate in academic circles in South Africa. While the call is not limited to South Africa, with our history and the continued economic disparity it has a particular urgency in our country.

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Daily Nation (Kenya)

Former Kenya basketball star has big dreams for Morans

It is while playing for the national team in 1993 when NBA International Basketball Operations Senior Vice-president Kim Bohuny and other officials approached him for a chance to play and study basketball in the USA.

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Vanguard Nigeria

Nigeria spends $3.3bn importing metals annually — Adegbite

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, Monday, disclosed that Nigeria spends $3.3 billion importing metals annually.

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