When G8 leaders decided at their Summit two years ago to set up the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa, nothing much was made of it – or seemingly. The issue of food security or the lack of it in Africa is a complex phenomenon with many symptoms that calls for multi-pronged solutions which go beyond conference debates like the recently held African Union Summit. Since the birth of the New Alliance, adequate and sustainable provision of food and nutrition for Africa’s development has now become one of the priorities on the global policy agenda, which includes the African Union declaring 2014 as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security” at its January Summit. As Africa spends a mouth-watering US$40 billion annually to import food, there is no arguing that the continent needs to put its house in order. Our cover story examines the “Hunger Games” in Africa. This lead article is by our deputy editor reGina Jane JereView Special Report
African business is firing the imagination of the world, so it is no surprise that recruitment for Africa is a hot topic. The irony is that while this subject gathers followers, its relevance to the industry itself has been in decline for some time, and a broadbrush view of recruitment in Africa is no longer appropriate. Rupert Adcock provides an analysis in this op-ed.View Special Report
New African have partnered up with the advocacy group ONE to launch the Enhanced Maputo Framework Challenge. This Farmer’s Deal will provide public investments and policy reforms that will improve the agriculture system, providing crucial missing services for smallholder farmers and budding agribusiness firms. The objective is to give agriculture the place it deserves, to ensure that our leaders listen to the voices of smallholder farmers, and that they walk the talk.View Special Report
What is influence and how do you measure it? It will always be hard to agree on a common understanding and meaning of influence. Understandably, this always generates wide debate. How do we determine these people’s influence? And why does it matter that we assemble this list, you may ask. One yardstick we used was to emphasise that influence is not about popularity and popularity is not always influential. The influencer’s impact on public, social and political discourse, however, is what largely helps us determine their influence. Over the next few pages, you will find a breadth and wealth of Africans of all nationalities and ages, both women and men, whose actions and reach, we have determined, significantly impacted and realigned the continent’s landscape in their fields of endeavour. They contributed in redefining the African narrative in 2013 and we feel they will play a big role in 2014 - hopefully, for Africa’s good.
1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience. 1:54 is a high quality event which will showcase a limited number of 15-20 carefully selected galleries.
Africa lost up to $1.8 trillion since 1970 due to illicit financial flows. It is one of the biggest challenges facing Africa today. As the problem becomes deeper and more complex, and African governments make it worse by signing bad mining contracts that virtually give away national resources to multinational companies, M. J. Morgan shows in this cover story that Africans should not get mad, they should get even. Nothing will change without public opinion ensuring it does. Africans should demand that corruption be made easier to prove and its proceeds harder to conceal.View Special Report
They called it an “Arab Spring” when President Hosni Mubarak’s government was overthrown in February 2011 after weeks of massive protests across Egypt. How did things come to a head, once again, in Egypt? What have been the political, social and economic implications of the North African revolutions for the rest of Africa? Why didn’t the much-anticipated “domino effect” from the “Arab Spring” engulf the rest of the continent?View Special Report
The top 100 influencers, opinion-shapers, doers, agitators, groundbreakers, myth-busters, business people, sportsmen and women, actors and actresses, etc, who are reshaping the face of Africa as well as global opinion about what Africa and Africans can achieve.View Special Report
With Nigerian oil production once again on the move we reveal how Big Oil has left the Niger Delta in the lurch.
How Africa can own its natural resources. It is now generally accepted that Africa is the richest continent in the world by natural resources but the poorest by bank balance. This “great conundrum” has been made possible by a skewed world economic and political order that ensures that African resources are exploited for a song by multinational companies which leave very little back in Africa for the development of the continent, so little that there is never enough to run the African economies without foreign aid. This month we probe the hows and whys of the great African puzzle of abundant resources in the midst of poverty, and how the continent can rewrite the world economic order by employing a revolutionary way in owning its resources. This lead piece, in our multi-part cover story, is written by our editor, Baffour Ankomah.
New evidence shows that Britain accepted liability for slavery back in 1806. How will this affect the reparations movement?
Preview of the 2012 Africa Nations Cup including this year's players to watch, tournament venues and group stage analysis.