The new plunder: Africa's plants
Swiss and British firms are accused of using the scientific properties of plants from the developing world to make huge profits, while giving nothing back to the people in those countries.

A season of misery
Malawi is suffering from the aftermath of a devastating drought, a catastrophe for a country in which 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence farming for survival.

Mali gets US$46.4m World Bank credit
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association credit of US$46.4 million to enhance competitive, broad-based growth in the rural sector and help increase agricultural productivity and production in a sustainable manner in Mali.

Namibia plans aquaculture on a grand scale
Namibia, one of Africa�s leading marine fish-producing countries, is looking to aquaculture, or fish farming, to boost the economy while creating employment opportunities and food security for its rural population

IMF fuels hunger for Southern Africa
Another impending famine hovers a dark cloud over Southern Africa. Experts dispute that drought is not the major cause of perennial starvation but the sturbborness of bad policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The rise and fall of the GM debate in Zambia
In 2002 the Zambian government shocked many by returning emergency food aid just when million of Zambians faced starvation. The reason: the package contained potentially unsafe GM maize. Three years on, an audit of the manner in which the GM �debate� was played out in the national media offers important insights.

Tobacco Sales not promising
The country�s auction sites situated in Limbe, Lilongwe and Mzuzu commenced on March 29, but tobacco sales were suspended last week after farmers protested over low prices being offered by buyers at the auction sites. By last week tobacco was selling at US$ 1.2 per kg in Lilongwe.

Agriculture drives assault on poverty
The agricultural sector has made tremendous strides forward as production of major cash crops has increased significantly. In 2003, the country wiped out the food deficit that had hit most parts of southern Africa, and in 2004 produced 1.3 million metric tonnes of maize, the staple food, against a national food requirement of 1.02 million metric tonnes.

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