Archive for the ‘Cote d’Ivoire’ Category

Can Africa One Day Help Feed The World’s Growing Population?

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on Africa’s agricultural potential: An hour away from the medina of Marrakech and its throngs of tourists, plains of semi-desert stretch across the horizon. Here, at the Benguerir mine, huge diggers bore into the ochre earth to reach the phosphate rock beneath, a resource that could help shape […]

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Fear of A Chocolate Meltdown

Via The Guardian, a look at how poor harvests in extreme weather conditions have led to a tripling of cocoa prices – but farmers have seen no benefit: Around the world this holiday weekend, people will consume hundreds of millions of Easter eggs and bunnies, as part of an annual chocolate intake that can exceed […]

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Cote d’Ivoire: West Africa’s Star

Via BNN Bloomberg, a report on Cote d’Ivoire: Ivory Coast’s eurobonds rallied after the nation’s credit score was lifted by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the resilience of the economy and rising private sector investments. The company raised the West African nation’s rating one level to Ba2, two levels below investment grade over the weekend. […]

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Traders Brace for Sahel States’ Split from ECOWAS

Via The Africa Report, a report on the impact of the Sahel states split form ECOWAS on Cote d’Ivoire: More than 1.3 million Burkinabes and half a million Malians live in the Côte d’Ivoire thanks to ECOWAS freedom of movement, many of them running small businesses. They fear for their livelihoods and their right to […]

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Africa’s Donkeys Are Coveted by China. Can the Continent Protect Them?

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how African governments are seeking to curb donkey skin exports to China, where demand for traditional medicine and other products is threatening animals that rural households need: For years, Chinese companies and their contractors have been slaughtering millions of donkeys across Africa, coveting gelatin from the […]

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Growth, Returns and Aid Shift Investor Focus to West of Africa

Via Bloomberg, an article on increasing investment interest in West Africa: West Africa eurobonds on average saw better returns than peers China investment to region has surpassed East, Southern Africa Investors in West African countries are enjoying the best returns on the continent, and are shifting money flows to a region that’s performed well despite […]

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