FAO: Agrocorridors drive economy

Economic “agrocorridors” can be a strategic tool to draw private capital and large-scale investment to projects that benefit smallholder farmers and boost food security in lower-income countries, according to a new FAO report that provides guidance on how development planners can avoid pitfalls. These corridors, according to the report, are development programmes that foster promising […]

US-based journalists praise Liberian press union

The interim leadership of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent suspension of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Vice President, Jallah Grayfield by the union’s executive committee is a significant step aimed at curtailing ethical transgressions in the Liberian media. It says it supports the PUL for the corrective action […]

EU-Africa business forum in May

The EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce is expected to host the first edition of its EU-Africa B2B Forum on 06–08 May 2015 in Mons, Belgium.  This high level Business-to-Business (B2B) event aims to bring together business professionals to discuss mutual opportunities, expectations and needs. Over five hundred (500) participants are expected for each day. The EU-Africa B2B Forum will […]

Polar Music Prize announces winners

Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie and US country star Emmylou Harris are the winners of this year’s Polar Music Prize, it was announced today. Glennie, who is deaf, is one of the leading instrumentalists in her field and has released 30 albums and worked together with such luminaries as previous Polar Prize winner Björk, as well […]

Gothenburg fights violent extremism

The Swedish city of Gothenburg is taking new steps to fight violent extremism by hiring two coordinators to oversee city-wide efforts to prevent young people from joining terrorist groups like IS. One of those positions was filled Monday, with Zan Jankovski taking up the job. In a statement, he said: “This question is becoming ever […]

Somalia: a dangerous place for journalists

The dangers and pressures journalists face in Somalia undermine coverage of not only sensitive political stories but also important humanitarian issues.  Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.  Fifty-six have been killed there since 1992, five of them in 2014.  […]

Liberia: police ready to provide full security

Liberia’s acting police director has expressed confident that the country’s police is able to maintain peace and security. Col. William Mulbah’s comments made last Wednesday were intended to assuage fears that the drawdown of forces of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) would create a security vacuun. Several reports, including those of the US State […]

Struggle against Boko Haram entering new phase?

A week and a half before Nigeria’s presidential election was scheduled, the military declared in a letter to the chairman of the electoral commission that they would not be able to assist with security measures for another for six weeks due to a major offensive to be concluded in the north-east. As a result, the […]

Oil company responds to malpratice allegations

The attention of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has been drawn to misleading allegations made by Global Witness and carried by FrontPage Africa newspaper  aimed at discrediting the bid round conducted by the Government of Liberia (GoL) and NOCAL, and misrepresenting the otherwise diligent process undertaken by NOCAL and the GoL to put […]

Pan African fish project launched

A new pan-African project has been launched in Nairobi, Kenya to strengthen the continent’s great potential for increased trade in fish. Africa, a continent that is endowed with plentiful fish resources in oceans, rivers, lakes, floodplains and fish farms accounts for just 4.9% of global fish trade. More efficient trade could significantly improve income and […]