Author Archives for Arthur

African Union-European Union cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation

On September 12th 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, gave his State of the Union Address to the European Parliament. During the speech, he referred to Africa as Europe’s “twin continent” and declared: “We (African Union and European Commission) agreed that reciprocal commitments are the way forward. We want to build a new ... Read more

GlobE – Research for the global food supply: A Pan-African Conference

From 2013 to 2018, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has supported six German-African Research consortia under the GlobE (<<Securing the Global Food Supply – GlobE>>) program. The aim is to promote the development of sustainable agriculture in African countries to secure a stable food supply for the local population and to ... Read more

Yacouba Sawadogo: “the man who stopped the desert”

Mr. Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is one of this year’s winners of the Right Livelihood Award. He was selected as a laureate for his efforts to reverse desertification using an ancient farming technique known as “zai” – pits dug in hardened soil that concentrate water and nutrients, allowing trees and crops to withstand drought. ... Read more

Policy brief: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes

A policy brief on the important issue of contract farming in Africa has just been published by Adu-Gyamfi Poku: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes. The Policy Brief highlights the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable contract farming arrangements between ... Read more