The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps to improve quality and sustainability, or to promote social justice. The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what…

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” That famous quote from the late US President Ronald Reagan sums up the current wave of defections or ‘change of hearts’ dominating the political landscape for the past six months as the…

African Land Policy Centre unveiled

The Land Policy Centre (ALPC), formerly the Land Policy Initiative, has been unveiled at the on-going Conference on Land Policy in Africa being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ALPC is expected to work closely with member States to build sex-disaggregated databases to track commitments through the monitoring and evaluation of land governance in Africa. The…

‘Agribusiness key to solving youth unemployment in Africa’

Agribusiness could provide a remedy to the problem of youth employment if the youth are given opportunity to utilise land. According to Edson Mpyisi, coordinator of enable youth programme at the African Development Bank (AfDB,) agriculture can offer decent jobs to the continent’s young people. Mpyisi was speaking at Ministerial Dialogue of the Conference on…

African governments asked to invest in land

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) deputy executive secretary Abdalla Hamdok has said Africa should see land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security and ensure environmental protection. Speaking at the opening of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Hamdock said African governments…

African governments must invest in land

  African governments should seize the opportunity to invest in its land, through strategies and interventions that focus on the youth. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) deputy executive secretary Abdalla Hamdok said Africa ought to see land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security and ensure environmental protection. He…

Nobody on the street expected voter turnout during Tuesday’s by-elections to be so high. In the past, especially during by-elections, voter apathy was widespread. In fact my simple research shows that voter turnout has been on the decline in Malawi from a record 93 percent in the 1999 General Elections to 59 percent in 2004.…

‘Boosting mothers’ malaria immune  response can protect infants’

  Vaccinating mothers during pregnancy can be an effective strategy for protecting infants from malaria because young children are at the highest risk of dying from infectious diseases such as malaria, a new study has found. The study, ‘Mother-Newborn Pairs in Malawi have similar antibody repertoire to diverse malaria antigens’, published recently in the Clinical…

We on the street think that Mother’s Day, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 15, is hardly enough thanks for everything mums do. If I, for example, want to thank my mother, Ana Mphepo for everything she did for me, it will be like chasing a storm. You see, here in Malawi, becoming a mother…

ECA, partners developing toolbox to respond to needs of Africa’s youth

The Economic Commission for Africa is working to develop a youth policy toolbox to support member States in developing national policies that not only meet the diverse needs of the youth but also promote their involvement, ECA’s Social Development Policy Division director, Thokozile Ruzvidzo, said Tuesday. She said this when opening an experts’ workshop on policy…