Coffee bean prices have collapsed, and it’s a humanitarian crisis

November 13, 2019

Small farmers are losing their shirts over the latest coffee-bean bust. Put in hard numbers, that’s about 100 million people — both farmers and their dependents — in 40 countries across the tropics who have seen their incomes cut by two-thirds in this decade. The reduction in coffee-bean prices is due to several factors, including […]

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There may be a solution to Africa’s plague of fake medicine

October 24, 2019

Between 40 percent and 70 percent of all medicine sold in Africa is fake, but a crackdown on the illicit trade by the tiny West African nation of Benin is inspiring new action across the continent. In fact, Benin’s capital of Cotonou was the site of a 2009 declaration in which a panoply of heads-of-state […]

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She used a hidden camera to document sexual abuse in West African universities

October 18, 2019

Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was a respected professor at the elite University of Lagos, as well as a Christian minister. He is also a sexual predator. As part of the BBC News “Sex for Grades” investigation, journalist Kiki Mordi, posing as a prospective student, brings a hidden camera into his office to reveal a terrifying abuse […]

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Terrorism and military intervention are forcing aid groups to leave Nigeria

October 7, 2019

International aid and service groups are caught in the crossfire of the brutal, decade-long war between Nigeria’s military and the Boko Haram terrorist organization. To date, at least 37 aid workers have been killed in the conflict. While aid workers in Northern Nigeria are predictably targeted by Boko Haram, they are also heavily criticized and […]

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Jet-setting elites are heading to an enormous slum in Kenya to learn about poverty

October 4, 2019

Wealthy, influential political and business leaders, experts, celebrities — and the attendant press — love to jet around the world to luxurious, insulated venues such as Davos, Switzerland, where they meet to discuss and find solutions to the world’s problems. Problems such as the hundreds of millions of people still living in extreme poverty. Enter […]

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Community organizers seem to have kept palm-oil plantations out of Africa’s tropical forests

September 27, 2019

Only a decade ago, palm-oil plantations appeared likely to devastate the Africa’s tropical forests, repeating the pattern of ecological destruction they brought to Malaysia and Indonesia — including this year’s epic rainforest fires. Yet African community organizing has turned back the tide of the slash-and-burn agriculture that comes with palm oil. Exhibit A is the […]

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