The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

With the stroke of a pen, African heads of state gathered in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018, signed off on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal – which some pundits have characterised as the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organization. This signing comes at…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IPBES report shows critical need to protect Africa’s biodiversity

Biodiversity continues to decline in every region of the world, and that’s especially a concern for Africa, according to newly released regional reports from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). “Africa is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and this is going to have…

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…

In the DRC, Moïse Katumbi ups the pressure

Congolese businessman Moïse Katumbi cemented his place as the fiercest opponent to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila this month, after being elected by dozens of opposition leaders to represent them in this year’s expected presidential elections. Two days later, Katumbi announced the launch of his opposition party…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Study questions food scarcity link in driving African conflict

It isn’t climate change that will increase the frequency of civil war in Africa as a result of food scarcity, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Rather, it’s the abundance of food that attracts armed actors and creates an incentive for controlling resources. “Understanding…

Beijing fires back at Tillerson’s China-Africa remarks

China has fired back at the United States after claims by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing’s approach to African development is one of dependency and indebtedness. Tillerson, now in Ethiopia as he begins a five-nation African tour, made the remarks prior to departing the U.S. “We partner…

African nations well represented at Olympic Opening Ceremony

Awash in symbolism, the Olympic Games began in PyeongChang with opening ceremonies focused on peace and reconciliation – the themes of these 2018 Winter Games. The athletes took center stage with their national teams and flags during the Athletes Parade, with all eyes on Korean solidarity, while officials praised the…

Ramifications for Africa in the diplomatic crisis over Jerusalem

It’s the time of year when the world’s 2.3 billion Christians, alongside those of other faith affiliations warmed by the Christmas tradition, turn toward the city of Bethlehem. Among them are millions of believers across the African continent whose fast-growing faith is centered on the Church of the Nativity and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times