Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 28/04/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

If you only have time to read 5 articles, read the ones with the *star*.

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Global news:

Toyota car production disrupted until November – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/toyota-car-production-disrupted-until-november/article1995599/
Bahrain sentences protesters to death – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/201142881322769709.html
Sweatshops are still supplying high street brands – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/28/sweatshops-supplying-high-street-brands
Syria’s unrest: between myth and reality – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/04/201142413450323305.html
US storms kill over 200 – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/04/28/united-states-storm-death-toll.html
Global forces: an introduction – https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Globalization/Global_forces_An_introduction_2625?gp=1
Grameen bank cleared of financial breaches by Bangladeshi government -  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/grameen-bank-cleared-irregularities-bangladesh
*Doha trade talks’ killing has no shortage of suspects – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/25/doha-trade-talks-death-suspects
Yemen’s other crisis: the daily struggle for food – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/26/yemen-crisis-food-fuel-prices-aid

Canada news:

Anti-Harper voters may be reassessing leaders as campaign nears end – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/bruce-anderson/anti-harper-voters-may-be-reassessing-leaders-as-campaign-nears-end/article1995614/
Margaret Atwood: my paper napkin guide to the election – http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/980209–atwood-my-paper-napkin-guide-to-the-election
Group sues auditor general to release G8 report – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/26/cv-election-avaaz-g8.html
*Layton jumps well ahead of Ignatieff as voters get off ‘the political couch’ – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/layton-jumps-well-ahead-of-ignatieff-as-voters-get-off-the-political-couch/article2000297
Liberal-NDP merger possible, Senator says – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/04/27/cv-bc-larry-campbell-merger.html
Globe and Mail endorsement: Conservatives (!) – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-globes-election-endorsement-facing-up-to-our-challenges/article2001610/
As voter numbers decline, online voting would help boost engagement – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/as-voter-numbers-decline-online-voting-would-help-boost-engagement/article1997243/
Globe readers weigh in: one big idea to fix our democracy – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/readers-weigh-in-one-big-idea-to-fix-our-democracy/article1996993/
When satire shows go off the air, do Canadian voters tune out? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/when-satire-shows-go-off-the-air-do-canadian-voters-tune-out/article1998542/
On the internet, it’s anybody but Harper – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/on-the-internet-its-anybody-but-harper/article1999982/

Africa news:

*Ivory Coast: A ragtag army falls apart – http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/27/ivory_coast_a_ragtag_army_falls_apart
Ivory Coast militia leader killed – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/201142821358719869.html
Sunshine and shadow in Rwanda’s rural housing program – http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55410
Libya: Filling the void of a stateless state – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/201142583536319618.html
As Sierra Leone celebrates its 50th birthday, a look back – http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0427/As-Sierra-Leone-celebrates-its-50th-birthday-a-look-back
Museveni agrees to meet Besigye – http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1152208/-/c262naz/-/index.html
Uganda police arrest opposition leader Besigye – http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Uganda+police+arrest+opposition+leader+Besigye/-/2558/1152392/-/c0ookd/-/index.html
Malawi expels British ambassador – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/27/malawi-expels-british-ambassador
Burkina president Compaore takes charge of defence – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13166783
Another round of protests in Burkina Faso – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/another-round-of-protests-in-burkina-faso
Hundreds killed in Nigeria post-election violence – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/24/hundreds-killed-nigeria-post-election-violence
Nigeria: uneasy finale to general elections – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/04/nigeria-uneasy-finale-to-general-elections/
Nigeria: Fair vote, fragile future – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/opinion/22olojede.html?_r=2

Ghana news:

Ghana cocoa purchases up 45% – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/04/ghana-cocoa-purchases-up-45-pct.html
Bolga: reckless moto driver costs woman her life – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104270225.html
Gang of Nigerian robbers arrested in Ghana – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104280613.html
FDI inflows to country up 1st quarter of 2011 – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104280739.html

Agriculture news:

*Conservation and farming must learn to live together – http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028085.100-conservation-and-farming-must-learn-to-live-together.html
Sowing bubbles – http://www.economist.com/node/18586884
Future farm: a sunless, rainless room indors – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/04/future-farm-sunless-rainless-room.html
Small-scale farmers at risk from global land-grabbing – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/04/small-scale-farmers-at-risk-from-global.html
“Farming out” agricultural advice through radio and SMS – http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/04/26/%E2%80%9Cfarming-out%E2%80%9D-agricultural-advice-through-radio-and-sms/
Sustainable farming helps to boost cotton crops in Uzbekistan – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/26/sustainable-farming-water-uzbekistan-nabiyeva
Barclay’s faces protests over role in global food crisis – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/25/barclays-faces-commodity-protests

Development thinking:

Behavioural economics: a review of the literature – http://financialaccess.org/node/3711
*More than 1 billion people are hungry in the world – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/more_than_1_billion_people_are_hungry_in_the_world?page=full
Let’s refocus our plan of attack on global poverty – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/lets-refocus-our-plan-of-attack-on-global-poverty/article1999890/
Untying the knot – http://www.economist.com/node/18584122
Banerjee and Duflo’s Poor Economics: micro-steps towards a quiet revolution? – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/banerjee-and-duflo-s-poor-economics-micro-steps-towards-a-quiet-revolution
Limitations of RCTs: a post-script – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/limitations-of-rcts-a-post-script/
The problem with the big picture – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/the-problem-with-the-big-picture
In developing countries, equity beats microfinance – http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/04/20/in-developing-economies-equity-beats-microfinance/
Carrots and marketing to the poor – http://sashadichter.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/carrots-and-marketing-to-the-poor/
Haiti and the international aid scam – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/apr/22/haiti-aid
China publishes first report on foreign aid policy – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/apr/28/china-foreign-aid-policy-report
Is social protection the next big idea to combat poverty? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/27/social-protection-combat-poverty

EWB blog posts

Jordan: What’s a night in Malawian jail like? – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/whats-a-night-in-malawian-jail-like/
Franck: Really, guys? – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/really-guys/
Dan B: No pennies in Ghana – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/no-pennies-in-ghana/
Bernard: Beauté Terrifante: El Mina Рhttp://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/beaute-terrifiante-el-mina/
Brian: Sharing a bottle – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/sharing-a-bottle/
Erin: Always something going on in Tamale – http://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/always-something-going-on-in-tamale/

Specials:
G&RI team 1st Quarter Update – http://ewbgari.posterous.com/gri-2011-first-quarter-update
Ben’s Friday Flims – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/

Amusing and interesting things:

I predict the Gifted will foresee the Punchline – http://crookedtimber.org/2011/04/23/i-predict-the-gifted-will-foresee-the-punchline/
Fragility – http://shotgunshackblog.com/2011/04/25/fragility
Taking the 10,000 hours of practice theory seriously – http://jamesjchoi.blogspot.com/2011/04/taking-10000-hours-of-practice-theory.html
Patterns, patterns everywhere [HT Laura McGrath] – http://tanyageisler.com/patterns-patterns-everywhere/
How centered leaders achieve extraordinary results – https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Organization/Talent/How_centered_leaders_achieve_extraordinary_results_2678?gp=1

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