Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 13/05/11

Sorry for the hiatus last week – I was on vacation at the beach :)

Unfortunately this means there are two weeks worth of articles here… nevertheless, enjoy your development digest! Thanks to Sylvie Spraakman for collecting the Canada news and to Mina Shahid for contributing the Egypt section.

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

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Global news:

How Osama bin Laden relegated himself to the post-colonial past – http://dougsaunders.net/2011/05/osama-bin-laden-relegated-post-colonial/
Chomsky’s views on Osama bin Laden’s death: http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2652/noam_chomsky_my_reaction_to_os/
Blindfolded, beaten and tortured: Grim new testimony reveals fate of Bahrain’s persecuted doctors – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/blindfolded-beaten-and-tortured-grim-new-testimony-reveals-fate-of-bahrains-persecuted-doctors-2281616.html
Analysis: West turns blind eye to Bahrain crackdown – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/09/us-bahrain-repression-idUSTRE7481VM20110509
Afghan forces ‘not ready’ for handover – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201151083710977793.html
Tunisia sets up electoral body ahead of vote – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/05/20115101356895609.html
Microsoft Skypes for $8.5 Billion – http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/channel-page/business/technology/microsoft-skypes-for-8-5-billion
Gadhafi’s compound hit by NATO airstrikes – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/05/12/libya-strikes-051211.html
Protesters wounded in Yemen clashes – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011512114245752696.html
Women have emerged as key players in the Arab Spring – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/22/women-arab-spring

In case you’ve seen one of these May 21, 2011 Judgement Day signs in your neighbourhood:
Marketers of the apocalypse: Ad blitz warns of Judgment Day – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/marketers-of-the-apocalypse-ad-blitz-warns-of-judgment-day/article2015969/
RELATED: Some horsemen – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/09/some_horsemen

Canada news:

Manitoba amasses real troops and an ‘army’ of retired engineers to deal with flood – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/manitoba-amasses-real-troops-and-an-army-of-retired-engineers-to-deal-with-flood/article2018120/
Chretien urges Harper not to end party subsidies http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/pol-chretien-party-subsidies.html
Green party on leaky pipeline company’s environmental record: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/pol-green-oil-leak.html
Fate of supervised injection site goes to Supreme Court: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/bc-insite-supreme-court-canada.html
How economic stability really has nothing to do with a political party: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/05/majority-conservative-government-ushers-new-era-e?
Quebec opens up its north for mining: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13343284
*Failing grade for government on access to information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/pol-cjfe-harper-fail.html
Elections Canada probing hoax calls to voters: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/elections-canada-phone-hoax.html
Conservatives will lower corporate tax cuts, Flaherty on the budget: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/flaherty-conservative-budget.html
Painting the town blue – http://www.torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/painting-the-town-blue
Gas prices jump at pumps in Ontario, Quebec – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/05/10/gasoline-price.html
Bloc to seek party status, new leader: MP – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/05/10/bloc-party-status.html
Slutwalk sparks worldwide protest movement – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/slutwalk-sparks-worldwide-protest-movement/article2017672/
By focusing on leadership, the Liberals are putting the cart before the horse – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/jeffrey-simpson/by-focusing-on-leadership-the-liberals-are-putting-cart-before-horse/article2017106/

Africa news:

Nigeria’s Mad Men: What ads say about doing business in Africa’s most populous country – http://www.economist.com/node/18621345?fsrc=nlw|mgt|05-04-11|management_thinking
Chad: an election under the radar – http://www.undispatch.com/chad-an-election-under-the-radar
Ivory Coast makes first cocoa export since January – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/ivory-coast-makes-first-cocoa-export-since-january/article2015134/
Kenya: food taxes cut as four die of hunger – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/27/kenya-food-taxes-cut-as-f_n_854532.html
African strongmen crush attempts to emulate pro-democracy uprisings – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/african-strongmen-crush-attempts-to-emulate-pro-democracy-uprisings/article2011680/
What the world got wrong in Côte D’Ivoire – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/29/what_the_world_got_wrong_in_cote_d_ivoire
Uganda’s anti-gay bill is far from dead – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/may/11/uganda-anti-gay-bill
Why the world should keep an eye on Djibouti – http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/04/horn_africa?fsrc=rss
Zambia: Real changes needed in development policy and implementation – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/development-zambia-real-changes-needed-in-policy-and-implementation/
Ivory Coast: Dozens die as Laurent Gbabo’s militia fight on – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/04/ivory-coast-gbagbo-militia-fight-on
CNN Marketplace Africa homepage – http://www.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/marketplace.africa/ (H/T Colleen)
Renewables Africa homepage – http://www.ae-africa.com/index.php (H/T Colleen)

Egypt news:

Egypt extends Mubaraks Detention – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011513213512791.html
*Breathless in Egypt – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/20115910100577565.html
Cairo tense after religious clashes – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/20115991758111146.html
Egypt’s Trial by Fire – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/05/201159115219476806.html
Egypt turns to IMF as deficit balloons – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13384455
The post revolution blues – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13371974

Ghana news:

Big transparency wins for Ghana – http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/index.php/2011/05/09/big-transparency-wins-for-ghana/
Malaria investment pays off – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105091214.html

Agriculture news:

*The new geopolitics of food – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food?page=full
*Can the world feed 10 billion people? – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/can_the_world_feed_10_billion_people?page=full
Fertilizer: free but shunned – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1638&catid=31
Yam: a triumph for towns – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1677&catid=8
Post-harvest management: adding value to crops – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1670&catid=9
Commodity associations: more competitive supply chains – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1634&catid=10
Doing more than praying for rain – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/doing-more-than-praying-for-rain/?nl=opinion&emc=tya1
Organic farming – India’s future perfect? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/11/organic-farming-india-future-incomes-yields

Development thinking:

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: GIVE BILL GATES SOME ADVICE!! Small farmers are the answer – http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/small-farmers-are-the-answer-challenge.aspx
Are 1 in 3 Africans middle class? – http://www.globaldashboard.org/2011/05/09/are-1-in-3-africans-middle-class/
The myth of 9 billion – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/09/the_myth_of_9_billion
Don’t build schools in Afghanistan – http://www.slate.com/id/2293127/
*Cut to the chase: 15 political truths for the centre-left – http://www.policy-network.net/articles/4000/Cut-to-the-chase-15-political-truths-for-the-centre-left
How a business can change the world – http://www.inc.com/magazine/20110501/how-a-business-can-change-the-world.html
RELATED: Business models: why hybrids? – http://www.socialedge.org/blogs/case-on-business-models/
Global Fund rethinks transparency – http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/10/business-financial-impact-aids-fund-corruption_8459194.html
I’m Bored – the Significance Manifesto – http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/im-bored-significance-manifesto
Donor countries should wake up to work to end poverty – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/11/employment-to-end-poverty
NGO package tours – holidays with a conscience? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/may/10/ngo-package-tours-holidays-conscience
Repatriating retro t-shirts from Africa (for a good cause) – http://www.good.is/post/repatriating-retro-t-shirts-from-africa-for-a-good-cause/
‘Private sector’ includes small local business, not just multinationals – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/10/private-sector-small-business-not-just-multinationals
Is cash on delivery the future for aid? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/13/cash-delivery-future-results-based-aid

Development blogs:

Tolerance – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/05/01/tolerance/
Holes – http://shotgunshackblog.com/2011/05/02/holes/
Is budget support less fungible than project aid? – http://www.owen.org/blog/4580
Knowledge management as a cost saver in difficult financial times – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/knowledge-management-as-a-cost-saver-in-difficult-financial-times
A few thoughts for conference organizers – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/a-few-thoughts-for-conference-organizers/
Measuring value in communities of practice – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/demonstrating-value-in-communities-of-practice/
Barefoot in church – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/05/03/barefoot-in-church/
Land grabs update: (a lot) more hectares than we thought, and definitely bad for development – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5328
Poor economics: a rich new book from Banerjee and Duflo – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5367
You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts (Malawi!!) – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2445

EWB blog posts:

Ben: Goin’ on a Parrot Hunt: Friday Flims #7 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/04/goin-on-a-parrot-hunt-friday-flims-7/
Wayne: The politics of Ghana’s agriculture – http://waynemiranda.posterous.com/the-politics-of-ghanas-agriculture
Brian: April 14 Reflections – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/april-14-reflections/
Brian: A new day full of life, love and death – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/a-new-day-full-of-life-love-and-death/
Geneviève: Updates – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/updates.html
Dan B: Pure Watah Economics – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/pure-watah-economics/
Alyssa: Hope Floats in a Vote – http://lyssintomalawi.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/hope-floats-in-a-vote/
Don: Common constraints to extension work – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/common-constraints-to-extension-work/
Bernard: Pensées au hasard vol.1 – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/pensees-au-hasard-vol-1/
Ben: Monkeys! Friday Flims #8 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/05/monkeys-friday-flims-8/
Mina: “Friendly” Protest in Tamale – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/friendly-protest-in-tamale/
Mina: An Air-Conditioned Office – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/an-air-conditioned-office/
Wayne: Project-conscious and business-conscious – http://waynemiranda.posterous.com/project-conscious-business-conscious
Untapped Markets: The end-game of market facilitation? – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/the-end-game-of-market-facilitation/
Alyssa: What’s in a name? – http://lyssintomalawi.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/whats-in-a-name/
Geneviève: When knowledge gets in the way of creativity – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/when-knowledge-gets-in-way-of.html
Colleen: The art of persistent questioning – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1509
Geneviève: Living out of a backpack – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/living-out-of-backpack.html
Lisa: Starting off in Malawi – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/starting-off-in-malawi/
Colleen: The challenge with $300 houses – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1515
Untapped Markets: The power of word of mouth – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/the-power-of-word-of-mouth/
Jordan: SOMBA!! How to get free fish by Lake Malawi – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/somba-how-to-get-free-fish-by-lake-malawi/

Specials:
Congrats to the UBC chapter of EWB!! UBC named Fair Trade campus – http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/05/09/ubc-receives-fair-trade-designation/

Amusing and interesting things:

Self-check guide for girls: Am I Wearing Pants? – http://cdn.thefrisky.com/images/uploads/AmIWearingPants_web.jpeg
Just how dangerous is sitting all day? – http://mashable.com/2011/05/09/sitting-down-infographic/
Blue Ocean Turning Brown – http://nanakofiacquah.blogspot.com/2011/05/blue-ocean-turning-brown.html
Considering: when warlords have Facebook pages – http://johnnydwyer.net/crashinslowmotion/?p=579
Chinese twins born with one body, two heads – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/chinese-twins-born-with-one-body-two-heads/article2016607/
Harvest some savings with a summer garden – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/home-cents/harvest-some-savings-with-a-summer-garden/article1999305/
READING: Memoirs from Africa – paring down the list – http://weblogs.swarthmore.edu/burke/2011/05/05/memoirs-from-africa-paring-down-a-list/
Accra wi-fi hotspots – http://accrawifi.crowdmap.com/

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