Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 20/05/11

Hey everyone, sorry for the distinct lack of REAL CONTENT on this blog lately. I’ve been insanely busy, transitioning into my new role as Team Leader! Add to that the fact that 24 summer student volunteers just landed in Ghana (yipeee!!) and well… blogging hasn’t been my top priority. This week is going to be insane, but I hope to get back on the bandwagon soon – I have a few good posts lined up that I hope you’ll enjoy!

In the meantime, here’s your regular Development Digest. Thanks once again to Sylvie for contributing the Canada news section. I hope you enjoy!

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

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Global news:

Obama sees ’67 borders as starting point for peace deal – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20speech.html
*The International Criminal Court bares its teeth – http://www.economist.com/node/18682044?story_id=18682044
IMF Chief moved to New York jail – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011516133057216224.html
RELATED: Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns: potential successors as head of IMF – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/gallery/2011/may/17/next-head-of-imf-dsk-arrest
‘Emergency’ in Guatemala over killings – http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/05/2011517103516680111.html
Trump not running for president – http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/16/breaking-trump-not-running-for-president/?on.cnn=1
Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria’s secret prisons – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011518184325620380.html
Israel’s frontiers sizzle with violence on historic day – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/israels-frontiers-sizzle-with-violence-on-historic-day/article2022668/
War crimes prosecutor seeks Gaddafi warrant – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/201151692455707456.html
Benghazi rappers voice hopes for Libyan democracy (video) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2011/may/16/libya-hip-hop-rap-benghazi-video
Peaceful protests gain respect as they lead tide of change in Yemen – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/change-square-yemen-revolution-tregan

Canada news:

*Harper announces cabinet: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/18/pol-cabinet-shuffle.html
Harper rewards 3 defeated MPs with senate seats: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/pm-rewards-three-defeated-conservatives-with-senate-seats/article2026815/
Kudos for Canada’s ‘modest’ aid efforts: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/992030–kudos-for-canada-s-modest-aid-efforts
Recounts gives NDP historic seat total: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/14/cv-election-recount-ndp-quebec-seat.html
Four challenges that could keep Harper up at night – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/four-challenges-that-could-keep-harper-up-at-night/article2023128/
Can Harper and Layton get along? http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/991556–jack-and-stephen-kings-of-the-hill
Alberta wildfires force evacuation of Slave Lake: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/05/15/edm-alberta-wildfires.html
Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/atlanta-thrashers-moving-to-winnipeg/article2029179/

Africa news:

Uganda anti-gay bill pushed out of parliament – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/13/uganda-anti-gay-bill-shelved
RELATED: Are gay rights universal? – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/are-gay-rights-universal/
Zambia: microfinance beyond the reach of the poorest – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/zambia-microfinance-beyond-the-reach-of-the-poor-3/
My Twitterspat with Paul Kagame – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/16/my-twitterspat-with-paul-kagame
Burkina Faso’s long-serving president moves to placate critics – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/burkina-faso-president-placate-critics
Ghana: Konadu is battle-ready for Mills – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105200025.html
Ghana: do’s and don’ts of Accra – http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/05/14/ghana-dos-and-donts-of-accra/

Agriculture news:

Evidence against global land deals piling up – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/evidence-against-global-land-deals.html
Zambia in new maize harvest record – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/zambia-in-new-maize-harvest-record.html
*Fair trade coffee producers often end up poorer – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/fair-trade-coffee-producers-often-end.html
Burkina Faso cotton farmers protest low prices – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-faso-cotton-growers-protest-low.html
Ivory Coast upsets hit banana growers too – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/ivory-coast-upsets-hit-banana-growers.html
Japan donates 125 tractors to Ghana – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/japan-donates-125-tractors-to-ghana.html
Weather hasn’t been a friend to farmers – http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2011-05-11-cold-likely-to-hit-crops_n.htm
Farm subsidies: a useful sacrifice in the budget debates – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-sharma/farm-subsidies-a-useful-s_b_861225.html
Innovations that can ensure food security – http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-05/13/content_12502242.htm
How can small and large farmers co-exist? – http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/what-we-do/highlights/news/small-large-farmers-coexistence
How can we feed future generations? – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FarmingFirst/~3/MjNbdlIi7xE/
New and harder evidence on climate change, hunger and food prices – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5404
Cost-minimizing food budgets in Ghana – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=57889
Measuring market potential for fresh organic fruit and vegetable in Ghana – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=57952
Willingness to pay for extension services in Uganda – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58069
Yield of maize as affected by fertilizer application practices – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58146

Development thinking:

Responding to worries about COD aid – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/05/responding-to-worries-about-cod-aid.php
Theories of Change – http://onthinktanks.org/2011/05/18/theories-of-change/
Positive Black Swans – http://www.slate.com/id/2293699/pagenum/all/
Deep and Disproportionate cuts to the International Affairs Budget: Dangerous to our National Security – http://thewillandthewallet.org/2011/05/11/deep-and-disproportionate-cuts-to-the-international-affairs-budget-dangerous-to-our-national-security/
COUNTER: Foreign aid, like all government spending, must pay its part – http://thewillandthewallet.org/2011/05/10/foreign-aid-like-all-government-spending-must-pay-its-part/
USAID launches advisory committee on voluntary foreign aid – http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2011/pr110504.html
Poverty in the era of data – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcelo-giugale/data-poverty-_b_860785.html
Why the G8 should open its books – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/19/g8-aid-spending-transparency
How do you tell if a policy is working? Run a trial – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/14/bad-science-ben-goldacre-randomised-trials
Crowdsourcing put to good use in Africa – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/19/crowdsourcing-good-use-in-africa
Social protection: from handouts to social justice – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/17/social-protection-handouts-social-justice
“The Weakness of the opposition in Africa”: Senegal as a case study – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/the-weakness-of-the-opposition-in-africa-senegal-as-a-case-study/
I am not an MFI, just a moneylender – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/TQuA/~3/5wFujd1U9uc/i-am-not-mfi-just-moneylender.html
Capturing change: isn’t there a better way? – http://hausercenter.org/iha/2011/05/19/capturing-change-isnt-there-a-better-way/
*I’m an international development blogger, and you can be too! or why development students and professionals should blog – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/im-an-international-development-blogger-and-you-can-be-too-or-why-development-students-and-professionals-should-blog/
Aid Watch blog ends, new work on development begins – http://aidwatchers.com/2011/05/aid-watch-blog-ends-new-work-on-development-begins/
CI screws up – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/ci-screws-up/

EWB blog posts:

Ben: The Farm This Year: Friday Flims #9 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/05/the-farm-this-year-friday-flims-9/
Mike Klassen: At Second Glance – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/at-second-glance/
Franck: Nouvelles dans news – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/nouvelles-dans-news/
Geneviève: Out of sight, out of mind? – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/out-of-sight-out-of-mind.html
Marie-Claire: L’économie du kiosque – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/leconomie-du-kiosque/
Mike Klassen: Energy Overload – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/energy-overload/
Bernard: Budget et autres chinoiseries – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/budget-et-autres-chinoiseries/
Duncan: The need for the field – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/05/17/the-need-for-the-field
Untapped Markets: Know your client: making finance work for agro-processors in Ghana – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/know-your-client-making-finance-work-for-agro-processors-ghana/
Anthony: Update: Business Development Services – Zambia – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/784
Untapped Markets: Sustainable business part 2 – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/sustainable-business-part-2/
Mark B: The remoteness deterrent – http://kulemela.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/the-remoteness-deterrent/

Amusing and interesting things:

Is a well-lived life worth anything? – http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/05/is_a_well_lived_live_worth_anything.html
What it’s like to make change – http://chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/?p=3250
*21 principles for innovating in the real world from IDEO’s Diego Rodriguez – http://thenextweb.com/dd/2011/05/08/21-principles-for-innovating-in-the-real-world-from-ideos-diego-rodriguez/
Your so-called education – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/opinion/15arum.html
Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like: Talking about Poop – http://stuffexpataidworkerslike.com/2011/05/18/57-talking-about-poop-2/

2 responses

  1. Hey Anty I am always amazed at how much news you digest, especially since I can’t imagine Ghana’s internet to be super speedy. Keep reading!

    Here’s one for you, it struck home with me:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/newfoundland-has-a-lesson-for-canada-on-globalization/article2029960/

    May 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    • Good one, I’ll put it in this week!
      And the secret is I don’t actually READ all that stuff… I’m a master of the art of skimming-and-headline-inferring. Yeeeeeeah.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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