Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 11/03/11

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:

*The price of food is at the heart of this wave of revolutions – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-price-of-food-is-at-the-heart-of-this-wave-of-revolutions-2226896.html
RELATED: Bye-bye cheap food, hello turmoil – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/09/f-vp-stewart.html
Middle East turmoil: protests in Kuwait, governments shuffled in Tunisia, Oman – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/middle-east-turmoil-protests-in-kuwait-governments-shuffled-in-tunisia-oman/article1932276/
Arab social capital is there – it’s young and connected – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/doug-saunders/arab-social-capital-is-there-its-young-and-connected/article1930770/
Powerful earthquake rocks Japan – http://english.aljazeera.net//news/asia-pacific/2011/03/2011311607470826.html

Africa news:

*Growing humanitarian crisis in Côte D’Ivoire – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/growing-humanitarian-crisis-in-c244te-divoire/
RELATED: Laurent Gbabo is to blame for the crisis – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/09/laurent-gbagbo-to-blame-for-crisis
Djibouti protests again – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/djibouti-protests-again/
On Libya and “African” mercenaries – http://zunguzungu.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/on-libya-and-african-mercenaries/
Libyan opposition gains support, Ghaddafi forces bombard oil port – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/libyan-opposition-gains-support-gadhafi-forces-bombard-oil-port/article1936242/

Special report: Investment in Africa
Part 1: Africa providing greater returns for Western investment – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Africa-Providing-Greater-Returns-for-Western-Investment022811-117081833.html
Part 2: Foreign investors see potential in African agriculture (BONUS quote: “Every fifth African needs at least five hours to get to the nearest market”) – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/pan/Foreign-Investors-See-Potential-in-African-Agriculture030111.html
Part 3: Increased investment rapidly changing Africa’s IT landscape – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Increased-Investment-Rapidly-Changing-Africas-IT-landscape032111-117243083.html
Part 4: Investment in infrastructure crucial to Africa’s economic growth – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Investment-In-Infrastructure-Crucial-to-Africas-Economic-Growth030211-117248018.html
Part 5: Greater investment in electricity could spark African growth, say analysts – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/east/Greater-Investment-in-Electricity-Could-Spark-African-Economic-Growth-say-Analysts030311-117321848.html

Ghana news:

Ghanaian teachers get damaged (single) spine (salary) – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103040813.html
Health insurance premiums in Ghana – http://whystoptoblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/health-insurance-premiums-in-ghana.html
Tomato traders, farmers want protocol ratified – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103071272.html

Canada news:

The truth about attack ads: they work – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-truth-about-attack-ads-they-work/article1934235/
Agriculture remains a tough sell in the north – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/agriculture-remains-a-tough-sell-in-the-north/article1932011/
Ottawa rumour mill in overdrive about plan to take down the tories – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-rumour-mill-in-overdrive-about-plan-to-take-down-the-tories/article1933251/
Rob Ford’s first 100 days – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/marcus-gee/100-days-of-orders-threats-and-intimidation/article1936055/
House approves generic drug bill meant to help poor countries – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/house-approves-generic-drug-bill-meant-to-help-poor-countries/article1935976/
Head count in the House: do you know where your MP is? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/head-count-in-the-house-do-you-know-where-your-mp-is/article1932039/

International Women’s Day:

*James Bond on gender equality – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/not-the-most-likely-face-of-gender-equality
Empower Women to realize the African dream – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103080561.html
Raising the profile of women farmers – http://www.farmingfirst.org/2011/03/raising-the-profile-of-women-farmers-on-international-women%E2%80%99s-day/
African women writers in pole position for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=204350Profile: Farida Betwei – http://tagoeblogger.blogspot.com/2011/03/farida-bedwei-my-pick-for-international.html
The new Egypt: leaving women behind – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/the-new-egypt-leaving-women-behind/
Government arrests, beats female protesters as world marks International Women’s Day – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103090373.html

Agriculture news:

Extending the reach (of extension) – http://globalfoodforthought.typepad.com/global-food-for-thought/2011/03/roger-thurow-outrage-and-inspire-extending-the-reach.html
Save climate and double food production with eco-farming – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/save-climate-and-double-food-production-with-eco-farming/
*RELATED: Sustainable farming can feed the world? – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/sustainable-farming/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Insurance service to reduce the risk of subsistence farming – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/03/insurance-service-to-reduce-risk-of.html

Development thinking:

Charter Cities: The politically incorrect guide to ending poverty – http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2010/07/the-politically-incorrect-guide-to-ending-poverty/8134/
*Closing the gap between policymakers and people – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/10/closing-gap-policymakers-people-bangladesh
After Action Reviews – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/after-action-reviews-a-simple-low-tech-learning-tool-anyone-can-use/
How can better models of change sharpen up our work on development? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=4647
More on failure: #epicfail – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/03/06/epicfail/
Cutting out the middle men: unconditional cash transfers – http://www.economist.com/node/17420321?story_id=17420321
Devex launches initiative to highlight innovation in development – http://www.devex.com/en/articles/devex-top-40-development-innovators?source=DefaultHomepage_Headline
Would you hire me if I disagreed with you? What if I did it publicly? – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/would-you-hire-me-if-i-disagreed-with-you-what-if-i-did-it-publicly/
Peace Corps, a program for the 21st century – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-quigley/peace-corps-a-program-for_b_829675.html
COUNTER: Corps Concerns – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/22/corps_concerns?page=full
The Mauritius Miracle (Joseph Stiglitz) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/mauritius-healthcare-education
Why being up close with poverty can bring positive benefits (or why EWB does village stays) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/09/impact-of-witnessing-poverty
Muhammed Yunus and the crisis of microfinance – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/muhammad-yunus-and-the-crisis-of-microfinance/article1933094/

EWB blog posts:

Dan B: Dear future self… – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/dear-future-self/
Brian: What’s the good word? – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/whats-the-good-word/
Mike Klassen: Privilege, Taxi Drivers and Complexity – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/privilege-taxi-drivers-and-complexity
Mina: (Not) Soul Shattering – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/not-soul-shattering/
Anna Hopkins (EWB National Office staff) blogs during her trip to Malawi – http://blogs.ewb.ca/annahopkins/
Anthony: How much is a cow? – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/775
Untapped Markets: Market Research: What do farmers really want? – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/market-research-what-do-farmers-really-want/
Untapped Markets: Business based on trust – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/business-based-on-trust/

Amusement:

Ghana’s change-makers – http://www.arisemagazine.net/articles/africa-s-change-makers-ghana/87571/
BC priest lands snowboarding PhD – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/03/04/bc-snowboarding-phd-neil-elliot.html
Canadians’ internet usage nearly double the worldwide average – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/canadians-internet-usage-nearly-double-the-worldwide-average/article1934508/
IPA Liz in Tamale, who many of you know, makes up her own alphabet – http://www.econgirl.com/1/post/2011/03/you-know-youve-been-in-tamale-too-long.html
Sage advice on being a development worker – http://www.whydev.org/so-you-wanna-save-the-world/

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