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*.


Global news:

Obama sees ’67 borders as starting point for peace deal –
*The International Criminal Court bares its teeth –
IMF Chief moved to New York jail –
RELATED: Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns: potential successors as head of IMF –
‘Emergency’ in Guatemala over killings –
Trump not running for president –
Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria’s secret prisons –
Israel’s frontiers sizzle with violence on historic day –
War crimes prosecutor seeks Gaddafi warrant –
Benghazi rappers voice hopes for Libyan democracy (video) –
Peaceful protests gain respect as they lead tide of change in Yemen –

Canada news:

*Harper announces cabinet:
Harper rewards 3 defeated MPs with senate seats:
Kudos for Canada’s ‘modest’ aid efforts:–kudos-for-canada-s-modest-aid-efforts
Recounts gives NDP historic seat total:
Four challenges that could keep Harper up at night –
Can Harper and Layton get along?–jack-and-stephen-kings-of-the-hill
Alberta wildfires force evacuation of Slave Lake:
Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg –

Africa news:

Uganda anti-gay bill pushed out of parliament –
RELATED: Are gay rights universal? –
Zambia: microfinance beyond the reach of the poorest –
My Twitterspat with Paul Kagame –
Burkina Faso’s long-serving president moves to placate critics –
Ghana: Konadu is battle-ready for Mills –
Ghana: do’s and don’ts of Accra –

Agriculture news:

Evidence against global land deals piling up –
Zambia in new maize harvest record –
*Fair trade coffee producers often end up poorer –
Burkina Faso cotton farmers protest low prices –
Ivory Coast upsets hit banana growers too –
Japan donates 125 tractors to Ghana –
Weather hasn’t been a friend to farmers –
Farm subsidies: a useful sacrifice in the budget debates –
Innovations that can ensure food security –
How can small and large farmers co-exist? –
How can we feed future generations? –
New and harder evidence on climate change, hunger and food prices –
Cost-minimizing food budgets in Ghana –
Measuring market potential for fresh organic fruit and vegetable in Ghana –
Willingness to pay for extension services in Uganda –
Yield of maize as affected by fertilizer application practices –

Development thinking:

Responding to worries about COD aid –
Theories of Change –
Positive Black Swans –
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 –
USAID launches advisory committee on voluntary foreign aid –
Poverty in the era of data –
Why the G8 should open its books –
How do you tell if a policy is working? Run a trial –
Crowdsourcing put to good use in Africa –
Social protection: from handouts to social justice –
“The Weakness of the opposition in Africa”: Senegal as a case study –
I am not an MFI, just a moneylender –
Capturing change: isn’t there a better way? –
*I’m 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 –
CI screws up –

EWB blog posts:

Ben: The Farm This Year: Friday Flims #9 –
Mike Klassen: At Second Glance –
Franck: Nouvelles dans news –
Geneviève: Out of sight, out of mind? –
Marie-Claire: L’économie du kiosque –
Mike Klassen: Energy Overload –
Bernard: Budget et autres chinoiseries –
Duncan: The need for the field –
Untapped Markets: Know your client: making finance work for agro-processors in Ghana –
Anthony: Update: Business Development Services – Zambia –
Untapped Markets: Sustainable business part 2 –
Mark B: The remoteness deterrent –

Amusing and interesting things:

Is a well-lived life worth anything? –
What it’s like to make change –
*21 principles for innovating in the real world from IDEO’s Diego Rodriguez –
Your so-called education –
Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like: Talking about Poop –


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:

    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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