The day we met Assétou in her village, she was angry. None of the women farmers in her association could make ends meet. But she has a vision that promotes sustainable, healthy, and nutritious food.
Julia Smith speaks about the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and her experiences working with the community there.
Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development.
Herakles Farms aims to establish a huge palm oil plantation in one of the poorest countries in Africa. Frederic Mousseau calls the project a land grab that will make billions of dollars for investors.
France perpetrated two large deceptions in conducting its military intervention into Mali six weeks ago. These have been universally accepted in mainstream media reporting.
France's Le Monde newspaper argues for a long-term, Haiti-style tutelage of Mali. The Harper government in Ottawa can be expected to fall seamlessly into line.
Do France's objectives for Operation Serval, its military intervention in Mali, make sense? This question matters to everyone, not least to the countries from which France is seeking assistance.
A state of emergency prevails in Mali, declared by the governing regime. Meanwhile France continues bombing and Canada extends its involvement.
Another interminable foreign war by the white world against another group of Muslims is certain to fuel even more extremism, to provoke retaliation and to exacerbate the humanitarian disaster.
Canadian troops have participated in military exercises in west Africa since at least 2008. In 2009, Mali was named one of six “countries of focus” in Africa for Canadian aid.