FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, September 24, 2012

Three Africa Reports You May Have Missed

This month’s  Conflict Trends report is the sixth monthly publication by the Armed Conflict Location
& Event Dataset (ACLED) publishing and analysing realtime disaggregated data on political conflict on the African continent. This issue will focus on developments in  Côte d’Ivoire, DR-Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Realtime data for the month of August is presented, analysed and compared with longer-term trends to explore patterns in actors, modalities and geographies of violence.

Cultivating the Future: Exploring the Potential and Impact of a Green Revolution in Africa

Despite possessing large tracts of rich, uncultivated land, Africa is a net importer of food and suffers
from high levels of undernutrition. Some scholars have argued that a ‘Green Revolution’, defined by
increasing crop yields and land under cultivation, could bring about a more sustainable future for the
continent. However, simply increasing yields and land under cultivation could lead to a world where
buying steak in Europe is cheap while millions of Africans continue to go hungry or even starve. In
this policy brief we explore the scope and impacts of policy choices that would increase yields and
land under cultivation in Africa, and facilitate the regional consumption of food by those in need.

Most states in sub-Saharan Africa rely on the ‘legitimate’ and ‘illegitimate’ transfer of arms and conventional weapons to supply their needs. Together with our partners at SIPRI, today we explore whether these transfers lead to or exacerbate conflicts in the region.




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