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Public-Private Partnerships Can Transform Africa

By Mimi Alemayehou

While unveiling a bold initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama made it unequivocally clear that this undertaking will require private sector partners. The U.S. government pledged U.S.$7 billion to the new Power Africa initiative, while private sector partners made commitments to inject an additional $9 billion over five years.

In the same vein, the president also underscored the critical importance of working collaboratively with governments on the continent to foster a business and regulatory environment that supports private sector investment in strategic infrastructure development.

Fixing Africa’s Land Ownership Issues

Poor land governance systems are one of the biggest challenges to African development, but the problem is not insurmountable. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group’s vice president for Africa, discusses ways to improve them.
Many countries around the world have grappled with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. However, in Africa, which is home to 202 million hectares or half the world’s total holdings of useable uncultivated fertile land, that problem is accentuated by extremely low agricultural productivity, high rates of unemployment and inequality.   

The United States and India Help Improve African Agriculture

Press Release, USAID  - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By Meeta Parti

The United States and India launched today the second India-U.S.-Africa triangular agricultural training program supported by the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative Feed the Future. This partnership aims to improve agricultural productivity and support market institutions in Kenya, Liberia, and Malawi.

Computer Model Gives Early Warning of Crop Failure

By Joel Winston, 24 July 2013 -

An international team of researchers has developed a computer model to predict global crop failures several months before harvest.

Since 2008, widespread drought in crop-exporting regions has resulted in large increases in food prices on global commodity markets. With climatic extremes also expected to become more common, being able to predict global crop failures could help developing nations that are reliant on food imports - making them more resilient to spikes in food prices.

U.S. Can Invest in Africa On Bipartisan Basis

President Barack Obama's recent visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania was written off as a "guilt trip" by some and a "last chance" to salvage an Africa policy legacy by others.
In fact, the initiatives that he introduced during the trip have the potential to be as transformative, if not more so, than those developed by his predecessors, presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
True, there was frustration on the continent and in some U.S. policy circles that Obama did not pay more attention to the continent during his first term, frustration which I shared. His 2009 visit to only one country, Ghana, for less than 24 hours diminished expectations and conveyed a sense of detachment.