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Maize consumption per capita in southern Africa. (Photo/ rnjacobs/FAO)

Armyworm Invasion Hits Southern Africa, Just As The Region Is Recovering From Drought

Armyworms are a dreaded pest in Africa; their name comes from the way they can march upon the land and devour everything in sight. They are known to destroy up to 90% of crops in the field.


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Remittances To Africa Top $63 Billion, Though Costs Of Transfer Remain Scandalously High

The most expensive path of sending money was from South Africa to Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique. The high charges are a result of anti-money laundering regulations, but also excessive market concentration of banks


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Inequality In Africa: Southern Africa’s ‘Enclave Economies’ Most Unequal

In Namibia and South Africa, the richest 10% are responsible for more than half (50%+) of total consumption in the economy – a huge gap by any standards. It’s a legacy of how capitalism was introduced into the region


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Classroom in Burkina Faso: The 'average' African primary school classroom has 41 pupils and one teacher. (Photo/ Jessica Lea/DFID).

Crowded Classrooms: In Some African Countries, It’s 60 Pupils Or More For One Teacher

Education quality has not kept up with demand in Africa; in some cases the situation so dire that pupils in school are not much better off than those who missed school.