Traditional brewing of coffee in South Sudan. (Photo/ Flickr/ Amy the Nurse)

War’s ‘Blessing’ In South Sudan: It Gave Birth To A Rare And Unique Coffee

South Sudan’s coffee bushes were abandoned in the long years of war, but continued to naturally cross-pollinate. The result was something special – Robusta coffee with a very distinct and unusual taste profile.


Warning: htmlspecialchars(): charset `UTF-7' not supported, assuming utf-8 in /home/africape/public_html/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 984
A sample of hematite from South Africa, an important ore of iron. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jake Slagle)

Commodity Market Collapse And Why Liberia Is In Dire Straits

All but three of the twenty major commodities in this dataset have declined over the past five years. For nineteen African countries, one of these five commodities is the leading export earner.


Warning: htmlspecialchars(): charset `UTF-7' not supported, assuming utf-8 in /home/africape/public_html/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 984
Coffee berries in Jinja, Uganda. Coffee is Uganda's leading export. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mark Adler)

Africa’s Export Diversity, Or Let’s Say The Lack Of It – Plus Some Surprises

Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market