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How to Create an Energy-Smart Food System

Karim El Aynaoui | Posted : December 17, 2019

Across Africa, many rural communities still depend on manual and animal power for their farm needs, whether it is for production, harvesting or postharvest activities. In fact, in sub-Saharan Africa, engine power represents a meagre 10 per cent of all energy used on farms, compared to 50 per cent in developing regions.

Without access to mechanised tools and technologies, farming is a tough, laborious and time-consuming process. Farmers are often left with small harvests, low incomes, and poor food and nutrition security. Those who do have access to energy are often reliant on unsustainable sources such as fuelwood, charcoal or farm residues, which exacerbate air pollution and deforestation.

How Morocco Became Africa’s Agricultural Oasis

Karim El Aynaoui | Posted : December 18, 2018

This article was originally published in Farming First, a multi-stakeholder coalition, written by Dr. El Aynaoui, Managing Director of Policy Center for the New South and member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel. 

With the rolling dunes of the Sahara desert overlapping its borders, Morocco may be an unlikely candidate to lead the region in water control and management.


Gli effetti della pandemia sull’Africa Una strategia per salvare i più poveri

Yonas Adeto | Posted : April 09, 2020


Il coronavirus promette di cambiare la politica globale. La velocità e la portata del contagio, così come la gravità del suo impatto, non sono fake news, come abbiamo già imparato a nostre spese. Il virus si diffonde rapidamente nel mondo, passando da persona a persona, e il contenimento delle sue conseguenze è indissolubilmente legato alla disponibilità di risorse e al buon funzionamento dei meccanismi di governance. Per queste ragioni, i leader globali dovrebbero porre molta attenzione all’impatto che la pandemia potrebbe avere sui paesi più vulnerabili, in particolare in Africa.

الداء كالفقر لا يبقى في بيته

Yonas Adeto | Posted : April 09, 2020


في وقت توجه فيه كل دول العالم تركيزها نحو الشأن الداخلي لمواجهة وباء فيروس “كورونا”، أكد العديد من الباحثين المغاربة والأجانب في الشأن الاقتصادي والسياسي على ضروة التفكير بطرق يستطيع من خلالها فاعلون خارجيون تقديم المساعدة للدول الفقيرة، “ويجب أن تتم الاستجابات في إفريقيا من خلال تنفيذ أفضل الممارسات فيما يتعلق بالتعاون الدولي”.

Disease, like Poverty, Does Not Stay at Home

Yonas Adeto | Posted : April 09, 2020


Covid-19 should change global politics. The speed and scale of its transmission, and the severity of its impact is not, we know now, to our cost. As the virus rapidly tracks people vectors worldwide, the control of its impact is inextricably linked to the availability of resources and depth of governance. For these reasons, global leaders should focus on its impact among the most vulnerable, and in particular in Africa.

Ne laissons pas l’Afrique seule face au coronavirus

Yonas Adeto | Posted : April 09, 2020


Alors que le coronavirus se propage à travers le monde, la capacité d’atténuer son impact est liée aux ressources disponibles et à l’efficacité des autorités publiques. Voilà pourquoi il nous paraît primordial que les dirigeants internationaux se concentrent sur les conséquences de la pandémie sur les plus vulnérables, en particulier en Afrique.

Infrastructure investments in Africa: A need for a "big push"

Rim Berahab | Posted : January 09, 2018

The need for infrastructure is enhanced by the willingness of citizens to live decently through an increased access to electricity, water, roads and education. The high cost of transactions in Africa highlights the urgency to upgrade infrastructure, support the expanding economies and foster regional integration. Adequate infrastructure provision is thus considered a key prerequisite for the continent to achieve the intended objective of economic growth- and trade liberalization in particular (Ajakaiye & Ncube, 2010). From an economic perspective, public investment, particularly in infrastructure, is rather a means than an end in itself. It aims to increase private capital formation leading to wealth creation and prosperity (Agénor, Bayraktar & El Aynaoui, 2005). Several empirical studies have revealed the positive spillover effects of public infrastructure capital on the demand and supply for private inputs and outputs in the case of some industrialized countries (Demetriades & Manuneas, 2000). Conversely, in Latin America for instance, the lack of investment in infrastructure during the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in roads, telecommunications, and power generation capacity, had detrimental impacts on productivity, production costs and private investments, which in turn undermined output growth (Calderón & Servén, 2002).