Fear of famine grows as Somalia suffers worst drought for decades



Dry weather leaves half of the population in need of aid, with 2.9m at risk of starvation. Amina Jamila has been locked in a battle for survival for months. When her family’s 400 goats and camels started dying in dr...


Doubt over Africa deals as ‘America first’ policy bites


US president’s approach poses threat to three aid and trade agreements, politicians warn. Donald Trump’s “America first” pledge could threaten Washington’s three biggest health and trade initiatives in Afric...


The Ethiopian woman helping to bring Chinese to her homeland


  Beijing's skyline wowed Lina Getachew Ayenew when she arrived in the Chinese capital five years ago, but she was surprised to find the pedestrian bridges looked just like those in her native Addis Ababa. It...


MBA students help Ethiopia tackle the impact of urbanisation


  For Ria Tobaccowala, a Chicago native studying in New York, arriving in the fast-growing southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa was a revelation. "The first plants are going up, the first airport is being constr...


African farmers set to benefit from insurance scheme


Africa could receive a $63bn boost from an EU/World Bank-backed insurance project designed to free up loans to the small farmers that form the backbone of the continent's economies. By packaging a weather-based insura...


Rail link fuels Africa trade hopes


China-built line from Djibouti to Addis Ababa seen as boost for intra-continental freight The sleek passenger train waiting for its inaugural journey at Djibouti’s barely finished Nagad station almost stretched out...


Commodities rebound set to boost global growth


The pace of global growth will increase this year, fuelled by a rebound in commodity-exporting emerging economies and further recovery in advanced economies such as the US, according to the World Bank. However, the ba...


How your phone is becoming your doctor


In a bitingly cold evening in late December, having spent most of the day nursing a stomach ache, I decided I could no longer avoid medical advice. After a week of holiday overeating and end-of-year slothfulness, my b...


‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah


Trevor Noah, Johannesburg-born host of the satirical US television programme The Daily Show, has never been to China. But he has chosen our lunch venue, Bashan, an unglamorous Chinese restaurant in London's Soho, because...


Dubai hotels welcome Chinese and African middle-class tourists


Dubai is known for taking hospitality to excess: the world's tallest hotel, rooms costing $24,000 a night, replicas of Arabian and Russian palaces. But developers in the emirate are turning their attention to travelle...


Africa looks to boost growth and jobs with free-trade area


Six years ago it took almost three weeks for a shipping container to travel the 1,100km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. While poor infrastructure did not help, the delays were largely dow...


ETHIOPIA TO KENYA Out of the cauldron


Efi compares his move to Nairobi to Lady Gaga’s song “Mary Jane Holland”, although his life is drug-free and he is certainly not as “rich as piss”. The resonance is more about the song’s first verse: not bein...


Multinationals seek to milk Africa’s appetite for dairy


European groups aim to tap into growth potential through expansion across the continent At Anno Walivaka’s two-acre family farm in a valley below Mount Elgon in western Kenya, daily milk production from its handful...


Ethiopian unrest triggers collapse in tourism


A wave of anti-government protests and the imposition of a state of emergency has triggered a collapse in tourism bookings in Ethiopia, underlining the effect the unrest is having on one of Africa's best-performing econo...


UK ready to shift focus of Africa aid to trade


Britain is expected to increase the focus of its African aid budget on economic and trade-related projects to try to boost prosperity on the continent while forging new partnerships after leaving the EU. Priti Patel,...


Strongman leaders more trusted than democrats


Data suggest emerging market citizens rate politicians’ standards highly Authoritarian leaders are seen as far more trustworthy than politicians in more openly democratic countries across the emerging world, accordi...


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