Ethiopia: a magnet for investment in agriculture

Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency is leading a revolution in African Agriculture

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Africa: The Answer to Global Food Security

Africa may hold the answer to the challenge of feeding the planet, and the collapse in oil prices creates a new opportunity to invest in African agribusiness

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Clever Consultants Misunderstanding Africa…Again

An elite consulting firm, BCG, once again gets Africa wrong. The challenges multinationals face doing business in Africa are similar to those they face in any foreign environment.

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The Real European Question: Greece, the Euro, and a More Perfect Union

The real question in the Greek debt crisis is not whether Greece will leave the Euro but whether, and how, the European Union can survive

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Can Kazakhstan Escape the Middle-Income Trap?

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan has done far better economically than most of the other former Soviet republics, with per capita GDP rising from a little over $1,200 to nearly $14,000. But reaching its stated goal of becoming one of the world’s 30 richest countries by 2050 is far from assured.

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The Entrepreneurial State, or, You Didn’t Build That

President Obama received a lot of outraged criticism from the right during the 2012 campaign for his remark, “You didn’t build that.” What he meant, though he uncharacteristically said it in a fairly clumsy way, was that for every proudly self-made entrepreneur there is a huge web of supporting institutions and infrastructure built by the government.

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Landing an Airbus in the Jungle

I can recall when taking a flight in Africa would almost always give you a funny or hair-raising story to tell, even though paved runways were already standard issue in airports throughout the continent, but traveling around Africa is now pretty boring, which is a good thing.

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Like a Ton of BRICS: Let’s Drop the Catchy Emerging Markets Acronymns

Eurasia Group founder and emerging markets guru Ian Bremmer has come around to the view that the BRICS construct is nothing more than a bunch of countries “united by a catchy acronym” and little else.

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