Mali hopes to cotton on to added value

Mali has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production. The product makes up almost a quarter of Mali’s exports, and some 40% of the income of the rural population. But very little of Mali’s cotton is processed in Mali for further use, a tendency that some view as a problem.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mali, where French and Malian troops say they have killed or captured 30 jihadists as part of the anti-insurgent offensive, Operation Barkhane. And we stay in Mali, which has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production but were very little of its own “White Gold” is processed for further use. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

It’s a girl: Endangered rhino born at Iowa zoo

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines has announced another birth for a pair of endangered rhinos. Nine-year-old female eastern black rhino, Ayana, gave birth Friday to a 112-pound female calf. The African species is considered critically endangered, primarily because of poaching. (April 9)

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Cyclone survivors face ‘ticking bomb’ as cholera looms

A powerful cyclone that pummelled southern African countries earlier this month has left survivors facing “a ticking bomb” of looming disease outbreaks, warns the Red Cross chief, after returning from a visit to the affected areas.

Former PM Simoes Pereira votes in Guinea-Bissau elections

Voters in Guinea-Bissau, including former prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, head to the polls to elect a new parliament in the hope of ending a protracted leadership deadlock in the African nation. IMAGES of Domingos Simoes Pereira voting

Leaders arrive for AU summit as Kagame steps down

African leaders arrive in Addis Ababa for the African Union summit which will see Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, pass the baton to Egypt, which is expected to focus more on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. IMAGES of arrivals

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Central African Republic’s “repats” who have managed to set up profitable livelihoods after returning to their country, despite it being one of the poorest in the world, and we track the growth of the African video gaming industry following the global success of a Cameroonian game.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY