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

French, Mali troops kill, capture 30 jihadists in African Sahel

Troops from France’s 126th regiment in Briva-la-Gaillarde “killed or captured 30 jihadists” during a four-month tour of duty in central and eastern Mali as part of Operation Barkhane, the French-led anti-insurgent offensive launched in 2014 aimed at combatting the jihadist threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

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

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on a base in eastern Mali, set up for soldiers joining ‘Operation Barkhane’ in the Sahel desert and we travel to South Sudan where a lull in fighting has led scores of displaced people to cautiously return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

‘Operation Barkhane’ thwarting “terrorists” in the Sahel desert

A new French military base is under construction in east-central Mali. “These border areas are obviously the places most sought after by terrorists to carry out their actions,” said General Frederic Blachon, commander of Operation Barkhane, France’s 4,500-strong anti-jihadist force which is headquartered in Chad but operates across the Sahel region.

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

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Mali where the government is trying to attract tourists to the safer regions of a country that has been plagued with violence and we meet the men and women behind Angola’s largest ever investment in offshore oil and gas exploration.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Son of Mali hostage Sophie Pétronin expects more from France

A week ago, Frenchman Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin headed to the Sahel region in West Africa with the hope of obtaining his mother’s release. She was running a charity helping orphans when she was kidnapped by armed men in Gao, northern Mali, in December 2016. No group claimed responsibility for kidnapping until July 2017, when Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch released a video showing her. In a interview with AFPTV, he says the French state “isn’t doing enough.”

In fractured Mali, dance contest offers a sense of unity

Faso Don is a TV dance programme that seeks to promote traditional Malian dance forms, which are often forgotten amid the popularity of modern hip-hop styles. Eight young dancers from all over the country head to the capital of Bamako to take part in the six week long competition.