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A street trader looks out from his store in Cape Town, South Africa. Defining people who earn US$2 a day as middle class doesn’t make sense. EPA/Nic Bothma

Africa’s rising middle class: time to sort out fact from fiction

Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.
The informal seed sector in Africa is massive – 90% of farmers get their seeds from there. Shawn McGuire

Africa’s informal seed system needs to be brought in from the cold

More than 90% of Africa' small-scale famers get their seeds from informal systems. Governments and donors should shift their attention from the formal and invest more in the informal sector.
The Monday market in front of the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali. qiv/Flickr

Why the recovery plan for Mali is unconvincing

The international conference for the economic recovery of Mali resulted in promises of substantial aid, but the areas targeted fail to address the country's real needs.

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