Africa’s hottest oasis threatened by drought and disease

Tunisia’s KEBILI – In an oasis notorious as the hottest place in Africa, Tunisian farmers say they are in a losing struggle with disease and drought which is causing many of them to abandon plantations where they grow some of the best dates in the world. In the past, the date palm orchards at Kebili oasis formed lush, rich islands in a desolate landscape. However, many of the trees are currently dying, and their naked, dry, and fruitless trunks extend into the sky. According to farme...[Read More]

Japan announces $30 billion in aid for African development

On Saturday, Japan pledged $30 billion in aid for African development, saying it wants to work more closely with the continent as the rules-based international order is under threat as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a Japan-Africa summit in Tunisia that Tokyo would work to ensure grain shipments to Africa in the face of a global shortage. “If we abandon a rules-based society and allow unilateral changes to the status quo by force, the c...[Read More]