Invest in agriculture in the African countries

Farmers in Kenya.

Investing in domestic agriculture is the only way to achieve welfare and development in Africa, says the debater. Photo: CIAT (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Inge Gerremo

Many leaders in Africa have taken the easy way and imported cheap food from Europe and North America. To succeed in building a welfare state, it is necessary for African leaders - and the outside world - to invest in domestic agriculture, writes Inge Gerremo, expert on global food issues.

March 18, 2019, Debate

Animal health important for poverty reduction and food security

Of: Arvid Owl, Jonathan Rushton and Ulf Magnusson

Investments in improved animal health contribute in several ways to the implementation of Agenda 2030. It shows one new report from the Expert Group on Development Aid (EBA). Improved animal health gives poor animal keepers increased production and yields, and also reduces the spread of infectious diseases and multi-resistant bacteria. Sweden has unique experience of organized animal health work - these experiences should be used in international development cooperation, the authors of the report write.

March 7, 2017, Debate

The hidden racism in the media must end

Of: Stone stream

Media's selective news reporting leads to a low level of knowledge about external issues and to increased racism. How big can the difference in media reporting based on the "proximity principle" be before it becomes unreasonable, if not grotesque? This is the question of Sten Ström, former auditor at the development agency Sida and consultant in development issues and poverty reduction.

August 16, 2016, Debate

The Kampala Declaration shows why support for African research is so important

Of: Lennart Wohlgemuth

The Kampala Declaration on Academic Freedom was created 25 years ago and was of great importance for the opportunities to conduct critical research in Africa. Sweden supported the initiative, despite risks and the sensitive subject. Now the threats to academic freedom in Africa are increasing again, at the same time as Sweden is reducing the resources for research aid. That must change, writes Lennart Wohlgemuth.

April 26, 2016, Debate

The EU's trade agreement must be fair

Of: Jytte Guteland

When the EU signs trade agreements with developing countries, the EU's own interests often come first. The agreements benefit large and resourceful companies and countries, while the goods of poor countries lose value. Now the EU must begin to stand up for fair cooperation where development and social growth are rewarded, writes MEP Jytte Guteland (s).

March 3, 2015, Debate

Redesign Swedish Africa policy

Of: Fredrik Söderbaum

In connection with Löfven's visit to Africa, a major strategy process is now being initiated within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sida, which aims to review Sweden's regional development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa. The process should be guided by a greater focus on issues of national capacity, better coordination and a re-prioritization of excessive support for regional organizations. That is the opinion of Fredrik Söderbaum, professor at the University of Gothenburg.

February 2, 2015, Debate