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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Burkina Faso: Cereal production declines to 4 million tons

Burkina Faso has harvested 4 million tons of cereals during the 2017/2018 crop year, a drop of 11% compared to 2016/2017, a balance sheet published by the government showed. The sharp drop in production for crops such as rice and wheat is mainly due to drought, armyworm attacks and grain-eating attacks, according to Ecofin news […]

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AfDB to launch 12 new projects to support SMEs in 6 African countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will launch twelve new projects to support agribusiness SMEs in 6 African countries, The Bank said in a statement. The projects will be funded by the AfDB’s Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. According to the Bank, the $28.8 million envelope will […]

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Burkina Faso launches world’s largest solar thermal-hybrid plant

Burkina Faso has launched the world’s largest solar-thermal hybrid plant that it hopes will meet mining companies’ growing need for power. The project conducted by Renewable energy company Total Eren consists of 130,000 panels that will be connected to the existing 57 MW heavy-fueled power plant. It will supply electricity to the Essakane gold mine […]

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West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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OCP Africa launches Agribooster program in Burkina Faso

OCP Africa, a subsidiary of the Moroccan phosphate Group, a company committed to the development of the agricultural ecosystem in Africa, has launched OCP School Lab in Burkina Faso. The pilot campaign, officially launched on February 16, aims to train 2,000 farmers in good agricultural practices. OCP, the largest Moroccan agribusiness firm plans to deploy […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Landmine explosion kills 26 civilians in central Mali

A landmine explosion in a civilian passenger vehicle has killed 26 people in Central Mali on Thursday, state TV reported. According to Malian army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone, the vehicle had crossed the volatile border with neighboring Burkina Faso, where militants loyal to the Islamic State group are known to operate, when it ran over […]

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