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Market access isn’t only hurdle for Africa’s small-scale farmers

(September 26th, 2012)

From CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Today on American Public Media’s Marketplace, I explore whether the rapid expansion of supermarket chains across sub-Saharan Africa is an opportunity or a curse for the continent’s small-scale farmers. I had done a little research before I headed out to Zambia, Lesotho and South Africa to report this story, and […]

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Supermarket sweepstakes: Africa’s small farmers encounter the modern grocery store

(September 26th, 2012)

Listen to this story Supermarket chains are jockeying to serve millions of new customers in the developing world, including Africa. This year Walmart finalized a merger with a major African retailer. The supermarket juggernaut could be an opportunity, or a curse, for the continent’s tens of millions of struggling small farmers. At the Bauleni outdoor […]

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Nations strive to reach Millennium Goals

(September 22nd, 2010)

World leaders in New York are reviewing the progress of the so-called Millennium Development Goals, a set of concrete goals most countries agreed to at the end of the 90s aimed at improving the quality of life for billions. But the deal was signed before the global financial crisis hit. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Mozambique to stop bread price hike

(September 8th, 2010)

Consumers in Mozambique are celebrating after their government said it would cancel a scheduled price increase for rolls of bread. That initial announcement led to riots. Reporter Gretchen Wilson talks with Steve Chiotakis about why this is a big deal for the southern African nation and whether the demonstrations could start again.

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Malawi finds economic success

(May 29th, 2009)

Africa’s reputation may bring to mind starving children or civil wars. Not political stability or economic growth. But one country is shaking off its old reputation. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Black South Africans may lose farms

(April 21st, 2009)

In 1994 then South African President Mandela pledged to redistribute 30% of white-owned farmland to the black majority. But now the government is threatening to take that land back. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Food processes slow down Tanzania

(March 2nd, 2009)

In Tanzania, 80% of the population works in agriculture. But high global food prices aren’t exactly helping Tanzanians. Many are still poor because much of their home-grown food goes to waste. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Food crisis hits middle class here, abroad

(May 9th, 2008)

It’s not just the poor who are suffering from the global food crisis. More middle-class people are having trouble feeding themselves. Sean Cole visits a family in Minnesota. Then, Gretchen Wilson reports from South Africa where home gardening is a necessity.

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Zimbabwe is ‘beyond crisis point’

(April 29th, 2008)

The U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss the unverified results of last month’s election in Zimbabwe. The country’s economy was devastated under President Robert Mugabe. What if he is re-elected? Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

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Impasse prolongs Zimbabwe’s pain

(April 18th, 2008)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is being blamed by his opposition and economists for the collapse of what was once southern Africa’s breadbasket. And the nation’s current political impasse is only prolonging its pain. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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