The companies also lobby hard for tax breaks as a reward for basing or retaining their business in African countries. Tax breaks provided to the six largest foreign mining companies in Sierra Leone add up to 59 percent of the total budget of the country or eight times the country\'s health budget.
The policy paper published Tuesday; shows that a few peasant farmers are venturing into commercialized Agriculture. While 70% of the farmers access the NAADS extension services, there are those who still opt for private agricultural extension officers.
A UK charity operating in Democratic Republic of Congo has warned that the peace deal signed by leaders from the region is bound to fail unless itâ€™s followed by real actions. The agreement signed on Sunday by leaders and representatives of 11 countries in the Great Lakes region is expected to lead to the establishment of a special UN intervention brigade in eastern DR Congo.
Winnie Byanyima, a renowned gender activist and former legislator in the 6th and 7th Parliaments in Uganda, has been appointed Executive Director of Oxfam International, the humanitarian agency has announced.
Oxfam International has voiced its concerns about the conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund on the loans it provides to low-income countries, and urged IMF to reform its conditions if it does not want to be seen as â€œpunishing the worldâ€™s poorest citizens.â€