- Malaria breakthrough: a new vaccine, under development for the past 20 years (including tests in Burkina) cuts risk of disease in half.
- A less than stellar rainy season means “we are likely to see a real problem” with food insecurity here in eastern Burkina Faso, as well as in other Sahelian nations. I can report that most of my neighbors are doing ok, but those who focused on corn are in trouble.
- Know how to knit or crochet? Head over to knitting for nutrition, fellow PCV Hilary’s new project.
- Design for the developing world.
- Usually when a country has lots of rugged terrain, it means it’s not a good place for agriculture or trade. And that tends to mean its economy has lagged, historically. Not so in Africa, according to a new study, where rugged terrain made it difficult for slavers to penetrate, sparing those regions substantial upheaval. [via WSJ]
- Burkina Faso was cleared to play in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after a protest about an ineligible player was dismissed, though got put in the same group as top-seeded Ivory Coast, so we may still have some problems.
- Foreign aid directed to education in Burkina Faso has been cut by over 50 percent.
- The Gates Foundation to target Burkina Faso with agricultural grants.
- Peace Corps Postcards – I’m planning on sending one in myself.