The world has always told history through illustrations. In prehistory, for example, communication took place through cave painting. Nowadays, comics have diversified and democratized the dissemination of illustrations in order to tell stories. Countries like Japan and the United States have turned this kind of art into a gigantic industry. In Africa, on the other hand, several talents have emerged in order to tell African history from another perspective and also give a new meaning to the genre. Mixing African tradition and the fictional universe of superheroes, some names are gradually gaining space and accumulating a legion of fans.
Brazil occupies prominent places in both cotton production and exports, attracting several partners interested in strengthening the cotton sector. The latest country to seek Brazil's support in Zimbabwe. An agreement was signed between the two countries to guarantee training and also the transfer of Brazilian cotton technologies to the African country.
“Governments need to invest in food security programs,” says José Graziano. The former director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that governments often focus only on productivity, which excludes ensuring access to water and food. “Provide healthy conditions and productivity will improve,” he says.
The center of African economic progress must be smallholders, says Fadel Ndiame in an interview with ATLANTICO. He is a representative of the African Union, senior advisor to the President and Strategic Partnerships Presidency at AGRA (Gwroing Africa's Agriculture), an African-led organization that works to invest in the continent's agriculture.
"Africa is at the center of our interest and our work." Paolo Silveri's statement, leading regional economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for Latin America and the Caribbean, demonstrates the importance of the African continent to the actions of the UN agency, which supports agriculture in developing countries.
Responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research in Africa, the Africa Agricultural Research Forum (FARA) serves as the technical arm of the African Union Commission. The organization focuses on development and technology to advance agriculture on the continent. “There is no country that has broken the food security barrier without adopting science,” says Yemi Akinbamijo, the institution's director.
Promoting business in Africa is Afreximbank's main focus. Based in Cairo, the bank has been working to encourage industry on the continent. In an interview with ATLANTICO during the Brazil Africa Forum 2019, the bank's chief economist and research and cooperation director, Hippolyte Fofack, talk about challenging the status quo and encouraging the continent's development in partnership with BRICS countries.
“We have a young democracy. The last one to be released. One of the most important things we are concerned about doing is learning from those who came before us, "says Mcebisi Skwatsha, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Agriculture. In an interview with ATLANTICO, he spoke about the challenges facing his country and what was learned from the Brazilian model He also highlighted the importance of cooperation between African countries The interview was given during the Brazil Africa Forum 2019, which took place in São Paulo in November.
Tang Shengyao, director of FAO's Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, spoke in an interview with ATLANTICO about collaborative strategies for achieving the UN agenda 2030 goals. The plan outlines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - divided into 169 goals - to eradicate poverty and promote decent living for all within the planet. He also highlighted Brazil's role in the context of South-South Cooperation.