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Africa's Hungriest Need Better Agricultural Research

A new study of sub-Saharan Africa finds serious shortcomings in the scientific research capabilities needed to improve the region's agricultural production. Rates of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa today are the highest in the world. Addressing that hunger problem is complicated by a host of emerging issues, including food price volatility, growing...

What Next In Ivory Coast?

Two former U.S. diplomats say reconciliation in Ivory Coast will be difficult after the latest crisis, but they say careful investigations of alleged human rights abuses, international support and an improved economy would help. Former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs Jendayi Frazer and former ambassador to Nigeria John...

Many Nigerian Opposition Parties Throw Support to President

In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan got a major boost Tuesday in his bid to win next Saturday’s elections. Some 45 smaller opposition parties now say they will support him. But the opposition has not given up completely. The main Action Congress Party is meeting in Abuja. It’s expected to continue its challenge to Jonathan, despite the lack of...

EU Observers Express Encouragement at Nigeria’s Legislative Elections

The head of the European Union Election Observation Mission said the weekend legislative elections in Nigeria represented a positive step in the country’s fledgling democracy. Alojz Peterle said his group found the overall conduct of the election encouraging. “This election was done in a good atmosphere. It is important that generally, the...

Nigeria Opposition Makes Gains in Legislative Vote Tally

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling party is leading in the vote tally from the April 9 parliamentary elections, but opposition parties have made gains. Poll observers say despite violence at some polling stations, the vote was mostly fair. The results released so far from Nigeria's parliamentary polls show the ruling People's Democratic...

Nigerian Opposition Parties Make Senate Gains

In Nigeria, results from the weekend senate elections bring encouraging news for opposition parties, which made gains at the expense of the ruling People’s Democratic Party [PDP]. Some prominent senators failed in their bid to win re-election, including the speaker of the House of Representatives. Senate polls were held in about 85 percent of the...

Nigeria’s Presidential Candidates Include Charismatic Incumbent, Anti-Corruption Reformers

President Goodluck Jonathan is popular in many parts of the country. In 2007, Jonathan, the former governor of Bayelsa state, ran as the vice presidential candidate on the ticket of the ruling People’s Democratic Party. He and presidential candidate Umaru Yar’Adua won, and Jonathan took power nine months ago after the president died. Jonathan has...

Nigeria Strives To Avoid Further Election Violence

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body will continue working with all security agencies in effort to prevent future violence in the run up to the presidential vote scheduled for Saturday. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral body regrets the bomb...

Opposition Scores Gains in Nigeria Polls

Results from Nigeria's parliamentary elections show the opposition scoring some major victories over the ruling People's Democratic Party.Nigerian newspapers report the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, was beaten in his home constituency by a candidate from the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).The daughter of...

Polls Open in Nigeria's Parliamentary Election

Nigerians are heading to the polls in Saturday's parliamentary elections under tight security following an explosion at an election office. A blast at the Independent National Electoral Commission late Friday near the capital, Abuja, killed at least eight people.  Several others were wounded by the explosion in Suleja.  The French news agency, AFP...

Cameroon-Nigeria Border Demarcation Due to be Finished Next Year

An agreement between Cameroon and its western neighbor, Nigeria, is serving as a model for the peaceful resolution of border disputes. The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was created a decade ago to map out the boundary between the two countries. It consists of representatives from Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations. The commission says it...

Nigeria Readies for Poll Despite Doubts Over Process

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday after several delays for the first of a three-part general election, though some parts of the country will have to wait a little longer to cast their votes. Most of Nigeria's population will begin voting Saturday for members of parliament despite lingering questions surrounding the poll's credibility after...

Nigeria Senate Elections Set for Saturday for Most of Country

NIGERIA / SENATE ELECTIONS -- Nigeria will hold most of its senate elections Saturday.  The voting was supposed to be held April 2nd, but was postponed because of the late arrival of election materials in some areas. INEC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, confirmed Thursday night the Senate polls would be held on two separate days....

Pollster Denies Nigeria Victory Prediction A 'Sham'

The chief executive officer for sub-Saharan Africa of IPSO, an international market research company, denies accusations his organization’s latest poll that predicts Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan will win a first round presidential vote is a “sham.” David Summers says IPSO’s polling research was, in his words, based on stringent scientific...

Nigerian President Urges Large Turnout for Saturday Poll

Nigeria's president is urging voters to participate in parliamentary polls this Saturday, after elections were twice postponed. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says his government is committed to holding credible polls this month and called for Nigerians to cast their votes in Saturday's election, the first of three this month.In a nationwide...