Bissau (AFP) Sustained global demand for cashews has helped Guinea-Bissau’s farmers rake in record prices, but the industry wants a crack at more revenue by processing the wonder nut at home. Demand for cashews has risen 31 percent globally over the last decade, according to the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), driven by its popularity in Asia and cashews’ image as a healthy ingredient in the West. “I have never earned as much money as this year,” said Braima Seidi, a cashew farmer who has collected enough thisRead More
Bissau (AFP) Authorities in Guinea-Bissau have blocked the September salary payments of nearly a third of the country’s 13,000 civil servants whom they suspect are ghost workers. “After a check made by a team in my department, we found that 4,000 bogus workers, who do not fulfil the correct administrative conditions, receive one and sometimes even two sets of wages,” Finance Minister Alhaji Joao Amadu Fadia told AFP on Wednesday. The September salaries, which were supposed to be paid on Monday, were blocked until they are reviewed by the ministry,Read More
Bissau (AFP) Senegalese rapper and DJ Louis Bernard Diedhiou was just a young teenager on the day in 2001 when his love of megastar musician Youssou N’Dour nearly killed him. Hailing from Casamance, a southern region of Senegal that has suffered on-off conflict for more than three decades, Diedhiou was shaking branches for mangoes to sell so he could buy an N’Dour concert ticket. But he stepped on a mine, a legacy of long-running conflict between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of CasamanceRead More
Canchungo (Guinea-Bissau) (AFP) The school year is ending in the west African nation of Guinea-Bissau, but some pupils will hardly notice the difference. Long-running pay disputes have kept teachers out of the classrooms for long stretches of the last four decades in this former Portuguese colony, where a dysfunctional government struggles to provide basic services to its citizens. The problem is so acute that despite widespread poverty, parents have launched an initiative to pay all, or part of teachers’ salaries directly, hoping their children will not miss out on moreRead More
Bissau (AFP) Guinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dared his adversaries to open parliament on Friday, threatening the administration of his own party after its failure to sit for more than a year. The tiny west African state has been in the grip of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). A new prime minister, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, was sworn in last December but the PAIGC rejected him, accusingRead More
Bissau (AFP) The leader of a Guinea Bissau civil society group critical of President Jose Mario Vaz, was violently attacked in his own home Friday by unidentified assailants, his group told AFP. Legio Monteiro is head of the Vigilant Non-Compliant Citizen’s Movement, which is considered close to the ruling PAIGC party and which is campaigning to end a long-running political crisis between the party and the president. Monteiro was struck on the head and body and his injuries are being treated at a secret location, sources close to him said,Read More