Covid-19 threatens Southern Africa’s tobacco industry

Restrictions on movement, border closures and a complete ban on cigarette sales in South Africa during lockdown are posing problems for tobacco farmers and traders in Southern Africa, as Tendai Marima reports

The sight of gloves, hand sanitisers and masks amid piles of tobacco leaves has become the new normal on the auction floors of Malawi and Zimbabwe, where a delayed selling season is underway following ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19.

Tanzania risks pariah status in Covid-19 response

Tanzania’s disregard of global best practice in the fight against Covid-19 is impacting negatively on its international relations and causing alarm at home, as Tom Collins reports

Every Sunday John Magufuli visits the local church in his hometown of Chato in Tanzania’s northwestern region.

Energy access and clean cooking solutions must be part of COVID-19 economic recovery plans

The response to the Covid-19 crisis must not divert the world away from reaching the climate goals, a just energy transition and an equal and inclusive society, say Eco Matser, Sheila Oparaocha and Kandeh Yumkella

The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to wreak havoc around the world while exposing the vast inequalities of our global system.…

Coronavirus changes everything for Africa

The immediate challenge may be enduring economic paralysis to protect health, but what sort of future can we expect when Africa emerges from the coronavirus pandemic?

Kenyan tea offers green shoots amid coronavirus woes

Border closures and plummeting demand have put a strain on Kenya’s key export sectors, but the country’s sizeable tea industry has seen little of the disruption caused by Covid-19 to other sectors.