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Shirley Sherrod's Case Against Blogger Begins

On July 19, 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ordered Sherrod's resignation from her job as a Georgia rural development official after learning about a video of Sherrod making supposedly racist remarks. On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court will hold the first hearing in Sherrod's defamation case against the conservative blogger who posted the video.

Bachmann Criticizes Black Farmer Settlement

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid.

Chinese Investment in Nigeria Hits $7.3 Billion

Permanent Secretary in Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fatima Bamidele, said Chinese trade investments in Nigeria has risen to over $7.3billion, thus making Nigeria the second largest trading partner with China in Africa.

Republicans Tried to Block Compensation to Black Farmers

The House of Representatives rejected a last-minute Republican-sponsored attempt Thursday to block the federal government from paying a settlement it reached with black farmers who had been discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over several years.

Southern Africa's Agricultural Policies Key to Boosting Food Security

The success story of southern Africa's turnaround from being a food deficit region to one producing surplus grain underscores the point that agricultural policies are key to boosting production and improving food security in the region.

Setting Agenda – What Jonathan Must Focus On to Move Nigeria’s...

Nigeria's economic potential is well known. The country's considerable resource endowment and coastal location ordinarily should allow the emergence of a strong growth pole for sub-Saharan Africa.