Fashion Trust Arabia Spotlights the Visionary Fashion Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Krikor Jabotian Photo: Courtesy of Krikor Jabotian Whatever it was that magnetized a vast troupe of international fashion people to converge on Qatar for Fashion Trust Arabia, curiosity had to be at the top of everyone’s list. The events around the inauguration of the National Museum of Qatar in Doha were as high on royal ceremony, glamour, and celebrity as could be expected from a Gulf country as wealthy as this. What couldn’t be anticipated was the window that was opened on the vibrant energy and social activism of young…

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Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?

Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry humans. Right now, projections suggest that we might just be able to meet the challenge of feeding our growing population in 2050, but only if we make better use of the land that we use for agriculture. For sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), though, the question gets a little more complicated. Even if there’s enough food globally to go around by 2050, will SSA be able to produce enough to be self-sufficient? A paper in this week’s PNAS suggests that the region…

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Hunter-gatherers in East Africa live active lifestyle that helps lower risk for heart disease

In a remote area of north-central Tanzania, men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. Dinner could come in the form of a small bird, a towering giraffe or something in between. Meanwhile, women gather tubers, berries and other fruits. This is everyday life for the Hadza, an indigenous ethnic group living around Lake Eyasi in East Africa and one of the last hunter-gatherer populations on Earth. The Hadza live a very different kind of lifestyle — and a very…

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Secret Teacher: I moved to Africa – and realised how flawed British education is

Ten years ago, I took my first job as an English teacher in an east London comprehensive next to a large council estate. I had gravitated towards the profession because it was in my family. My father was a lifer at his school and vastly improved the chances of thousands of students over 30 years; I wanted to be able to say the same for myself when I reached retirement age. After a gruelling training year, I felt like I was on course to achieve that. I came home exhausted…

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Nissan starts selling made in India Datsun GO+ in South Africa

Japanese auto maker Nissan today said it has started selling of India-made entry level multi-purpose vehicle Datsun GO+ in South Africa. “Sales of the Datsun GO+, produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai, began on August 31, 2016 in South Africa,” Nissan India said in a statement. Commenting on the development, Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said: “Following on the success of the India-built Datsun GO’s launch into the small car segment in South Africa, the GO+ is another example of our Make in India models…

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