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Situated off the Atlantic coast of Africa, the twin archipelago Sao Tome and Principe was once the world's leading producer of cocoa. Today the island nation is promoting itself as a tourist destination and its numbers of visitors are, slowly, rising.
Commodity prices have been heading downwards in recent months - with oil,sugar,aluminum and copper all well below their peaks. But cocoa has bucked the trend - apparently confirming the popular belief that people turn to chocolate during an economic downturn.Cocoa grows best in equatorial regions - which produce about 3.5 million tonnes of beans per year. The island nation of Sao Tomé and Principe off the west African coast lives almost exclusively from cocoa exports. Production levels fell sharply in the mid-1990s but have since recovered. Today some 1400 farmers grow organic cocoa on the islands - a product that fetches a premium price in Europe.
The islands of Sao Tome and Principe are hoping to expand their tourism industry. With their combination of pristine beaches and tropical rainforests, the government believes tourism could become a major economic earner. But environmentalists are. concerned about the impact rising numbers of visitors could have on the islands' precious biodiversity.
Consumer demand for organic, fair trade chocolate is helping to revive an entire sector of the economy in Sao Tome. Thanks to an initiative first proposed by IFAD, 1400 farmers on this island 230 kilometres of the west coast of Africa have switched to organic cocoa production and are earning more money as a result.
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I was awaken to what sounded like a bomb, but it was a thunder clap. The earth shook and rumbled for about five seconds. Sao Tome is a beautiful Island nation. I wish the world at large would turn attention to it. If I had a magic wand the people here would be more prosperous, have better educational facilities and opportunities, health care and jobs. There is something very wrong in the world when we see the wealthier nations in the world "help themselves" and help "non-African nations", but do very little with regards Africa but exploit its people and its resources and keeping the African people largely poor, wanting and controlled. Open your eyes and behold the subtle invasion and militarization of Africa by the West under the guise of humanitarianism. There are those who love to m...
On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.
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CONTRACT, a 79 minutes docudrama film explore aspects of African Diaspora history and culture that are not widely known or are normally overlooked in mainstream popular and scholarly discourse. CONTRACT tells the compelling story of two African countries (Cape Verde and São Tome and Príncipe) forever linked by a history of poverty and slavery, and two people forever linked by the unbreakable bonds of family and love. This film is not only a powerful emotional experience it is also a solid look into the past and the legacy of Slavery. It's a journey not only for the contract workers who receiving 10 cents per day and a $10 life retirement from the São Tomé and Príncipe government are valued less than a thing, less than animals, but also for the filmmaker who returns to his roots i...
In 1975, China built the $500 million Tanzam Railway from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia, the single longest railway in sub-Saharan Africa. Forty years later, China helped build the first light railway on the continent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which opened in October 2015. In April 2016, the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) released its exclusive database of Chinese loans to Africa (2000 to 2014). One of our biggest discoveries was that Chinese loans on the continent mostly go toward building connective infrastructure – roads, railways, and power lines – rather than pursuing natural resources via the petroleum or mining sectors. Dissecting the Data Previously, the Rand Corporatio...
Students are asked what their favorite part of the computer class is, why they think computers are important in São Tomé and what they want to be when they grow up. São João Secondary School, São Tomé e Príncipe, 2010. Brought to you by Waveplace, http://www.waveplace.org and STEP UP, http://www.stepup.st. Help us raise money to keep the computer program running!! Visit us at http://stepupolpc.bethsantos.com.
ERHC Energy, Inc. (www.erhc.com) Chief Operating Officer Peter Ntephe discusses São Tomé & Principe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in which ERHC has the right The right to receive up to two blocks of ERHCs choice; and the option to acquire up to a 15 percent paid working interest in another two blocks of ERHCs choice. The EEZ describes territorial waters of São Tomé that encompasses an area of approximately 160,000 square km. It is measured from claimed archipelagic baselines — territorial sea: 12 nautical miles, exclusive economic zone: 200 nautical miles. It is the largest in the Gulf of Guinea. ERHC Energy (OTCBB: ERHE) is a publicly traded American company with valuable oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of central West Africa.
ERHC Energy Inc. (OTCBB: ERHE), a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in the highly prospective Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa, today announced that the National Petroleum Agency of São Tomé & Príncipe (ANP-STP) on behalf of the Government of São Tomé and Principe has confirmed the award to ERHC of 100 percent working interests in Blocks 4 and 11 of the São Tomé & Príncipe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The confirmation follows ERHCs exercise of rights arising from prior agreements between ERHC and São Tomé & Príncipe. The ANP-STP has indicated that it expects to invite ERHC to negotiate Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) on the two Blocks in due course. The São Tomé & Príncipe EEZ encompasses an area of approximately 160,000 square kilometers so...
United Nations - The remote island of Sao Tome used to be the largest exporter of cocoa. But in the 1990s, prices of cocoa dropped and the industry crashed. Due to worldwide demand for organic food, the island is once again becoming famous for its chocolate. UN in Action: Episode #1525 Script (Pdf): http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/unia1525escript.pdf