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Fire is legend

Helmut Sorge | Posted : September 11, 2019


The power of fire is a legend, a myth. Reality. The Combustion Triangle-heat, fuel, oxidizing agent. Its importance to   civilization debated by philosophers in ancient Athens, tempting Prometheus to steal fire from the Gods to protect the otherwise helpless humans. Fire is part of life, as is the sun, fire consumed cities in war and San Francisco after an earthquake or just burned to glorify the spirits, provoking fear, the devil, ghosts, and the desperate in poverty, burn baby, burn. The earth consumed by fire. Yesterday, tomorrow. Life reduced to ashes. Death. Mentioned in the bible “Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the LORD descended on it in fire; the smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently” (Exodus 19:18). Fire is part of history, ever since Nero, the emperor, was accused to have fiddled while Rome was burning.


The Thirsty Planet, and No End in Sight (II)

Helmut Sorge | Posted : August 23, 2019



Leonardo da Vinci, creator of the ever beautiful and impenetrable Mona Lisa, noted 500 years ago that he realized the importance of water, which is, the artist jotted in his notebooks , “the driving force of all nature”, the vetturale di natura, the vehicle of nature.

The Thirsty Planet, and No End in Sight (I)

Helmut Sorge | Posted : August 16, 2019


Earlier this month, the World Resources Institute based in Washington D.C. revealed that 17 countries, home to one-quarter of the world's population, are facing extremely high water stress. Below is an international press review of the global water crisis by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South.   

L’irrigation, un élément nécessaire pour une agriculture performante en Afrique.

Mokhtar Ghailani | Posted : December 31, 2018

Les travaux de la 3ème édition du Forum Malabo Montpellier (MaMo Forum), organisés le 17 décembre 2018, à Rabat -réunissant des délégations et experts représentant plusieurs pays d’Afrique, aux côtés de participants provenant d’autres régions du monde, notamment des Etats-Unis, de France et du Royaume-Uni-, étaient venus confirmer, si besoin est, la vocation Sud du Policy Center for The New South. Ce Forum a constitué une plateforme d’échanges qui a permis aux représentants des départements d’Agriculture de nombreux pays africains de présenter leurs expériences respectives en matière d’irrigation. Dans son allocution introductive, Dr. Karim El Aynaoui, Directeur général du Policy Center for The New South, soulignera la pertinence de la tenue de ce Forum, arguant du fait que « la thématique débattue revêt une grande importance pour l’avenir du continent africain ». 

How Morocco Became Africa’s Agricultural Oasis

Karim El Aynaoui | Posted : December 18, 2018

This article was originally published in Farming First, a multi-stakeholder coalition, written by Dr. El Aynaoui, Managing Director of Policy Center for the New South and member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel. 

With the rolling dunes of the Sahara desert overlapping its borders, Morocco may be an unlikely candidate to lead the region in water control and management.

AGRF 2018 : Leadership et évaluation permanente des politiques publiques, gages de la transformation de l’agriculture africaine

Mouhamadou Moustapha Ly , Tharcisse Guedegbe | Posted : September 19, 2018

La ville de Kigali, au Rwanda, a accueilli du 5 au 8 septembre 2018 le forum de l’AGRA, devenant ainsi la capitale de l’agriculture africaine pendant ces quatre journées. Délégations gouvernementales, partenaires techniques et financiers, chercheurs, universitaires, investisseurs, producteurs, club de réflexion, entre autres, étaient en conclave pour faire l’état des lieux du secteur et mesurer les progrès accomplis sur la route de la transformation de l’agriculture africaine. 

A travers une démarche rétrospective, cette contribution se propose de présenter les faits saillants de l’agriculture africaine. Nous revisiterons les défis et proposerons de considérer le développement du secteur de l’agriculture comme étant une partie d’un système dont le développement nécessite des politiques publiques endogènes, cohérentes et soutenables. 

Food Security in Morocco and India: Different Challenges for Joint Answers?

Ihssane Guennoun | Posted : August 01, 2018

“This article has been originally published in 'Morocco in Focus 2018,' the magazine of the Moroccan Embassy in New Delhi, India on the occasion of the Morocco National Day 2018.”

The Slow Death of our Planet

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 11, 2018

Who would cry because a whale has died, thrown onto a beach somewhere on our globe by a giant wave, the noble mammal ceasing to breathe through its blowhole in the head. No news on television, possibly a note on the third page of a local newspaper. Eight billion humans, most struggling to survive themselves, will never know or care. A pilot whale has died in Southern Thailand, after consuming more than eighty black plastic bags? A sperm whale discovered dead on a beach of Spain, whose life was ended, a veterinarian confirmed, because the whale had consumed 29 kilos of plastic, which caused an inflammation of the abdomen and then death? So what? Migrants drown each day, look at Libya, and watch the coast of Greece. Another whale found dying off the coast of Norway, apparently suffocated because he confused 30 plastic bags with natural food and was not scared off by labels written in English and Danish, the whale digested them as well.