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William G. Moseley is an author, scholar and professor of geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA. He is a development and human-environment geographer with expertise in: agriculture; food, environment and development policy; political ecology; livelihood security; and West and Southern Africa. Before becoming an academic, he worked for ten years in the field of international development. He is the author of four books and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous newspaper op-eds. He previously served as editor of the African Geographical Review.

Assaulting tolerance on the edge of the Muslim world: The tragedy in Northern Mali

Assaulting tolerance on the edge of the Muslim world: The tragedy in Northern Mali

The nation of Mali, and much of Sahelian West Africa, has long standing moderate Muslim practices dating back to the 9th century. This broadminded intellectual, spiritual and cultural tradition is being undermined by a new wave of religious colonialism emanating from outside of the region, an especially violent and intolerant form of fundamentalist Islam. The […] … learn more→

A glimpse of Africa’s future?  Botswana’s conundrum of spectacular growth with hunger

A glimpse of Africa’s future? Botswana’s conundrum of spectacular growth with hunger

GABORONE, BOTSWANA. You wouldn’t know there’s a food crisis in Botswana, one of Africa’s wealthiest and most stable countries, because it’s a silent one. This is not the doom and gloom Africa that we often hear sensationalized in the media as a place of coups, famines and corruption. No, Botswana is a model African state […] … learn more→

Why Jim Young Kim was the more radical choice for World Bank President

Why Jim Young Kim was the more radical choice for World Bank President

GABORONE, BOTSWANA. While I am an American, I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment that it is inappropriate for the United States to have a strangle hold on the World Bank Presidency. I also sympathize with the frustrations of many Africans that one of their own, highly qualified Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was not […] … learn more→

Azawad: A potentially problematic African ethnic territory

Azawad: A potentially problematic African ethnic territory

On April 6, Tuareg rebels in the West African city of Timbuktu unilaterally declared their independence from Mali and announced the birth of a new nation called Azawad. The declaration was widely ignored or condemned by neighboring African states and the international community. However, considering the arbitrary nature of many national borders in Africa which […] … learn more→

Mali’s coup: Reverse Arab Spring

Mali’s coup: Reverse Arab Spring

This was no act of heroism to save a country from a despotic dictator, but rather an emotional outbreak by a disgruntled group of military officers that thoughtlessly ended 20 years of democratic rule. … learn more→

US global shift and the imperative for Higher Education

US global shift and the imperative for Higher Education

As the American era of global dominance draws to a close, higher education becomes more important than ever. … learn more→

EU regulations foster land degradation in Botswana

EU regulations foster land degradation in Botswana

New requirements on beef exports could have a negative ecological impact on the country. … learn more→

Africa’s farmers and the Chinese green revolution narrative

Africa’s farmers and the Chinese green revolution narrative

The Chinese agricultural success story is not only distorted, but it is being misapplied in Africa. As Sub-Saharan Africa grapples with high food prices in some regions and famine in others, many experts argue that increasing food production through a program of hybrid seeds and chemical inputs is the way to go. This approach, marketed […] … learn more→

Be wary of Malthus: Why famine and population growth in the Horn of Africa are unrelated

Be wary of Malthus: Why famine and population growth in the Horn of Africa are unrelated

With nearly 12 million people at risk of starvation in a region whose population has doubled in the last 24 years, one might assume that these two factors are causally related in the Horn of Africa. Ever since the British philosopher Thomas Malthus wrote “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, we have […] … learn more→

The root causes of famine in the Horn of Africa

The root causes of famine in the Horn of Africa

Over 12 million people are at risk of death and starvation in the Horn of Africa.  Even if they do not perish, young children are likely to suffer the life-long impacts of malnutrition, including poor brain development.  While reactions of grave concern and shock over this unfolding tragedy are natural, its causes are not.  Most […] … learn more→