"The Man Who Stopped the Desert''

Yacouba Sawadogo

Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate peasant in Burkina Faso has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel region. He stopped the expansion of the desert. His work inspired a British filmmaker to produce a documentary entitled "The Man who Stopped the Desert."

Ghana works to avoid the ” curse” of oil

Ghanaian workers

The discovery of oil off the coast of Ghana in 2007 was greeted with joy. However there is also concern about corruption that has plagued other oil producing countries. A civil society organization in Ghana is working to ensure that there is transparency in the country's oil production process.

Tanzania prepares for a national census

Tanzania's population is increasing by an average of 1.3 million people each year. In 2012 the country plans to undertake a national census at an estimated cost of $76 million. The UN Population Fund is workng closely with the government to ensure the exercise proceeds smoothly. 

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Jocelyn Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Carlos Macias
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN and Africa.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
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