A small company led by Jehiel Oliver in Anacostia, D. C., is bringing small, versatile “Smart Tractors” to Nigera and Niger
He devised a business in which farmers send a text to Hello Tractor’s U.S.-based dispatchers, who locate the nearest GPS-embedded Smart Tractor and ping the service provider. The tractors typically arrive within three days.
Read about how this new tractor and business model are bringing increased efficiency to the farmlands.
As reported in the latest Camel Express, President Mammadou Issoufou of Niger joined us for the opening of L’Archive de la République du Niger, or AREN, on April 3 this past spring. AREN is a new archive in the African Studies department at Boston University dedicated to storing Niger-related media, giving easier access to a wide variety of materials dating back more than 50 years.
From the archive’s website:
The Archive of the Republic of Niger at Boston University (AREN) is designed to serve not only as an archive but also as a bridge between Nigerien and American stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.
We are pleased to share with you the full text of five of the speeches delivered during the opening ceremonies of the Archive:
Memorial Day is about remembering those who have sacrificed their lives in service of this country. Let’s not forget that there is another kind of service for our country, and take a moment to remember the nearly 300 Peace Corps Volunteers who lost their lives during their time abroad: the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers.
Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers is a web site dedicated to these volunteers, with the ultimate goal of honoring their memory with a memorial in Washington, DC. Take a moment to read about these individuals who gave it all:
Anthology Film Archives is airing a movie by filmmaker Christopher Kirkley this weekend. Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai is a rare Tamashek language film, and worth checking out if you’re in New York City this weekend.
Rock & Roll Africa: Tal National Thursday, April 2 | 7:30pm Schimmel Center 3 Pine St. Tickets: $19/$10 with student ID
West African rockers Tal National hail from the small West African nation of Niger which is situated along West Africa’s ancient trade routes and is home to Songhai, Fulani, Hausa and Tuareg people, all of whom are represented in the group.
The band’s hugely popular and entrancing sound is based on guitar and percussion-driven grooves that are bursting with fiery energy and vocalist/band leader Almeida’s powerful voice (he works as a teacher and a judge while still playing five-hour sets with his band most nights of the week).
“Tal National mix energy and precision with an engagingly hybrid style. There are echoes of sped-up desert blues… and reminders of the Fuji tradition of Nigeria, to the south, in some of the percussion. But what makes this band special is their full-tilt approach, and a hypnotic intensity.” –Guardian Culture
Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street (Madison & Park)
Niger in the Shadow of the “Giant of Africa” – Nigeria – and under Threat from Boko Haram
Niger is rich in natural resources yet is beset by economic inequality, chronic poverty, and civil strife. This seminar is based on Amnesty International’s recent report “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2014 / 2015”. Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon will review the human rights situation in Sub-Saharan West Africa, (with special focus on Niger and Nigeria), and outline United States foreign policy towards the region. What are the implications of these policies for the human rights and well-being of the people of the region? As Americans, what can we do to assist the process of human and economic development?
Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon is the Senegal / Niger Country Specialist of Amnesty USA (AIUSA), the Amnesty International’s Section in the US and part of the global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.
Though this past year brought a surge of Ebola cases in West Africa, Niger has been spared from the unforgiving virus. Cases have been reported across the border in Mali and Nigeria, but so far Niger remains clear.
As mentioned in the December 2014 Camel Express, we’ve posted the report on the reunion held in Estes Park, Colorado for the Niger III and Senegal IV training groups on September 29th through October 2nd of 2014. Come have a look: