MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 07/11/06
Issue No. 2 Summer 2006
July 11, 2006
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
Visitor from Mali, July 15 to August 15, 2006
Mr. Mahamadou Sako, the director of the office of Food
Safety in Mali, will be on campus from July 15-August
15, 2006. He will be working with Karim Maredia,
Cathy Wier, and their colleagues in the Institute of
International Agriculture working on developing a draft
food safety protocol for GMO crops in Mali, and will be
interacting with the Mali interest group on campus. His
office will be in room 50 Agriculture Hall.
Mr. Sako will receive an e-mail address and phone
number once he arrives. For information on how to
contact him, please call Professor John Staatz at 355-
1519; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afrobarometer- Democracy and Development
MSU's Afrobarometer recently made their Global
Release for Round 3 surveys on democracy and
development in 18 African countries.
Afrobarometer found that the fastest rising problem in
Africa is food shortages and hunger. Concern about
food shortages rose from fifth to second place "on the
people's agenda." "Africans see food security as the
continent's most rapidly escalating problem."
Unemployment ranks second, and health care is their
third most important problem. Health care was second
in Afrobarometer's first survey six years ago, and, while
it has slipped to third place now, concern about health
issues actually has risen from 17% of respondents in
2000 to 27% today, perhaps because of rising awareness
Below are the websites to stories on the Afrobarometer
findings on attitudes toward democracy and development.
Time Magazine Blogs:
Congratulations to MSU's Michael Bratton and
Carolyn Logan on their project and their findings in
partnership with Institute for Democracy in South Africa
and the Centre for Democratic Development in Ghana.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo- Downtown Lansing, MI
Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the Common
Ground Festival in Lansing, Michigan on July 13, 2006,
7:30p.m. Ticket information available at:
The group is also appearing on the following dates:
July 12, 2006 -Interlochen, MI (Interlochen Ctr for Arts)
July 15, 2006 -Detroit, MI (Max Fisher Music Ctr.)
Feb. 18, 2007 -East Lansing, MI (MSU Wharton Ctr.)
Feb. 20, 2007 -Big Rapids, MI (Ferris State Univ.)
Their website address is: http://www.mambazo.com.
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.