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ISSUE 43 - VOL 1
NOVEMBER 15 - DECEMBER 14, 2002

Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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- THE STUPID DIVE TO HELL OF ONCE PROSPEROUS AFRICAN COUNTRIES

"There is no poor African country...Only lack of imagination and mismanagement..." is boldly written on the homepage of Africabiz Online Global. The current article, in addition to several others listed on previous links, illustrate further that assertion.

In this article the causes behind the collapse of Ivory Coast were briefly exposed. Ivory Coast was the driving force of economic development in French speaking west Africa, for three decades running; and is now, at the end of year 2002, engulfed in political turmoil. The per capita Gross National Product (GNP) nose dived from US$ 1,200 (1993) to US$ 600 (2002). If the current crisis continue to worsen, no doubt that the GNP decline will sharpen.

Since three years, the international community witnessed with amazement and bewilderment the erratic land reform performed by Zimbabwe's Mugabe.

Now, at the end of year 2002, came the time of reckoning: Zimbabwe is hit by famine; fuel shortage, skyrocketed inflation and global economic decay.

Sad. Isn't? To see Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast, two African countries, which used to stand as regional economic powers to be now on dire straits.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe is blaming persisting drought in Southern Africa for the famine. Ivory Coast's Gbagbo is claming that invading forces and "terrorists" from neighboring countries are the war mongers who are debasing his country.

They are both wrong. The real causes behind the sad collapse of these two once prosperous countries is just plain mismanagement and lack of imagination to solving political, social and economic problems.

It is obvious that land reform to empowering Zimbabwe's black farmers is an absolute necessity. That reform, however, could have been planned and performed with sagacity to protecting the existing and efficient agricultural structure developed by Zimbabwe's white farmers.

In the contrary, Robert Mugabe led a demagogic policy of land invasion and seizure, which doubtless played a great part in the current state of famine and economic chaos existing in Zimbabwe at the end of year 2002.

One could wonder why the land reform remained dormant for quite 23 years (since the independence day) to be suddenly addressed in a manner of improvisation, confusion and snafu. It is clear that Zimbabwe's ruling party, under the leadership of Mugabe, acted just to satisfy the interests of a gang, which only target is to hang on to power; disregarding, first, the detrimental economic and social cost to the country; and second, subsequent damage done to Africa's image and standing vis-à vis the international community of investors.
According to 1998's census, which partial result is reported in the table at the right side of this paragraph, one quarter of Ivory Coast population of 16,000,000 people is composed of migrants from Burkina Faso and other surrounding African countries like Mali, Senegal, Togo, Benin. The majority (61%) of these migrants are from Burkina Faso. Click here for Countries briefs. 
Foreigners in Ivory Coast
Burkina
Mali:
Guinea:
Ghana:
Benin:
Niger:
Nigeria:
2.3m
792,260 230,390 133,220 107,500 102,220 101,360

Furthermore, from the end of 19th century up to 1949, the current territories of Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso (Upper Volta) were merged into a single entity under the colonial power of France.

Therefore a large number of people from Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) were already established in the current territory of Ivory Coast and particularly in the northern region when the split occurred.

These "migrants" have been encouraged to stay, after the split, by the open-door policy staged by president Houphouet Boigny, Ivory Coast's founding father.

The children of these migrants, born in the "new" Ivory Coast and their fathers established since more than 50 years, considered themselves Ivorian citizens. They used to cast votes under the rule of Houphouet Boigny. They contributed very significantly to the fantastic development of Ivory Coast's agriculture and to the so called "Economic Miracle", which put Ivory Coast into the driving seat of economic development in West Africa.

Came to power the heir to Houphouet, who, in order to eliminate a rival from the political game, coined the so called Ivoirité concept, which bans anyone whose parents are not both "pure" Ivorian to run for president office. Click here for more.

What did they really expected those behind the Ivoirité concept? Have they really analyzed the full implication of their decision?

It was obvious that the implementation of the concept, owing to the composition of the population, as above briefly explained, was clearly portent of troubles and civil unrest.

The migrants and their Mohammedans brothers in religion represent at least 50 % of the population of Ivory Coast. It was obvious that they were not going to accept to become second class citizens. They remained patient for one decade from 1993 to 2002; and finally they reached the conclusion that the only way to regain full citizenship was to engineer a rebellion.

Hence the upheaval of September 19, 2002, which led to the split of the country into two territories as here explained.

Only have been surprised by the tragic course of events occurring since September 19, 2002 in Ivory Coast those who, light heartily, coined the Ivoirité concept. The whole world warned them far in advance of the looming disaster.

Both examples, the collapse of Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast, clearly illustrate how a misleading concept or dogma can bear devastating consequences.

These sad events confirm what we wrote in a
a previous delivery dedicated to "Misleading Economic Dogma And Myths To Be Discarded In Africa" i.e.:

"In order to make the right decision, any decision maker, at government or corporate level, is better equipped if he starts his thinking process with sound, basic, flawless assumptions and concepts.

False beliefs, politically correct majority opinion or plain baseless theoretical concepts and assumptions, can lead the best manager to making the wrong analysis and taking bad decisions, which consequences may prove devastating to the long term profit making potential and prosperity of his corporate or country."


Two relatively prosperous African countries, once regional economic powers, are now on the verge of total collapse for the greed, lack of imagination and mismanagement by incompetent politicians.

"CONTRIBUTOR'S GUIDELINES" are available here. You are invited to contribute to AFRICABIZ ONLINE MONTHLY ISSUE - with articles related to "How Africa Could Bridge The Developing Gap".

Many thanks for subscribing to Africabiz. See you on December 15, 2002.

Dr. B.M. Quenum
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TROPICAL FRUIT INDUSTRY AS INCOME BUILDING POWER FOR AN AFRICAN COMMUNITY / PART IX: PINEAPPLE AGRIBUSINESS PRACTICES

Pineapple agribusiness is a cultivation which requires a lot of agricultural technicality. Pineapple cultivation's yield and therefore the production cost of one kilogram of pineapple per hectare depends heavily on how the plantation had been taken care of.

Production cost of one kilogram originated from manual cultivated and rainfed plot is different from a mechanical and irrigated one. Furthermore  one hectare plot submitted to good fertilization efficient pest control gives the highest yield, which can go from 40 metric tons of pineapple fruit to up to 65 metric tons.

In table blow is reported investment estimate to producing one Kg of fruit per hectare:


PRODUCTION COST PER KILOGRAM AND PER HECTARE

Yields - metric tons

40

45

50

55

60

65

Total cost of production (ready for transport to harbor)

7,715

7,715

7,715

7,715

7,715

7,715

Cost of production per Kg (ready for transport to harbor)

.193

.171

.154

.140

.129

.119

For details about the several items in Production Costs please visit following link.

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