Africa is rich in raw materials - but when processing is not done in Africa, Africa does not get rich. Exports of raw materials make Africa loses value added chains, remaining dependent on imports of consumer goods and capital goods. In addition, Africa loses technological development and jobs for a population that, according to the UN, will double in the years 2017 to 2050.
La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE focuses on high value-added goods, does not deal with raw materials. In the colonial trade system, Africa was supplier of raw materials. We work for change. Photo shows children's hat handcrafted of local, sun-dried natural white raffia palmleaves. Dyes used meet environmental and health requirements. One of the women who braided (Madame Clarisse Razanadrazery) is seen together with a little girl whose future the production contributes to.
The United Nations forecast for population development is presented in the publication "World Population Prospects Key findings & advance tables 2017". The world's population is expected to increase from 7.55 billion in 2017 to 9.77 billion by 2050. Africa's population is expected to double from the current 1.26 billion to 2.53 trillion.
Africa's fast-growing population means that 450 million jobs need to be created over the next 20 years. Less than a quarter of these jobs, according to the report, Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, compiled by the African Development Bank (ADB), the World Economic Forum and the World Bank, will be created with current policies. For example, in the short-term development of value added chains for raw materials are necessary to achieve economic diversification, sector-specific reforms in labour-intensive sectors such as agriculture, construction and micro-enterprises. In the long-term, stronger institutions for implementation and improved infrastructure are needed. The report was published 4 May 2017, can be downloaded in its entirety as a pdf file.
In order to understand Africa today it is important to know its history. The documentary " How the Europeans Divided Africa " by the well-known expert in Africa's history, Basil Davidson, tells us how the European colonial powers divided Africa and then exploited through a trade pattern where Africa was a raw material supplier.
In summary: Buy products MANUFACTURED in Africa for future in Africa.
When will Europe start amortizing the colonial debt? Interest rates?