Crunch hits Africa

Crunch hits Africa

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing-Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn touring a local neighborhood market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on March 9, 2009.

An IMF conference started in Tanzania on Tuesday

On 3 March, the International Monetary Fund identified 26 countries that were seriously vulnerable because of the global economic crisis. Thirteen of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.

As the IMF met in the Tanzanian capital Dar-es-Salaam, BBC teams reported from across the continent on the economic challenges Africa is facing.


The BBC's Komla Dumor spoke to former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

How did he think Africa would be affected by the economic downturn?

Listen Listen to Kofi Annan (4 mins 23 secs)

Bob Geldof has been campaigning on aid to Africa since the 1980s.

He spoke to Newshour about the effectiveness of both charity and international organisations such as the IMF.

Listen Listen to Bob Geldof (3 mins 8 secs)

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Asha Rose Migiro, spoke to Andrew Walker at the IMF meeting in her home country Tanzania:

Listen Listen to Dr Asha Rose Migiro (3 mins 33 secs)

Julian Keane reports from the Senegal capital Dakar on the property boom there:

Listen Listen to Julian Keane (4 mins 17 secs)

Komla Dumor paid a visit to the Lusaka Stock Exchange in Zambia:

Listen Listen to Komla's report (4 mins 3 secs)

First broadcast 11 March 2009


Agriculture continues to dominate the lives of most people in Africa.

Komla is shown how wheat is processed at Zambeef

Zambeef supplies products to all nine provinces in Zambia

Komla Dumor in Zambia takes a look at Zambeef - which began as a small butchers but is now a multi-million dollar business:

Listen Listen to Komla's report (3 mins 46 secs)

Julian Keane reports on how imported rice in Senegal is proving a blessing in disguise for local growers:

Listen Listen to Julian's report (3 mins 10 secs)

Oxfam's campaign and policy manager, Kate Norgrove, explains why investing in agriculture is so important for African countries:

Listen Listen to Kate Norgrove (5 mins 9 secs)

Africa's most successful businessman, Mo Ibrahim, is attending the IMF conference in Tanzania.

He tells Newshour how he thinks Africans can help themselves through the crisis:

Listen Listen to Mo Ibrahim (3 mins 52 secs)

First broadcast 10 March 2009


Komla Dumor in Zambia introduces reports from Julian Keane in Senegal and Andrew Walker in Tanzania:

Listen Listen to their reports (6 mins 6 secs)

A disused copper mine in Luynansha, Zambia

This mine in Zambia was closed due to the fall in copper prices


Komla reports on the decline of the copper mining industry in Zambia:

Listen Listen to Komla's report (9 mins 39 secs)

The BBC's Steven Schifferes reports on how the cut flower industry is being affected:

Click here to read Steven's report

Tourism, one of Africa's biggest earners of foreign exchange, has not escaped the downturn.

Julian Keane says that Senegal's tourism industry is really beginning to feel the pinch:

Listen Listen to Julian's report (6 mins 43 secs)

Remittances - money sent back home by workers overseas - play a major role in some African economies.

In Senegal, they equal a third of the national domestic budget.

Julian Keane again:

Listen Listen to Julian's report on remittances (7 mins 22 secs)

BBC reporters are blogging on the coverage at

Click here to see their pictures on flickr

First broadcast 9 March 2009

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