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Critical issues facing African economy in 2020

The African economy as an entire Continent is in an effective Renaissance.
Yet, having been said, issues now plague that market potential. These issues must be brought to public awareness. They must be seen as critical issues and responded to for the urgent matters that they are.

Locust plagues put African food security at immediate risk 
Some of the issues presented in this report will be theoretical or future-yielding issues. Yet, the problems of locusts are immediate. The locust plagues have ballooned in size, smashing records set over the last three-quarters of a century. The National Geographic referred to this as "something out of the Book of Exodus."

Sky News reports that 13 million people in Eastern Africa could face an immediate food security crisis as a result of the Biblical plague. This was quoting the U.N.

Supporting community relief efforts is one way we analyze that the locust plague impact can be diverted. CBOs support those community members who are the most vulnerable to agriculture relapses. We have seen this exemplified by the FirmRock Children's Helper project in Eastern Kenya. It is managed by welding professional Noah David who uses his non-agrarian employment to support funding for agriculture relief and educational enrichment of 28 community wards in the Migwani locale of Kitui County, Kenya.

Support local relief efforts. Visit www.firmrockhelper.org to learn more. 

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak potential could effectively cripple African healthcare without proper precaution
The African healthcare system is problematic at best. With the problems highlighted in previous news cycles, including hospital strikes in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS pandemics in countries such as South Africa, counterfeit drugs, self-medication, informal hospitals, etc. African healthcare is far from the robust status of most Western civil institutions. We know from reports that the Wuhan coronavirus, now called COVID-2019 by World Health Organization, has severely impacted and baffled Western medicine. For this reason, we know that African healthcare systems will see a critical impact in the event that the Wuhan virus begins to spread in Africa.

African healthcare systems, in cooperation with world institutions, have been monitoring cases across the continent that have potentially flagged as Wuhan virus. One case has been confirmed in Egypt. Likewise, Peter Nayland Kust, U.S. analyst correspondent for The New African Living Standard has stated that a potential COVID-19 patient from Eswatini has entered South Africa within the last week. Because of South Africa's high rates of HIV/AIDS, the healthcare system must take extreme caution with potential COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 virus has potentially borrowed strands of RNA from HIV, our analyst informs us. The COVID-19 virus is now being treated with the same drugs that HIV patients use, citing The Scientist. This can be a two-fold problem. It can a) confound the supply of HIV drugs present in the healthcare system and detract from the combating of HIV pandemic levels and b) it indicates that COVID-19 can become hybrid and spread quickly.

Our analyst has concluded that Wuhan coronavirus spread would be devastating to the African economy in terms of the labor force reduction. Stalls in mineral and industrial productivity rates would be harrowing for Africa as a whole.

For this reason, it is imperative that Africans across all nations treat the Wuhan coronavirus as if it was already a crisis issue. The response must be adamant and unrelenting. If the response does not waver, then the impact of potential Wuhan virus cases will be far less severe than the analysis hypothesizes.

Africa News has posted a map of countries under current observation. If you are in any of these nations, and you begin to develop acuted pneumonic symptoms, it is of critical importance that you comply with WHO testing kit instructions. Citizens of the regions highlighted in the map should refer to WHO sanitary prevention measures against the Wuhan virus. One must not assume that, if you are in a country that tested "negative" you are exempt from prevention measures. Tests can be inconclusive. Where testing is present, the potential risk is likewise present. Please also refer to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention for further updates.

Lax education systems will further confound these issues 
The New African Living Standard also recently investigated the retarding standards of South African education systems. Lax standard education will have a future impact on the African Continent as a whole network of economies. 15 major changes have been planned for the South African education system in an attempt to curb the severity of lax standard education on the future economics of the region, citing Business Tech. Business Tech states that the "major contributor" to "poverty" in South Africa is substandard education. This report states that only about 52% of South African youth age 24 have completed all 12 years of standard education. This compares to 70% in most developing nations. This number puts South Africa 18% behind the rest of the developing world in terms of completed standard education.

Improving the response to lax standard education will prevent economic downturn in Africa as a whole in the years to follow 2020.

Response to each of the above issues will result in the prevention of economic standards relapse in the African continent. Continue to refer to our news project to see more status updates regarding African economic risks of 2020 and how to respond to them accordingly.

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FirmRock Farm Review presents: Kenya in Peril

Police kill 12 citizens in an attempt to enforce COVID-19 curfews_ 
Andalou Agency reports that Kenya police have killed at least 12 people in an attempt to enforce a dawn to dusk curfew. Now, citizens wear any makeshift mask that they can muster to stave off the violence of the police.

Within the last two weeks, police became violent enforcers of COVID-19 lockdown. In this footage, by Telegraph UK, Kenyan authorities deployed tear gas. 


In Kiamaiko, a 13-year-old boy was likewise shot by the police. The officer was enforcing COVID-19 curfew: 

Al Jazeera reported later that the police were to investigate the killing of the child: 


France 24 also shared an interview with Kenya's president, who apologized for the "excessive" behavior of riot police: 
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