The Economist Articles — Week of 12 Mar 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. African agriculture — A green evolution

Increased productivity: “Rwanda’s farmers produced 792,000 tonnes of grain in 2014 — more than three times as much as in 2000.” “as a result of better-managed, better fertilised crops grown from hybrid seeds.” According to the article, what were the factors holding back productivity for African farmers for the past fifty years? Explain how “boosting agricultural productivity is among the best ways of raising living standards across the continent.”