Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced on 1 July that the government had approved a record 70% spend of its total annual budget on poverty and infrastructure development. This is the largest spending on these programmes by any African country.
• SA allocates R500m for black farmers
New laws should be in place in Europe by the end of 2010 obliging timber importers to ensure the wood they buy has been legally produced – and Ghana will become the first exporting country to be able to offer such a guarantee.
• First for African forest stewards