A traditional chief, farmer, businessman and politician has decided to use his prominence in Burkina Faso's public life to promote a miracle plant, which he thinks can revolutionise agriculture in the Sahel region.
The financial crisis has prompted the EU to scrap hugely unpopular rules banning knobbly carrots and wonky bananas. Ugly fruit and veg are well and truly back on the menu. This week's Eurozooming looks at the reaction in Spain.
The week in Europe focuses on the end of the contentious quotas on milk trade in Europe. Also in this edition: former 'Baltic Tiger' Latvia bears the brunt of the financial crisis and European police forces pool together.
After a marathon negotiating session, EU farm ministers have come to a compromise on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), notably with a reduction in subsidies for farmers. The changes will take effect from 2009 to 2013.
After decades of neglect, Chinese authorities have agreed on a package of reforms aimed at the country's backward rural sector. With the financial crisis threatening Chinese exports, Beijing vowed to double farmers' income and spending power by 2020.
Argentine farmers have begun a fresh strike against their government's agricultural policy, renewing a bitter conflict with the center-left administration. Argentina is one of the world's top suppliers of soybeans, corn, wheat and beef.
With the price of crops shooting up and foodstocks collapsing, the black earth from the Volga region has become a new Eldorado for foreign investors looking to set up business in Russia where land is cheaper and salaries are lower.