The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling attention to the current concentration of smallholder farmers in Africa, and that they run their farms on a subsistence level rather than even attempting to run them as a business. That unfortunately has created a cycle farmers cannot work well with suppliers, who might be able to lift them from the subsistence trap.
Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products, was just acquired by Biogaran (www.Biogaran.fr), a French pharmaceutical company focused on the generic and biosimilar medicines market.
A judge in Kimberley, South Africa, has issued an interim liquidation order against three subsidiaries of Rockwell Diamonds, Inc., with headquarters in British Columbia, Canada.
South Africa's Ministry of Small Business Development and Global Entrepreneurship Network recently co-hosted the third annual Global Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministerial with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
On March 24, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, HE François Pujolas, and HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, along with the Ambassador of France to Ghana, officially laid the foundation stone for the new building of the French embassy in Accra.
A delegation from the National Movement for Libya (NML) consisting of tribal and women leaders is pushing the United Nations to take a more balanced approach to its Libyan peace process initiative.
The Government of Ethiopia just signed a new grant agreement with The World Bank on an important environmental initiative. The $18 million grant is intended to improve the enabling environment for sustainable forest management, investments, and emissions reductions in the state of Oromia.
Marriott International Inc. just announced it will be launching its new Aloft brand (www.AloftHotels.com) in the Mauritius's capital city of Port Louis.
Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan recently announced a historic partnership, connecting the two African oil and gas producing countries in a strong bilateral relationship.
The Zambia Tourism Agency last week held a major international trade and tourism roadshow in the United Kingdom.
The Internet Society (www.InternetSociety.org), in partnership with the Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT (www.MYICT.gov.rw) and UNESCO, is holding Africa's first ever Regional Internet and Development Dialogue this May 8-9. It will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
GE Oil and Gas (www.GEOilandGas.com) just opened a new customer service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana. The facility is located in Takoradi Port, Ghana.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is coming to Purdue University this summer.
Accentia, an ERP software provider with headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, has long been a partner of Infor, a New York City cloud ERP solutions provider with industry-specific software. Infor just agreed to acquire the company.
As a means of allowing further investment partners into the fund, on March 15 the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the conversion of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to a multi-donor trust fund. This had the happy side effect of bringing in new investments from the governments of Italy and Belgium.
As part of the second Africa for Africa International Women's Day Conference (AAWC) recently held in South Africa, Almas Jiwani, CEO of Almas Jiwani Foundation, gave an insightful and inspiring speech about the role of women in Africa.
Despite the critical importance of clean water and sanitation as a key to good health and economic wellbeing, the high costs and poor policy implementation associated with both have kept them from millions. It has also created the oddity that African citizens have better access to mobile phones than to clean water and flush toilets.
Lagos, Nigeria, based Africa Financial Corporation (AFC) recently announced its plans to invest $25 million in Carbon Holdings Ltd., an Egyptian petrochemicals company.
Dakar, Senegal, is hosting the 4th Union Network International (UNI Africa) Conference, the single biggest union gathering in West Africa.
195 young girls abducted by the terrorist network Boko Haram in Nigeria have so far not been found. But one of the girls who escaped the capture, despite fear for her and her family's safety, has issued a tearful public appeal to global leaders to help bring them back.
European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica just announced a further increase in funding -- in the amount of €165 million -- to deal with the multiple crises of drought, famine, and the destruction from violent conflict in the Horn of Africa.
Nominations are now open for the L'Atelier art competition, which hopes to encourage young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world.
The Kenya-Ethiopia border has been for years an explosive site of internecine violence, environmental stress, and extreme poverty. Displacement, criminality, and violent extremism have been the norm, with this especially true in the Moyale-Borona area. But investments in bridges and other cross-border projects seem to have paid off in far more than just infrastructure improvements.
A major U.S.-Africa collaboration hopes to boost genetics research capacity in Africa, and ultimately to help close gaps in knowledge about mental health in a population historically excluded from genetics research.
As accessible fresh water has dropped by over 67% in the past 40 years, coupled with the accelerated pace of global warming, it is becoming clearer than ever that the Middle East and North Africa could become uninhabitable in only a few decades.
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