The 2nd Japan-Africa-Business Forum, with the theme "Investment and Business Opportunities with Africa", was held in Tokyo on July 25-26. Among the many connections made there, one key announcement emerged, as Burkina Faso's ZIL Telecom and Japan's Lequio Power Technology Corporation signed a West Africa distribution contract there.
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The fall army worm has expanded so rapidly in southern Africa that its presence is behind a cut in this year's regional maize harvest forecast by up to 10 percent. A new multi-part plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the worm may help push back the agricultural menace.
Ireland's Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP), a programme developed to support partnerships between Irish and African agri-food companies, just announces a call for applications to participate in the program.
A new competition was just launched to find and support providers of innovative and scalable financial products and services that improve the lives of poor people in rural areas of Africa.
A special course was recently held on Industrial Policy in Africa, for civil servants from 20 African countries. Its goal was to strengthen the group's capacity in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate strategies to facilitate the structural transformation of the continent’s economies.
Malawi will be the host city for the upcoming first ever World Council of Churches Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice to be held from July 24 - August 3. Applications will be accepted through May 31.
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) leaders have agreed to deepen their collaboration to encourage private sector investment in vital infrastructure needed to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth throughout the world.
A group of African organizations and international NGOs with a presence in Africa are urging Zambia to reaffirm its membership in the International Criminal Court. They do so saying it is the best way to advance justice for victims of atrocities.
In Malawi, children with disabilities including such challenging conditions as autism, find themselves shut out from early learning centers because of the lack of training, facilities, or both.
It has taken some time to plant 500,000 trees in Malawi, to combat climate change and built more water-resilient systems of rural communities in five districts in the country. The results have made a major difference to the country, according to those who launched the effort.
An outbreak of the fall armyworm, a pest transported to Africa from the Americas and only discovered for the first time in Africa in San Tome and Principe in January 2016, is spreading rapidly in southern Africa and causing major crop damage in some countries.
The African Legal Network, a consortium of major law firms located throughout Africa, has joined a new member, ABCC (formerly SCAN Advogados) of Mozambique.
The Meridian Group, a major provider in southern Africa focusing on the production and supply of a variety of agricultural inputs and outputs, just received a US $20 million financing package to support the company's operations in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
As the worst drought in Southern Africa in 35 years takes its toll on the food supply, millions face hunger in Southern Africa. The organization CARE has just issued a loud call to donors to bring in the funds necessary to help what could be one of the last chances to prevent a major humanitarian disaster, in just a few months.
The Natural Light Project, a program for manufacturing and distributing low cost solar lights for home use in rural areas worldwide, has now donated 20,000 solar lamps to be distributed in off-grid communities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and in Malawi for the first time.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), in partnership with the International Senior Project Lawyers (ISLP) and the African Mining Development Centre (AMDC), completed a five-day training workshop on the negotiation of mining contracts.
Sanitation and rural water supply task managers and related experts at the African Development have come up with a series of programs to enhance transparency and effectiveness of this critical category of infrastructure development.
On November 15, the United Kingdom and Malawi together opened the Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence, a media centre that will make it easier for Media practitioners in Malawi to gather for group engagements, training, mentorship and research.
Kirusa's InstaVoice® service, a means of receiving, accessing and responding to voice and other messages on both feature phones and smartphones that specializes in emerging markets, just announced it now has over 100 million monthly active users. Africa is one of its biggest markets, with over 50 million users just in Nigeria alone.
This month, many Malawians, especially those in rural areas, will be able to start accessing the internet as easily as opening a tap to get water.
Somali education authorities, global education thought leaders, and other international partners recently came together in a two-day planning session to discuss the country's new educational curriculum, and to share best practices in how to accelerate its adoption throughout all Somali regions and states.
Over 40 primary teacher educators from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia just completed the recent two-week Third Country Training Program (TCTP) on “Use of inquiry-based learning and peer lesson evaluation to improve quality of teaching and learning of mathematics and science.”
Private agricultural sector projects in Malawi are the beneficiaries for a new EUR 30 million facility just announced by the European Investment Bank. The money is being provided via the National Bank of Malawi (NBM).
The Republic of Malawi's Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project just received a US $22.33 million concessional loan to help support it. This represents 83% of the total funding for the project.
Unregulated mining is running roughshod over the human rights and lives of ordinary people in Malawi, at the same time as the government appears to look the other way and the mining companies get richer.