With millions of small family farms growing most of the African continent's food, it is going to take a strong political commitment to drive more rapid production and income of this critically important sector of the economy.
Mali Tender and Business News
U.S. troops deployed in Africa's Sahel region began receiving Imminent Danger Pay retroactive to June 7, 2017. The decision on the pay was announced only in March 1
DP World of Dubai just signed an agreement for a 20-year concession to build and operate a 1000-hectare modern logistics hub outside of Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali.
The European Commission just announced it will be providing a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million to assist Africa's Sahel region, which is continuing to experience its worst food and nutrition crisis in five years.
Smallholder farmers in Kenya and many regions of Africa are struggling after long-term climatic change effects and extended drought have virtually destroyed what used to be a far stronger agricultural economy. Those farmers must be involved when plans are created to help them recover their croplands for the future.
On June 30, the United Nations announced an ambitious plan it was launching, to harness the "immense" potential of Africa's Sahel region, from renewable energy and natural resources to culture and tourism.
An $8 billion project to transform the landscape of Africa and restore drought-stricken areas has started and yet most of the world does not know of it. It is the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, and involves the planting of a wall of trees over 7,600 kilometers long.
French mass media conglomerate Vivendi and Paris-based telecom Orange are partnering to open new movie theaters across western and central Africa. The goal is to help reestablish the experience of movie-watching under the best technical conditions and in comfort, after three decades in which cinemas have all but disappeared in some area.
The British Council and Ynaija.com, a Nigerian news website and blog, announced the launching of the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world.
Norway has intensified its efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility with an increased support for the Sahel region by a further NOK 15 million to around NOK 455 million.
Cécile Pouilly, a spokesperson for UNHCR, the UN Relief Agency, gave a press briefing on February 23 regarding the launch of birth certification services for Malian refugee children in south-east Mauritania's Mbera camp.
According to a United Nations report published last 1 February, that despite that the human rights situation in Mali is escalating, the UN sees respect for human rights in the country as a positive driver for change.
Orange, a French telecommunications company, and CNED (National Distance Learning Centre) have announced a partnership to distribute educational content on smartphones across Africa.
As a part of the African Union (AU) initiative, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) with the goal of opening up Africa's skies and improving intra-African air connectivity.
Sweden has announced its investment of over SEK 800 million to the 'Strategy for Sweden'’s regional development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nigeria-based MainOne won a 15-year contract to provide high-speed bandwidth services with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) (www.WACREN.net).
Thanks to new financing of more than U.S. $28 million, approximately 12,500 people living in Mali's rural areas will soon be connected to the electricity grid for the first time.
Geodrill, a West African drilling company, has secured its second significant long-term drilling contract with Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold producers.
French energy developer ENGIE, via its African subsidiary (www.ENGIE-Africa.com), has agreed to acquire Afric Power and Tieri (www.Tieri.com), two companies specilizing in energy services in West Africa.
The Regional Energy Co-Operation Summit 2018 coming up January 24-25 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, is finalizing its agenda.
The Airport Assistance Company of Mali, ASAM S.A. (www.ASAM-mali.com) was certified as an an Approved Maintenance Organization with the ability to offer line maintenance services in West Africa for Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft at the Modibo Keita-Sénou international airport in Bamako, Mali.
What was originally labeled as a 'crazy idea' involving a genome fingerprinting research project, and involving Italian researchers and Swedish funding, has produced a kind of drum wheat which can survive the climate-change extreme heat currently causing famine in Senegal, Mauritania, and Mali. It won the 2017 OLAM Prize for Innovation in Food Security.
The United States just pledged up to $60 million dollars to support the counterterrorism efforts for the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), based in Burkina Faso and representing 8 member states, signed a $155 million package for the World Bank, The West African Development Bank and the West African regional mortgage refinance company (CRRH-UEMOA) to create affordable housing finance throughout the WAEMU region.
Hong Kong-based QNET (www.QNET.net), a player in the US $200 billion global direct selling industry, announced it is entering the Eastern African direct selling sector with its first local agency in Tanzania.