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.
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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.
A group meeting this past week in Addis Ababa, on 'building research infrastructure capacity in Africa to achieve sustainable development goals', pushed for significant increased expenditures on research infrastructure in order to support Africa's future sustainable growth.
Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels & Resorts just announced plans to double the number of Hyatt Hotels in Africa by 2020. That will bring six new hotels in total in Africa, including ones in Algeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal and Marrakech.
Texas-based KBR, Inc. has been contracted by BP to provide pre-FEED and project support covering design of the subsea, pre-treatment floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, inshore hub/terminal, and interfaces for floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) for the Tortue Project.
Senegal's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has launched the Sustainable Cities Management Initiative, in close cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank.
The shortlist of potential winners for the first ever Africa Architecture Awards have just been announced by , which are intended to recognize and reward worthy projects from around the continent and to create a broader awareness of the issues and opportunities inherent in the built environment through dialogue, analysis and critique
Senagal's digital payments solutions group Wari (www.Wari.com) just became a part of the US-Africa Business Center (www.USChamber.com/africa) developed by the US Chamber of Commerce.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have begun a new major collaboration initiative to help transform precarious situations in the desert part of Africa into developmental opportunities. It is called the 'Desert to Power program', and will be deployed to 11 countries including Sudan.
Senegal-based African fintech company InTouch (www.InTouchgroup.net) recently reached a deal with France-based Total, a global provider of oil, gas and solar energy solutions, and Worldline, a French e-payment service provider. The deal will bring rollout of InTouch's 'Guichet Unique" payment solution to eight African countries.
Senegal's state agency in charge of information technology policy, ADIE (ADIE.sn), just made carrying out two urban planning service procedures easier. Those are the means to obtain the certificate of conformity for construction and securing an urban planning certificate.
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.
French telecom giant Orange (www.Orange.com) has updated its Orange Digital Ventures (http://DigitalVEntures.orange.com) venture strategies by creating a new African investment section of the program and committing 50 million euros to it right now.
From June 12 to 14, a unique seminar will be offered in Dakar for African journalists on the subject of "The Role of Journalists and the Media in Preventing Violence and Violent Extremism in West Africa and the Sahel".
The Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network (GOGIN), a project of the European Union aimed at fighting crime at sea in conjunction with nineteen coastal countries on the African continent, just launched.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, has completed an extensive study of the drought situation in Africa. In a report published on May 29 on the analysis, the information shows significant reserves of good quality water are in fact still available in Africa's drought-prone Sahel region.
While suffering from the worst drought in one hundred years, South Africans will -- on May 30 -- begin a global consultative process on water called "Valuing Water Initiative". It will bring together global representatives facing similar issues in throughout Africa, the Middle East and South America.
According to the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index, Africans were able to travel more freely across the country in 2016 versus 2015. Still, as Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of Nigeria's Dangote Group notes, "Despite the size of our group, I need 38 visas to move around Africa".
The 2017 Triennial on Education in Africa, a global event on education and training in Africa and co-organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), was recently held in Senegal.
Germany just signed a Letter of Understanding to provide €15 million in support of the International Monetary Fund's capacity development activities across Africa in the context of the G-20 Compact with Africa.
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.
24 new development projects were just launched under the 2016-17 round of Australia's Direct Aid Program to Africa (DAP).
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.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa believes the United Kingdom's now official exit from the European Union and China's slowing economy will soon begin to affect Africa's near-term growth.
The latest African gold rush is for Chinese investments. Senegal is going after it with a high-risk venture, a new industrial park built just outside Dakar, its capital.