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Thu,23Mar2017

In Depth

Artificial Intelligence hits African companies

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Fear not, robots will not be stealing Africa’s jobs any time soon. It has been a mantra of capitalism since the beginning: using a tractor boosts your yield compared to using a spade. Your factory can multiply your output. Technology boosts productivity. 

 

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Tanzania’s power play

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With a president cultivating a no-nonsense reputation and an economy set to be supercharged, Tanzania is making sure its voice is heard throughout the region. 

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Looking for Africa’s place on a Trumped-up map

Looking for Africa’s place on a Trumped-up map

I watched Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on television as the sun began to dip over the Indian Ocean in South Africa. For all its signals of a changed world, though, the ceremony might have been unfolding in a different galaxy altogether, in which the vast continent stretching to the north of me had been airbrushed out of the debate.

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Tasting the Sweet Fruit of Profit from Farming

Black Sigatoka may sound like the name of a rock band, but it is actually the name of a problematic fungus that reduces banana yields around the world by 40% every year. The government-funded Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) responded to this threat by cloning disease-free plants and distributing more than six million cuttings to farmers in Kenya over the last 10 years. As a result, banana farmers earned more than US$64m in this time period.

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Africa/UK: Beyond Brexit

Optimistic Brexiteers are hoping to pour oil on troubled waters. Photo by BG GROUP

British prime minister Theresa May's is pushing to develop bilateral trade deals with African countries to adjust to life outside the European Union

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Google and Facebook do battle for Africa’s web

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's Chief Executive Officer, poses with Kenyan tech entrepreneurs in Nairobi's IHUB. Photo: Facebook

Facebook’s efforts to control the access of African internet users has sparked an infrastructure arms race between the internet giants

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