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New technology and agriculture: A sluggish uptake

The new 2g agriculture is only really affecting commercial farms. Photo/Saabi/Galbe.ComCompanies and governments are trying to get smallholders to improve yields and adopt new technological solutions, but change requires time and effort.

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Few operators make money - MTN's CEO Sifiso Dabengwa

Sifiso Dabengwa, Chief executive, MTN Group/Photo©MARTIN RHODES/BUSINESS DAY/GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGESAt the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's largest mobile-phone conference, MTN's chief executive Sifiso Dabengwa spoke to The Africa Report about expansion, data and why he might decide to raise prices.

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Solar solutions in Ghana

The $400m Nzema project will cover 183ha in Western Region/Photo©BLUE ENERGYRenewable energy sources play a significant role in plans to double electricity production in the next four years.

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Can SA's Eskom keep the lights on?

The 4,800MW Medupi coal-fired plant is two years behind in its construction schedule/Photo©SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERSFive years after blackouts shut down mines, South Africa continues to rely on Eskom for 95 percent of its power.

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Africa's SWF: Investing for tomorrow

At best, Africa can invest at home rather than elsewhere. At worst, these funds could be squandered on opaque schemes that do little but reroute wealth to well-connected elites/Photo©GettyImagesThe governments of countries that produce natural resources are now trying to find a solution to the booms and busts of the commodity cycle. Over the past few years a handful of countries have set up new funds to invest assets and earn revenue for future generations.

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Mass weddings gain popularity in Uganda, DRC

Mass weddings are increasingly gaining popularity in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as hundreds of Catholics prefer to exchange vows on the same day. Many see this as a way of saving costs.

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