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Technology: Agricultural innovation gives small farmers advantage

Kenya has 5 million farmers, including small subsistence growers and large industrial agriculturalists. File Photo©ReutersA cloud-based mobile platform that keeps track of pesticide residues in produce now makes it possible for small-scale farmers in Kenya to store and manage data on the pesticide content in their crops before exporting them.

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Ethiopian institutes push an industrial revolution

The Ethiopian government has announced it will develop two new institutes in the fields of agribusiness and chemicals and construction materials.

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Towards a $1 trillion African agribusiness sector by 2030

African farmers and the agribusiness sector could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they could access more capital and electricity, better technology and irrigated land, according to a World Bank report released in March 2013.

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Sierra Leone squeezing to get more juice

Mangoes at the Africa Felix Juice factory/Photo©Gemma WareThe country is making its first steps into processing its abundant produce, but young farmers still need more training to move up the value chain.

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Unwelcome aid in Mozambique

Lethal yellowing is a phytoplasma disease carried by a plant-hopper insect that lays its eggs in grasses and green ground coverA US government development outfit continues the trend of mispent aid with a highly criticised $18 million project in Mozambique.

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Cadmium contamination menaces Cocoa exports

Cocoa plants are carefully monitored at this research centre in Abidjan, but for most growers it’s the first they have heard of cadmium contamination/Photo©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPNew European regulations on cadmium in cocoa beans increase the burden on African producers, who say livelihoods will be lost unless they are given time to adapt.

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Ghana's agriculture gets boost as new online platform launches

Ghana has launched an online platform that will improve access to data and the system is expected to boost agriculture.

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Smallholders and industrial farmers in Mozambique stake their claim

Only larger farms can afford dedicated packers/Photo©BENOIT MARQUET/AFPThe government seeks to encourage both small and large agricultural enterprises, but smallholders worry that foreign investors will shake up the sector.

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Palm oil punch-up in Liberia

Photo©ROB MCNEIL/CIThe fight between David and Goliath rolls on in Liberia as industrial agribusiness steamrolls over local communities.

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Mauritius looks both East and West

Port Louis shines brightly in all senses of the word/SAMUEL ZUDER/LAIF-REACompanies in the dominant economic sectors – tourism, agribusiness and textiles – need to find new markets outside of Europe. The country's planners are crafting a more conducive business environment that will allow Mauritius to profit from links to new trading partners in Africa and Asia.

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How corporates benefit from Africa's new business deals

There are greater opportunies for Africa to help finance the growth of international firms/Photo©AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/REUTERSWhen African telecom companies started to emerge in the late 1990s, many scoffed. How could it be, went the general chatter, that Africans have money to spend on telecoms? Several multi-millionaires later, after the historic sale of Mo Ibrahim's Celtel for $3.4bn and the rise of South African giant MTN, investors piled in.

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Country Profile 2012: ALGERIA

The IMF predicts 2.9% GDP growth in 2011 rising marginally to 3.3% in 2012 – not enough to balance rising unemployment for the young educated population.

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Can Singapore drive Africa's growth?

With its expertise in the building blocks of development – better governance, enhanced education and productive agribusiness – Singapore may hold lessons for African leaders seeking low-cost but efficient ways to drive their countries’ development and lead them towards industrialisation/Photo©FotoliaDoing what they do best, Singaporean companies and government institutions are bringing training and commercial opportunities to their 
African partners.

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Zambeef finds more ways to take a bigger bite

altThe Southern African agribusiness company is looking to Nigerian cattle and Zambian palm oil to diversify and grow its operations.

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Food Safety in Africa: Network of better labs

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition plans to launch the Food Safety Laboratory Network in September/Photo/ReutersPublic Food Safety Laboratories in Africa are chronically underfunded.

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Agribusiness: Make our garden grow

photo/ reutersProducers of consumer staples count on the growing middle classes, but worry about rising input prices and the impact of governmental agricultural policies.

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Agribusiness openings in Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon

Olam’s next Côte d’Ivoire project is a cocoa processing plant with a capacity of up to 60,000tn per yearSpotting opportunities, the Singaporean food supply chain giant brings investment at the right time

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Events

 Investing in Mining Indaba
5-8 February 2018 | Cape Town, South Africa - http://https://www.miningindaba.com
 Mining Indaba 2018
Investing in African Mining Indaba is solely dedicated to the successful capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. Located in Cape Town, South Africa for over 20 years, this event unites investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world to learn and network, all toward the single goal of advancing mining on the continent. Also known as Mining Indaba, we are dedicated to supporting education, career development, sustainable development, and other important causes in Africa.

   
 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit
19 February 2018 | Abuja, Nigeria - https://www.africa-energy.com/event/nigeria-international-petroleum-summit-2018
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Nigeria's petroleum industry is the largest in Africa with proven Oil and Gas reserves of 37 billion barrels (bbl) and 192 trillion cubic feet respectively.

The sector contributes about 10% to the country's Gross Domestic Product and accounts for 95% of all exports. Given that Nigeria's Gas reserves have remained largely untapped, the country is expected to make a shift towards becoming a major producer and exporter of Gas.
With on-going reforms in the sector and improved engagement with host communities, Nigeria is positioning herself to be the foremost oil and gas investment destination. The official Nigeria International Petroleum Summit will therefore create the perfect platform for the world to meet Nigeria's Oil and Gas industry players, and will be:

• A meeting between key Nigerian political decision-makers, government officials as well as directors and specialists from the Ministry, NNPC and other relevant governmental bodies on the one part and Directors of National & International companies, multinational and multilateral organizations, the academia and other relevant stakeholders, etc on the other;

• An international exhibition of economic operators, national and international companies and potential investors coming together to present new technologies and know-how in the petroleum sector.  

   
 Energy Council - Mozambique Assembly
12-13 March 2018 | Maputo, Mozambique - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/event/mozambique-assembly
 Mozambique Assembly
The upcoming Mozambique Assembly, 12 and 13 March 2018, will focus on investment and national skills development in association with ENH and INP. To be officially opened by H.E. President Filipe Nyusi, the Mozambique Assembly is the region's premier national event gathering the most influential players from across the finance, investment, oil & gas, training, education and infrastructure sectors for two days of networking, corporate development and knowledge gain through focused and interactive discussions.
   
 The Africa CEO Forum
26-27 March 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - http://http://www.theafricaceoforum.com
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The AFRICA CEO FORUM, held alternately in Africa and Geneva, its international headquarters, is the largest annual meeting of the African private sector and brings together over 1,200 business leaders, investors, policy makers and journalists from more than 70 countries, to put Africapitalism at the forefront of the global agenda and advance the issues critical to the future of the continent and its companies. Following the 5th edition, which recorded a significant increase in attendance, the continent’s leading decision-makers will once again be gathering in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan for the AFRICA CEO FORUM in 2018.

   
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/fr/annual-event
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
The Ibrahim Governance Weekend is the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, held every year in a different African country. This three-day event convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. The weekend begins with a Leadership Ceremony, which celebrates the Ibrahim Laureates and, if the Prize has been awarded that year, gives the opportunity to honour the new Laureate. A whole day is then dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion forum which tackles the challenges facing Africa and sets out priorities for action. The weekend concludes with a public concert highlighting some of the best performers of the continent and a football match showcasing outstanding African football.

   
 AFSIC
2-4 May 2018 | Park Plaza, Riverbank, London - https://www.afsic.net
 AFSICAFSIC is one of the most important African investment events held globally. It has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities.

Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector, and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing Companies, as well as a wide array of Fintech companies and other Financial Services companies developed around a “new economy” model. The structure of AFSIC is specifically designed to provide African companies seeking investment with multiple opportunities to present their company to, and meet with, a very large variety of both debt and equity investors and also dealmakers focused on Africa with a view to attracting inward investment and developing strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

   
 

Zambia maize bounty masks other issues

Last year’s bumper maize crop has cost the government K1.1trn more than expected to keep its buy-back promise

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Economic reforms must taper into political reforms says Kaberuka

altPresident of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka unpacks the complex relationship between African countries and their emerging partners on a changing political map, and explains why legal expertise in drawing up contracts is key        


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