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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

 AFRICA ENERGY FORUM
19-22 June 2018 | Mauritius - http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
 eNET AEF2018 BANNERS 150x150The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. Twenty years in the running, AEF brings together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience. READ MORE & REGISTER: http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
   
 AFRICA BUSINESS DAY 2018
22 June 2018 | hosted by Syngenta in Stein AG - http://www.sabc.ch/abd
 Logo ABD18The 2018 edition of the Africa Business Day will be organised by the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC) and hosted by Syngenta at their Research & Development facility in Stein AG on 22 June 2018.  

The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa and every year it brings together more than 150 participants including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated exhibition area.  

To see the photo gallery of the 2017 event click HERE. Download the full 2018 program HERE.
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 AFRICA CEO FORUM - WOMEN IN BUSINESS
2-3 July 2018 | Paris -  https://www.acfwomeninbusiness.com/en
  ACFwomen2018 EN 150x150As the foremost annual private sector meeting, the AFRICA CEO FORUM offers over 1,000 high-level decision-makers an exceptional platform for discussion and ideation on the continent’s economic and industrial issues. Our Women in Business initiative is one of the pillars of our programme and, for three years, has brought together over 250 of Africa’s most influential women leaders. Three dedicated sessions see them focus on the unwavering conviction that Africa’s women leaders are powerful levers for the continent’s transformation. In 2018, the AFRICA CEO FORUM takes its commitment to women’s empowerment and leadership further by hosting the first Women in Business Meeting in Paris on 2 and 3 July, with a two-fold objective:
Institute an exclusive annual event that addresses women: As business leaders, by facilitating business meetings and developing African and international networks; As women of influence, to advance women’s leadership issues in the business world and contribute to addressing the continent’s economic and social challenges; As women leaders, through high-level training and exposure to some of the world’s most inspiring role models.
Co-build the first African professional network of executive women. The women who participate in the 2018 inaugural edition of the Women in Business Meeting will become the first ambassadors of this network aimed at: developing high-level continental and regional women’s business communities supporting and promoting a pan-African vision of women’s leadership. READ MORE AND REGISTER

   
 AFRICA SINGAPORE BUSINESS FORUM
28-29 August 2018 | Singapore -  http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF
 asbf logo lockup 150pxPromoting Business Exchange and Thought Leadership Beteween Africa and Asia.  The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia.  Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the forum has brought together over 2,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to explore partnerships and growth opportunities between these two dynamic regions. ASBF 2018 will address critical issues and identify opportunities in key sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing, digital technology, and oil and gas.

REGISTER NOW for an insightful session with numerous networking opportunities at http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF.
   
 

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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