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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

 24thAfrica Oil Week
23-27 October 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
 altThe 24th Africa Oil Week 2017 Conference & Exhibition provides the most trusted platform worldwide; bringing together governments, national oil companies, corporate players, independents and financiers with support from service and supply operators shaping Africa's oil, gas and energy future. The conference portrays five days of content-rich senior level executive insights, finance and investor outlook, exposure of Africa-wide state and/or private acreage opportunities, transaction and/or new venture assets and potential, exposure of Africa-wide state and/or private acreage opportunities, exploration and production developments, industry strategies and portfolio, wand an overview of Africa’s hydrocarbon future; regarded for its high level participation, intimate networking and on-site deal-flow. Annually, more than 1,250 corporate and influential leaders and thinkers from every continent attend the flagship Africa Oil Week that attracts a key oil and gas audience to Cape Town, offering a content driven program, quality industry exhibition and five star networking opportunities.
   
 Africa Com - 20th anniversary
7-9 November 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom
 altThe largest African Telecoms, Media and Technology event in the World: 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem.
   
 CAIF: China-Africa Investment Forum
27-28 November 2017 | Marrakesh, Moroccol - http://www.chinaafricainvestmentforum.com
 altEvery year, the China-Africa Investment Forum brings together the main stakeholders of trade and investment between China and Africa for two days of conferences and business meetings.
An exceptional networking platform, the China-Africa Investment Forum has been designed to strengthen relations between Chinese and African businesses and promote the forging of high value business partnerships, particularly in the industrial sector. 

Two days to discuss: • China-Africa cooperation: stakes and prospects for companies • African strategies to improve industrial competitiveness • Partnerships and investments to strengthen Africa’s production capacity • Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan – is this model exportable?
High level delegates: • Managers of big African and Chinese companies • The most active investors, bankers and financiers in Africa • Key public policymakers (economy, industry, etc.) • Directors of international financial institutions
Seize promising business deals: • Increase your contacts amongst your Chinese and African counterparts • Identify the most profitable markets and sectors • Enter commercial, technical and financial partnerships • Define a new vision for African industry
   
 Oil & Gas Council - MSGBC Bassin Summit and Exhibition
27-29 November 2017 | Dakar, Senegal - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/msgbc
 altStretching from Guinea to Mauritania, the MSGBC Basin has firmly established itself as a world-class petroleum resource in the last few years with major discoveries including the world's largest and second largest discoveries in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (in conjugate basin, Liza). With the full support of the Ministry of Energy (MEDER) and Petrosen, the MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition provides a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in West Africa, to develop a solid understanding of the prospects that exist in some of the world's most exciting plays. The latest industry updates will provide valuable insights, while Governments and NOCs across the North West African Atlantic Margin will gather to outline their industry development strategies, including details of the latest seismic surveys and timelines for bidding rounds. The Summit also provides a platform for countries in the region to outline their regulatory environments, technological requirements and local industry growth targets that are vital for international stakeholders to manage their investment decisions.
   
 Africa 2017 - Business for Africa and the World
7-9 December 2017 | Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - https://www.businessforafricaforum.com
 Africa2017 logo150150Africa 2017 Forum is held under the high patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on 7th to 9th December 2017 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and is organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA). 

The 2017 edition builds on the success of the inaugural Africa 2016, which saw participation of 6 Heads of State and more than 1,000 delegates from 45 countries. This year the programme has been enhanced with exclusive Presidential Roundtables with Africa leaders and CEOs as well as a Young Entrepreneurs Day. 

Africa 2017 remains the premier business platform to nurture new partnerships; meet investors and fast track your business objectives in Africa. Take your place and belong in the conversation that will drive new projects, transactions and policy throughout the continent with global business leaders who will lead both dialogue and progress on some of the most important projects in Africa.

   
 Energy Council - West Africa Energy Assembly
January 2018 | Lagos, Nigeria - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/west-africa
 altA Major International Energy Investment Forum for West Africa. In January 2018 we look forward to returning to Lagos, for the third annual West Africa Energy Assembly. Once again we will be welcoming senior executives working in West Africa's Energy sector for pragmatic discussions on how those in the industry can work together to overcome challenges within the market. The West Africa Energy Assembly remains a must-attend energy event for thought leadership, market insight and high-end C-level networking. Whether you are looking for farm in partners, farm out partners, capital investment, financing, advisory work, business partners, or simply want to learn about the opportunities in the sector and expand your business network, this West Africa Energy conference is designed to deliver it all.

   
 

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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