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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 HOTEL INVESTMENT FORUM
2-4 October 2018 | Paris - https://www.africa-conference.com
  AHIFlogoThe Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets.
The event brings together the who's who of the hotel investment community that drive investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.
AHIF has proven to be Africa's annual meeting place for the region's most senior investors, developers, operators and advisors. It is the annual conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets to do deals across the region.

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 AFRICA OIL WEEK
5-9 November 2018 | Cape Town  International Convention Centre - South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
 Logo-AOWThe Leading Business Intelligence and Transaction Platform for Africa's Oil and Gas Sector
Africa Oil Week is the meeting place for Africa’s upstream oil and gas markets. The event brings together governments, national oil companies, investors, corporate players, independents and financiers – giving them a place to network, discuss and share knowledge. Africa Oil Week attracts the highest quality speakers. Sessions are headed by top figures in the sector, including ministers, heads of NOCs, leading scientists and CEOs from major and independent companies.

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 AFRICA CEO FORUM
25-26 March 2019 | Kigali -  http://www.theafricaceoforum.com/en
 Logo_ACFThe 7th edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place in Kigali (Rwanda) on March 25&26, 2019.

Every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is the continent’s foremost business conference, hosting 1 500 Africa’s leading CEOs, international investors, top experts, and policy makers.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM has an unparalleled ability to convene, offer cutting-edge content and attract its global media coverage.
It is committed to unlocking Africa’s economic potential through private sector-led growth, innovative public policies and the development of a responsible business community.

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 NETHERLAND AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL - AFRICA WORKS!
Postponed to April 2019 | Rotterdam - http://www.africaworks.nl
  Logo NABCIn cooperation with Afrika-Verein, the fourth edition of Africa Works! will take place on the 19 & 20 September at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam! Stakeholders ranging from the private sector, NGO's, government officials, knowledge institutes and more will come together during this high-level conference to share their experiences and insights on Future African Cities, the official theme of this year's edition.

Africa Works! is now postponed to April 2019

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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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