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Digitising East Africa's agricultural sector

NAIROBI, Kenya - Mastercard has launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. 2KUZE, which in Swahili means "Let's grow together", enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods via their feature phones. The platform brings the benefits and security of mobile commerce and payments to farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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Tomisin Ogunnubi, a 12-year-old from Lagos created a location app to help kids find their way home(Source: Answers Africa)
Nigerian 12-year-old creates location app to help lost children

It has not been the most positive of times in Nigeria considering the current economic climate, but every now and then a story will pop up and lift the spirits of the country. Tomisin Ogunnubi from Lagos has provided such a story for her nation in Answers Africa.

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ECA, NEPAD launch investors' guide for Africa infrastructure

DAKAR, Senegal - International experts, ambassadors, high officials and entrepreneurs gathered in Dakar in December for the launch of ‘16 infrastructure projects for African integration'. This document is an investors' guidebook produced by the Economic Commission for Africa and the NEPAD Agency.

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Location-based discovery app Ajo launched in Nigeria

Nigerian startup Ajo has launched its location-based discovery app, which utilises an in-built GPS system to detect a user's location and allow them to find points of interest and services within their proximity.

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#GambiaHasDecided campaign releases video

The campaign around #GambiaHasDecided was established to ensure that The Gambia's democracy is "preserved, underpinned by the rule of law, respect for human rights, freedom of expression, unity in purpose, and, above all, peace".

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Third annual WiSci girls STEAM camp in Malawi
Third annual WiSci girls STEAM camp in Malawi

The United States Department of State, the United Nation Foundation's Girl Up campaign, and other partners have announced the opening of applications for the third annual Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp at the Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo, Malawi from July 30 to August 15, 2017. The application deadline is February 13, 2017.

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Cameroon clamp down on media freedoms

Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, sealed the station's office, its manager told CPJ.

16 Jan 2017

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Mauritania aims to boost food production

A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country.

16 Jan 2017