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New drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardise the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades, unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned.

22 hours ago

Influencer marketing boosted in Kenya
Influencer marketing boosted in Kenya

Lately Kenyan brands have been partnering with influencers to push their messages to their target audiences. These bloggers, media personalities and sport stars have large social media followings and clout, which allow brands to connect to customers in authentic ways.

23 hours ago

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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.

19 Jan 2017

Castel’s 162-hectare vineyard in Ziway, Ethiopia.
Ethiopia's emerging wine industry luring consumers locally and abroad

In 2007, Meles Zenawi (now late), Ethiopia's Prime Minister at the time, invited Pierre Castel, founder of French beverage giant Castel, to assess the opportunities for vineyards in the country.

19 Jan 2017

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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.

18 Jan 2017

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How to contribute to investing in Africa's youth

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Young people in Africa are an enormous resource for the continent's developments. It is in this regard that African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 as ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth'.

18 Jan 2017

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.

17 Jan 2017