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  • Serial Entrepreneur’s Crowdfund Helps Anyone Who Owns A Cow Get Financial Services

    Anyone Who Owns A Cow By Ann Brown, 12:20 pm AFKI Original

    South African Ntuthuko Shezi’s entrepreneurial spirit landed him a spot on Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The initiative should continue, Shezi told AFKInsider. The U.S. “has been very involved in Africa for many years with various aid programs, but I think the past model was a bit flawed,” he said. It didn’t really recognize that (Africans) can build their own own roads and clinics. “What we need is to be empowered with information and support,” he said. “This is where Obama has got it right with YALI.”

  • 12 South African Food Products That Expats Miss The Most

    Mrs Balls Chutney - South African food products By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:40 am AFKI Original

    South African food products are appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world, especially in countries where expatriates from the rainbow nation have emigrated and resettled. Places that have large South African expat communities include countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. We take a look at 12 South African food products which expatriates miss.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Robusta Coffee Farming In Africa

    Robusta coffee By Kevin Mwanza, 5:37 am AFKI Original

    Robusta is a coffee variety that is mostly used in instant coffee and a filler for blends. It is mostly grown in Africa alongside Arabica beans. According to recent reports, Robusta coffee beans, whose production in Africa had declined significantly over the last few decades due to pests, diseases and civil war in some producing countries, is slowly making a comeback. Below are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Robusta coffee farming in Africa.

  • Why Young Africans Are Swapping The Office For The Family Farm

    By Staff, 2:45 am

    Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. Six years ago Emmanuel Koranteng, 33, gave up his job as an accountant in the US and bought a one-way ticket to Ghana. He now has a successful business growing pineapples in a village one-and-a-half hours away from the capital, Accra. He says that even when he was far away from the farm, it was always in his thoughts.

  • Robusta Coffee Makes A Comeback In Africa After Years Of Decline

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am

    Robusta coffee is making a comeback in Africa, years after its production plummeted in the 1990s and early 2000s due to a fall in its price on the global market as civil war, pests and diseases affected some producing countries on the continent. Production of Robusta coffee variety currently accounts for about 40 percent of Africa’s total annual production, an increase of about 10 percent from three years ago. Prices have been on the rise in countries like Uganda – the highest Robusta coffee producer in Africa

  • Bill Gates Plans To Invest In Ethiopian Financial Services

    Gates plans To Invest In Ethiopian By Staff, 3:14 pm

    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates plans to help the Ethiopian government tap into mobile banking technology as part of an ambitious plan to make payments more effective, he told reporters at a roundtable meeting in Addis Ababa. Gates also said his foundation is supporting EthioChicken, an innovative company that provides improved chicken breeds to local smallholder poultry farmers. A private-public partnership with American entrepreneurs, EthioChicken supplies 1-day-old chicks to local organized youth groups, helping generate income.

  • Africa-Focused Giving By U.S. Foundations Grew At Twice The Rate Of Overall International Giving

    Africa-focused giving By Dana Sanchez, 8:59 am

    Business investors aren’t the only ones spotting Africa’s potential. Name-brand foundations are also investing in Africa, making grants on a historic level. Still, charity has its critics. Akon is one of the most vocal. The U.S.-based rap star is one of the most famous impact investors in Africa — and one of the most prominent voices against giving charity to Africans. These are some of the biggest philanthropic foundations giving money in Africa.

  • How A South African Company Uses Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies

    Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies By Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original

    EcoSolutions manages some of the world’s largest bat and insect mitigation programs. Insects have decimated Nigeria’s tomato crop and Nigerian free-tailed bats could help control them, a director told AFKInsider. The company builds bat and owl houses and manages them for chemical-free pest control. “It would be better to include bats in the agricultural success of tomatoes in Africa than bailing out (countries) or providing aid when the tomato crop fails.”

  • Nigeria Spends $11B On Food Import Despite Immense Agricultural Potential

    By Kevin Mwanza, 12:40 am

    Nigeria spends $11 billion on importation of food, denying the nation the much-needed foreign exchange as the economy faces uncertain times due to a global fall in oil prices. This is the third biggest annual import after industrial supplies and capital goods. The nation currently earns about $2 billion annually from non-oil exports, according to Vanguard. This presents a huge trade imbalance between imports and exports. 

  • Opinion: Leadership Is Key, Colonial Past Is No Excuse For Africa’s Failure To Catch Up

    Colonial past is no excuse By Staff, 3:18 pm

    It can take about 25 years to turn a country from Third World to First World. Ten countries in Africa are heading to this transition. Japan was the leader of the “Asian miracle,” but others include Taiwan and South Korea. They had no mineral wealth. What they had were national systems of innovation and they invested in human capital. Many started off equal or lower in GDP per capita than African countries. Household incomes improve when people get involved in tech-based work. Even agriculture needs to be high tech. This is a path Ethiopia is following.

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