African Renewable Energy Projects Win Co-Development Facility competition

By Abdi Ali Published June 20, 2017 Renewable energy projects from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana have won US$7 million funding support. The three winning projects are said to have been selected from a technologically and geographically diverse pool of 82 entrants from 23 countries to the 2017 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) funding support for renewable

Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa were launched at the African Internet Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa Launched

By Khalifa Hemed Published June 8, 2017 Guidelines to help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure have been launched. The guidelines, touted as being the first of their kind in Africa, were unveiled by the African Union Commission and a non-governmental organisation called Internet Society during the African Internet Summit that took place in

Suffyan Koroma, FAO senior economist and lead author of the Formalization of Informal Trade in Africa report.

Harnessing Instead of Suppressing Informal Trade Can Boost Africa’s Economies

By Food and Agricultural Organisation Published May 27, 2017 Africa’s informal cross-border trade (ICBT) can contribute to improving livelihoods and increasing regional integration across the continent. Formalization of Informal Trade in Africa, a report by by Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), says informal cross-border trading accounts for between 20% and 70% of employment in sub-Saharan

Brendan Vickers, Economic Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, says African countries are engaged in a range of global, regional and bilateral negotiations on trade and trade-related issues.

African countries to Discuss Strategies to Strengthen Their Trading capacity

By Irene Gaitirira Published May 24, 2017 African policymakers, negotiators and trade analysts are set to discuss priorities for reviving world trade and strengthening their trading capacity. The two-day meeting in Mauritius–May 25-26, 2017–shall be held to the backdrop of reports that world trade has declined by more than US$3 Trillion, with sub-Saharan Africa’s combined

The risk of the Fall armyworm to food security in Africa must be recognised and tackled with a holistic integrated pest management programme

Africa Focuses on Defeating Crop-Destroying American Fall Armyworm

By Still Hardy Published May 18, 2017 Unless urgently tackled, a rapidly spreading pest from the Americas shall rob Africa of an estimated US$3 Billion-worth of maize over the coming year. The pest, known as the Fall armyworm, is reported to attack more than 80 different plant species, including maize on which more than 200 million

Henry Rotich, Kenya's Finance Minister, with Patrice Talon, President of Benin, during the ATI meetings in Nairobi

African Governments and Investors Discuss Declining Foreign Direct Investment

By Abdi Ali Published May 16, 2017 Representatives of governments and investment have met in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to explore ways and means of closing a US$900 Billion infrastructure gap in the face of decreasing foreign direct investment (FDI) flow across Africa. Government Ministers from across Africa have sat together with investors and the

The Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) wins the UN Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism (Reuters pic.

UN Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism Call for Applications

By Abdi Ali Published May 5, 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the specialised agency of the United Nations in charge of travel business, invites submissions to the 14th annual edition of its Awards for Innovation in Tourism. RELATED:Zimbabwean Endorsed for Top UN World Tourism Job UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism were created

Amina J Mohammed, the new United Nations Deputy Secretary, took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office

African Women Honoured for making Exceptional Impact in their Countries

By Abdi Ali Published April 17, 2017 A Gambian has been recognised, celebrated and honoured as African Woman of the Year in a continental awards that “recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in the past 12 months.” RELATED:South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Could Affect

Dr Abbas Gullet, Kenya Red Cross' Secretary-General and IFRC’s Vice President

Impending Hunger Catastrophe Should Be Africa’s Last!

By Irene Gaitirira Published April 17, 2017 More than 18 million people in the Horn of Africa and in Nigeria are facing one of the worst hunger crises in recent history. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warns that this humanitarian crisis will be repeated again and again unless concerted efforts

Seed sector professionals meeting at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in the Nigerian city of Ibadan

Improve Cassava Yield Through Planting High Quality Seed

By Khalifa Hemed Published April 10, 2017 Businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers in raising their productivity. Seed sector professionals meeting at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in the Nigerian city of Ibadan, said that though Africa’s most-populous country is the largest producer of cassava