MEET FRANK DARKO, INVENTOR OF THE FLOATING BICYCLE

Frank Darko is a young Graphic Design student of the Takoradi Technical University who hails from Takoradi. He would have been in his final year had he not deferred his course for personal reasons. The remarkable young man has pursued his passion in science and technology and invented the Floating Bicycle. After witnessing the devastating effects of flooding in his hometown, especially how school children become stranded and cannot cross the rivers through conventional boats to get to school,…

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Zimbabwe February inflation at 321.59% y/y – Zimstats

Zimbabwe’s inflation rate stood at 321.59% year-on-year in February compared to 362.63% the previous month, national statistics agency Zimstats said on Thursday. On a month-on-month basis, prices increased by 3.45% compared to 5.43% during the same period. The central bank has forecast annual inflation will end the year below 10%, which economic analysts say is too optimistic. Source: Reuters Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Promit Mukherjee

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Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday. “While the situation continues to deteriorate for everyone, the disaster is magnified for refugees who have absolutely nothing to cushion their fall”, said WFP Executive Director, David Beasley. “In the best of times, refugees live in cramped conditions, struggle to meet their basic needs and often have no option but to rely on…

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African Women Get $10M To Boost Agribusiness Initiative

London, Feb. 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Mars, a leading manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products has partnered with CARE, a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty, to promote women’s social and economic empowerment in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. CARE and Mars Wrigley are building on the success and learnings of their Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) initiative with an investment of $10m to aid them to expand beyond the 12,000 members they have supported…

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How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

Migrants and Refugees When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money. Five months of detention In 2016, facing financial hardship, Mr. Ahmed decided to leave his home town in Sudan, and travel to Libya in search…

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Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive crisis in Africa

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said. The United Nations says a record 45 million people…

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Nigeria inaugurates $1bn agriculture mechanization committee

The Nigerian government has inaugurated an 18-member committee for implementation of Government’s Agriculture mechanisation programme called The Green Imperative Programme (GIP). The Nigerian Minister Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono during the launch of an18-man committee in Abuja, said the programme was timely in view of the need to feed the Nigerian population estimated at 200 million, and other African countries that rely on Nigeria for food and seeds. The $1.1 billion program would be funded by the Brazilian Government…

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World Bank Launches Learning Poverty Target in Support of SDGs

The World Bank has adopted a Learning Poverty Target that aims to cut the global rate of learning poverty by at least 50% by 2030, with “learning poverty” defined as the percentage of ten-year-olds who cannot read and understand a simple story. The World Bank’s estimates show that 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries and 80% of children in poor countries cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. This represents “the…

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