Rural Africans ignored in deals between EU, African Union, Letter says

More than 100 faith-based and nongovernmental organizations from 22 African countries, as well as partners like CIDSE, said the European Union-African Union partnership failed to improve the lives of rural Africans and needs to put “the dignity and well-being of Africans at the center of policymaking.” The joint declaration issued Feb. 16, the day before a two-day summit between the European Union and African Union, said “this partnership and similar ones with other world regions have shown themselves to…

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How Youth in Agribusiness are reversing migration in Uganda

Diana and Sumaiya from Rakai, Kyotera District, Uganda (PHOTO:TAAT/Omodolapo Ogunsola) Youth migration from rural to urban areas is often attributed to a lack of employment in the rural areas. Statistically, more youth crowd up the urban areas searching for greener pastures, whereas those who stay back may find opportunities for income and livelihood in excess. Migration is particularly a recurring theme among rural youth. Agriculture and rural development remain crucial to the rate of rural out-migration to urban areas….

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UN’s Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal at risk

After showing hopeful results during the Millennium Development Goals, the UN’s Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal is threatened by undernourishmentAfter the huge success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the United Nations laid out a new set of targets for 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN’s SDG for Zero Hunger is measured by the prevalence of undernourishment, meaning a condition where “a person is unable to acquire enough food to meet daily minimum dietary energy requirements…

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Invest in research to save Africa’s agriculture

Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa was already getting a beating from shocks such as droughts, desert locusts and a growing population, and COVID-19 has only added to the pressure. As I listened to proceedings at the 11th Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held in Kenya last week (6-10 September), I became more convinced that the global pandemic is hurting agricultural systems across the continent, and that urgent action is needed to mitigate the situation. A…

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West Africa: Extreme poverty rises nearly 3 percent due to COVID-19

Extreme poverty in West Africa rose by nearly three percent in 2020, another fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN-backed report launched on Thursday that looks at the socio-impact of the crisis has revealed. The proportion of people living on less than $1.90 a day jumped from 2.3 percent last year to 2.9 percent in 2021, while the debt burden of countries increased amid slow economic recovery, shrinking fiscal space, and weak resource mobilization. More than 25 million across…

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Sustainable packaging for African Tea

People may not always think about where their food comes from, but Asami Tea founder Ola Atilola wants to change that. Asami, which means “my culture” in the Yoruba language, is a Northwest Arkansas-based company created in 2016 with the desire to promote African products and support African farmers. “We want to invest in those farmers and tell their origin story,” Atilola says.  A native of Nigeria, Atilola has developed relationships with farmers across the African continent, sourcing ingredients from countries…

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West African food startup receives $1.98 million in funding

West African food brand Yolélé has received $1.98 million in funding for its new venture, West African Ancient Grains. Yolélé has partnered with shea butter processor Mali Shi SA to build a traceable supply chain for fonio, a drought-tolerant, nutrient-dense ancient grain that is considered a neglected and underutilized crop. The aim of the project is to turn fonio into a cash crop that will provide a source of income for thousands of smallholder farmers in the vulnerable Sahel…

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Interview: What Nigeria must do to achieve SDGs 1 and 8 by 2030 – Social Advocate

Nigeria, with an average score of 47.1 per cent, is 43rd out of the 52 ranked countries on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the sub-continental level, Nigeria sits in 14th place of the 15 nations in West Africa. Only Guinea Bissau, the region’s only Portuguese-speaking country, is ranked lower. Launched in September 2015, the SDGs are 17 global goals and 169 targets, aimed at ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change…

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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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