South African oranges storm world markets

South Africa’s flourishing fruit industry has increasingly made up a bigger proportion of the international trade, said the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy in its latest agricultural outlook for the period 2018 to 2028. One in every 10 oranges eaten around the world now comes from South Africa. Citrus, grapes and top fruits, inContinue reading “South African oranges storm world markets”

In Q1 2019, Togo’s main export destinations were Burkina Faso, Benin and India

(Togo First) – Togo’s main exports in Q1 2019 were Burkina Faso, Benin and India, with the first leading the pace. Indeed, over the year’s first three months, 17.4% of the country’s exports, valued at XOF20.1 billion, were sent to its northern neighbor. This is slightly lower than the previous year, over the same period, knowinglyContinue reading “In Q1 2019, Togo’s main export destinations were Burkina Faso, Benin and India”

Africa’s first-generation entrepreneurs struggle to succeed

In 2014, CNN published a list of 10 countries with the highest percentage of adults who were either starting a business or had run it for less than three and a half years. Five of these top countries were in Africa. In fact, they were six in number with Nigeria and Zambia tying in theContinue reading “Africa’s first-generation entrepreneurs struggle to succeed”

Akwaba to the Côte d’Ivoire tech ecosystem!

Between 15 and 20 April 2019, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Gregory Omondi and Maxime Bayen, was in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with two objectives in mind. Firstly, to work with two of our portfolio start-ups based locally. Secondly, to participate in the GSMA Mobile 360 West Africa Conference. The week also presented opportunities to engage withContinue reading “Akwaba to the Côte d’Ivoire tech ecosystem!”

Enter the Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism is calling for entries for the 2019 Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards. The Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards 2019 (WCERA) is the second edition of a competition that recognises the achievements and potential of some of the Province’s most exciting entrepreneurs. It is vital for an economy toContinue reading “Enter the Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards”

This new initiative brings together African women- And with it comes much more.

Promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is not new in Kenya and Africa, there have been several initiatives put in place to steer the agenda. However, this women-initiative brings something different as it focuses on women economic empowerment and leadership. Kenyan businesswomen are set to benefit immensely from the Commonwealth Business Women Network, KenyanContinue reading “This new initiative brings together African women- And with it comes much more.”

Ghana: Pres Outdoors Agric Mechanisation Enterprises Centre At Wulensi

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Friday outdoored the Agricultural Mechanisation Enterprises Centre (AMSEC) at Wulensi in the Northern Region, as part of his tour of the region. At the ceremony, the President presented a number of tractors, power tillers and various farm implements for the establishment of 33 AMSECs in the region, as moreContinue reading “Ghana: Pres Outdoors Agric Mechanisation Enterprises Centre At Wulensi”

India, Zambia sign 6 pacts; strengthen cooperation in defence, mineral resources

India and Zambia signed six agreements in key sectors such as mineral resources and defence after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu held wide-ranging talks to strengthen ties. The two leaders also deliberated upon enhancing trade and investment, as well as deepening development cooperation. ‘Reliable partner’ Prime Minister Modi, at aContinue reading “India, Zambia sign 6 pacts; strengthen cooperation in defence, mineral resources”

AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Researchers also are trying to train crops like maize and wheat to produce their own nitrogen fertiliser from the air –Continue reading “AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE”

Expectations rise for Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum

The stage is getting bigger for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum; and so are the multiplicity of roles it is inadvertently assuming, and rising expectations.Having five African Presidents, over 60 global speakers from the public and private sectors across three continents together is a large private sector platform for empowerment and generation of ideas.AtContinue reading “Expectations rise for Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum”