Somaliland shows how Africa can lead in voting technology

Calestous Juma, Harvard University Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has, so far, focused on economic transformation and the improvement of basic services. Drones are a good example: they’re used in the …

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Delay in using GM crops making Africa lose benefits

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study says. Many African governments are grappling with opponents and proponents of GM crops, thus facilitating a delay in adoption, especially when uncertainty about GM crops are announced …

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Gender gap widens in STEM education

By Joel Adriano [BANGKOK] Despite major strides in women’s empowerment and equality over the last half century, there exists a stark gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says a report. According to the report by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report, only 17 women have won a Nobel …

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Sub-Saharan Africa can learn from India’s ‘Green revolution’

Renu MODI, University of Mumbai Sub-Saharan Africa has huge potential to become a global food basket, but it is far from being realised. The region is estimated to have 60% of the globally available and unexploited arable land yet it remains food deficient. Even when arable land is cultivated, hurdles such as limited irrigation, small …

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Want to Go on Safari? There’s an App for That

by Bill Wirtz As the sharing economy develops, the opportunities for cutting out the middle-man seem endless. After Lyft and Uber revolutionized personal transport, BlaBlaCar challenged public transportation and Airbnb overthrew our concept of monetizing our own properties, Safarisource attempts to do the same thing with safaris. Launched at the INDABA tourism trade fair in …

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