This App Helps African Farmers Secure Their Land Rights

by Karol Boudreaux In Ghana, a for-profit firm called LandMapp is “unlocking land’s value” by helping to secure farmer’s unofficial land rights. These farmers may have customary or traditional rights to their land, but in many cases these rights are not formally recognized. The company uses GPS-enabled smartphones to map the boundaries of farmers’ plots. …

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Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana and …

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Entrepreneurs trained to reduce high maternal deaths

By Ochieng’ Ogodo, Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Scaling up low-cost technological innovations and incorporating business model into healthcare could help cut maternal and child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. According to World Health Organisation, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for 66 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2015. At a meeting of the General Electric …

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Broader approach needed for health-related SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] African governments should invest more on research and development (R&D) to achieve health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage (UHC), a forum has heard. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, which organised the forum, African health systems have seen significant improvements in health indicators but still …

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Two very different responses to Uber – Kenya and South Africa

Thando Vilakazi, University of Johannesburg and Shingie Chisoro Dube, University of Johannesburg Entry of the mobile technology ride-sharing service, Uber, into passenger transport markets across the world has brought disruptive competition with substantial benefits to consumers. Africa is no exception. Uber is currently the dominant ride-sharing app used in Africa. It has rapidly grown its …

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