Turning youth into agricultural entrepreneurs

By Charles Mkoka [LILONGWE] Equipping youth with innovative technologies could expand their business opportunities in agricultural value chain and turn many into entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. This was one of the major impressions I got from Canadian Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) entrepreneurship and innovation training last month (21-24 February) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where I …

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Mozambique’s unexpected truce still hangs in the balance

Justin Pearce, University of Cambridge Christmas tidings of peace and goodwill in Mozambique seemed almost too good to be true after four years of sporadic but escalating civil conflict. On December 26, Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Renamo opposition movement, told the media that he and President Felipe Nyusi had spoken by phone and agreed …

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Donald Trump & Africa News Headlines – 15 November 2016

A compilation of news headlines published between November 8 and November 15 related to the election of Donald Trump and U.S. policy toward Africa. Quick Thoughts on President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa Source: An Africanist Perspective Donald Trump and Sub-Saharan Africa: What Will Change With New U.S. President-Elect? Source: Newsweek …

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How livestock made its way to southern Africa

Karim Sadr, University of the Witwatersrand Much of South Africa has good grazing for livestock. And sheep, goats and cattle have played an important role in the history of the region’s diverse cultures. But how did these animals get here? For a long time scholars were convinced that the first livestock in southern Africa had …

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Study aids climate forecasts of two African regions

By Nelson Mandela Ogema Researchers have used simulations — a step-by-step method on a computer to explore approximate behaviour — to predict different outcomes of changes in seasonal rainfall and temperature for west and southern Africa. According to researchers from South Africa-based University of Cape Town (UCT), forecasts of seasonal climate could help reduce disasters, …

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