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  • Kenya: Survey of Female Farmers Uncovers Challenges

    In Kenya, a gender-disaggregated agricultural survey targeting 2,500 households and 5,000 individuals in eight regions, seeks women’s input and data to inform agricultural policy. The survey shows that female farmers have limited access to finance, as few women own property they can use as collateral for loans. Another observation is that as agriculture becomes ’feminized’ and men abandon farms to work in cities. The survey was conducted by Egerton University’s Tegemeo I...

    Source
    Microfinance Focus (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Plan Farms for Climate Change: Minister

    Adapting agriculture in Africa to accommodate drastic climate changes will reap benefits for future food security and the poor, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says. "Food security is important to Africa’s economy as it impacts heavily on a country’s poverty alleviation and sustainable development plans," she said at an African ministerial meeting on climate change in Johannesburg. "It is critical that governments and nations should...

    Source
    Times Live (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Birth of a Virtuous New Asset Class

    "BACKING someone to live," is how Leapfrog Investment’s first deal is described by Jim Roth, the co-founder of the "profit with purpose" private-equity firm. That was two years ago, a $6.7m stake in AllLife, a South African firm that provides life insurance to people with AIDS and infected with HIV, subject only to the condition that they submit to regular blood tests to prove they are taking their life-saving anti-retroviral drugs. "This provides cover to people whom other insurers...

    Source
    The Economist (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Surfing the Radio Waves for Sustainable Agriculture

    While the use of mobile phones is rapidly surging across Africa, access gaps persist between urban and rural users. But a new generation of social entrepreneurs is remedying this problem by combining new and old media to reach rural populations. Twenty-nine-year-old Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is one of such entrepreneurs who sees the mobile telephony gap as a call to innovate. His organization connects rural farmers with the information they need through a combination of mobile telephony and ra...

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    allAfrica.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Tags
    consumer products
  • Could Donkey Ambulances Save Lives in Poor Countries?

    Professor Chris Lavy, an orthopaedic surgeon who spent years working in Africa, gives a vivid example of inappropriate medical technology for the developing world. One of the newest hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, he points out, was built with infrared sensors to turn the taps on in the operating theatres. "Wonderful idea, but is it really appropriate in a country where there are no other infrared controlled taps and no engineer to fix them," he asks rhetorically. "Within a year most o...

    Source
    Guardian.co.uk (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Gates Foundation Uses Genetic Modification for Good

    It’s easy to demonize genetically modified crops. After all, we don’t exactly know what their long-term health effects are, and they have the nasty habit of cross-pollinating with non-GMO crops. When new stories come out about advances in the field, many people react with anger and fear. But the Gates Foundation (and Bill Gates himself) has ...

    Source
    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Beer Could Provide Lifeline for South Sudan’s Small Farmers

    Husband to three wives, father of 10, Joseph Yekisuk, is nothing if not persistent as he detains visitors in a muddy cassava field just as they are about to head back into town. With the noonday sun beating down, the heat and humidity steadily rising, Yekisuk is making a pitch for money, hoes and gumboots. Especially the wellies. Gumboots here denote status in much the same way as the latest iPad does in London or New York. Yekisuk, with his stick-thin legs, is more likely to wear rubber boot...

    Source
    Guardian.co.uk (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A Famine-proof World Requires Investment in Farm Research

    Once again the Horn of Africa is suffering a hunger crisis of dizzying magnitude. Nearly 12 million people are in the need of humanitarian assistance, despite more than $1.5 billion in emergency aid efforts to date. It is easy to get lost in these mind-boggling statistics. However, we must urgently act in support these efforts. Relief agencies, community organizations and governments are providing much needed support to save more lives from being lost. But with the America’s e...

    Source
    DesMoinesRegister.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
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