Kenyan receives Borlaug Award at World Food Prize symposium

Kenyan receives Borlaug Award at World Food Prize symposium

Dr. Andrew Mude of Kenya has received the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, presented at the World Food Prize international symposium in the United States on Wednesday. Mude, an economist and lead scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, was chosen for his…

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber, the free calling and messaging app announced that it as opened its latest social channel, Public Chats in Africa and the Middle East. The app has over 644 million unique users and public chats enables influential figures throughout the world to “reach local and regional audiences”, reported AFK Insider….

South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africans have hit back at a proposal to protect the country’s mobile service providers against competition from free communication apps. A South African women’s magazine, All4Women created the petition fighting to prevent telecoms from regulating free to use services (after downloaded) such as WhatsApp and Skype, known as over-the-top (OTT)…

Netflix in Africa

Netflix has expanded into 130 countries including the African continent, the company announced Wednesday. Previously the service was only available in 60 countries but it is now accessible in 190. The chief executive of Netflix, Reed Hastings, announced the expansion during the opening speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in…

Celebrating Africa’s innovators as the new year arrives

Between the 2nd and 11th December while world leaders and negotiators gathered at le Bouget for the climate conference, another important conference was going on in Paris. Planet workshops in partnership with a number of public and private organisations organised an African focus conference tagged “Land of African conference” at…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

How tech is changing international development

Technology is not often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of international development. Usually we are more focused on overarching ideas like clean drinking water or halting a disease that was eradicated in the developed world decades ago. But in reality, some of the very same…

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen is a writer and multimedia producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has a Masters degree in public affairs and bachelors in journalism. @andyalacarte. Alexis Barnes is a multimedia journalist currently working in development in Zambia. @AlexisKReports.

Lessons from Kenya on how technology is helping smallholder farmers

Africa is endowed with fertile soils and favourable climate, two factors ideal for agriculture–but she cannot feed her 1 billion citizens. She spends around $45 billion annually on food importation according to the President of Africa Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina which is utterly unacceptable for a continent with lots of…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Cybercrime on the rise in Africa

Cybercrime, has been on the rise world wide and Africa is feeling it too. African countries are focusing on beefing up their investigators who work on such issues. The New Times reported that 28 investigators coming from 10 different African countries came together in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, in late October…

Drone airport in Rwanda

The Rwandan government has decided to create a regulatory framework for drone due to investor interest in creating the world’s first drone airport in the country at the beginning of next year, reported The New Times. Over the past couple of years the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems, or…

Five Ugandan women create women’s health app

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. They posted a video on YouTube in which the team know as the…

A silent revolution is happening, will Africa “Tech” this opportunity?

Innovation and development cannot be separated. Both serve each other as fore-runners and their relationship could be linked with the “chicken or egg, which comes first” mantra. Technological innovation in the area of information and communication has over the years been a major driver for making our world flat. The…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.