Role of agribusiness and opportunities for young Africans

Over the past decade the agricultural sector in Africa has received increased attention from policymakers, researchers, foreign investors, and the development community. Agriculture has been well established as a prominent driver of economic growth and an effective method to reduce poverty and increase food security. However, the majority of agricultural…

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African Development Bank Group announces energy initiative

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), yesterday, announced an initiative aimed at solving the African energy deficit by 2025. The announcement of the “New Deal for Energy in Africa” was made at a High Level Stakeholder Consultative Meeting in Abidjan. AfDB Presidnet, Akinwumi Adesina, said “a lot of financing will…

In Kenya, sugarcane farmers struggle in problematic sugar industry

Faced with high costs of production and delayed payment for their harvest, Kenya’s sugarcane farmers have vowed to uproot the crop. NAIROBI, Kenya—President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent trade deal with President Museveni of Uganda to allow Kenya to import sugar from Uganda has attracted criticism and shifted focus to the ailing…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Child labourers used in gold mines in Tanzania

Over 12,000 children have been rescued from gold mines in Northern Tanzania in the past three years, reported children’s rights groups. It is feared that thousands of more children are being forced to work in dangerous conditions for next to nothing.   Even though it is against the law to…

Rio Tinto leaves Zimbabwe

Rio Tinto, the global mining giant, has left Zimbabwe after 60 years of business in the country. The decision came after they sold their 78% stake in Murowa Diamonds and 50% interest in Sengwa Coal to RioZim.  “Rio Tinto believes that the future of these assets can be best managed…

Kuwait Fund Loan Agreement with Ethiopia

On June 16, 2015, in Addis Ababa a Loan Agreement was signed between The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The agreement constitutes a K.D. 6.5 million loan, equivalent to about US$ 22.1 million, which will help fund the Axum Water Supply. Along…