Tuesday 21 November 2017
( 07/22/13)
African governments must improve their support for agricultural research organisations, Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has said. “The need for action on agricultural research is urgent. African Governments must increase funding for agricultural research and extension; farmers’ innovations must find their way into the research agenda to enable Africa achieve its goal of food sufficiency,” Mr. Amissah-Arthur said in Accra at the opening ceremony of the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW). AASW, hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, brought together over 1,300 scientific researchers, extension officers, farmers, policymakers, development partners, civil society and NGO groups from across the world to discuss the theme “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural...
(The Guardian Nigeria 07/21/13)
DESPITE the fall in productivity of Africa’s agriculture over the years occasioned by seasons of under-investment and an ill-advised structural adjustment, there is yet a lot to be done to feed the continent’s huge and fast-growing population. Global figures in agriculture and research agree, as they met in Accra, Ghana that ‘funding to agriculture, to universities and to research centres fell steadily and steeply,’ leading to a reversal of the many gains of the past. Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President articulated as much when he addressed the Sixth Forum of Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) summit in the Ghanaian capital during the week. He said, “Our universities lost good people. The quality of education declined,”...
(Mining Weekly 07/20/13)
Notwithstanding concerns about security and lack of rail, road and port infrastructure, foreign companies are continuing to enter the Mozambican mining sector. Ratings agency Fitch recently pointed out that foreign direct investment in coal and natural gas projects in the south east African country was running at about $5-billion a year, and that these two sectors alone would be able to give Mozambique economic growth of between 7% and 8% a year from now until 2015. Despite noting the risks of increased political violence, limited infrastructure hampering commodity exports and of a fall in commodity prices, the agency expressed optimism about the country. In comparison to the other countries of Southern Africa, Mozambique had inflation below the regional average and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/13)
(Reuters) - The African Union will form a new 3,600-strong peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic (CAR) to step up efforts to stabilize the fractious country, officials said on Friday. Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the AU's Peace and Security Council, said an existing regional peacekeeping mission known as MICOPAX would be rolled into the larger new force from August. He said its mandate would be to protect civilians and help stabilize the country and restore the central government in the former French colony, which is rich in gold and diamonds. Central African Republic, a nation of 4.5 million at the heart of the continent, has suffered decades of instability. Seleka rebels toppled the president in March, causing chaos and a...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(Voice of America 07/16/13)
Olam International, a leading global integrated supply chain manager, that has been active in Mozambique for 15 years, announced this year, the construction of its first state-of-the-art roller cotton gin. The company, which is engaged in processing and packaging agricultural products and food ingredients, has been helping farmers to produce a variety of sustainable crops that offer a guaranteed income. One of its most important efforts is promoting the production of cotton. Olam said it is continuing to make progress toward its goal of increasing local production of the commodity in rural areas of Mozambique. “In cotton, we partner with farmers, teach them best farming practices, provide them support, and provide them a ready market to buy back the crop...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(La Lettre de l'Océan Indien 06/11/13)
Coal India Ltd procède actuellement à la réévaluation des réserves de ses deux permis de Moatize au Mozambique et n'exclut pas, selon nos sources, de se retirer du pays à partir de l'an prochain. (...) http://www.africaintelligence.fr/AMF/exploration-et-production/2013/06/1...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Three former presidents from the Sadc region, including South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, are expected to form a panel to mediate in the Lake Malawi border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania Nation Online has learnt. The revelation has come barely one week after Tanzania submitted its position on the dispute to the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Governments, which is currently being chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. In an interview on Monday, Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Patrick Kabambe said the forum proposed that the mediation process would be done by a panel of three former presidents comprising Chissano, Mbeki and Botswana’s Festus Mogae. Kabambe, who also confirmed that Malawi has...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/13)
(Reuters) - Mozambique has reopened its Sena railway line, the only available rail coal export route for mining giants Vale and Rio Tinto , after a two-week closure due to floods, state logistics group CFM said. The line, which connects the northern Tete province with the coast, was shut on Feb. 12 after heavy rains and a derailment, forcing Vale to declare force majeure on a number of coal shipment contracts. Rio Tinto also declared force majeure to suspend open cast mining operations at its mine following the flood damage, its mining contractor, Eqstra Holdings, said. "We have sent a letter to the coal exporters last week that the line is open although they have yet to start sending trains,"...

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