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CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

July 15th, 2019

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

With CTA’s support Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Erba 96 and Nitidae will implement blockchain projects in Côte d’Ivoire; Papua New Guinea; Sierra Leone; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uganda. 

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Six ways Africa can unlock its agricultural potential

May 22nd, 2018 / How we made Africa

Agriculture holds the key to broad-based economic growth, poverty reduction and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to Deutsche Bank senior analyst Claire Schaffnit-Chatterjee, in her report on agriculture for the bank. Read this excerpt that looks at how sub-Saharan Africa can unlock its agricultural potential.” Read …

Africa’s big new free trade agreement, explained

March 30th, 2018 / Washington Post, US

As of last week, there is a new global trade player, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). On Mar. 21, 44 African heads of state and government officials met in Kigali, Rwanda, to sign the framework to establish this initiative of the African Union.
The AfCFTA will come into effect …

African common market will boost trade

March 28th, 2018 / The Standard, Kenya

Our Pan-Africanist ancestors just sat up and took notice. I have often imagined that most days our ancestors look down at us and shake their heads in disbelief as African Governments squander and mismanage natural resources and public taxes. Those cynical thoughts were punctured for a moment on March 21 …

The Trump election – what It might means for African trade

November 11th, 2016 / AFK Insider

When it comes to predicting how President Donald Trump will affect U.S-Africa trade relations, opinions are divided — no surprise in a political victory that relied on a strategy of divide and conquer.
Here are some insights from a variety of sources …
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Africa’s economies are set to get a boost from tighter integration with or without Brexit

July 26th, 2016 / Quartz Africa

Calestous Juma and Francis Mangeni write: The African Union (AU) is holding its 27th summit in Kigali, Rwanda this week in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum decision to withdraw from the European Union. The outcome of last month’s referendum has sent seismic waves across Africa. Many observers have …

Uncertain trade, less progressive aid and a new colonial-minded PM? What Brexit means for Africa

June 29th, 2016 / African Arguments

Chaos has been unleashed and we all will be poorer because of Brexit, including in Africa. Read …

Africa tops the trio of continents set for rise in food demand

January 15th, 2016 / Food Navigator.com

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in food consumption over the next 25 years, according to a report, as the continent’s young demographic and lower-than-average calorie consumption provides huge export potential. Read …

Beyond the poverty of poverty reduction: the case of cotton

December 15th, 2015 / African Arguments, UK

Africa’s cotton producers still seek a better trade deal. But as the WTO Ministerial meeting convenes in Nairobi, the poverty hurdles are much higher than just trade barriers. But to move beyond the poverty of poverty reduction, decision-makers will need to embrace broader and deeper understandings of Africa’s cotton and …

Why GM crops have been slow to take hold in Africa

July 14th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

The reluctance of so many African countries to GMOs can, in part, be attributed to fears about the impact it would have on trade with other countries, particularly Europe where a number of countries have banned GM imports. But things may be changing. Read …