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20 August 2014 News Briefs

. Initiative for Mining Transparency Summit Opens in Addis . The Initiative for Mining Transparency in East and West Africa Summit kicked off on Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Participating countries are expected to present their experiences in mining where discussions will focus on success stories and challenges faced. The summit will enhance experience sharing among […]

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18 August 2014 Business News

      US-Africa Summit An ‘Eye Opener’ For U.S. Business Community . By Dana Sanchez  

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Integrating improved feeding practices to enhance reproductive and Fattening performance in community-based sheep breeding programs in Ethiopia

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Participants of the Workshop, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, July, 23-24, 2014 An in-depth analysis of the Ethiopian Small Ruminant Value Chain identified “feeding” as one of the key intervention areas to mitigate under-performance of sheep and goat production and productivity in the country. The International…

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Ethiopia – cracking the local code

Anna Rosenberg, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at FSG, is currently on a research trip to Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Here are her latest insights: As I sit on the plane from Addis Ababa to London, I am gathering my thoughts and impressions of Ethiopia. My trip made me realize just how complex a place it […]

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1st IPI – Ministry of Agriculture – ATA Ethiopia Joint Symposium

. The Role of Potassium in Cropping Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa: Current Status and Potential for Increasing Productivity . 04-05 September 2014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia . Background The sustainability of agricultural systems greatly depends on balanced fertilization to improve soil fertility for secure and sustainable food production. Potassium (K) fertilizers play a crucial role in […]

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15 August 2014 News Round-Up

Africa’s top 10 future investment cities By Thandi Skade | August 14, 2014 Forget Joburg, Lagos and Kinshasa. Economists say the new investment opportunity hotspots in Africa are cities in Ethiopia, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. If you’re looking to do business in Africa, but you’re unsure of which emerging market to tap into, then […]

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Top Countries for Chicken Investment in Africa

Posted by Kurt Davis Jr It is Friday night in Maputo and nightlife has not exactly started. But the KFC is bustling on Avenida 25 de Setembro with families buying buckets of chicken for dinner and groups of singles purchasing meals for pre-nightlife preparation. This scene is not unique to Mozambique. The “KFC gathering,” as […]

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Mobile phones boost vegetable marketing in Ethiopia

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Onions from the Koga irrigation scheme prepared for distant markets (Photo:ILRI Yigzaw Dessalegne) Ethiopia has diversified agro-ecology with altitudes ranging from 200 meters below sea level to 4,260 meters above sea level, various soil types and different seasons. This has enabled Ethiopian farmers to produce and supply different types of fresh vegetables throughout…

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“Small-holder farming can generate over one trillion birr”

  – Getachew Tikubet, (pictured, above), operations director at Bio-Economy Africa  09 August 2014 Written by  Berhanu Fekade  Getachew Tikubet holds a PhD in Biology with specialization on ecology and integrated systems. Together with his wife, Selamawit Assefa (PhD), he set up Bio-Economy Africa, a nonprofit organization that has been working on farmer training and agricultural […]

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The infrastructure Africa really needs is better data reporting

Originally posted on Quartz:
This week African leaders met with officials in Washington and agreed to billions of dollars of US investments and infrastructure deals. But the terrible state of statistical reporting in most of Africa means that it will be nearly impossible to gauge how effective these deals are at making Africans, or the American investors, better off.…

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