Daily Archives: October 21, 2015
Madagascar signs new financing agreement to boost food security, nutrition and incomes of smallholder farmers
The Republic of Madagascar and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement today to finance the Project to Support Development in the Menabe and Melaky Regions – Phase II (AD2M-II). The total cost of the project is US$56.7 million. The funding is comprised of a $34.4 million IFAD loan, a grant of $6.0 million from the IFAD Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) Trust Fund, a contribution of $7.7 million from the government of Madagascar and $1.2 million from the beneficiaries.
By Best Practices Research Analyst, Ilk-nür Hendricks, at Frost & Sullivan
Cape Town, 21 October 2015 – The demand for digital entertainment – online videos, music and now gaming – is growing exponentially in Africa, with the business environment continuously developing and improving.
I’d particularly like to welcome my colleague and friend, His Excellency the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom, to his second home in London. He came to office 3 years ago and has been a highly constructive partner throughout my time in Ethiopia as well as a self-confessed “salesman” for his country,a role he’s taken to as if born to it. Delighted he is leading this delegation, accompanied by numerous Ethiopian dignitaries and businesspeople. May I also welcome our Minister for Africa, Grant Shapps, who is also the first Minister to hold the portfolio jointly between the Foreign Office and DFID; which has made sense given the joint nature of much of our work in the African Continent.
The City of Johannesburg is set to release a tender for a 3 MW in-pipe hydropower scheme, specifically the installation of hydroelectric turbines in its bulk water reticulation system. These turbines could generate up to ten percent of the energy required to power Johannesburg’s city water utility. The preliminary work on the in-pipe hydropower project has reportedly been completed and the city expects to introduce the first 3 MW of in-pipe power during the first quarter of 2016.
The Skills Not to Miss
Boom in 4G LTE deployments high on agenda as broadband services explode across Africa in epic proportions
CRC Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective writtenby Dr. Marcus K. Weldon, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs, together with his Bell Labs team.
OPIC Partners with Solar Reserve and ACWA Power to Develop Landmark South African Solar Energy Facility
As part of Secretary John Kerry’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) today signed an agreement with U.S. based energy developer SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power, recognizing OPIC’s $400 million commitment of debt financing to support the development of the Redstone Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project in Northern Cape, South Africa.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is backing FAO’s efforts to combat pandemic animal disease threats in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with an additional $87 million in funding covering the 2015-19 period.