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Drought is Driving Food Insecurity in East Africa, Says FAO

Strong El Niño weather event that ended only last year and poor erratic rainfall in recent months is driving food prices high causing food insecurity in East Africa region. Local prices of maize, sorghum and other cereals are near or at record levels in swathes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, according to the latest Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin (FPMA).  Prices of staple cereals have doubled in some town markets within the region. According to FAO senior economist and coordinator of the Global Information and Early Warning System, Mario Zappacosta, “Sharply increasing prices are severely constraining food access for large numbers of households with alarming consequences in terms of food insecurity.”

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Mastercard to introduce Masterpass QR to impact 150,000 Kenyan MSMEs.

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As part of t’s global commitment to connect 40 million micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) to its electronic payment system by 2020, MasterCard will be rolling out its Masterpass Quick Response (QR) system in Kenya this year. The Masterpass QR is anticipated to bring smart financial inclusion to about 150,000 traders in Kenya by promoting business transaction and financial ease within the micro, small and medium, scale enterprise sector.

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Integration Efforts in the EAC

Otavio Veras, Researcher of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies

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JICA to share management best practices with African entrepreneurs during the AFIF 2017 in Nairobi

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will participate in the training for entrepreneurs organised by EMRC on 13-14 February, ahead of the 11th edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF)

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Humanitarian Leaders to Discuss Sustainable Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa

More than 300 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government and UN organisations are set to convene at the Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi this February exchanging innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa.

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Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) 2017 to take place in Kenya for the first time

The 11th edition of the AFIF “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth” will be hosted by the Strathmore University in Nairobi.

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We Want Our Lecturers Back in Class – Nairobi Students Protest

Students at the University of Nariobi has commenced a demonstration calling for a call-off on the strike of lecturers in the institution. The lecturer’s strike which started barely two weeks ago has kept lecturers from tutoring which is affecting the academic calendar. The issue leading to the strike revolves around the 2013-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which seems to have been in the pipeline for  a while and no headway weather the agreement will be signed or not. Prior to the protest, student leadership had made advances to the ministry of education and other responsible agencies but they have received no relevant feedback.  Kenya’s Inter Public Universities Consultative Council Forum (IPUCCF) has publicly acknowledged the concerns and declared that it is working hand-in-hand with other stakeholders to resolve the issue. However, students are uncomfortable with the strike duration and is urgently demanding to have their lecturers in class.

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Kenya to hold Summit on Economic Innovation in Africa Organized by The Economist

Kenya will hold a summit on the 1st of February organized by The Economist Events on the theme ‘Driving economic and health-care innovation for tomorrow’s Africa’. The summit which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, will converge local and international delegates sourced from the private sector, the business community, African governments, media and international bodies to explore how African economies can effectively innovate and navigate through the challenges experienced in health care, infant health, infrastructure, productivity, education and make changes in their already established systems.

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New landmark conference will explore sustainability for Africa’s buildings

“SPACE” brings together real estate decision-makers and clean energy sector

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IMF Executive Board Completes First Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement and Standby Credit Facility Arrangement for Kenya

IMF Board approved completion of first review of Kenya’s economic program supported by the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) and the Standby Credit Facility (SCF).

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2017 Travel Goals; Explore Six of Africa’s Most Exotic Islands

No one talks of safari without mentioning the great treks that crisscross the African continent. So popular is this cradle of mankind for its magic-ridden sunsets and vast plains teeming with wildlife, that many seem to awe away at the bush ideal, totally ignoring that the continent also takes pride in mothering some of the world’s most blissful and unpolluted islands. This year, maybe it’s time to spice up your travelogues by exploring at least one of these exotic and scenic African islands.

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