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IFC Support for Country Bird’s Expansion Encourages Agribusiness, Employment in Southern Africa

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit http://www.ifc.org.

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BP TO INVEST MORE THAN R5-BILLION IN SOUTH AFRICA

BP today announced plans to invest in excess of R5 billion in South Africa and Mozambique over the next five years in new and on-going infrastructure upgrade projects to improve business efficiency and assist Government’s objectives to enhance energy security and enable the transition to cleaner fuels.

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South Africa’s mobile money industry remains innovative and diverse

Mobile Money Africa returns to Johannesburg in May

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US agriculture aims to strengthen SA trade

A US agricultural trade mission met South African food industry delegates in Sandton this week for talks on developing trade relations between South African and US food producers.

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US Food Seminar to Explore Diversifying the Southern African Food Basket

On Thursday, 18 April 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a consortium of U.S. food and ingredient producers will host a food seminar in Sandton.

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Regional Seminar on the Implementation and Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Discrimination in the context of the Right to Food in Southern Africa

LILONGWE, Malawi /African Press Organization (APO)/ Around 60 experts from governments, civil society, national human rights institutions, as well as the agricultural sector will meet from 3 to 4 April 2013 in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss concrete measures to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food in the sub-region. Experts from Belgium, Norway, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN agencies will also attend.

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SATH initiative to focus on minimizing groundnut aflatoxin contamination

by Wallace Mawire

 

credit:SATH

 

The Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH) is planning to partner with organizations in need of technical assistance along the groundnut value chain to minimize risk of aflatoxin contamination, according to a SATH spokesperson.
According to SATH, groundnuts are one of Southern Africa’s most important crops, but contamination by the carcinogenic fungus aflatoxin has become a public health issue and a significant barrier to trade. Risks associated with the fungus include liver cancer, impaired growth for children under five and suppression of the immune system.

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Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello begins visit to Tanzania, South Africa, and Mozambique

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 11, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today (Sunday) begins an official visit to Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique to see at first hand the impact of Ireland’s development programme and explore ways that Ireland can assist African partners to grow their economies and exit from aid dependency.

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Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Set to Top US$ One Trillion in 2030

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Africa has the potential to create a trillion-dollar food market
  • But farmers need better access to help them grow and trade their products
  • A new report outlines challenges and solutions to Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness sectors

WASHINGTON –A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” says that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods.  The report calls on governments to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa.

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Mobile Money Africa returns to Johannesburg as industry remains dynamic

Mobile Money Africa Awards launched to celebrate industry leaders

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