Samuel Nabwiiso,The African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has received a $10.15 million financing support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The financing will target Agricultural projects for Small Scale Farmers in Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique. The role of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism is to strategize on innovative financial solutions to foster access to quality and affordable fertilizers in Africa. The event will include discussions on the impact of rising fertilizer prices on African smallholder farmers. When the continent’s smallholder farmers have timely access to quality fertilizers, it is possible to double agricultural productivity hence enabling the peasants to double their incomes.
Rural women remain active agents of economic development, agriculture transformation, social change and environmental protection in our societies. The International Day of Rural Women offers a renewed opportunity to commit to a different way of organizing our rural women to build sustainable Resilience in Agro-Food Systems and Nutrition for the desired economic development and on the various commitments that benefit rural women equally from their productivity to equal enjoyment of their rights. This was re-emphasized at the commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women, held last week , in Maputo Mozambique. The African Union Commission and its partners celebrated the event under the African Union Theme of 2022 ‘’Strengthening Rural Women’s Resilience in Agro-Food Systems and Nutrition’’ and Global Theme “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All’’ to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. It emphasizes a transformative approach to empower women especially Rural Women, the Bobo-Dioulasso Declaration that confined the hand-held hoe to the museum and the commitment of African Union to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women annually on every 15 October.3 months ago East African Business Week
The findings are part of a new research paper, Digital Finance Platforms to Empower All, the fourth research paper developed and released under the Africa.Connected umbrella. The resulting research underpinned the continuing importance of the world’s first mobile money service 15 years after it launched in 2007. For further information:Vodacom GroupMedia Relations[email protected]About Vodacom Group:Vodacom is a leading and purpose-led African connectivity, digital and financial services company. This is expected to increase to over half a billion after we launch in Ethiopia and complete the Vodafone Egypt transaction. Through Vodacom Business Africa (VBA), we offer business-managed services to enterprises in 48 countries.3 months ago African Business
Desta Haile, Deputy Director at the Royal African Society, said: “The Royal African Society is delighted to present the 10th edition of Film Africa. Mobile Film Festival Africa: Participants will learn how to make a film – from ideation through to editing – using just a smartphone. John Barker (South Africa): Writer, Director, ProducerJohn Barker is the Writer & Director of feature-length narrative film The Umbrella Men, which is having its European premiere as part of Film Africa. Branwen Okpako (Nigeria): Writer, Director, ProducerBranwen Okpako is the Writer & Director of feature-length docudrama Return to Chibok, based on Helon Habila’s acclaimed account of the Boko Haram kidnappings. Former director of the Black Filmmaker Magazine International Film Festival and founder of Beyond Nollywood, she has worked with Film Festivals all over the world, including LFF, Sundance, Durban Filmmart, Tribeca, BBC Arabic Film Festival, and Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival.3 months ago African Business
Thousands of delegates gathered for the 2022 United Nations biodiversity conference (Cop15) in Montreal in December, tasked with finding a pathway to halt the alarming decline in global biodiversity. While the agreement was signed by national governments, private sector representatives were conspicuous by their presence at the conference. “Nature-based investing” – where investors provide benefits to nature and ecosystems, alongside achieving a financial return – is the latest buzzword. (Photo: Lars Hagberg / AFP)Financing dilemmasThe 2022 UN biodiversity conference produced a historic agreement on biodiversity – but the conference concluded in controversial circumstances. “We need the mobilisation of private sector actors, including finance and industry.14 days ago African Business
“Nickel, which is a critical ingredient in lithium-ion batteries and essential for the global energy transition, is in short supply. Though the challenges are formidable, Africa must find a way to seize this opportunity and emerge as a key player in the new global metals market,” Hulak asserts. However, as these too are crucial to the electric economy, experts warn that price increases are still on the cards. Overall, however, the balance in global supply will not change significantly. Still, for some commodities, like nickel and precious metals, price increases look like they’re here to stay.43 minutes ago African Business
The members of the Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa represent the Africa chapter in the World Council of UCLG. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the world organization in charge of defining and carrying the positions of the leaders and elected representatives of regional and local governments within the United Nations and the international community. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa). Founding member of the world organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UCLG Africa is its regional chapter for Africa. based: in Cairo, Egypt, for the North Africa Region; in Accra, Ghana, for the West Africa Region; in Libreville, Gabon, for the Central Africa Region; in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Eastern Africa Region; and in Pretoria, South Africa, for the Southern Africa Region.3 months ago African Business
Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the worst drought experienced in Kenya for 40 years, which is exacerbating the risk of sexual exploitation, violence, and abuse. It is usually women and girls who are sent to fetch water; because of the drought, they have to walk even further, and wait for hours at boreholes. Safeguarding health, rights, and livesTo help protect women and girls from the drought’s fallout on their health, safety and well-being, UNFPA is distributing maternal health and dignity kits across Kenya. From October 2021 to June 2022, UNFPA reached more than 186,000 women and girls with sexual and reproductive health support. It is feared that, if forecasts of failed rains during the October to December season prove accurate, millions more vulnerable women and girls risk being affected by the crisis.3 months ago African Business