One month until Extreme E’s Ocean X Prix in Senegal

Today marks one month until Extreme E’s second event – the Ocean X Prix – which will take place at Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal on 29-30 May. Extreme E marks the return of off-road racing to one of its original roots, famous for the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally which debuted in 1978 but which hasn’t finished in the Senegalese capital since 2007. Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “So here we are, just one month until our […]

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African presidents and global leaders support bold action on climate change adaptation for Africa

In a historic and united show of solidarity for a continent that contributes only 5% to global emissions, more than 30 heads of state and global leaders committed to prioritize actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and “build forward better.” Africa now faces the dual onslaught of climate change – currently estimated at between $7 billion and $15 billion each year – and Covid-19, which has claimed 114,000 lives. The African Development Bank expects […]

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OPINION: African agriculture is ready for a digital revolution

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by Akinwumi Adesina and Patrick Verkooijen Akinwumi Adesina is president of the African Development Bank. Patrick Verkooijen is CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation.    After a dark 2020, a new year has brought new hope. In Africa, where up to 40 million more people were driven into extreme poverty and the continent experienced its first recession in 25 years, a brighter future beckons as the economy is forecast to return to growth this year. Africa now has an opportunity […]

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How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly

How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly ESA / Clustered at the edge of the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, stand thousands of farms and small holdings growing fresh fruit and sugar cane. Water to irrigate the crops is taken from the river, but this slows its flow rate and leaves less for those downstream. On World Water Day, how can the government achieve the sustainable use of water for the benefit of all South Africans? ESA […]

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US$1.2 million Innovation Fund launched to unearth emerging technologies

Fund seeks to support entrepreneurs using renewable energy to start or diversify existing businesses The African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) (www.AECFafrica.org) has today launched a US$1.2 million Innovation Fund to unlock the potential of renewable energy to create new business opportunities. Businesses and entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe can apply for funding. The fund is aimed at strengthening market readiness of emerging innovations, as well as secure financial, technical, and networking support for taking […]

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In Nigeria, a mother’s search for tasty, nutritious food for her son spurs a baby food revolution

For Women’s History Month, we spotlight Oluwaseun Sangoleye, founder of Baby Grubz, a Nigerian baby food company. As a first runner-up in the African Development Bank’s 2020 AgriPitch competition, Sangoleye and Baby Grubz received a $10,000 grant from the Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund. We asked Sangoleye about her journey to change the way mothers think about nutrition and feeding their babies. When Oluwaseun Sangoleye became a mother for the first time in 2012, she had no […]

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