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A mobile Africa: innovation is key

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Dr KF Lai, CEO of BuzzCity reveals on-the-ground insight into the mobile marketplace in Africa.

2012 saw the BuzzCity network grow by 67% with over 210.8 billion ads served across the globe and this extensive growth in mobile usage is certain to continue as we move through 2013. Recent forecasts from Cisco revealed that the number of mobile devices will tip seven billion in 2013, outnumbering the human population, thanks to growth in developing areas, such as Asia, the Pacific and Africa. ... Read more about A mobile Africa: innovation is key

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Q&A: Generating Global Governance to End Hunger

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Matthew Newsome
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations believes that Africa is entering a new era with greater investment in agriculture. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS
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ADDIS ABABA , Jul 2 2013 (IPS) - Sub-Saharan Africa may be home to six of the world’s 10-fastest growing economies, but it also has a majority of the countries that are suffering from a food crisis.

In fact, of the 20 countries in the world suffering from prolonged food shortages, 17 are in Africa, according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). ... Read more about Q&A: Generating Global Governance to End Hunger

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The Great Green Wall of Africa

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Kyle Benjamin Schneps
A dried up river filled with sand winds its way across the desert near Gos Beida in eastern Chad June 5, 2008. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters).
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In February 2011, an international summit in Bonn, Germany officially approved the building of a pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW) in support of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The GGW initiative plans to strategically plant swaths of trees roughly nine miles wide and over four thousand miles long. ... Read more about The Great Green Wall of Africa

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Zambia-Zimbabwe dam on verge of collapsing: report

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China.org.cn
The wall of Kariba Dam, one of the world's largest dams measuring 128 meters tall and 579 meters long, has developed weaknesses and may collapse if nothing is done to repair it in the next three years, the report said.
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A hydroelectric dam bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe threatens the lives of 3.5 million people in the southern African region as it is on the verge of collapsing, local newspaper Zambia Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The wall of Kariba Dam, one of the world's largest dams measuring 128 meters tall and 579 meters long, has developed weaknesses and may collapse if nothing is done to repair it in the next three years, the report said. ... Read more about Zambia-Zimbabwe dam on verge of collapsing: report

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Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project

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Tam Harbert
Nighttime Near Nairobi: Only 18 percent of Kenyan house-holds have access to electricity.
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This spring, construction is set to begin on the first projects coordinated through Power Africa, a multibillion-dollar Obama administration initiative that seeks to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa within five years, and in some cases accelerate reforms in the governments of the nations involved. Among the initial projects are wind farms in Kenya and Tanzania, and a solar project in Tanzania. ... Read more about Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project

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Billions Still Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation

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Lisa Schlein
FILE - A child fills a container with water for domestic use in Delmas, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
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GENEVA — Two leading U.N. agencies are calling for greater action to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation to more than three billion people. A joint report by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund says more must be done to close the gap between the billions who have access to improved water and sanitation and those who do not. ... Read more about Billions Still Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation

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8 maps that will change the way you look at Africa

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maps that will change the way you look at Africa
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You already know that Africa isn’t a country. But what else? Check out these maps and put the continent’s population, income, growth, and potential into context.

 

1. Where the world’s 7 billion live

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How technology is transforming emergency preparedness

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IRIN NEWS, Aug 16, 2013
Flooding in Chad. Use of technology to warn of disasters is increasing
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DAKAR, 16 August 2013 (IRIN) - Mobile phone, geographic information systems (GIS), Twitter and other technologies are increasingly being used to warn communities of potential crises and inform them how to prepare, and to help governments and aid agencies predict how emergencies may unfold. 

IRIN looks at some of the ways these innovations are transforming early warning and preparedness. 

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Africa’s Farmers Seek Private Money

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Busani Bafana, Sep 08, 2013
Sweetpotato breeder Jose Ricardo in Maputo Mozambique. Africa currently imports almost 40 billion dollars worth of food, and experts say that the continent needs to become more self-reliant.
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Africa currently imports almost 40 billion dollars worth of food a year, but it should implement measures to attract private sector investment in agriculture in order to reduce its food import bill and increase its self-reliance, experts in the sector tell IPS.
“In the next 10 years, African countries should not rely on food aid, but should produce their own food and buy from within Africa when they run out of food,” agriculture researcher and director of the Barefoot Education for Africa Trust, Professor Mandivamba Rukuni, told IPS. ... Read more about Africa’s Farmers Seek Private Money

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Africa faces sharp rise in climate adaption costs - UNEP

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Megan Rowling, Nov 19, 2013
An abandoned canoe is seen on a water hyacinth covered lagoon near the Makoko slum in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos
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Africa faces climate adaptation costs in the range of $7 billion to $15 billion per year by 2020, and that figure could rise to around $350 billion annually by 2070 if global warming exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, a U.N. report said on Tuesday.

Even if the 2 degrees goal - agreed by nearly 200 governments in 2010 - were to be met, the cost of adapting to more extreme weather and longer-term climate shifts would still be around $35 billion per year by the 2040s and $200 billion per year by the 2070s, according to the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP). ... Read more about Africa faces sharp rise in climate adaption costs - UNEP

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