The backbone of Africa, the agricultural sector is often overlooked by policy. Fortunately, there is a lot of important innovation happening around the sector, which will hopefully push African agriculture to a place where it stops relying on food imports from outside of the continent. SAYeTECH are one of these startups at the forefront of … Continue reading Did You Know farming is getting easier in Africa
There are so many mobile phone applications. Some of them are completely useless, some entertain us when sitting on the toilet, and some fit into our daily life so easily, that it is only when our phone goes missing or breaks down that we really need it. Mobile apps are inviting innovation and Africa is … Continue reading Did You Know Mobile apps are taking over Africa?
When attending conferences or reading papers on Africa, one of the key points in determining the future of the continent is education. Many organisations, charities and volunteer organisations focus on education in Africa as a way of developing the continent. Whilst there is a strong focus, there is still a lot of work to be … Continue reading Did you know technology is changing African education?
Rats! Deliverers of disease and scaring people on to chairs and tables for eternity. But now, we are beginning to realise their full potential to enhance our lives. Most of the headlines we see about rats are scary and provocative, aimed to enhance our fear. More recently, they have been found a useful in the … Continue reading Did you know rats are saving Africans from landmines and TB?
HIV/Aids is a major global public health issue. So far it has claimed over 35 million lives and in 2015 around a million died globally from HIV related causes. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with around 25 million people living with the virus in 2015. Although there is no HIV cure, anti retroviral drugs … Continue reading Did you know empowering African women helps prevent HIV?
This morning, I read about a new crowdfunding scheme in South Africa on the BBC website. Instead of the next tech or innovation, using Live Stock Wealth, you can buy a cow! Technology meets tradition and becomes innovation! (I wonder why they didn't call it Cowfunding!) The system was born out of frustration. Ntuthuko Shezi, a … Continue reading Did you know South African Cows can be purchased through crowdfunding?
Getting around Africa is an interesting experience, to say the least! You have a few options including the private mini bus, the taxi and the motor bike taxi. If you are lucky, there will be a train, or a local airline. The mini busses are, in my opinion, by far the most fun. Although, sometimes, … Continue reading Did you know Uber created competition in Africa?
cooperatives in Africa are not a new phenomena. I came across quite a few cooperatives/collectives for various uses. There were teachers cooperatives, and civil servant cooperatives, and at first glance I thought that they were a great idea. These cooperatives enabled members to pool their money together and save for a rainy day. I have seen … Continue reading Did you know cooperatives could save Africa Agriculture