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SyeComp Farm Traceability: Strengthening Supply Chains in Africa

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 6:00am
From Agric in Ghana
SyeComp Farm Traceability (SFT), helps agribusinesses and suppliers establish sustainable supply chain mapping systems. Be it for cocoa, tea, coffee, shea, cashew, palm, etc, SFT is there to address your mapping needs.

SyeComp over the past 7 years has built an extensive solution for traceability to plantation [also known as fresh fruit bunch (FFB) traceability]. SyeComp’s current approach to traceability back to farms/plantation is based on having considerable detail on all farmers. Based on our unique indicators, if any information is missing, that source is considered not traceable.

SyeComp Farm Traceability is designed for buyers to be able to trace back the origin of their supply. This includes mapping of the producer field, smallholder farmer surveys, including collecting other information from the producers/farmers and dealers (sub-agents and/or agents) up to the produce reception and enabling data sharing among stakeholders in attempt to increase transparency along the supply chain...[more]

Founder of Greenpact Biodigester and other TEF Entrepreneurs

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 6:00am
From the Tony Elumelu Foundation:
Leroy Mwasaru, 20, Kenya

Founder: Greenpact

This 20-year-old is making money from waste while solving a serious problem. He is the founder of Greenpact, a company which produces and distributes affordable and high-quality innovative biogas digester systems to get bio-gas from both agricultural and human refuse. His mission is guided by the overarching vision to become the leading provider of clean household energy solutions across East Africa. The mentoring, training and funding from TEF was a key foundational catapult in my entrepreneurial journey, not only as a an social entrepreneur but also an African leader...[more]

Mobile phone app for trading on #Zimbabwe securities exchanges

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 8:34am
From African Capital Markets News:
Investors can check their portfolios and send orders to their stockbrokers on their smartphones in Zimbabwe with an app called C-Trade from today (4 July). C-Trade is an online and mobile trading platform for shares on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and the second licensed exchange, the Financial Securities Exchange (FINSEC)...[more]

Three Billion New Science Labs

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 6:00am
From Poptech:
“Learning science from a textbook is like learning how to ride a bike from a pamphlet," says biochemist Komal Dadlani, referring to how she was taught science in her home country of Chile. Dadlani talks about democratizing how science is taught with a lab in every student's pocket.

Africa's Culinary Diaspora - Yewande Komolafe - Chef and Recipe Developer

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 8:43am
A podcast from Sporkful:
A post shared by Yewande (@yewande_komolafe) on Jul 2, 2018 at 11:49am PDTYewande Komolafe is a chef and recipe developer living in Brooklyn. She moved to the US from Nigeria when she was 16, to go to college...[more]

Shenzhen Open Innovation Ecosystem

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 6:00am
From Microsoft's Changing World of Work:

David Li, Executive Director of the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab explains the remarkable rise of Shenzhen, China, often described as the “Silicon Valley of hardware innovation”. This video is part of a broader body of work by Microsoft's Office Envisioning team and PopTech on the Changing World of Work.

PyTorch based deep learning framework built to accelerate research and development of AI systems - John Ishola Olafenwa

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 6:00am
From John Ishola Olafenwa:
A modern deep learning framework built to accelerate research and development of AI systems.Based on PyTorch and fully compatible with pure PyTorch and other pytorch packages, TorchFusion provides a comprehensive extensible training framework with trainers that you can easily use to train, evaluate and run inference with your PyTorch models, A GAN framework that greatly simplifies the process of experimenting with Generative Adversarial Networks Goodfellow et al. 2014, with concrete implementations of a number of GAN algorithms, and a number of high level network layers and utilities to help you be more productive in your work.

The framework is highly extensible, so you can easily create your own custom trainers for specific purposes...[more]

Binkabi - A Platform for Issuing and Trading Agricultural Commodities on the #Blockchain

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 8:20pm
via AgroNigeria:

Binkabi starts with the segment of the international supply chain where we can make quickest and highest impact — the import and export of agrifood products. We will develop a marketplace of end-buyers and end-sellers of commodities. This will help reduce intermediation in trade, distributing profit more widely in the value chain. It consists of a settlement system where buyers pay and sellers receive in their respective local currencies through Barter Block™, a smart bartering mechanism. We will leverage blockchain technology to solve the trust issue in international trade, while keeping costs down for our members.

Binkabi will power the tokenization of agriculture commodities making them tradable on the blockchain. We will reimagine the agriculture supply chain towards fairer profit distribution for farmers and other players along the chain. More here

The start-up that matters the most in #Africa : Agriculture

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 6:00am
Carl Manlan writes:
Agriculture is the future of work in Africa. This may seem counter-intuitive, and, to be sure, technology will play a critical role to ensure that 12 million Africans entering the job market every year find their fulfillment along national, regional, continental and global value chains. Established technology start-ups like Alibaba, Airbnb, Amazon, and Youtube created platforms to capture economic value. Those riding the wave of these startups in Africa are disconnected from where the value lies on our continent: agriculture.

Agriculture was the foundation that sprung into manufacturing then industrialization in North America, Europe, and Asia. That was the path taken to transform economies. In Africa, we started along that trajectory and then we got caught into development that held the promise that Africa would catch up. We did not. In the process, agriculture lost its importance...[more]

IKEA's African 'ÖVERALLT' Colection

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 6:00am
via Quartz:
When ten designers from seven countries across Africa meet five IKEA designers, it’s for a collaboration across disciplines as well as continents. Modern urban rituals are the common starting point, and the result is ÖVERALLT collection – fun, inclusive, and expressive...[more]

Meet the Chinese 'tambi' noodle-makers of #Zanzibar

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 6:00am
Over at Al Jazeera Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein writes:
image viaThe story behind a popular Ramadan dish of fried vermicelli noodles and dark raisins in sweet coconut milk.On a rainy morning on the predominantly Muslim islands of Zanzibar, 48-year-old Howingkao Howai bounds into Kariakoo Noodles Producer with pep in his step.

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to an end, Howingkao and his team are in the thick of a noodle-making frenzy...[more]

Access and the Sustainability of Makerspaces; New York to #Nigeria #HardwareNigeria

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 6:00am
Chuma Asuzu writing in Make magazine:
For a maker in Lagos, Nigeria there is no other space to turn to when the GE Garage in Victoria Island is permanently closed to the public. Once a year, the garage opens to admit a class of people to their training programme. One wonders if this is a matter of sustainability or, like New Lab, of focus.More here

Scientists see role for insects and ‘orphan crops’ in human diet

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 6:00am
 The FT reports on underutilized crops and insects as part of our future diets:
“We see four crops travelling around the world, yet as human beings we have harvested 7,000 crops,” says Sayed Azam-Ali, professor of food security at Nottingham University, who runs the Crops for the Future research centre near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His institute is one of several aiming to identify underexploited food sources — sometimes known as orphan, neglected or underutilised crops — that could be grown more widely, particularly in the developing world. One of Prof Azam-Ali’s favourite examples is the Bambara groundnut, which is traditionally grown by female subsistence farmers in west Africa. It is a so-called “complete food”, containing a healthy combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat. The nuts are versatile; they can be eaten whole after boiling or roasting — or dried and milled to yield a flour for making dumplings, cakes and biscuits.More here

Apply to Injini - Africa's EdTech Incubator

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 6:00am

...selects a cohort of start-ups from across Africa every six months, invest in them and give them an ed-tech dedicated support programme to help them scale up across the continent.

Kenza Market "Made in #Cameroon "

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 6:00am
From Agribusiness TV: Kenza Market founded by Gaëlle Kenfack:

In #Ghana From Unused Land to Nation's Largest Food Hub - Babator Farming Company

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:00am
From Agdevco:
With no large-scale farming operations in the northern region of Ghana and a lack of local management skills, AgDevCo’s vision for a 5,740-hectare irrigated farming and processing hub meant starting from scratch. After four years of groundwork,including community consultations and environmental studies,the Babator Farming Company (BFC) was launched as the first in a series of irrigated commercial farming units...[more]

Linda Ikeji TV #Nigeria

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:00am
A Linda Ikeji venture:

Can the private sector build cities in Africa? Nkwashi a new city for #Zambia

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 6:00am
Mark Lutter in conversation with Mwiya Musokotwane who is building a new city in Zambia:
Nkwashi is a new town that is being developed 36 kilometres east of the City of Lusaka. It is situated along Leopards Hill Road, approximately a 20 minute drive from Cross roads Shopping Mall and about a half hour drive from the Lusaka CBD. Nkwashi will include more than 9460 residential plots, as well as hundreds of acres of green areas and parks, 9 schools including an International School and an American University with a Teaching Hospital.

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