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Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa

Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa

Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa      There is a maize supply challenge on the horizon in Southern Africa. By Wandile Sihlobo  The Southern African region continues to face climate-related challenges that place its agricultural sector and food supply at risk. The mid-summer drought of 2024 has devasted the regional maize supplies, a staple food […]

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Partnerships pivotal in agriculture

Partnerships pivotal in agriculture

Partnerships pivotal in agriculture Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can drive growth in the South African agricultural sector. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the South African agricultural sector can play a pivotal role in driving growth, enhancing productivity, and fostering sustainability. By combining and optimising resources, the partnerships can improve service delivery, aid in developing necessary infrastructure such

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Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining Mining companies in Africa are investing in agricultural projects to diversify the economies of rural areas. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine The primary industries of mining and agriculture share many similar characteristics. Both rely on the earth’s natural resources to be successful, and most

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Critical for USA to rebalance African relations

Critical for USA to rebalance African relations

Critical for USA to rebalance African relations It is critical that the US works to rebalance its relations with African countries. By Jean-Pierre Alumba Lukamba from the African Diaspora for Development (ADD) U.S. policymakers on both sides of the aisle have grown more anxious about Russia and China influence on the African continent as China/Russia-Africa

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Changing Africa’s extractive story

Changing Africa’s extractive story

Changing Africa’s extractive story Extractive sectors do not rank high on the most popular list amongst Millennials and Zoomers (Gen Z’s). By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine. Natural resources have the potential to drive growth, development, and poverty reduction. According to the World Bank the extractive industries sector plays

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Mining essential for food security

Mining essential for food security

Mining essential for food security Mining is essential for the world’s growing population to have enough food in the future.     By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) world hunger has increased by 150 million since 2019 (pre Covid-19) to 828 million

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Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints

Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints

Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints Despite a shortfall of maize this year Zambia can still not import genetically modified maize.    By Wandile Sihlobo  Zambia’s maize production in the 2023/24 season is down by more than 50% to an estimated harvest of 1,6 million tonnes because of the intense heat wave and mid-summer drought. The country

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Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity A new partnership aims to make Senegal’s livestock sector more competitive and sustainable. Senegal’s five-year National Livestock Development Program will help improve food security, nutrition, and public health by establishing a control system for food products of animal origin to ensure product safety. Partners in the first phase of the program

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Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa WhyAfrica’s outlook for Africa remains positive despite serious challenges and constraints. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine While the outlook for most of Africa remains robust, political uncertainly and extreme weather events continue to plague the positive spin. The recent floods and extreme weather in

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Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica! There is still ample time to become part of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip story.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   To enable the WhyAfrica team to drive more than 9000km overland through six African countries and visit close to 30 project sites

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Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit inhibits the country’s efforts to diversify its economy.   According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Nigeria’s energy sector alone will require investments of more than USD759-billion, while the transport sector will need north of USD575-billion. The bank’s Nigerian Country Department Director General Lamin Barrow says that Nigeria

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Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent across Africa. Strategies are needed to prepare for and adapt to extreme climate and weather events. Out of season occurrences have been battering parts of Africa over the last few years. According to CSIR senior researcher Dr Neville Sweijd extreme events

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Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe

Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe

Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has strong foundations for accelerating economic growth. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine.   Despite its many challenges and gradual economic decline since 1995, there are several economic sectors in Zimbabwe that are still competitive regionally and globally. According to the World

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African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled The WhyAfrica Road Trip concept was born more than 23 years ago on a winding dirt road in remote Namibia. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine Our unscheduled stop happened about 60km from Rundu on the way to Divundu in the Caprivi Strip. In the

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Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive

Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive

Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive Ethiopia has embarked on a strategic diversification of its energy mix. In April 2024, the Ethiopian government and the World Bank signed loan agreements worth USD1.72-billion to enhance the country’s electricity and water supply. Ethiopia is Africa’s largest hydropower market. Under the agreement, USD523-million will be allocated to expand the country’s

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The headwinds of Africa

The headwinds of Africa

The headwinds of Africa Although economies are recovering, increased conflict in West Africa and climatic shocks are hampering growth. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the April issue of the World Bank’s “Africa’s Pulse” report, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected increase to 3.4% this year,

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Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint A new power purchase agreement will see Sappi reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions significantly.   In a positive move to reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed private electricity

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Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024

Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024

Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024 Agricultural policy in South Africa does not need review but the sector needs to focus on implementation.    By Wandile Sihlobo Recent electoral polls continue to suggest that no single political party will win an outright majority in South Africa’s 2024 national elections due to take place on 29 May. This

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Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom

Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom

Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom In South Africa, where the unemployment rate is high, farming is a vehicle for economic freedom.    A silver lining of Covid-19’s adverse effects on food security and access to food is that Mondi’s Zimele programme in South Africa has since developed 122 emerging farmers. This includes 17 Small

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Farmers buckle under drought

Farmers buckle under drought

Farmers buckle under drought The agricultural sector in parts of Africa is under pressure because of extreme weather events. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   This year’s El Niño effect has made its impact felt in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania, while farmers in South Africa

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A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro Africa’s rise is in full swing, and it’s time to light a candle, and go and put it on the top of Kilimanjaro. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   When we get time to take a breath and reflect, it’s good to have a

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