Author: Padili Mikomangwa

Padili Mikomangwa is an environmentalist based in Tanzania. . He is passionate about helping communities be aware of critical issues cutting across, environmental economics and natural resources management. He holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

agriculture food and nutrition security
  • IFAD together with governments, partners and stakeholders are exploring solutions to optimize the contribution of agriculture to nutrition in food systems.
  • Africa still experiences a malnutrition burden among children aged under 5 years.
  • The continent’s food security challenges are compounded by the war in Ukraine, by supply chain shortages, conflict, and drought.

A regional knowledge and experience-sharing workshop that addresses nutrition, rural development and food system transformation began today in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Improving food and nutrition security in West and Central Africa (WCA) is crucial. It is estimated that 29.8 per cent of the population of West Africa and 13.9 per cent of the population of Central Africa are undernourished.

For three days, representatives of rural development projects co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) together with governments, partners and other stakeholders will explore solutions to optimize the contribution of agriculture to nutrition in the context …

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5G Tech Spaces
  • For African universities, governments and businesses, 5G Tech Spaces are part of the solution to enable Africa to leapfrog with clean innovation.
  • Africa’s climate finance inflows remain very low, at 3 percent of global climate finance.
  • The continent requires as much as $2.8 trillion through 2030 to implement its climate commitments.

Africa’s most renowned universities are keen to be at the forefront of Research, Innovation and Outreach (RIO) of technologies, products, services and operating models that reduce CO2 emissions and help attain Net Zero Emissions (NZE).

To achieve this, the gap between rhetoric and action needs to be reduced, if we are to have a fighting chance of reaching Net Zero by 2050 and capping the rise in global temperature at 1.5 °C in full attainment of the Paris Agreement.

Africa produces only about 4 percent of the world’s emissions, but is disproportionately vulnerable to the impact of climate change. …

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agribusiness Senegal
  • Agribusiness including the entire agriculture and livestock sector represents approximately 17 per cent of Senegal’s GDP.
  • The agriculture sector is currently employing 70 per cent of the population.
  • Food imports, especially rice, which is the population’s main staple crop with imports accounting for 65 percent of the national consumption.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a $95 million (€86.89 million) loan to Senegal to develop an agribusiness processing zone in the north of the country.

The Bank’s contribution accounts for 30.7 per cent of the estimated €283.05 million total project cost. The Islamic Development Bank (21.2 per cent), the West African Development Bank (15.9 per cent), Sponsor Dette (19.3 per cent) and Sponsor Equity (7.7 per cent) are the other contributors to the implementation of ‘Projet Agropole Nord‘, in English, ‘Agricultural Hub North Project’.

Agribusiness plant to enhance forestry, and fisheries segments

The project is intended …

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green energy Africa
  • In Berlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says his country will invest 4 billion euros in Africa’s green energy until 2030.
  • Scholz made the green energy plans after meeting African leaders and heads of international organizations during the G20 Compact with Africa conference.
  • Compact with Africa was initiated by Germany in 2017 during its presidency of the G20 to improve conditions for sustainable private sector investment and investment in infrastructure in Africa.

The government of Germany has pledged to invest $4.37 billion (4 billion euros) in Africa’s green energy until 2030. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made the announcement at a press conference in Berlin after meeting African leaders and heads of international organisations including the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina, during the G20 Compact with Africa conference.

The Compact with Africa was initiated by Germany in 2017 during its presidency of the G20 to improve …

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Industries in Africa Industrialisation in Africa
  • High protection and heavy import dependency have left industries in Africa poorly prepared for international competition.
  • The tendency of many African governments to assign a leading role to the state in creating and operating manufacturing firms makes industries in Africa hard to thrive.
  • For decades, investments by African governments are often made with little regard to efficiency and the managerial capacity in target industries.

Africa Industrialization Day on November 20 is here, yet the region’s skies remain smokeless. While the region is endowed with $82 trillion worth of discovered natural resources, with the potential to contribute $30 billion a year in government revenue over the next 20 years, this potential remains untapped.

Africa’s failed industrialization

Sadly, Africa’s industrialization has been failing if not stagnating as many nations continue turning into customers of established manufacturing zones in China, Europe and India. For instance, Africa exports around 69 per cent of the …

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Tanzania economy
  • Tanzania is significantly scaling up regional integration through cross-border trade.
  • The East African country is also banking on a rebound in the tourism industry with receipts doubling to $2.7 billion in February 2023.
  • Overall the number of investments powering Tanzania economy increased by 128 percent by February 2023.

Tanzania is poised to emerge as a premier investment destination not only in East Africa but across the entire continent, driven by its robust economic growth. The recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report underscores this positive trajectory, indicating that the nation’s GDP is expected to grow from the current 5.2 per cent to an impressive 6.1 per cent next year.

Remarkably, Tanzania’s economy is resilient, overcoming the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic that hindered growth in various regions. The World Bank’s economic overview for Tanzania reflects a notable GDP growth rate of 4.6 per cent in 2022, with expectations of …

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Africa's Beverages Industry

The vibrant culture in Africa’s beverages industry is evolving at pace. On the one hand, this culture offers a broader selection of drinks that cater to new shopping behaviours. Conversely, Africa’s beverage industry culture opens up exciting opportunities for local producers and beverage entrepreneurs. At the same time, multinational beverage companies are looking to tap into this diverse marketplace.…

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President Samia Tanzania Royal Tour

Contrary to her predecessor, President Samia’s pro-business approach has yielded impactful results, paving the way to a prosperous investment journey for Tanzania. President Samia’s administration spent the first year and ten months dealing with various drawbacks that hurt the nation’s ability to market its investment potential to the world.

The government of Tanzania has done away with an unfriendly taxation system, complexity in issuing work permits to foreigners, and trade setbacks. Consequently, Tanzania’s pro-investment approach caught international economic analysts’ attention, including global credit rating, research and data, and Moody’s.…

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Tanzania's tourism industry | Serengeti National Park

When the first-ever, state-of-the-art tourism documentary featuring Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan and narrated by Peter Greenberg, the world’s best travel journalist, and award-winning investigative reporter, “The Royal Tour,” premiered in the US, it was only a matter of time before tourist numbers soared in Tanzania.
Whether it is the most beautiful places to visit in Tanzania or exotic landscapes found nowhere else, Tanzania offers one of the most unique tourism experiences in Africa and the world.…

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Taveta-Holili Border post | Kenya-Tanzania trade relations

Across East Africa’s vibrant economic landscape, Kenya and Tanzania hold a prominent position as both trading partners but also nations engaging in a fierce economic rivalry. Collectively, the two countries collaborate in business, yet never-ending feuds often erupt into disruptions that hurt cross-border trade. Overall, their trade wars slow regional integration while limiting the nations’ ability to exploit the full potential of the East Africa Community (EAC) market.…

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