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The Innovators

From Nigeria Rising: Jonathan Lawoyin, Director of Digital Marketing at Ready Set Rocket, traveled to Nigeria for exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. Meet the trailblazers now.

Ethiopia’s seed banks

SciDev reports: The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. Show More Summary

Building 'OuedKniss' Algeria

In Wamda... "how 5 teenagers built one of Algeria's biggest websites": The story of Algeria’s eighth most visited website started eight years ago when police showed up to shut down a suburban street market. For decades the market would regularly pop up on a street called Oued Kniss in the Algiers suburb of Kouba. Show More Summary

Nguka Tableware

From Fatimata Ly: Designed in Dakar and made in Stoke-on-Trent, Nguka is a line of silk-screen printed ceramic plates designed by Fatimata Ly. The line draws its inspiration from Senegalese women portraiture in the 50’s and 60’s. The...Show More Summary

Tomato Jos

On Kickstarter: Tomato Jos is an African agricultural production company that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for local consumption.

Fiber-Mud and Solar Powered 3D printers

The field of 3D printing continues to evolve on a number of fronts from input materials: A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions. The project comes from the 3D printer company WASP, which demonstrated the technology at Maker Faire Rome. Show More Summary

Palm Oil Processing from TELIOS Trading

In VC4Africa, a pitch from Olumuyiwa Akin-Ogundeji founder of TELIOS Trading.There is a 250,000 MT/per annum shortfall in the supply of oil palm products in Nigeria. This shortfall is presently valued at $250 Million. Despite havingShow More Summary


In South Africa: Geekulcha is a vibrant young tech company which was founded and incubated at mLab. it has has two main models, the Business model and the community for ICT students...Geekulcha also brings together ICT students, young...Show More Summary

United Africa Fruit Company

In West Africa: The United Africa Fruit Company is a Ghanaian agribusiness engaged in improving the lives of small scale farmers across Africa by transforming the traditional relationship between small scale farmers and their Buyers....Show More Summary

Spur On Stage Theatre

Led by Chibuike Kenechukwu, Spur On Stage aims to become an "African Broadway" described as......a company of multidisciplinary professionals engaging in media and entertainment projects with the intention to promote the performing arts as a platform for social reconstruction and wholesome family entertainment.

Zaad - Somaliland's Mobile Money

In the Guardian: Grasping his mobile phone, Abdirizak Yussuf Mahmoud prowls the Mohamud Haybe livestock market outside Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. A camel catches his eye and the bargaining begins. He shakes the hand of the trader, haggling in a silent code. Show More Summary

Learning by Discovery

David Edwards writing in Wired: Image courtesy of Qamp exciting new kind of learning is taking place in America. Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Show More Summary

Mushroom Blue

From infodev:...Mushroom Blue is revolutionizing Nairobi’s produce market by introducing innovative cultivation techniques that can turn coffee waste into a potent fertilizer. We sat down with Nyawira Gitaka, co-founder of the company, to talk about her innovative ideas and the plans for the future of her business. Show More Summary

I-Ramp Liberia

A potential tool in the fight against Ebola.Darren Wilkins of Sahara Technology writing in in Liberia's Daily Observer: Despite this perception and the many challenges that “plague” the ICT sector, Liberian ICT professionals have not been deterred. Show More Summary

GESA Makers

From GESA Makers at Makers Faire 2.0, images of fabrication and making from Ghana Fablab: There can not be a makers competition without fabrication and making. As part of the program, all the teams teams visited the Ghana Fab-Lab toShow More Summary

Exploring Medical and Nutrition secrets from Plants

From TED Global 2014:Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is a professor at the University of Mauritius, and she’s here this morning to show us five plants unique to where she works and lives: the Mascarene Islands. She introduces us to benjoin (terminalia...Show More Summary

A particularly sad farewell to Baobab

LITTLE more than four years ago we launched our Africa blog, Baobab, with little fanfare. Instead we dived straight into coverage of the issues of the day with a post from an election monitor in Somiland. The time has now come to bid her farewell. Show More Summary

DIY biotech: Build yourself a low-cost malaria detector

In the Guardian: It started on a kitchen table with a hairdryer, a shoebox and a pile of electronics. Three years later Amplino – a low-cost, highly sensitive malaria detector – is almost ready for field-testing in rural Zambia. It's been a learning journey for its three Dutch inventors. Show More Summary

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