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No risk, no reward

SEVERE droughts can cost Kenyan farmers their livelihoods. A new insurance scheme aims to protect them

A brave man under attack

SOME of the surprise in the news that Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga Park, had been shot and wounded in eastern Congo was that it had not happened sooner. The Belgian-born head of the spectacular reserve, home—some reckon—to...Show More Summary

Do the middlemen deserve their cut?

REMITTANCES--money sent home by relatives or friends working abroad--are the financial lifeblood of many poor countries. One of the biggest and fastest-growing markets is Africa, which received $32 billion in 2013. That is expected to grow to more than $40 billion by 2016. Show More Summary

Putting on an extra 20%

KENYA'S long walk to middle-income status looks set to end in a sudden statistical leap. GDP estimates for east Africa's biggest economy are expected to jump by up to one-fifth when a government-led statistical review reports in September. Show More Summary

Mapping Startup Ecosystems

In VC4Africa Dan Evans discusses an initiative to map and determine what drives startup ecosystems: We all live and work in a world made up of complex adaptive systems, each of which can be represented by various forms of networks. Our...Show More Summary

Feed Green - Herb and Spices

Senai Wolderufael founder of Feed Green in conversation with HowWeMadeIt: Wolderufael and his business partner, Eyob Weldegabriel, started Feed Green Ethiopia Exports with less than US$2,000 startup capital. The company has since found...Show More Summary

Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 finalists

VC4Africa reports: The African Innovation Foundation announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa 2014. Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral drug treatment. Show More Summary

Awaka Furniture

From CNN's Africa Startup series: Eve Zalwango started Awaka, a furniture store in Kampala, Uganda that makes custom wood products from locally grown trees.

Mud House Design Competiton - Earth Architecture can be Beautiful

In Earth Architecture: Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. Show More Summary

The same chief since 1987

WHEN Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, selected a location for his palace, he chose Ouaga 2000, a district about 10km from downtown Ouagadougou, the capital. Opened in 2005, Kosyam Palace stands alone at the end of a empty avenue--a symbol of the president's isolation. Show More Summary

Rooti Dolls

Over at Afri-Love: Rooti Dolls create multicultural dolls that can teach children many words and phrases in various African ethnic languages, including Twi, Ga, Ewe, Krobo, Shona, Ndebele, Bemba, Nyanja, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Afrikaans, Ijaw, Edo, Idoma, Tiv. Show More Summary

CladLight A Smart Jacket for Motorcyclists

CP Africa reports: Photo/DIANA NGILA CladLight, a Kenya-based wearable tech startup, has created the world’s first smart jacket for motorcycle riders, according to All Africa. Brothers Joseph Muchene and Charles Muchene invented the Smart Jacket in a bid to reduce motorbike-related accidents. Show More Summary

Vava Coffee

An Indie Cities profile: Vava Angwengi is a one-woman powerhouse behind VAVA Coffee. She embodies a new African Coffee Culture, fusing exemplary hand crafted quality with a new consciousness for ethically and environmentally sustainable commodities. Show More Summary

'The Machine' from Red and Black Films

John Giwa-Amu is the co-founder of Red and Black Films producer of award-winning sci-fi film The Machine:

Democratizing Chemistry with 'Music Box'

Stanford's Scope magazine: Over the past few weeks my colleague Kris Newby has been writing about the Foldscope, the 50-cent microscope developed by bioengineer Manu Prakash, PhD. Today Prakash is announcing another device that will bring high tech science to the developing world – and to kids. Show More Summary

Steal this idea: A network of couriers to ease Ghana/Nigeria traffic

On a recent trip to Ghana, I spent a good amount of time traversing Accra, and consequently getting stuck in traffic. Ghana is not unlike many other African and foreign cities. It boasts a growing urban population, engaged middle class, and business growth. Add to that poor urban planning and you get horrendous daily traffic. [...]Show More Summary

Give yourself an 89% raise

Economic weight in Africa is shifting north. Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become the continent’s largest economy following the recalculation of GDP, although it remains less developed and more unequal than its rival. MovingShow More Summary

Debut of the First Open Source Laptop

Bunnie Huang's Novena Laptop Project goes live,Make reports: The hardware/software team of bunnie Huang and Xobs are offering their highly hackable, portable Novena computers to backers on the Crowd Supply crowfunding platform. bunnie’s post about the project on MAKE generated a lot of buzz. Show More Summary

He won't give up

NANA AKUFO-ADDO, long-serving leader of Ghana’s opposition, is determined to run again for president in 2016—so he declared before a boisterous crowd in the front garden of his home in Accra, the country’s capital. Even though the polls are two-and-a-half years away, it feels as if a starting-gun has been fired. Show More Summary

'Babban Gona' and Others - Nigeria's Agribusiness Rebuilders

An emerging group of agricultural entrepreneurs in Nigeria is unlocking the countries farming potential.An article in HBS highlights Babban Gona a franchise farmers model founded by Kola Masha.It also accentuates the work of AACE, Sahel...Show More Summary

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