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Making Finance Work For Agriculture in Africa [Part 2]

Recap A continuation from last weekend's article which discussed 'Agriculture In Africa'. Some of the key points described include - agriculture as a wealth sector in Africa, agricultural imports and exports, agriculture’s contribution to employment in Africa and unlocking agriculture value chains in part 1 (Read HERE) This week focuses on: GetFundedAfrica’s role in tracking Africa’s recent Agricultural Development Case Studies Understanding GFATracking and data capturing Conclusion Case Studies In the past, we profiled some institutional investors in Africa's space HERE, analysed significant investments such as Twiga & Grainpulse and featured the continent's outlook HERE For this section we look at snaphosts of others sources for agricultural sector...

Making Finance Work For Agriculture in Africa [Part 1]

IntroductionAgriculture as a wealth sectorAgricultural imports and exportsAgriculture’s contribution to employment in AfricaUnlocking agriculture value chainsTaobao Villages?The profile of a typical e-commerce shop ownerWhere to go from here Introduction On Tuesday 9th, June 2020, Co-Founder of GetFundedAfrica (GFA Capital) - Debo Omololu, participated as a Guest Panelist at the Agric Investment Summit alongside Onyeka Akuma (CEO FarmCrowdy). These types of corporate events now hold particular significance when we consider recent developments in the global economic landscape, with the almost default shift in focus to "other" sectors such as Agriculture, because of the plunge experienced by the Oil Industry. The Agric Investment Summit , focused on areas such as...

New Report Ranks South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda As Africa ’s Top Startup Ecosystems

Although much of Africa ’s fundraising has gone to Nigeria in the past two years, a new report by the India-based global startup data firm, StartupBlink, code-named StartupBlink Ecosystem Rankings Report has ranked South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda as the continent’s top startup ecosystems.  According to the report, globally the US has maintained a substantial ranking gap from all other countries, the big four also includes the UK, Israel, and Canada. The only change that differs from 2019 in the Big 4 is between Israel (3rd) and Canada (4th).According to the report also, the highest placed country new to the top 100 is Taiwan, ranking 30th; an impressive...

Latest Report shows African regulators are holding back growth of cryptocurrency on continent

While the rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies may be likely in Africa — given the continent’s high inflation rates, volatile currencies and underdeveloped banking — regulators are holding back its growth, a new report has found. The State of Crypto: Africa report, released last week by SA founded cryptocurrency platform Luno in conjunction with Norwegian research organisation Arcane Research, reveals that the legality of Bitcoin and other crypto assets varies significantly across the region, with over 60% of African governments yet to clarify their position. “While some nations maintain a positive stance, multiple counties have issued complete or partial bans. For whatever reason, North African countries have taken the most hostile...

The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Oil and Gas Projects in Nigeria

Introduction COVID19, first discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China in December 2019, has now become a global pandemic as declared by WHO. Statistics indicated that as at 23rd of May, 2020, a total of 5,061,476 cases have been confirmed with 254,045 deaths worldwide. Unfortunately it is the same story in Nigeria with 7,261 confirmed cases and 221 deaths. The economic impact of COVID-19 may result in the suspension of key oil and gas projects running into millions of Dollars, which invariably would have a significant effect on the Nigerian economy. Oil and Gas Projects impacted by Covid -19 Governments’ reaction to curtailing the spread of COVID-19 via...

Profile: Martin N. Chukwuezi

About Martin Martin is currently the Managing Director of Opal Oil and Gas Ltd, a sub-surface engineering company that provides services to the oil and gas company in Nigeria. Prior to working at Opal Martin worked as a Reservoir Engineer with more than 20 years experience in oil and gas industry as well as in the training and development of human resources. Martin has a background in the fundamental principles of petroleum engineering with specialization in classical reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, production optimization and petroleum economics. Martin's Educational Background Martin obtained his Master's and Bachelor's of Engineering degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Univeristy of...

Boosting Food Security In Nigeria Through Investment In Poultry Production

RATIONALE FOR THE REPORT Following the recent alarm raised by the World Bank about a potential rise in food insecurity in Africa exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this report examines the key factors limiting investment in poultry production and recommends measures for unlocking the inherent potentials.  As many countries and organizations continues to mount special efforts to keep agriculture safely running as an essential business, through markets well supplied in affordable and nutritious food during the ongoing pandemic, this study serves as our contribution to sustainable supply of protein in Nigeria through poultry production. CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND Since the ban on the importation of poultry products in 2003,...

Latest report: Jordan’s startup funding grows 58% in 2019, investors at a record high

According to  2019 Jordan Venture Investment Report, the Kingdom took the 5th spot by number of investment deals in 2019 (35), accounting for 6% of total deals in the MENA region. The country's capital, Amman, accounted for the vast majority of those deals.  Moreover, the country took the 4th spot, after Saudi Arabia, by total funding ($41M), accounting for 6% of total funding raised in MENA. Although the Jordanian startup ecosystem is still considered nascent in comparison to its neighbours in the Gulf, the Kingdom’s startup scene has witnessed significant growth in investment activity, as funding has more than doubled over the last 5 years, from $19M in 2015 to $41M...

New Report Sheds Light On Digital Rights Across Africa

As data continually plays very prominent roles in the lives of both individuals and governments, digital rights advocates need to better team up to advance their objectives across Africa given the hard terrain in which they operate. This was contained in the findings of a new report released by Paradigm Initiative’s 2019 Digital Rights in Africa Report. The Report noted that even though the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance gave rights groups a seat at the table, their impact remained suppressed by the two other partners – government and private sector organizations. Report Basics The report titled “Violations Reloaded: Government Overreach Persists Despite Increased Civil Society Advocacy”...

Guest Writer: Engineering Opportunities In West Africa – An Overview

Introduction Engineering, like art gets its beauty from taking an idea on paper to physical reality or proffering solutions to a teething problem. In the grand scheme of any development, design engineering accounts for approximately less than 5% percent of capital costs, which unfortunately makes it an unattractive venture for most investors. In the past, engineering firms got developed out of necessity rather than invention. Today, however, the word is – INNOVATION. How instant, how simple and then how affordable – solutions can be provided in a world of disruption. Sector Scenario The major constraint in developing a sustainable business model is finding and deciding on which niche area...