News and updates from the continent

AfDB, partners advance Sustainable Energy for All in Africa

AfDB, partners advance Sustainable Energy for All in Africa

Dec 19, 2013

Since its launch, more than 80 Governments from around the world have formally engaged with the initiative, with 42 African countries having “opted-in”. The African Development Bank, as host of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub, organised a two-day workshop in Tunis with representatives of partner institutions. The workshop was organised in...

BASF, Renmatix to create industrial sugars from biomass

BASF, Renmatix to create industrial sugars from biomass

Dec 19, 2013

Industrial sugars are important bio-based precursors for a variety of chemicals based on renewable feedstocks. Now BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany, and American technology provider Renmatix Inc will jointly scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. The two companies have signed a...

DHL: Agribusiness to boom in Africa

DHL: Agribusiness to boom in Africa

Dec 19, 2013

Africa is on the rise and offering increasingly lucrative opportunities to local businesses due to the continent’s steady economic growth, increased disposable income and high consumer confidence. Charles Brewer, managing director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, says that one sector that has seen significant growth in Africa is agribusiness, which comprises...

Waste and world hunger: You can help

Waste and world hunger: You can help

Dec 13, 2013

By 2050, the world will need to produce around 70% more food than it does now in order to maintain food security. “This is a very urgent reality that every single person on the planet needs to be aware of and, in some sense, help towards achieving,” says Dr Shadrack Moephuli, president and chief executive officer of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC),...