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First WATT Renewables winners of Renewable Energy Forum 2019 co-organized by the African Development Bank

The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable energy solutions

First WATT Renewables were winners of the 4th West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing (WAFCCEF) contest, held on Thursday 26 September in Abidjan and co-organized by the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org). The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable…

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African Development Bank and partners launch pilot Cities Diagnostics tool in five cities

The tool includes key environmental and urban sustainability indicators as well as disaster risk and vulnerability, and urban footprint growth

“The urban opportunities far outweigh the challenges,” said Prof. Davis G. Mwamfupe, the Mayor of Dodoma, Tanzania, during his message to the Cities Leadership workshop, launching the City Diagnostics for five pilot cities in Africa, held on the 25th and 26th September 2019 in Abidjan. Five cities were chosen for…

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7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7): Invest in Africa’s food markets to win the war on hunger and boost nutrition – African Development Bank

“There is a business case for governments to invest in grey matter – Jennifer Blanke

By investing in Africa’s food markets, governments can win the fight against stunting and improve nutrition across the continent. And with support from institutions like the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), the results would be a win-win situation for all. “What a huge potential the food markets represent. “Feed Africa,” which…

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Japan and African Development Bank announce $3.5 billion in support of Africa’s private sector development

Electricity, transport, and health identified as key priorities

Japan and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Friday announced a joint target of $3.5 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA4), during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7). Both Japan and the Bank have set a target of $1.75 billion each,…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7): Japan, South Africa and the African Development Bank unveil priorities to accelerate Africa’s technology transformation journey

“Let’s be visionary. Let’s be bold. Let’s support concrete initiatives to boost science, technology, and innovation in Africa,”- Akinwumi Adesina

Science, technology and innovation as well as human resource development are critical in Africa, a continent, which has the biggest potential on earth, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Yokohama, on Wednesday, as part of TICAD 7. The Science and…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7): Digital Agriculture next frontier for economic development in Africa

“There’s risk, yes, but there are juicy returns, now is the time for all of us to run in that direction.” - Jennifer Blanke

Prioritizing the digital space will help shift the development focus for Africa’s agribusiness sector and overcome its many hurdles, participants at an official side event, organized Wednesday during the 7th Tokyo International Conference, heard. The seminar headlined “The Digital Africa 2020 and Japanese investment Panel: Creating markets to digitize Africa,…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7): PM Shinzo Abe says Japan will help double Africa’s rice production by 2030

“We must end hunger in Africa. Yes, we must! Hunger diminishes our humanity” - Adesina urges

The Sasakawa Association will work with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), to help double rice production to 50 million tonnes by 2030.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) symposium held on Wednesday during TICAD7. “Japanese technology can play a key role…

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African Development Bank showcases impact of Korean drone technology on agricultural productivity

Drone technology is being used to collect and analyse data, and monitor irrigated areas, combat pests

At a special event highlighting the partnership between the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and Korea held on the sidelines of the Bank’s Annual Meetings, the role of drone technology to boost food productivity in Africa, was on full display. A pilot project, underway in Tunisia, is designed to reduce food…

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Donors pledge $17 million to Africa Solidarity Trust Fund at African Development Bank Annual Meetings side event

The donor conference was attended by the presidents of Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, the prime minister of Eswatini and several high-ranking diplomats, ministers and development and banking institutions

African and non-regional donors on Tuesday pledged $17 million to replenish the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, an initiative which aims to provide food security and eliminate rural poverty on the continent. The pledges were made at a high-level donor round table convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation…

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Japan and Austria to support private sector climate change investments on the continent

The project will be implemented by the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank

The governments of Japan and Austria have approved a $1 million fund to strengthen the participation of the private sector in combating climate change. The funding will be channeled to the Africa Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) grant, which aims to expand the role of the private sector in the Nationally…