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The Promise of Africa’s Youth May Lie in Agro-Alliance

Despite the promise and force of globalization as a powerful engine for economic transformation, hardworking subsistence farmers have been left behind due to insufficient skills, said Nobel Laureate and Harvard Professor, Eric Maskin during a roundtable debate themed, The way forward to transforming Africa’s agriculture.
He opined that Africa’s agricultural workers should be able to benefit from globalization if deliberate policies are in place and said that a major priority should be to raise skills levels through measures such as incentives to agricultural companies that invest in the development of agricultural workers, as well as creating opportunities for sending their children to school to eliminate child labour.

Nigeria's Infrastructure Funding Dilemma

[VIDEO on CNBC Africa] Given the sharp decline in oil revenues, funding infrastructure is a key challenge for Nigeria's government. Chamberlain Peterside, CEO at Xcellon Capital Advisors joins CNBC Africa to discuss Nigeria's infrastructure funding dilemma ahead of an infrastructure roundtable event in Abuja later this week.

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Forum Calls for Linking Research to Policy and SDGs

Linking research to specialised training in higher education is crucial in generating evidence-based policies to advance regional development agenda in Africa, a forum has heard. Academic institutions, policymakers and the private sector should work together to set the research agenda, implement research recommendations and monitor policy actions, according to the 2nd Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)–African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) annual research forum that was held in Kenya on 27 June-1 July. 

Making African Agriculture Achieve its Potential

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo argues that African agriculture needs innovation and the youth. Every year, thousands of young Africans migrate from their families’ small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream — sometimes fulfilled, often not — is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent’s rapidly growing cities. Few return but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.

New Initiative to Give Africa Cheap Electricity

A new initiative, Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, will invest US$36 million to empower entrepreneurs and investors to connect 20 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid energy by 2030. The initiative was announced at the US Global Entrepreneurship Summit last month (23 June) by USAID administrator Gayle Smith. “Most countries are unlikely to connect their entire populations to grid electricity for years, if not decades.”