New business models can spell success for African farmers – report

New business models can spell success for African farmers – report

Small-scale farmers in Africa can improve their livelihoods by building sustainable trading relations with international businesses in the food industry, according to a recent report. The report, jointly undertaken by Catholic Relief Services, Rainforest Alliance, CIAT and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), reveals ways to break down barriers that usually prevent African […]

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Top 10 reasons why Africa’s small businesses fail

Top 10 reasons why Africa’s small businesses fail

There are top 10 reasons why most small businesses fail: inadequate business planning, insufficient capital, lack of management experience, poor location, poor inventory and cash flow management, over-investment of fixed assets, poor credit arrangements, personal use of business funds, competition or lack of market knowledge, and low sales, or not pricing properly. This, according to […]

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Africa’s SMEs contribute to economy, but struggle to survive

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’s contribution to employment, income and economic growth cannot be underestimated, according to several studies conducted across various parts of the world. But some analysts believe the lack of adequate financing of small business has the potential to hurt the SMEs-economic growth casual link, and compromises countries’ policy to fight unemployment. […]

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AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma crowned Renaissance Woman of the Year

AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma crowned Renaissance Woman of the Year

African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has been awarded the 2012 International Renaissance Woman of the Year Award by the Italy-based Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the African Union said this week in a statement. The annual celebratory event took place this week in Florence, Italy, the Addis-Ababa-based organisation said. Dlamini-Zuma was chosen because of […]

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Hope for Senegal ‘circumcised’ women

Hope for Senegal ‘circumcised’ women

There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Senegalese women who have been ‘circumcised’ or rather excised – meaning whose clitoris have been cut or mutilated. A medical technology, invented and developed by French doctor Pierre Foldes (61) in collaboration with  his colleague and counterpart, urologist Jean-Antoine Robein, has begun repairing […]

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Namibia welcomes ATTA 2013 World Summit

Namibia welcomes ATTA 2013 World Summit

The Southern African nation of Namibia will host the 2013 World Summit of the US-based Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in late October,  ATTA has announced this week. ATTA President Shannon Stowell told Moon of the South that the event will consist ofa further two days of adventure as well as a field learning time […]

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