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Dato Thiwakaran Builds Commerce Through Federation of Asian African Trade Development – Investments

In Africa, Diplomat, Economic Development, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Dato Thiwakaran of Malaysia is the Secretary-General of the Federation of Asian African Trade Development and Investments. His sectors of work include oil and gas, mining, bio-organic agriculture, renewable energy, fintech, and aerospace. Dato is an expert networker and has been able to use his influence to create a significant impact in his area of the world. He shares his …

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Brad Ringeisen Works to Bring CRISPR Innovation to Climate Change

In Climate, Health Tech, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Along with the multitude of innovation tasks on his plate, Brad Ringeisen, Exec. Dir. of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at UC Berkeley, brings a special passion to the work of applying CRISPR technology to solving some of our planet’s toughest problems. Ringeisen has more invested at DARPA (research and innovation) than most people have invested in raising kids, but, …

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Free Event-New Ideas on Old Climate Conversations Virtual Gathering

In Climate, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

The last time we held a panel-type event, it lasted about an hour and the exchange was so rich, the group decided that they wanted to continue meeting.  We’ll hold their next chat in a couple of weeks and already there have been several potential opportunities.  So, here we go again.  This time, the subject has to do with a …

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Jeanette Johnsen of FarmingAcademy Talks About the Education Platform That Pays its Educators

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Jeanette Johnsen lights up when she talks about sheep – yes – sheep.  Raising them has been a long-awaited childhood dream and one that has morphed into a mission to provide education in farming and all things agriculture to learners around the world.  Her new platform, FarmingAcademy, is the solution she’s founded.  More than an educational solution, it is also …

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Festus Kiplagat of Green Planet Initiative in Africa is Organizing Thousands of Farmers to Improve Agriculture

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Agriculture, Publisher Channel by Mary KurekLeave a Comment

Festus Kiplagat is a charismatic leader, advocate, agriforestry expert, and founder, but, he’s something more:  He’s a grower from Kenya and very proud to be one.  He wants youth around Africa to feel the same passion he has for the soil and to develop and nurture it in order to  save the continent and the entire planet. If you talk …

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Editor’s Perspective: Checking in on Planet Earth During the Pandemic

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So many articles I’ve read lately indicate that the planet, itself, is enjoying a respite from the fumes, emissions, smog, and air quality issues that have long plagued our more metropolitan areas.  Perhaps that’s not all.  So, with Earth Day 2020 very much in mind, below I’ll share some excerpts from a few articles I’ve read recently that reveal some …

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Your Opportunities for Impact: 19th Edition on Sustainable Development in Africa

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Producing the 19th edition of Frontrunners Innovate on Self-Sustaining Continent-African Innovations for Development was a labor love for myself and Dr. Osita Aniemeka.  The people who shared stories of impact and offered suggestions and ideas on how to achieve sustainable development are remarkable.   Normally, about a week after we release a new edition of the magazine, we put up a …

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Lilian A. Onyegbulam: Agricultural Economist Nigeria

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Agriculture, Gamechanger19 by Mary KurekLeave a Comment

The challenge in Africa is that agriculture is seen by most government and development agencies as a social activity and not as an enterprise. The continent’s potential is enormous! There’s a large expanse of cultivable land, tropical weather for all-season production, a diversity of food, and cash crops sought after by many nations in the West.  There are soil types …

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Go Global: Tapping into Africa’s Agricultural Potential

In Africa, Agriculture, Features 19 by Mary KurekLeave a Comment

By Mike Bondo According to a study made by McKinsey, more than 60 percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa are small-holder farmers and around 23 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP emanates from agriculture. Until now, Africa’s full agricultural potential remains unexploited.  The rural farmers in the continent of Africa have the land but lack financial resources, technical abilities, and …

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Innovator and Leader Think Tank on Africa’s Development and Challenge Management

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What follows are comments, ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on Africa’s development in all sectors, as well as the continent’s ability to manage through crises, such as the coronavirus pandemic.  Most of these leaders are either living, working, or in some way, impacting Africa. Consider this our “Innovator and Leader Think Tank on Africa’s Development and Challenge Management.”  The first comment, …