Access to credit and technology can increase crop yield – Study

Accesss to credit

A study has confirmed that access to credit and technology is deemed to increase crop yield among smallholder farmers in Africa. The study, which was supported by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), was copied to the Ghana News Agency. The research findings, reported in the Institute’s working paper entitled: “Crop Yield Volatility among Smallholder ...

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AfDB to support Kenya with $90m to boost trade finance

trade finance in kenya

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is providing financing to SME’s in Kenya and to boost trade finance. The funding will be channelled to SMEs and local businesses in infrastructure, tradable and other transformative sector transactions in Kenya, according to a press release from the AfDB. The release notes that the financial package is comprised of a $50m Line of Credit ...

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Gambian President Barrow returns home Today


Gambian President Adama Barrow, who was inaugurated in neighbouring Senegal as mediators engineered an exit deal for predecessor Yahya Jammeh, is to return to Gambia on Thursday, a senior aide said. Barrow will face the task of restoring democratic governance in the sliver-like West African country after 22 years under Jammeh, whose government gained a reputation for the torture and ...

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Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, say congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump, who tweeted that a “big day” was planned on national security ...

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Equatorial Guinea confirms Jammeh’s asylum

Equatorial Guinea & Yahya Jammeh

Equatorial Guinea confirmed on Tuesday it was hosting ousted Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who fled his country after West African troops threatened to remove him by force if he did not concede his election defeat. Information Minister Eugenio Nse Obiang confirmed that Jammeh was in the country in a statement sent out to journalists. He gave no further details. Jammeh ...

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AU recognizes Barrow, invites him to Summit

The African Union (AU) has thrown its support behind President Adama Barrow of The Gambia, calls on the international community to give him its support, and has invited him to the forthcoming Summit African Heads of State in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 31, 2017. The AU in a communiqué issued today, January 20, 2017, also says it reaffirms support ...

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Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states. Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power. Mauritanian President Mohamed ...

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Military intervention should be last option in Gambia – Nunoo-Mensah

Brigadier-General Nunoo-Mensah

Military intervention in The Gambia’s political crisis should be a last resort, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier-General (rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah has advised. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has resolved to oust President Yahya Jammeh following his attempt to hold on to power after his defeat in the country’s general elections in December 2016. Already, Senegalese ...

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