What/where are the great technology universities in Africa?

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

I have been researching food security in Africa as it relates to mobile technology for years.  I can not name one great technology university on the continent.  Money did not make Silicon Valley great, Stanford did.  Where are the Stamfords and MITs in tech in Africa? I would appreciate it if you used the comments [...]

Complex issues require facts, dialogue and clear thinking.

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jun 28, 2013 No Comments

The last bastion of unbelievers in climate change may unfortunately reside in the U.S. Congress.   Obama gave a speech this week on climate change without mentioning agriculture. It is known that agriculture plays important role in both producing carbon; for example, via livestock and the use of fertilizer, but also if properly managed can [...]

Insightful thoughts from two women working in African agriculture

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

Raising enough food to feed a burgeoning global population is a complex problem that requires the best minds and coordination of the public/private sector.  There are couple interesting thoughts I’d like to share from two African women that work in agriculture. The first is Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, chief executive officer and head of mission, [...]

Intersection of climate change, food security and poverty reduction.

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global carbon diozide emissions in 2012 reached a record.  At the intersection of climate change, food security and poverty reduction is the African smallholder farmer and their sisters and brothers whom are herder/farmers (pastoralists)  in the Sahel.  While the West works toward reducing fossil fuel consumption and vehicle [...]

Open Mobile Development Google Groups Invitation

Posted in: Uncategorized- May 24, 2013 No Comments

I enjoyed the MobileActive discussion group on Google Groups. I am not sure if it is still active as it appears the MobileActive project has stopped after a seven year run. I have started a new Google Groups for Mobile for Development practitioners, NGOs, solution providers, students and others to use as a resource to [...]

Brief Highlights from Chicago Council Symposium 2013

Posted in: Uncategorized- May 22, 2013 No Comments

I had a chance to attend the Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium 2013, Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade and Business to End Hunger and Poverty, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 21st.  There was a good mix of both public and private as well as academia.  USAID administrator Raj Shah opened the forum [...]

Growing gardens: The story of Lydiah Kathamibi, Meru, Kenya

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

  This is not just a story about one farmer in Meru, Kenya that grew her business from selling vegetables from baskets to supplying produce to supermarkets. This is a story about women, banking and employment in Africa. Lydiah began selling vegetables in a basket and later graduated to pushing a wheelbarrow in the streets [...]

Foreign Earnings by U.S. Corporations are not Foreign

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

The New York Times has article online today How to Unlock That Stashed Foreign Cash By Jeff Sommer, March 23, 2013 that explains all kinds of tax and finance machinations that policy makers and company directors should consider to ‘repatriate’ profits earned in foreign countries and supposedly stashed overseas.  What the article fails to point out [...]

African Agriculture Links for end March 2013

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

Transforming lives through improved access to agricultural education in Africa, 21 March 2013, NRI.Org, via @MPULEinstitute At an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture & Food for Development at the Houses of Parliament on 19th March participants discussed how the use of open educational resources (OER) can dramatically widen access to [...]

Compilation of Infographics of African Technology by Emeka Okoye

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

Emeka has pulled together a wide range (and possibly the definitive list) of interesting infographics on African technology on his Pinterest page. If you produce infographic about African Technology, or know of other infographics that Emeka should include; please leave a comment below.