Australasia Covid19 

The Salvation Army International – Salvation Army in the Solomon Islands Responds to Cyclone and Coronavirus

The Solomon Islands have yet to record a case of COVID-19, but stringent disease control measures are nonetheless affecting islanders particularly those of limited means. The coronavirus restrictions come in the wake of devastation wrought by Cyclone Harold in April, affecting many homes and livelihoods. The Salvation Army has been working with community leaders and partners in the Burns Creek settlement in East Honiara to ensure food security and mitigate against a rise in crime. The COVID-19 restrictions closed the market stalls around Honiara and community chiefs expressed ‘deep concern’…

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Africa Manufacturing 

GBfoods Relaunches its Bama Product With State-of-the-art Factory In Nigeria

Bama Mayo, leading mayo brand from the portfolio of GBfoods Nigeria, just recently completed its advanced production factory in Sango, Ogun State. The factory which is the biggest in Sub Saharan Africa, will support the manufacturing of the Initial dish Bama mayo for Nigeria and West Africa. The factory effectively rolled out its first batch of products to the Nigerian market just recently. GBfoods Nigeria is a subsidiary of GBfoods Africa, a partnership between GBfoods and Helios Investment Partners. This financial investment is an added guarantee of GBfoods’ dedication to…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Homemade diagnostic kit to boost testing in Nigeria, Africa

Nigeria’s search for a solution to the challenge of non-availability and high cost of coronavirus diagnostic kits may have finally paid off with the development of RNASwift Extraction kit. This was disclosed by the Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency(NABDA), Alex Akpa, on Thursday during a news briefing in Abuja. He said the RNASwift test kit would not only revolutionalise Africa’s PCR-Based COVID-19 testing but will also expand the capacity by 50 times at least. Mr Akpa, a professor, also said it would equally reduce cost by over 500 per…

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Africa Agriculture Government Healthcare 

Niger Govt. To Assist Ladies Farmer’s Company

The Niger State federal government on Thursday said that it would support the Smallholder Women Farmers Company of Nigeria (SWOFON) in the state with inputs and executes for 2020 farming season. Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Federal government, mentioned this while answering questions from farming reporters in Minna. “The focus of Niger state government this year is to mobilise ladies, farmer groups. “Any ladies group into farming will be supported to get the readily available inputs and carries out to participate in farming activities,” Matane stated. He stated…

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Africa Startups 

Tanzania’s East Africa Fruits closes Series A funding worth $3.1m

Tanzanian agri-tech company East Africa Fruits has closed a Series A funding round worth US$3.1 million as it aims to build essential supply chain infrastructure and better transport fresh produce directly from farms to urban marketplaces. Founded by social entrepreneur Elia Timotheo in 2013, addresses food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector via a B2B e-commerce platform. The company provides a stable, fair market for horticulture crops by aggregating supply and demand and improving cold chain distribution and warehousing infrastructure that reduces post-harvest loss and increases availability…

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