Archive | May 22, 2012

Tanzania: Agencies urged to ensure farmers get crop insurance

Tanzania Insurance Regulatory Authority (Tira) has been urged to work with Tanzania Metrological Agency (TMA) and other stakeholders to ensure farmers get crop insurance as a means of promoting investment in the agricultural sector. The call was made by the Minister of State in Prime Minister?s Office (Policy, Coordination and National Assembly), William Lukuvi in […]

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Farmer cooperatives key to reducing hunger, poverty

Smallholder farmers? cooperatives own assets worth USD2.7 billion in Kenya and account for more than 60 per cent of the Mauritius national food production. Now according to the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), smallholder farmers union are key componsent to […]

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Opportunity International joins Industry Leaders in Alleviating Global Poverty

Opportunity International joins USAID, Credit Suisse, IFC World Bank Group, Blue Orchard, Grameen Foundation and other industry leaders in sponsoring the 2011 SEEP “Powering Connections” conference. Every year, SEEP brings together microfinance practitioners from a variety of disciplines to build capacity through the sharing of industry best practices. This conference is one of the cornerstones […]

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Kenya: Firms Opt for Contract Farming

Multinational companies are increasingly turning to contract farming to cut their reliance on imports and ensure their production chains’ steady supply in a trend that is promising Kenyan farmers guaranteed markets, higher and predictable prices.Promasidor Kenya Limited, the manufacturers of Sossi Brand is scouting for farmers from western Kenya to feed its manufacturing plant with […]

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M-PESA awarded at the Global Mobile Money Awards

Safaricom’s mobile money transfer service M-PESA has scooped two international awards at the just concluded Mobile Money Awards. The event which was held in Dubai last week is part of the Connected World Forum, which brings together the world’s leading mobile experts and showcases next-generation mobile applications and services in the money, health, education and […]

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Visa launches mobile prepaid product for Africa

Visa has announced a significant step to bringing access to secure financial services and electronic payments to consumers in developing countries by introducing a new product serving the needs of unbanked and under-banked consumers. The new product, a Visa prepaid account that can be accessed through a mobile phone, offers consumers in developing countries a […]

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