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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services partnered United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) recently to organise a stakeholders consultative meeting in Lagos with farmers to discuss the prospect, challenges and marketing widows of cassava production in the country. Speaking at the forum, Managing Director of Robert Bosch West Africa, Mr. Ghislain Noumbessy, said it is imperative for farmers to take advantage of the technological tools and services that could help them find solutions to their food loss and perk up their profit.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

An El Niño-related drought and frost have triggered severe food and water shortages in Papua New Guinea's highlands, prompting the European Commission to more than double its assistance to the Pacific island nation. The warming of the Pacific Ocean due to the El Nino weather system is causing drought and other extreme weather, affecting millions of people across parts of the world. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in August said El Niño may bring on the worst drought in 20 years in Papua New Guinea, which is home to more than 7 million people who mostly rely on their own crops for food.

Nigerian billionaire, Tony Elumelu has met with French business leaders canvassing for investments in Africa and France, to promote the work of his foundation to help create the next generation of African entrepreneurs, Footprint to Africa, reports. Speaking in a recent interview monitored by Footprint to Africa, Elumelu who is also the head of United Bank for Africa, Heirs Holdings and Transcorp said that he sees lots of potential in developing French-Nigerian business partnerships.

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, met in Havana with Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday, to close his three-day visit to the Caribbean island, reported dpa news. Gabriel, also Germany’s economy minister, was with Castro during the afternoon at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. The meeting took place in a “cordial atmosphere”, according to Cuban state television, which gave no further details. The top official arrived in Havana on Wednesday heading up a delegation of 60 business persons from his country.

The EU member states that will hold the next three Presidencies of the EU Council (known collectively as the Trio Presidency) have drawn up an 18-month agenda to ensure that, in addition to the immediate challenges the EU is facing, other important issues will receive the necessary attention and commitment. It is clear that the challenge of migration and refugees will remain high on the agenda for the Dutch, Slovak and Maltese Presidencies, which will cover the period from January 2016 to June 2017. As the December European Council underlined, steps to strengthen the EU’s external borders will be a top priority.