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Unpacking Africa’s agtech opportunity

Unpacking Africa’s agtech opportunity

The rise of agriculture technology (agtech) solutions in Africa has opened significant avenues to transform food systems and tackle long-standing obstacles to enhance smallholder productivity, write Aubry Hruby and Fatima Ezzahra Mengoub in a new Atlantic Council report titled, ‘Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential: Scaling agtech to improve productivity‘. Below is an excerpt.

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Villgro Africa is an incubator that offers funding and technical assistance primarily to healthcare startups across the African continent. Over the past eight years, the organisation has disbursed more than US$2.8 million in blended funding. Jeanette Clark & Samuel Kwame Boadu speaks to co-founder and CEO Wilfred Njagi about investment opportunities within the healthcare sector, specifically in areas such as AI, supply chain, and medical diagnostic devices.

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

While many real estate developers avoid affordable housing, Johannesburg-based International Housing Solutions (IHS) has crafted a profitable model for such projects in South Africa and beyond. In a conversation with Jeanette Clark, IHS managing director Rob Wesselo discusses the reliability of lower-income tenants as rent payers compared to wealthier ones, reveals the firm’s sweet spot for development size, and explains his cautious stance on investing in Johannesburg’s CBD.

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

While global venture capital funding, as measured by Pitchbook, is down 48% in the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year, Mikael Hajjar, co-founder of Africa-focused venture capital firm P1 Ventures argues that now is the time to invest. He believes in investing before the hype, or when the markets are down.

How the Strategy of China is Changing in Africa

How the Strategy of China is Changing in Africa

China experienced a massive economic boom in the 1990s and 2000s which increased its demand for resource imports, like oil, from Africa. This led to a model of development finance in which China funded infrastructure in African countries in return for access to resources. This approach became known as the Angola model, because it all started with an infrastructure-for-petroleum partnership between China and Angola in 2004.

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