Africa has the largest workforce in the world. A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) titled 2020 Policy Note on Africa: The Future of Production indicated that the continent will, by 2030, be home to a capable labour force of over 1.6 billion, larger than Asia and South America.
Senamiso Ndlovu, 32, is a smallholder farmer with big food production dreams. The seed of her farming ambitions is the growing urban food demand. She has ramped up production of green peppers, butternut squash, tomatoes and cucumbers to meet growing demand for fresh produce in Bulawayo, a sprawling city in Zimbabwe.ByBusani Bafana
Professor of Plant Breeding Maryke Labuschagne is working with a group of more than 20 African PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to improve the nutritional status of poor rural communities on the continent. Labuschagne is works within the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Plant Sciences and is also heading the NRF-SARChI chair in disease resistance and quality in field crops.
A full spectrum of 220 attendees from the mobile industry gathered yesterday, 28 November 2012, at The Venue Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa for the fourth annual Mobile Web Africa conference. The event, which has been organised by UK-based All Amber, has been deemed a huge success with involvement from all the major stakeholders in what was a very interactive and output-rich first day.
Gustav Praekelt, founder of Praekelt Foundation, delivered a critical analysis of the mobile web and apps opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa. Praekelt's standpoint that universal access to information at a zero-cost basis is a basic human right was evidenced through examples of Praekelt Foundation's recent partnerships with Wikipedia and Vodacom.
Gift Mphefu, portfolio manager at Vodacom, shared details of the leading mobile network operators strategic vision and future plans. Mphefu's presentation was followed by significant addresses from Prezence Digital, Afrinnovator, the Indigo Trust, and a host of other local and international speakers in a day that has revealed a huge amount of information in relation to the potential that exists in the development of the mobile technology sphere and the routes that can be followed to further stimulate growth.
All Amber CEO, Matthew Dawes, commented, "For a fourth successive year the event has delivered, and the major reason behind that is the subject area. Stimulating access, products and services on mobile devices opens up a plethora of opportunities across society - it's vital. That is what this event has been about since 2009."
Day 2 (29 November 2012) also promises to be rewarding, with presentations from key industry players including 2go, MXit, biNu and Yookos.
By the close of the conference, attendees will have had the opportunity to gain and exchange knowledge surrounding maximising the mobile web and apps opportunity on handheld devices in Africa from the experts who are leading the development.
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