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
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.
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.
The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'. The forum's programme aims to put sustainable development and the impact of power projects under the spotlight with focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
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Chairperson Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and special representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and co-chair of UN Energy, will officiate the opening sessions.
Time for bold commitments
Says Ogunbiyi: “Africa is a region full of promise and economic opportunity. Yet as we begin the final decade to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7, over 573 million people across Africa still do not have access to electricity, which affects the region’s economic potential, health outcomes and prosperity. Now is the time we must all come together to increase investment, make bold commitments and create new partnerships that can deliver affordable, reliable, modern and sustainable energy for all Africans.”
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