Meet the Moroccan women making argan oil for the beauty industry
Meet the Moroccan women making argan oil for the beauty industry

In the arid mountains of southern Morocco, local women harvest argan oil, a natural product they have long used in cooking but which has become highly prized by the global beauty industry as an anti-aging skin treatment and restorative for hair.

By Ahmed Eljechtimi and Abdelhak Belhaki 15 Jun 2021

How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa
How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa

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.

14 Jun 2021

New Barbie collection made using recycled ocean-bound plastic
New Barbie collection made using recycled ocean-bound plastic

Toymaker Mattel has revealed a new line of fashion dolls, called Barbie Loves the Ocean, made using recycled ocean-bound* plastic. The launch forms part of Mattel's goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all its products and packaging by 2030.

11 Jun 2021

Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next
Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production. Water was diverted from the Niger River through a canal system to enable irrigation on over one million hectares of fertile land. Eventually covering over 100,000 hectares, this project is still one of the largest irrigation schemes in Africa.

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

Last call for applications for AGCO Africa's agribusiness qualification
Last call for applications for AGCO Africa's agribusiness qualification

AGCO Africa is making a final call for applications for its skills development initiative under the banner of 'Advancement in Agricultural Education'. Fully funded by the AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), the initial intake for the Africa Agribusiness Qualification will comprise 20 participants.

8 Jun 2021

Google launches a series of programmes to support small businesses in Africa
Google launches a series of programmes to support small businesses in Africa

Google has kicked off a series of programmes that will support the growth and recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa's post-Covid economy. The programmes will be rolled out throughout the month of June.

3 Jun 2021

African researchers invited to apply for JWO Research Grant
African researchers invited to apply for JWO Research Grant

The 2021 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant aimed at early-career African scientists, and worth $150,000, is open for application.

2 Jun 2021

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