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Endangered African rice varieties gain elite status

As part of a redoubled effort to stave off future food crises by bringing Africa’s rice production in line with its rapidly growing consumption, scientists have announced a paradigm shift in rice research for the region, which will give elite status to genetically diverse indigenous varieties.

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Improving cassava processing in Nigeria

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan and the NGO Ifelodun Cassava Processing CICS are collaborating to implement a project in Nigeria on alternative use of cassava, processing and increased access to poor alternative food types.

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Chambishi Economic Zone draws new business

Zambia-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone (ZCCZ) and four companies from China’s Shangdong Province have signed investment agreements for $100 million to allow the firms start operating in Chambishi Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) on the Copperbelt.

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$40 billion boost for energy and transport sectors

COMESA's investment promotion arm, the Regional Investment Agency (RIA) promoted 150 projects at the recent 3rd Investment Forum held in Sham El Sheikh, Egypt.

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SA banks to use fingerprint verification

Standard_Bank_Rotunda_Speedwell_Building_Booysens_Road_loThe South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has entered into a partnership with the Department of Home Affairs that will allow banks in South Africa to conduct online fingerprint verification of bank clients.

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