Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving - Special Reports - africareview


Impact of these ventures

Since investors have a tendency to target land with high yield gaps, good accessibility and desirable population density to source labour, there is increasing fear of future competition for cropland between local communities and investors. Indeed, land conflicts, water, mineral rights and other land-based resources are on the rise.

In some countries, ignoring the land rights of the host communities in these deals has led to repeated conflicts. A major cause of the wars in central African countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo have their origin in warped land transactions involving multinationals. Large farming or mining communities are suddenly dislocated from their ancestral land, leading to more poverty and instability.

Underrated in this debate are the environmental effects of the large-scale “scientific” farming. The effects of massive use of chemicals and huge amounts of water are just beginning to be felt in Asian countries that embraced the “Green Revolution” in the 70s.

China, for example, has millions of wasted hectares that are now undergoing rehabilitation. There is no knowing the extent of the impact on human and animal health. In central Africa and some west African countries, land transfers are characterised by poor contracts, low prices and inadequate government taxation on profits.

Pollution is common. Images from the Niger Delta, for example, grimly portray what happens when governments scheme with foreign investors with little regard to local communities and their ecology. Pollution in the Delta portrays the insatiable greed that informs some of these transactions. Elsewhere, we see serious threats to wildlife resources.

Source: prepaidafrica
Photo Set


Michal Marko - Disposable food bowl: “Eat your food. Grow a plant. Save a planet”

Michal Markos description:

My goal:
To create disposable food bowl with minimum environmental impact and to teach wide society about new biodegradable materials in a funny way.
Description from label:
Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel to the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with a herb to the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow up your own herb.

[via nextnature] [all pictures by Michal Marko]

Yep yep.

Source: futurescope


HyperLoop details to be revealed today.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has promised to finally unveil plans for his “Hyperloop” system today, having dropped hints about it for around a year already.

According to Musk, the system will be twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered, while able to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. While for most people that would be a far fetched claim to make, this is the guy behind SpaceX, PayPal, and Tesla, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Musk says the design will be open source, and he will only be publishing the design for others to use. There’s a great infographic about the system here.

(via futurescope)


Shoe humor.


The best businesses scale faster than their people.  Learning to be a better CEO is crucial for entrepreneurs who don’t set off to me managers, they just fall into it by virtue of their creation. Below are my Top 2o learnings 

Be fair

Fairness comes first. You can be tough and even brutal at times but be fair in your judgment, give credit when credit is due. No one wants to work for someone who is unfair. Even when you are let down, hold people accountable to it, but when push comes to shove swallow your pride. Be the bigger Man, after all you are CEO. 

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Source: xeniosblog


Cell Phone Fighting

That phone got dropped like a bad call


Badamazi.: The D is silent here too.


Dinosaurs from a distant time with Poor Rich’s Almanack in their laps

Talking about the Pharaohs whose pyramids,

Made zigzags and bumps on the maps,

Hushed tones when they spoke about mumps and syphilis

And the dreaded Hatshepsut of ancient lore.

Dragons with digital toys and Playstations in…

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"What we’ve learned: - Facebook’s social gifting product will debut some time in the next few weeks
- Evidently, it will be based on Karma’s (still available) offering
- It will only be available in the United States at launch (as Karma was)
- The move is primarily meant to beef up Facebook’s mobile monetization efforts"