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Increased load-shedding In Zambia dims businesses

In just about two months since Zambia’s electricity supply company, ZESCO Limited, announced an increase of load-shedding hours, from four to eight, the prolonged black-outs are already having adverse effects on various aspects of everyday life and businesses in the country. The company had been rationing electricity, through four-hour power cuts, daily, since June this year, thanks to reduced water levels in the country’s hydro power plants, but increased the hours, due to limitation of power generation, according to a statement it released prior to the move. The company said…

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Small African businesses now driving growth in Agriculture

A report published this week finds that millions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) source directly from millions more smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa. These SMEs, often women-led, include food processors, wholesalers, and retailers. SMEs provide a range of services, from transport and logistics to the sale of inputs such as fertilizer and seed to farmers.  Their activity is driving a “Quiet Revolution” across African agriculture, connecting smallholder farmers to commercial markets at an unprecedented rate. The report finds that, overall, only about 20 percent of the volume of food…

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