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Africa needs new ‘alliance for digitalisation’ of agriculture

New digital services designed to boost African agriculture could reach 250 million farmers by 2030 but only with coordinated efforts across the continent, the African Green Revolution Forum heard. Investment into digital innovations has so far been piecemeal across sub-Saharan Africa, achieving only six per cent penetration, according to a recent report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors. But new tools aimed at smallholder farmers, such as mobile advisory services or online market platforms, could transform food production across Africa with the support and guidance of…

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U.N. Security Council allows drones for eastern Congo

 By Michelle Nichols (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council has given a green light for peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in eastern Democratic Republic of Congoafter weeks of delay over concerns of Russia, Chinaand Rwanda about the use of aerial spy equipment. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote to the 15-member council late last month to advise that peacekeepers in Congo planned to use unmanned aerial systems “to enhance situational awareness and to permit timely decision-making” in dealing with a nine-month insurgency by M23 rebels in the mineral-rich east. In a response to Ban, the president…

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