- The likely effect of population growth in Africa has led to some concerns about the pressure on the infrastructural and policy needs of the country
- In Kenya, protest by women against their negative experiences with sanitary pads from Proctor and Gamble went viral on social media
- Nigeria's readiness to combat the coronavirus has also become a topical issue for discussion given reports of a possible infection there
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It has been projected that more than half of the population growth of the world would happen in Africa.
This has led to concerns about the readiness of governments to cater for the infrastructural and policy needs of their citizens.
However, the African youth remain optimistic about the prospects of the continent, according to the 2020 edition of the African Youth Survey 2020.
It has been projected that 82% of respondents are convinced that there would be an improvement in the standard of living in the next two years.
81% of Africans have predicted that technology would play a key role in a bid to change fortunes.
Per a report by qz.com, this does not however imply that Africans are oblivious to the fact that technology may not solve all of Africa’s problems.
Kenyan women are reportedly taking Proctor & Gamble to task for the saga concerning the “burning pads.”
The women began a social media campaign to share their negative experiences with the hashtag #myalwaysexperience but the company refused to address the issue.
The news of the possible presence of the coronavirus in Nigeria has also sparked concerns.
Jumia’s operations in Nigeria have been badly affected, and its chief executive noted that the outbreak was negatively affecting the company’s supply chain.
It has however been revealed that the country has spent time to prepare for the coronavirus and may have succeeded in preventing an outbreak.
However, Nigeria has, in anticipation of the outbreak, implemented mechanisms to fend off an outbreak in the country.
Authorities have also stepped up strategies to ensure that misinformation of the coronavirus is limited and possibly eradicated.
In other news, an agriculture-inclined business in Zambia, African Green Resources (AGR), has announced a finance scheme for farmers valued at $81 million.
The project, launched on Sunday, March 1, 2020, is designed to provide farm supplies and technology to farmers in exchange for farm produce.
This forms part of AGR’s plan to invest $150 million in Zambia for a series of projects, including a 50-megawatt solar farm and irrigation dam.
Per a report by Reuters, AGR would select 120 commercial farmers, as well as 250,000 small and middle scale farmers under the new programme.
The plan is to increase food security in the country as well as the surrounding regions. The fund would take are of 60,000 tonnes of fertilizer for wheat and soya farming, estimated to be worth $55 million.
Another $26 million would be used for projects such as the expansion of grain storage silos. It is expected that the project would lead to a yield of 44,000 tonnes of wheat per season.
Part of the fund has been guaranteed by the African Development Bank, the African Union, Sace Italy and Agriculture Grain International.
Eventually, the farmers would derive benefits from the growth of the business as they gain access to markets and credit finance.
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