Africa Works

So many images of Africa seen on our televisions are negative. These programmes show the amazing range of entrepreneurial talents that abound in Africa which are providing creative solutions, sustainable incomes and support for the environment.

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2 Degrees 24 Hours – Nigeria

Immunisation against such diseases as tetanus, hepatitis B and polio is generally agreed to save many lives worldwide. However, a major problem facing medical staff is the lack of suitable cool storage as vaccines have to be kept at the right temperature to remain effective. In many developing countries this is a serious problem but KXN Nigeria Ltd has worked on a solution – solar refrigeration.

Net Gain – Ghana

In the village of Patriensa in Ghana an innovative telecentre project is demonstrating that computers and electronic communication can make a positive contribution to village life, activities and incomes even in quite a remote rural location in sub-Saharan Africa. The village also now has an eye-catching and informative website that puts it firmly in the digital age and lets the world know about the village and the life of its people.

A Walk in the Woods – Guinea

Partnership between big businesses and environmental organisations have been evolving in some Western countries. However, comparatively little has been achieved in developing countries. A promising development is taking place in Guinea, the world’s leading source of bauxite ore for aluminium production, where Alcoa and Alcan, two of the world’s main aluminium producers, are working with Conservation International to include consideration of ecological sustainability for a planned new alumina refinery.

Not Just a FAD – Tanzania

The coastal fisheries of Tanzania are fast becoming an over-exploited resource. Fish stocks among the coastal reefs are being depleted, taking a toll on local livelihoods and protein intake. To address this problem, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has helped to encourage offshore tuna fishing. The adoption of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the area helps to exploit the currently under-utilised stock of tuna fish in the region. Local fisherfolk are now tapping into this resource to enhance their livelihoods.

Fufu For Thought – Ghana

One of the fascinating aspects of urban social life in Ghana is the widespread presence of street food vendors. Operating from strategic locations at most hours of the day and night, they serve customers with tasty foods and colourful beverages at affordable prices. Street vending is an activity that provides employment to many, while providing nutritious, inexpensive and ready-to-eat food to millions of workers. However, the informal nature of the industry sometimes allows for poor hygiene standards, making the consumption of street food a potentially hazardous source of nutrition, so projects have been introduced to improve the livelihoods of street food vendors and consumer health by increasing consumer and producer education on food safety.