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Relaxing at work? It’s productive!

Relaxing at work? It’s productive! | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
I’ve never met Tony Schwartz. Until two seconds ago, I didn’t know how to spell his last name.That whole “t” thing can be tricky.

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Need some ideas on how to relax productively?

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Tonya Sheridan's curator insight, March 1, 2013 1:04 PM

Taking breaks, stepping away from your desk, and using up all of your vacation days will make you more productive. 

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5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture

5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
When I was a student (once upon a time I thought I was to be a clinical psychologist), and broke, and spending time in New York City (when I decided I was not to be a performing artist, choreographer for my career after all), I used to make extra ...

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Open space???

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:27 AM

How can you make your space a dynamic part of your vision and mission, and a driver of success? Here are 5 habits and how to make this happen:

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Unusual take on leadership, but worth thinking about...

ratzelster's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:19 AM

More and more we're seeing how the physical space sets a tone and helps to create culture.  With so many of the classrooms and communal spaces fixed and with little $$$ to change those structures, what can we do to make a big change in how the physical space impacts us? 

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Africa Is A Lucrative Continent For International Commerce – DHL

Africa Is A Lucrative Continent For International Commerce – DHL | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

VENTURES AFRICA – Like many global business leaders, Ken Allen, Chief Executive Officer of global express and logistics provider, DHL Express, has also expressed his opinion on Africa’s immense potential for investments.


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This is definitely revolutionalize the communication industry in Eastern Africa

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Kenyan Entrepreneur Stands To Make Millions After Sale To L'Oreal - Forbes

Kenyan Entrepreneur Stands To Make Millions After Sale To L'Oreal - Forbes | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

Kenyan businessman Paul Kinuthia recently sold the health and beauty divisions of his Interconsumer Products to L'Oreal for an undisclosed amount speculated to be in the millions. He still owns and runs the remaining businesses such as diapers.


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Obviously a new market has been opened not only in Kenya but also for the Eastern Africa region

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earthdog58's curator insight, April 24, 2013 5:38 AM

A nice positive story. 

 

One way to know you are married to an African woman: 365 different types of hair product in the bathroom.

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Where are Poachers getting Hunting Rifles?

Where are Poachers getting Hunting Rifles? | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - The preferred weapon of choice for poachers in Kruger National Park has become the large-calibre hunting rifle, typically used to bring down big game like buffalo, elephant and rhino.

 

But the mystery is: Where do these guns come from, and who has the know-how and equipment to fit the silencers that law enforcement authorities are increasingly finding on these weapons?

 

Some anti-poaching personnel suspect that these guns might have been smuggled into Mozambique from somewhere else....

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/gunning-for-rhinos-1.1506342#.UXn7fLWG2So


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Its always difficult to understand the human greed!!!

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Afrikanischer Frühstücks-Club für Geschäftsleute |

Afrikanischer Frühstücks-Club für Geschäftsleute | | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Willkommen zum African German Business Breakfast Club - (Afrikanischer Frühstücks-Club für Geschäftsleute) Der African German Business Breakfast Club bietet
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Willkommen zum Afrikanischer Frühstücks-Club für Geschäftsleute

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Facebook Pages Going Wild Wall of Fame, News and More | Kenyan German Motivational Speaker | Communicator | Leadership Speaker

Facebook Pages Going Wild Wall of Fame, News and More | Kenyan German Motivational Speaker | Communicator | Leadership Speaker | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Now I have been blogging for more than 2 years and I have come to learn and appreciate the power of blogging as an essential tool of developing your business
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The Kenyan market is not only a young market when it comes to bringing their business online and that is why it is an honor to be part of the increased development happening in the country.

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Celebrating the Kenyan Story: Google Maps Voice Navigation Launched in Kenya

Celebrating the Kenyan Story: Google Maps Voice Navigation Launched in Kenya | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Google Maps Voice Navigation Launched in Kenya http://t.co/T21K1kitPM
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Yet another positive result coming from Africa

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Relaxing at work? It’s productive!

Relaxing at work? It’s productive! | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
I’ve never met Tony Schwartz. Until two seconds ago, I didn’t know how to spell his last name.That whole “t” thing can be tricky.

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Need some ideas on how to relax productively?

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Tonya Sheridan's curator insight, March 1, 2013 1:04 PM

Taking breaks, stepping away from your desk, and using up all of your vacation days will make you more productive. 

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What is Diversity Management? |

What is Diversity Management? | | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Diversity Management is a strategy which aims to promote the perception, to acknowledge and implement the diversity in organizations and institutions.
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Sudan is a classical country where we are seeing labour movement taking place and consolation of people coming from all over Africa working shoulder to shoulder with each other and with industrial countries

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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Kenya : Resettle us as promised ...

Hundreds of IDPs from various camps in Naivasha and Gilgil have challenged President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta to keep his promise of resettling them in 100 days.
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The issue regarding IDPs is a long overdue issue that needs to be settled once and for all.

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Mask Africa Renewable Energy Food Security News Mask Africa Mask-Africa: Food Security

Mask Africa Renewable Energy Food Security News Mask Africa Mask-Africa: Food Security | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Mask-Africa Renewable Energy — African Investment

 

Malawi: A Small-Scale Farmer’s Story in Malawi – Fertiliser, Planting and Dry Spells

by Nick Zenonos on March 26, 2013

This is the second in a series of posts from Chikumbutso Patson Kayira, a small-scale farmer in Malawi, documenting his experiences and the challenges he faces as he farms and harvests his land.

As I wrote in my first blog, we normally plant in November with the first rains. This season has been a different story since I planted my crops in December. The first rains were very late. The crop is now approaching maturity, but I hope that the late start to the rains does not mean a short rainy season. We still need a few more weeks of rain.

Planting predicaments

There were a few further issues surrounding planting:

a) Seed: In my experience, hybrid maize seeds give better yield in comparison to local varieties, due to better germination rate and growth. But this year I have planted local seeds. This is due to limited finances.

b) Labour: With the little labour force available, I have managed to cultivate just three-quarters of my field. Before planting, the land needs clearing and ridging. As I wrote before, my wages are insufficient to hire extra labour.

c) Fertiliser: In the farming business, fertiliser is one of the biggest issues a farmer has to deal with. Even more so, it becomes tough when growing tobacco and maize as I have done this year.

My monthly wages failing to meet fertiliser demand, I have borrowed money from a friend so that I was able to buy two 50kg bags. Also, my wife led the making of compost manure.

Considering these challenges, I was somewhat relieved to start planting. To some of the maize and tobacco, we have applied both fertiliser and manure. To other areas, we have applied just fertiliser.

Therefore I am able to compare the performance of the different treatments. The maize and tobacco that received both fertiliser and compost manure look much healthier.

We suffered a long dry spell of two weeks, from February 1 to February 15. The crops that received only fertiliser suffered much more. It appears that the compost manure helped the maize and tobacco plants to withstand the dry spell.

The dry spell has no doubt damaged the yield prospects. However, I hope the pigeon pea will still perform well. The dry spell is now the main worry of this season, and there will not be a bumper harvest here, unlike other areas of the country where the rains have generally been good this year. The dry spell will also extend the time it takes to reach crop maturity. Late harvests increase the chance of running out of food at home.

The dry spell hurts further as the tobacco leaves will be of low quality. Low quality leaves fetch low prices at the Auction Floors. I am worried that I will fail to meet expectations this year, and that to buy enough inputs for next year and to hire more labour will once again be out of my reach. I think it is a common picture for many of us small-scale farmers.

Following the devaluation of the kwacha, my monthly wage is worth hardly anything. Next year, one priority will be to increase the making of compost manure in order to reduce my dependence on expensive fertiliser.

My other ambition is to further my education. Better education is the ticket to a better job, and a better job could mean fat monthly earnings. This could support my family, in particular my daughter’s school fees, and increase the investment in my fields.

Conservation Agriculture: a good investment?

Near my farm there is a Ministry of Agriculture Extension Office. There they have a plot of maize grown under Conservation Agriculture (CA). The maize received fertiliser and manure, like some of my crop, but it is performing much stronger than any other maize I have seen in the region (see below).

With CA, the soil between maize plants and ridges is covered with organic material – maize stovers, cut grass, and even pulled-up weeds. In times of dry spell, CA can assist in holding moisture in the soil. This demonstration has made me very interested to try CA next season.

However, I have a number of concerns about adopting CA. First, I need training so that I implement it according to the correct procedures. Second, I am worried that it will require more labour, although I understand that with CA, ridging is not promoted.

This leaves me wondering how I will control weeds. Third, grazing animals generally feed on the maize stalks during the dry season. There is need for me to find ways of safe-guarding the maize stalks and other crop residues ready for CA in the 2013-14 season.

With the lower than average rainfall this year, the river adjacent to my fields has not overflowed as it used to. Therefore, fortunately, the soil erosion has not been much. Next year I will be prepared to plant vetiver grass and some trees along the river bank to help avoid erosion problems.

Tobacco is fetching a good price at the Auction Floors in the southern and central regions where harvest is earlier. If prices remain solid, and the rains can continue for a further few weeks to ensure the maize reaches maturity, then this season should be average.

The devaluation of the kwacha has made it much tougher since the price of fertiliser doubled but my salary has not increased. Also, the dry spell has damaged yield prospects and crop quality. I will write again around June to inform you how the harvest goes.

Chikumbutso Patson Kayira is a full-time housekeeper and cook at a Ministry of Agriculture guesthouse outside Mzuzu in northern Malawi, and a small-scale farmer in nearby Mzimba district.

Source: All Africa


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Africa’s emerging middle class is the world’s fastest growing

Africa’s emerging middle class is the world’s fastest growing | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

After years of headlines about Africa‘s poverty, its emerging middle class is now grabbing attention as a driver of growth and democracy and an expanding pool of consumers for market-hungry retailers.


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Africa is Open for Business - Welcome

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s mba's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:44 AM

In its Africa Pulse report last month, the World Bank said consumer spending accounted for more than 60 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s buoyant economic growth, which it forecast would accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average.

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How Twitter Got Nigerian Online Store A Multi Million Dollar Investment

How Twitter Got Nigerian Online Store A Multi Million Dollar Investment | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

VENTURES AFRICA – At 10, Nigerian-born Sim Shagaya began writing computer codes. At Christmas, he would program his basic computer, run syntaxes, and connect it to a TV set to display ‘Merry Christmas’ and a digital xmas tree. Many years later, upon graduating as an Electrical Engineer from George Washington University, and bagging his MBA at Harvard Business School, he became the Vice President of Rand Merchant Bank (West Africa), after which he led Google Africa. Over the years, he has founded several tech startups – iNollywood, E-motion, DealDey, and Konga – the latest of which is Konga.com, a Nigerian online shopping mall launched July 2012 with 7 workers, which currently has grown to 130.


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Mastering the 140 characters is really worth it.

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Everything You Thought About Communicating With Your Employees Is Wrong

Everything You Thought About Communicating With Your Employees Is Wrong | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

The role of HR in an increasingly connected world. Technological advancement has dictated a need for HR to begin every day by asking “What business are we in?” Hint: It is not what you thought.


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Interesting to know why

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:28 PM

We need to be more transparent which is one of the messages in the article.

John Michel's curator insight, May 2, 2013 8:30 AM

HR must think differently in an age when business threats emerge from all angles--and often from within. And it isn’t just new approaches to employee relations or other traditional responsibilities that are needed. Today, HR has an integral role to play in everything from branding to risk management to innovation. 

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Nigeria Spent $1.2 Billion On 21 Million Mobile Phones In 2012: GfK RT

VENTURES AFRICA – A report by GfK Retail and Technology Nigeria has shown the Nigerian market spent an average of 181 billion naira ($1.2 billion) to purchase 21.5 million mobile phones in 2012.


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Nigeria is one of the fastest growing markets when it comes to mobile phones

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earthdog58's comment, April 24, 2013 5:41 AM
The mobile phone has revolutionised the continent - people cna't believe the innovative way they are being used. Things like Mpesa and MHealth in Kenya.
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Yes I know that German has been having talks with Mpesa to learn more about the concept of money transfer.
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Welcome to the African German Business Breakfast Club |

Welcome to the African German Business Breakfast Club | | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Welcome to the African German Business Breakfast Club. The African German Business Breakfast Club offers an opportunity to grow and develop our business or
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Welcome to join the African German Business Breakfast Club a place where you will meet new business partners and clients

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AFRICA INVESTMENT-Third time may be lucky for Angola Eurobond debut

AFRICA INVESTMENT-Third time may be lucky for Angola Eurobond debut | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it

* Oil-rich Angola to raise $1 billion in Eurobonds this year* Demand seen strong due to strong economy, demand for risk* Political risk limited, but transparency concerns mayweighBy Shrikesh LaxmidasLISBON,...


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Angola is becoming more and more the silicon valley of Africa when it comes to rapid economic development

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Video: Social media driving change in Kenya, South Africa

ABN Digital looked at the role of social media and on-line communities in driving change in Kenya.
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Kenyans are starting to see the importance of social media and how they can use it as a tool for promoting their business

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Africa's top women achievers - nominated by you

Africa's top women achievers - nominated by you | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked you to name women from across the continent who you feel deserve recognition. Here are your top 25
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Missed to see the Economist and Author - Dambisa Moyo - Author of Dead AID

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Zimbabweans Are Voting In Referendum on New Constitution |

Zimbabweans Are Voting In Referendum on New Constitution | | ICPE-Africa | Scoop.it
Today Saturday 16th March, 2013 is a special day for the Zimbabweans as they vote on a proposed new constitution, five years after a general generation that had led to a dispute and widespread violence which has seen some death of more than 500...
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Things turned out to be as most political analytist predicted 

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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Kenya : Uhuru calls for prayers ...

A day after Supreme Court upheld his victory in March 4 elections President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta worshipped at a church in his former school and asked Kenyans to focus on national reconciliation.
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We need to observe closely what this will bring the economy and its citizens

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