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Why East Africa is Facing an Animal Feed ‘Famine’

It is not ‘culturally proper’ to call the situation a famine, says Tesfa Ghebrabe, a local Ethiopian agricultural investor, but there is definitely a shortage of animal feed in Ethiopia and the rest of East Africa. Growing populations and incomes continue to drive livestock demand, which could grow as high as 50 percent in certain …

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Investing in Angola: Beyond the Oil

Angola is very familiar with foreign investment. Oil companies have long poured cash into Africa’s 3rd largest oil producer. The wells continue to spill returns and results. But anyone considering investing in Angola should not think that opportunities begins and ends with oil and gas. Here’s a look at some top sectors to broaden your …

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4 Top Investment Opportunities in the DRC

Two businessmen on their iPhones argue over Congolese economic policy at Le Café Conc, an expensive French restaurant in the middle of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  The businessmen – Joseph and Patrice – are small-scale investors from the city. They are sending emails to their brothers in France and …

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Why You Should Invest in Zimbabwe

The news coming from the Western press about Zimbabwe leaves little to be desired about the small former British colony. The Zimbabwe economy has seen rough days. Hyperinflation decimated the economy, particularly between 2005 to 2008. At its peak, the Zimbabwean Central Bank issued currency with expiration dates of six months, effectively longer than the …

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Investment in Ethiopia

5 Top Opportunities for Investment in Ethiopia (II)

The times are changing in the Horn of Africa and the larger East Africa region. Ethiopia – once the byword for famine in the region – is garnering attention from foreign investors. In Part I of “Top 5 Opportunities for Investment in Ethiopia,” I recommended financial services, telecoms, and heavy constructions as sectors that investors …

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Investing in Somaliland

Investing in Somaliland- Is it Dubai 20 Years Ago?

Somaliland. Not Somalia. Somaliland has been an independent region of Somalia proper for more than 20 years. Yet, most Westerners do not associate the former British protectorate with 20 years of independence and stability but rather with the instability and chaos of Mogadishu (which is not part of Somaliland if you did not know). As …

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Africa’s Education

Private Equity Investment in Africa’s Education: Building a Skilled Labor Force

This week’s double Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) article is, well, not about FMCG but important in our series about the sector. The first part of this two-part article looks at education which is an investment opportunity that will support all growth in Africa, including FMCG. The second part will look at energy. The Demand …

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