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Can Mobile Money Extend Financial Services to Smallholder Farmers

June 26, 2014

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Originally published on CGAP Blog: Kenya is widely acknowledged to be a global leader in mobile money. Over two-thirds of its adult population uses M-PESA, the mobile money system launched in 2007 by Safaricom. But even in Kenya, many are not using M-PESA. I know many smallholder farmers who are part of this group. They […]

Adopting A Scalable Operating Model Tailored to African Smallholders

May 31, 2013

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Originally published in Ag4Impact’s 8 Views for the G8 report, and co-authored with Andrew Youn, executive director of One Acre Fund: Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world’s six major crop regions, and it is the only one that has the potential for significant yield improvements. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use 15 times less fertilizer […]

Violence-Free Vote in Kenya is Just One Hurdle on Long Road

March 11, 2013

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Originally published in The National:  After five days on tenterhooks, Kenyans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Saturday at the official announcement that Uhuru Kenyatta had won the presidency. Much of that relief stemmed from one simple fact: the country had made it through its first elections since 2007 without a return to violence. To […]

Full Steam Ahead: Kenya’s Geothermal Production Picks Up Speed

December 15, 2011

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Originally published in ecomagination: “GDC Strikes Steam in Menengai,” exclaims the cover of this spring’s issue of Steam, the magazine of Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company. A column of steam spurts high into a deep blue sky in the cover photo—the geothermal industry’s equivalent of the black column that spurts from a successful oil well. But […]

Something to Get Steamed Up Over

December 4, 2011

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Originally published in The National: NAIROBI // A recent conference in Nairobi, Kenya, was certainly a steamy affair. For that was the main topic of conversation – how much it costs to explore for steam, how new technologies have reduced the cost to produce it, and how much it could boost the economy of East […]

The Horn of Africa Can Feed Itself

August 4, 2011

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Originally published in The National: In western Kenya, where plentiful rain has fallen this year, smallholder farmers are just beginning to harvest their maize. Many of the farmers that I know are expecting the best harvests of their lives. The towering maize stalks in their fields will yield 10 to 20 bags of produce per […]

East Africa Investment Climate Heats Up

April 28, 2011

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Originally published in GlobalPost: NAIROBI, Kenya — Investors are starting to realize there are business opportunities in Africa. Last year, Barron’s magazine published The Final Frontier, a cover story about investment in the continent. Consulting firm McKinsey published a report looking at African growth opportunities by sector. Boston Consulting Group published a report identifying the […]