Follow ‘Africa’ on Down To Earth:

Rural Electrification

Mini-grids and off-grid investment crucial for energy access in Africa

Electrification via centralised grids is slow in the continent where 620 million people live without electricity

Waste Management

Africa's waste challenge

For Africa, solid waste management is becoming a major concern. The writer reports from Zanzibar and Swaziland on how two contrasting scenarios are offering solutions


`Remote sensing is being used to predict crop-growing seasons'

Jadu dash,He is a professor of remote sensing at the University of Southampton in the UK, has been monitoring and measuring the resilience of communities and agriculture systems in Punjab, Haryana and Odisha who are battling the impacts of climate change and natural disasters

'Smallholder farmers are on the front lines of climate change'

Kanayo F Nwanze,President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He recently received the Africa Food Prize