The Trend: In the last decade a new trend has been gaining momentum. Financiers and equity investors are cottoning on to a new investment horizon that promises superior returns and strong capital preservation in an inflationary environment. However this investment horizon has existed for millennia, in fact it is one of the oldest economic activities […]
I recently returned from a short holiday in Arusha, Tanzania. Despite having worked in agriculture and travelled throughout Africa for the past 5 years, I was once again struck anew by the glaring reality that effects rural livelihoods and agricultural development in the continent. Like a broken record I could not stop myself from repeating […]
On Thursday night I was walking through OR Tambo International Airport on my way to a 21:00 pm flight when suddenly the entire airport went dark, there was a unanimous gasp of shock, which came from those in the airport, followed by mutterings as people started to complain, ‘Seriously they cut the power in the […]
The best catalyst for game changing technological innovation is facing the hardest problems. Africa, and in particular, the agricultural landscape, has some seriously hard problems to solve. Therefore it is the perfect laboratory to facilitate the development of these technologies. In recent years, we have seen many pockets of technologies being developed across the continent, […]
Our film production business-unit Catchlight gives us insight into the small scale farming environment in Kenya through the lens of our film crew – some amazing visuals capturing the true essence of farming in Africa.
In this first of a series of blogs entitled Agriculture en Vogue, I explore why agriculture is increasingly becoming sexy to investors and other unrelated industries, such as the hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries. Despite achieving en vogue status, capital flow into agriculture still faces many challenges and seemingly unbridgeable roadblocks. During the past 5 years […]
Satellites, drones, multispectral imaging and cloud computing… To some, these terms elicit images of a military operation, but surprisingly these are the words now used by a new breed of farmer, the Generation Y farmer. I fondly remember going to my cousin’s family farm over summer vacations as an eight-year-old boy. I used to be […]