Ethiopian commodity marketing system attracts interest

Kenya is one of three countries that are eyeing software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. The others are Zimbabwe and Tanzania who believe the tool that can improve farmer’s earnings. This was announced by ECX chief executive Dr Eleni Gadri-Madhini said at the seventh African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition held in Mombasa last week.

The software serves farmers, traders, processors, exporters and consumers. It provides a secure and reliable system of handling, grading, and storing commodities, matching offers and bids for commodity transactions, and a risk-free payment and goods delivery system. Once adopted, farmers will have increased access to market information and be able to trade coffee directly.

Zimbabwe jobs site targets diaspora

Zimbabwe Human Capital is a jobs website that aims to attract Zimbabwean professionals in the diaspora back to their country. It has been initiated by the newly formed Taskforce on Human Skills Identification, Deployment, and Retention (THSIDR) and funded by the International Office of Migration.

The site will provide information on job opportunities in the country with a view to link the demand and source of labour; will report onĀ  investment opportunities in the country that professionals in the diaspora may take advantage of; and maintain a database to capture the profiles of Zimbabweans in the diaspora who are interested in participating in various initiatives where their skills would be required.

Health Informatics grants

The Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health, today announced it will award more than $9.23 million to eight global health informatics programs over the next five years – two of them from Africa.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa will use its new award to develop research and training capacity in informatics through a Pan-African collaborative initiative involving institutions in Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The funds will allow the UKZN to continue to offer postgraduate programs in informatics while assisting other universities in Africa to establish their own medical informatics training programs.

And a grant will support the development of an East African Center of Excellence in Health Informatics. The center will be a major resource for improving local human capacity for health informatics and clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa, building upon an almost two-decade collaboration between Indiana University and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.

via National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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