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Thousands of researchers, activists and donors have opened a global
AIDS conference in South Africa, to share ideas about the best ways to
treat and prevent the disease. The five-day conference has drawn more than 18,000 attendees, including actress Charlize Theron, Britain’s Prince Harry and U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (VOA)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched two new partnerships with local agribusinesses: Babban Gona and Hello Tractor. The partnerships highlights the U.S. government’s agricultural and private sector strategy and promotes the development of Nigeria’s agriculture sector. The $2 million two-year partnership is expected to increased access to smart tractors, improved seeds, and profitable markets for over 45,000 smallholder farmers across seven states and the Federal Capital Territory. (BellaNaija)

The Federal Government has said that Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five children and 145 women of child-bearing age to severe and acute malnutrition and iron deficiency respectively daily. A statement by the Comm. Specialist of UN’s Children’s Fund, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, obtained by The PUNCH on Sunday in Abuja, said, the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu, gave the figure in Owerri during the media dialogue on child malnutrition, with the theme, “Good nutrition: An investment for the future.” (Naija247News)

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African heads of state and top government officials convened in Kigali, Rwanda last week, for the 27th African Union Summit. They launched an e-passport that grants citizens of all 54 nations VISA-free travel throughout the continent.They will also start taking steps to establish the largest free-trade area in the world by the end of 2017. (Techcabal)

Generation Next

Africa’s booming youth population don’t just represent a new workforce or market of consumers. They are a new breed of innovators who will solve the continent problems, but first the continent has to become a home that will help them thrive. Bill Gates outlined his blueprint for a thriving Africa when he delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture on Sunday evening (July 17). (Quartz)

Arts &
Culture &

A food festival like no other, sourcing inspiration from African cuisines and beverages continent wide, bringing the best of Africa to one of the food capitals of the world, the  New York City African Food Festival (NYCAFF) is an annual food and cultural experience that will span two days, with the first ever installment happening in August this year. (Dynamic Africa)

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