No matter how nice you try to turn it, the business of raw sewage is not ‘cool’ – but this could be the solution to the electricity menace in Africa. Roughly 645 million people on the continent do not have access to electricity, a key component in pushing Africa’s development agenda ahead.
She was destined to a bright future at the World Bank, IMF, or perhaps even the African Union. Ada Osakwe has the academic paperwork and a wealth of experience to prove it. The thirty-something-year-old from Lagos wanted more from life, and a promising career in banking and finance wasn’t part of that. So, three years ago, she set up a fresh juice company, Nuli Juice, followed by a chain of proudly Nigerian health food lounges.
It started with chocolate, then moved on to coffee: single origin is all the rage. But apart from hipster cred, why should consumers care about whether their food comes from a single place, and whether or not you can trace it back to its origin? Well, as global supply chains grow more Byzantine and murky, and food production is increasingly industrialised, recent food scares around the world have spotlighted the disconnection between consumers and their food. Increasingly, the food supply chain is a black box, with raw ingredients entering at one end and the final cling-wrapped product popping out at the other. Even those involved in the process can be unclear about what happens in between.
It is quite a juxtaposition to consider the effect that traditional cleaning has on the environment. It is anything but clean. Chemicals ravage fragile ecosystems and damage human health, yet their use remains mainstream and green cleaning has taken almost a decade to become widely considered.
Finally, some green products are making it to grocery store shelves, but how green are these products really? With a lack of understanding about how green products work, some manufacturers have been quick to call their products “green” without much substantiation behind their claims.
When you mention tea in Kenya people become lively. It is said that if you want to know you are a valued visitor in any household, hot tea be prepared – be it black or white.The Kenyan government has been pushing farmers towards the specialty tea zones – perhaps because of their high global demand. Tea was first introduced in the country around 1904, data from the Tea Research Institute of Kenya shows. Specialty teas grown in Kenya, namely; purple tea, white tea, black orthodox tea, green and hibiscus, are becoming equally popular with customs blends and tea cocktail parties rising as “the in thing” among the haves.