The Pan-African Economy in Brief: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sodecao prepares to distribute 4 million high-yield cocoa plants to producers:
The Cocoa Development Company (Sodecao) is preparing to distribute to Cameroonian producers a shipment of 4 million high-yield cocoa plants, according to Investir au Cameroun. In addition to being able to produce 1,000 to 2,000 kilograms per hectare, these plants are, according to Sodecao, resistant to insect attacks that often destroy production. The distribution of these seedlings should make it possible to regenerate aging plantations, or to create new plantations in the country's production basins.

Launch of the 20,000 ha land rehabilitation program in Dosso:
After Maradi, at the beginning of the week, it was the Dosso region that hosted the launch of the implementation of the natural resource management and agricultural intensification sub-projects initiated by MCA-Niger on April 15. This project should allow the rehabilitation of more than 20,000 ha of degraded land in the communes of Tessa, Mokko, Tombo-Koarey 1, Tombo-Koarey 2 and Kargui-Bangou.

Zonful Energy awarded GSMA funding to improve digital inclusion in rural areas:
Zonful Energy - which specializes in selling scalable, decentralized modular solar power systems to off-grid rural, urban and peri-urban consumers in Zimbabwe - is embarking on digital inclusion for rural populations. To this end, it will provide Internet access in the hinterland through the marketing of smartphones and data packages from cell phone operator Econet Wireless at low prices.