Entries by Ian Randall

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Wasafiri Certified as B-Corp

Since inception, Wasafiri has understood profit as a goal secondary to achieving wider social value. Through the rigorous B-Corp certification process, this has now been formally recognised, joining the ranks of highly respected companies such as Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s.

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Transformative partnerships in African agriculture: time to commit!

After a decade of hard work, the foundations are in place for substantive progress within African food systems. New tangible partnerships are emerging that combine focussed intent, long-term commitment and significant ambition. For anyone asking when African agriculture will deliver its long-touted potential, these partnerships offer the best hope for change at scale.

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Complex problems, power, and Ubuntu: Together, we can change systems.

There is no doubt that complex problems disproportionately affect the less powerful: hunger, drought, floods, and conflict all punish the poor and marginalised first. It is understandable that the less powerful feel angry at the more powerful. They may despair or rage against the injustice. “Why me?” The powerful may be the winners in the […]

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No more boring conferences – the ultimate coffee break

Complex, interconnected challenges demand new forms of collaboration and innovation between diverse partners. And yet, the many meetings and conferences that are supposed to create this collaboration continue to be managed in didactic formats, with a few dominant voices holding court whilst everyone else though present in body, is absent in mind,  awaiting the short […]

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Grow Africa – a multi-billion model worth replicating?

“Grow Africa, your immense contribution to African agriculture is exemplary.” Akin Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture  Grow Africa has received some remarkable and enthusiastic plaudits. Yet what is it about it that has enabled it to rapidly deliver change at scale, where so many others have failed? Grow Africa can claim some big numbers. In […]