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The sustainability imperative

Two Women Farmers Weeding A Salad Garden In A West African Rural Community

Leveraging digital platforms to promote food security and sustainable agriculture in Africa

In a session during Adaptation and Agriculture Day at COP27 in Egypt, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Microsoft through its Africa Transformation Office (ATO) showcased their partnership to support digital transformation in Africa’s agriculture sector.

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Nedbank and Microsoft South Africa collaborate to drive pan-African sustainability capabilities

Microsoft South Africa and Nedbank, one of the largest financial services groups in Africa, have joined forces to build a financial-sector-led sustainability capability for Africa.

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Microsoft and announce climate adaptation and early warning technology solution in Africa

Microsoft, in partnership with, the world leader in Weather and Climate Security, today announced a partnership to support governments, businesses, and farmers in Africa to adapt to the growing impact of climate change.

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The sun sets behind African trees.

Closing the Climate Data Divide in the Global South

World and business leaders are facing pressing climate issues as they gather in Egypt for COP27. At Microsoft, we see these days ahead as an opportunity to engage in important discussions and take steps toward solutions.

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Closing the Sustainability Skills Gap: Helping businesses move from pledges to progress

Thousands of companies around the world have issued climate pledges – but globally, we don’t currently have the workforce with the necessary skills to move from pledges to progress

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A bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Innovating our way out of the climate crisis – the Middle East and Africa has a key role to play

When you combine the untapped potential of a rapidly evolving renewable energy landscape, a growing youth population and thriving entrepreneurial scene, it’s clear MEA has an important role to play in innovating a way out of the climate crisis.

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The Microsoft Teams and EcoMatcher logos above a massive forest of trees.

EcoMatcher Brings Tree Planting to Microsoft Teams 

Teams users can now plant trees, track them through satellite mapping, view pictures of the trees and farmers looking after them, and even chat with their chatbot powered trees, to improve their overall wellbeing, all without leaving Teams.

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Microsoft announces participation as a Strategic Principal Sponsor of COP27

14 September 2022; Cairo, Egypt: Today, Microsoft, together with Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its role as Strategic Technology Partner and Principal Sponsor of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27).

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‘Tech for Sustainability Alliance’ to advance sustainability transformation in Qatar

Doha, 17 October 2022 – Microsoft, Qatar Foundation’s Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future, and DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world, launched the ‘Technology for Sustainability Alliance’ during Qatar Sustainability Week.

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Technology helps farmers weather the storm (or drought) via crop insurance

Farmers around the globe may cultivate different crops and apply distinct growing techniques, but they all have a keen knowledge of weather and how it can lead to a boom or bust harvest.

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A white rhinoceros and her calf stand before a watering hole.

Conservationists turn to data and AI to protect Africa’s wildlife

It wasn’t long ago conservationists made the grim prediction that the mountain gorillas living in Central and East Africa would be extinct by the end of the 20th century. Against the odds, studies now show their numbers are on the rise.

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A little girl holding a refreshing glass of water in hand.

From fog-catching to satellite data – the Middle East and Africa is mobilising to tackle the water crisis head on

Hidden in the mountains of southwest Morocco, where the dry, hot desert meets the sea, a group of Berber women have mastered the art of capturing the fog that rolls in off the ocean and ‘turning’ it into water.

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