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Cash is king but has poor hygiene

In March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was forced to deny a report that handling of cash could help to spread COVID-19. The health concerns were valid given the velocity of money. It is estimated that smaller bills change hands every 3 days in the United States where 31% of retail transactions are paid

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5 reasons why agriculture underperforms in Africa

Africa has potential to feed the world with 60% of total uncultivated arable land available for agriculture. Yet Africa fails to feed itself. Even though more than 60% of the workforce is employed by agricultural sector, the continent relies on imports to meet basic needs such as grains ($15bn annually) and chickens (over 500kt per

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How coloured gemstones knocked diamonds off their perch

Diamonds may last forever but consumer tastes have noticeably pivoted towards coloured gemstones. This shift was initially driven by the continued high prices of natural diamonds which inspired consumers to look for more affordable, high quality options. Gemstones have opened up a range of possibilities for jewellers and attracted new customers, particularly Millennials who were

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