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What do you do when you feel some weird pains in your body? Do you head over to Google to check what might be wrong with you? If you are like most Google Doctors” who self-diagnose, you will know that a common headache might be the symptom of some unexpected diseases.

Depending on the time you devote to checking out your symptoms on Google, you might find out that the headache is a symptom of cancer, kidney disease, or heart-related diseases.

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Let’s take this analogy to our everyday lives. Technology has made our lives easier in several ways. When we want to reach out to a friend, all we need to do is to chat them up on social media.

If we need to train employees or have a meeting, we have the video conferencing apps; and when we need an answer to a question, all we do is to “google it”. While these technological advancements are laudable, they should not replace our need for human interactions.

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There are apparent limitations of our information technology platforms. Therefore, we should not leave out the place for real human interactions in our lives the same way we cannot accurately diagnose ourselves on google.

Anifat IbrahimResearch Associate | Project Management Professional (PMP).


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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) today signed an agreement to work together to tackle aflatoxin contamination of grains in the region to help ensure that they are safe for human and livestock consumption and meet export standards.

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Olam prices additional S$100 million notes by re-opening its recent 4.00% SGD senior fixed rate notes, increasing total issuance size to S$500 million

Global food and agri-business Olam International Limited (“Olam”) announced that, on the back of additional investor demand, it has priced a S$100 million issuance (the “New Notes”) via reopening of its S$400 million 4.00% senior notes due February 2026 (the “Original Notes”) under its US$5,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) Programme.

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Nigeria Agriculture Sector GDP: Still resilient amid COVID-19?

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