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Scientists show which genetic loci are associated with bunch weight in highland banana

Scientists have, for the first time, located major quantitative trait loci associated with bunch weight and its component traits in Matooke, the East African Highland cooking banana. This is an important breakthrough in efforts to speed up the breeding of improved high-yielding varieties for both food security and improved household incomes in the region. Increasing

Agriculture

Obasanjo urges DR Congo to invest in agriculture

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to invest in agriculture and particularly cassava, soybean, cowpea and plantain. Speaking during the official inauguration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Kalambo research station in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the country’s President, Felix Tshisekedi, Obasanjo

Health

Ethiopia joins join Zero Malaria Starts with Me Movement

Ethiopia has announced the launch of their own Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign to help accelerate malaria elimination. Launched by His Excellency Mr Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the nation becomes the 10th nation to join the continent-wide movement. The launch, which took place in Addis Ababa was attended by high-level dignitaries, ambassadors, representatives of

Agriculture

Obasanjo urges DR Congo to invest in agriculture

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to invest in agriculture and particularly cassava, soybean, cowpea and plantain. Speaking during the official inauguration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Kalambo research station in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the country’s President, Felix Tshisekedi, Obasanjo

Environment

Uganda: Wildlife Rangers trained on combating trafficking

A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers to combat wildlife trafficking began today in Entebbe, Uganda. The training workshop hosted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in partnership with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) aims to equip officers stationed at the Entebbe International Airport from: the wildlife authority, customs, immigration,

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