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South Africa’s Rhino Auction – selling a Bloody Harvest for Profit

Experts say South Africa’s first ever legal auction of rhinoceros horn will enrich few, and is likely to speed the road to extinction for one of the world’s most endangered species. The auction takes place on Monday. “This sale of rhino horn is inexcusable,” said Dr Joseph Okori, Director forSouthern Africa of the International Fund

MSC scholarships to help fund fisheries research in East Africa and Kenya

Lily Zhao from the University of Washington, USA and the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden won the award for her project mapping the trade flows of octopus from small scale fisheries in East Africa. Octopuses are a common food in the region and little is known about the export and interdependencies between countries in terms

Researchers employ SAH technology to speed up multiplication of cassava planting materials

Scientists working on cassava breeding now use the Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to rev up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials. Using modified soil that holds plant roots in planting pots with little water, SAH has trays that are filled with a little amount of water, with the soil transporting the moisture up to

Pollination key to farming in Africa, National Museum of Kenya research shows

By Gitonga Njeru in Nairobi A research Project between the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) and Bayer AG, is showing that pollination is the answer to food security and other agricultural solutions. “We need to understand the role of pollinators in agriculture to increase food production and income of farmers. Farmers in semi-arid areas of

GAVI warns that vaccine progress in developing countries ‘in danger of stalling

New WHO/UNICEF figures released this week show that in 68 of the world’s poorest countries, while close to a million more children received the basic diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2016 compared to 2015, the coverage rate has remained at 80% for the past three years. Millions of children remain under-vaccinated in countries torn apart by conflict,

UN-backed initiative greatly improves the health of women, children, adolescents

A new report developed by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), a coalition of more than 800 organizations, and the show that the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are improving faster than at any point in history, even in the poorest nations The transformation is due in great measure

IITA reaffirms its commitment to transforming Africa’s agriculture as it marks its 50th Anniversary

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has vowed to redouble its efforts to transform Africa’s agriculture. This was expressed by IITA Director for Eastern Africa Dr Victor Manyong at a ceremony organized at the Institute’s Eastern Africa hub offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recently to mark its 50th anniversary. Dr Manyong assured guests

IITA research eases fears over yam supplies as Nigeria kicks off export

Research being conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in seed yam multiplication promises to ensure Nigeria quadruples yam production, says Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe. Addressing reporters after a tour of IITA facilities including cassava fields on Wednesday, Chief Ogbe said the quality of research at IITA

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