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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

Tsavo Heritage Foundation has launched an initiative to reclaim the dwindling Tsavo ecosystems

The initiative dubbed Tsavo Climate Challenge seeks to grow and nurture 40 million trees in 12 counties in a span of three years. The pilot phase starts this year in four counties including Nairobi, Makueni, Taita Taveta, and Mombasa. Work in Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, Tana River, Garissa, Kwale, Kilifi, and Lamu, begins in 2018. “The

Lack of skills, low wages disinterest African youth from Agriculture

Lack of skills, low wages, and limited access to land and financial services continue to disinterest Africa’s young people from Agriculture hence leading to high unemployment. According to FAO, in 2014 alone, about 11 million young Africans entered the labour market. But many see few opportunities in the agriculture sector. The Director-General of the UN

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