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Tenth Anniversary World Science Festival brings science to the crossroads of the world with groundbreaking event on Times Square

The tenth anniversary of the World Science Festival will descend on Times Square, UK on May 30-June 4 and will culminate its groundbreaking first decade by bringing science to the crossroads of the world. At a time when science is at the heart of numerous pressing policy debates, the Festival will provide an unparalleled opportunity

Revised Handbook of West African Weeds launched

A team from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture managed Cassava Weed Management Project has published a revised version of the Handbook of West African Weeds. Launched Tuesday in Ibadan, Nigeria by the Senior Program Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lawrence Kent during the annual review and work planning meeting of the

WHO pushes for Malaria prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Herman Opondo At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called on Monday for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. WHO data show that in sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated

Malaria: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi first countries to receive RTS, S malaria vaccine

Herman Opondo Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi were on Monday picked to take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by

Drought and Resilience in East Africa

By Paola Nano Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Exactly one year ago, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, potentially marking a historic turning point against anthropogenic climate change This is not a matter of preventative measures we must take to avoid a future problem: climate change is already happening, and the effects have been

Analysis shows elephants rapidly declining in Africa

Africa’s elephant population has fallen by a massive 30% since 2007. A comprehensive country-by-country analysis by ‘SafariBookings.com, the largest online marketplace, examines the substantial differences in elephant decline in the 10 major safari countries. SafariBookings.com conducted a country-by-country analysis to gain a better understanding of the rapid decline in Africa’s elephant population. Since 2007, elephants

Cassava: Over 100 trained as spray service providers

Close to a hundred people have trained as spray service providers on herbicides application, safety and use in Abia state, Nigeria. The training, which came at the onset of cassava planting season, was conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project in partnership with the National Root Crops Research Institute,

Leaders Recommit fight to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Leaders from governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organizations convened at a five-day summit in Geneva to pledge new commitments to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The summit coincided with the launch of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Fourth Report on NTDs, showing transformational progress against these debilitating diseases, and a commitment by the

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