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Why “Namikonga” farmers’ variety can withstand devastating effects of deadly viral cassava disease

Scientists have now shed more light on how a farmers’ variety in Tanzania is able to tolerate the deadly viral Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) disease after infection, showing limited symptoms and impact on yield. The team have established that ‘Namikonga’ plants have a complex line of defense involving many biochemical pathways and genes that

Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday. The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500

Kenyans fear proposed Trump’s USAID cuts could threaten elephants, rangers

If Congress okays Trump’s USAID cuts, Kenyans worry that the only wildlife forensics lab in East Africa could close and ranger jobs might vanish, threatening the environment. Gitonga Njeru writes   President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” made public in March, has not yet been approved, and still awaits a response by a Congress highly skeptical

Pastoralists, Greenpeace Africa Welcome Move to Ban Plastic Bags in Kenya

Kenyan pastoalists, and the Greenpeace Africa have lauded Kenya’s move to ban plastic bags starting end of this month. Reacting to the news that the ban will take effect on 28th August and that the government has ruled out extension of the order, the two groups praised the government for the regulation that will be

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