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Scientists train farmers Cassava Weed Management

About 30,000 farmers from Abia, Benue, Oyo, Ogun and Osun state will benefit from the training on the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management & Best Planting Practices, says Godwin Atser, ACAI Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist today. The training is aimed at empowering farmers with the knowledge to boost cassava and maize productivity

Kenya building capacities in geospatial fields

By Dr Nicholas Muraguri The success of Kenya’s national development agenda, now summed up as the ‘Big 4 Agenda’ (food security and nutrition; Enhancing manufacturing and agro­ processing; access to affordable housing; and universal health care), is heavily dependent on resources and sound planning. The principal concern of any country in the world including Kenya

MMV@20: Leaders say innovative tools still needed to conquer malaria

The war against malaria will not be won without increased innovation for new, transformative tools, Dr David Reddy, CEO, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) has said. Speaking while marking the 20th Anniversary of the MMV, Dr Davd noted that those last 20 years have offered this war vital lessons. “Today is a chance for us

Tanzania steps war against malaria

Determined to lessen the malaria burden, the United Republic of Tanzania has announced the launch of its national Zero Malaria Starts With Me campaign, becoming the 11th nation to join the ever-growing Pan-African movement. Tanzania is among the highest-burden countries with 93% of the population at risk of malaria The campaign was launched during the

Body unveils digital tools for agricultural transformation

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Friday unveiled a suite digital tools that are helping in transforming farming, improving yield and livelihoods of farmers. The digital tools include the cassava, Goseed and yam seed trackers; Akilimo, IITA Herbicide Calculator, e-commerce site and IITA News App. Dr Nteranya Sanginga, IITA Director General who marks

Key content confirmed for Innovation Africa 2019

Innovation Africa 2019 (https://innovation-africa.com/2019/) is rapidly shaping up to be a next-generation-driven gathering of the highest accord, bringing together global technology entrepreneurs, cross-industry leaders, institutional regional investors and forward-thinking government officials, a first in its class venue to be held within Accra, Ghana from December 3-5. Through its recently-confirmed and distinct content, the Forum will

Important gene variants found in certain African populations

In the nearly 20 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, experts in genetic variants increasingly have raised concerns about the overemphasis on studying people of European descent when performing large population studies. A study appearing October 31 in the journal Cell aims to address some of this disparity by focusing on populations living in rural

Health Foundation lauds approval of Ebola Vaccine  

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has lauded the decision by the WHO to finally recommend the highly effective Merck vaccine against Ebola The vaccine was first used with very positive results in 2015 during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed over 11,300 people. Since then it has been administered in multiple outbreaks under

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