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Agroforestry improves lives of poor farmers in Kenya 

Scientists from World Agroforestry (ICRAF) have found modest, yet statistically significant, improvements in the livelihoods of farmers involved with an agroforestry-development program in Kenya. According to Karl Hughes, leader of the study and head of monitoring and evaluation at ICRAF, agroforestry has been widely claimed to improve the livelihoods of smallholding farmers, rehabilitate degraded landscapes,

DR Congo: Measles outbreak deaths toll rises  

With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak. Under the leadership of the DRC Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other partner aid agencies vaccinated more

Nigeria: Policymakers commend IITA for efforts on digital agriculture

Policymakers in Nigeria have lauded efforts by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on digital agriculture. At the meeting tagged: ‘Presentation of Digital Tools: Disruptive Innovations in Cassava and Maize Farming systems’, the Commissioners for Agriculture in Ondo and Ekiti states, Messrs Adegboyega Adefarati and Folorunso Olabode appreciated the IITA-led African Cassava Agronomy Initiative

Seeds of hope transforming lives in northern Uganda

By Joshua Masinde   For two decades, most of the population in northern Uganda lived in internally displaced people’s camps and depended on food aid and other relief emergencies for their livelihoods due to the insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Over the past few years, Gulu, one of the affected districts, has been

Crosscall’s tougher mobile phones now available in South Africa

French phone maker Crosscall has supplied MTN South Africa for equipment of the Nelson Mandela University employees with 1000 of its waterproof Core X3 smartphones including PTT application.  Extensively tested, the handsets are resistant to damage from being dropped and protected from scratches. In addition, they have a battery life of several days and can

Paratus is first to bridge Africa from East to West

Paratus, a leading telecoms operator with operational offices in six African countries, is the first telecoms operator to bridge Africa from East to West. The company has now implemented additional routes for redundancy and is in the process of an aggressive rollout plan, building even more routes across the region to ensure maximum uptime for

Cassava: ACAI scientists and partners to meet in Zanzibar to review progress

Scientists, experts and scaling partners of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are set for their 4th annual review and planning meeting. The aim is to discuss and unveil the progress made in cassava agronomy and how such efforts are addressing the low yield per hectare on farmers’

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