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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

Kenya unveils better HIV/AIDS treatment

By George Okore Kenya has become the first African country in Africa to offer a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, thus accelerating access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs The debut of generic version of Dolutegravir (DTG) is a relief people living with HIV in Africa, where it’s needed most. Today’s launch also

Kenya introduces better treatment for people living with HIV

Herman Opndo The Government of Kenya and Unitaid announced Wednesday in Nairobi the introduction of Dolutegravir (DTG), a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, making Kenya the first African country to introduce the generic version of this new drug for routine use. Dolutegravir (DTG) has been the drug of choice for the last

Mobisol Acquires Lumeter to expand off-grid Solar Pay-as-You-Go solution

Mobisol, a leader in decentralized solar electrification, today announced that it has acquired Lumeter, one of the largest providers of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) software for the off-grid solar industry. The acquisition creates strong synergies between Lumeter and Mobisol’s software for pay-as-you-go services. The combined company creates an unrivaled player with strong pricing power, expertise in the

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