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Scientists discuss global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria

World’s top cassava experts gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan. “Africa produces more than half of the world’s cassava — about 86 million tons from

To maximize a child’s development, genetics provide important insight, study shows

A child’s genetic make-up can play a large, hidden role in the success of efforts to maximize his or her development, South African research suggests. The study, published February 28 in PLoS Medicine and supported by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains program, sheds new light on why some children benefit

Tuberculosis Critical Group of Bacteria, needs new Antibiotics ─ TB Alliance tells WHO

By Herman Opondo TB Alliance and the broader TB community urge that The World Health Organization (WHO) was on Wednesday urged to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group within the list of drug-resistant bacteria identified as urgent priorities for research and development. “The absence of TB from this list is shocking,” said Mel Spigelman,

Aerial elephant census in Tsavo

A ten-day aerial elephant census was concluded over the weekend in the Tsavo Conservation Area. Though the full tally of elephants is yet to be announced, previous results of the exercise which is conducted every three years indicated elephant populations as 11,076 in 2014; 12,573 in 2011 and 11,733 in 2008. The final results will

Africa: Infertile women still suffer stigma, discrimination

By Herman Opondo Infertile women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism, Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health, Uganda noted that in Africa including Uganda has disclosed. Speaking in Kampala at the launch of a programme to empower infertile women, the minister said more often an inability to have a child or to become pregnant

New Initiative takes Kenya mangoes to Chinese market

By George Okore A link between Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance and Chinese Chambers of Commerce in East Africa will see local farmers access international market. Over 20,000 Kenya mangoes famers countrywide are expected to benefit. Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in East Africa William Wu Zhuo said at the launch that Kenyan-grown mangoes

UNAIDS urges everyone to make some noise for zero discrimination

By Henry Opondo Ahead of the March 1, the Zero Discrimination Day, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams. Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’

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