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CIMMYT plots an agricultural strategy to meet new challenges

CIMMYT has helped reduce the proportion of hungry people from about half the global population in the 1960s to below 20 percent today. Yearly economic benefits from its research and training activities, conducted on a budget of $180 million, are conservatively estimated at $4 billion. Scientists working at CIMMYT have been honored with a Nobel Peace Prize, three World Food Prizes and many other significant awards.

Why weed control key to access USD5 b cassava market

Efforts by the Nigerian government to tap the $5billion per annum cassava market demand investments in weed science research, agronomy, and cassava seeds system with a view to raising the productivity frontier of the root crop, says the Dr Alfred Dixon, Project Leader, Cassava Weed Management Project. Though the largest producer of cassava in the

Maternal Health: New Lancet Series challenges African governments to do more

Although Africa recorded reduced rates of deaths in pregnancy and childbirth by 45 per cent between 1990 when the MDGs were enacted and 2015 when they ended, there is however still much to do across Sub Saharan Africa to improve the health and survival of mothers – and their babies, a new Series published by the Lancet this week reveals.

Spend to save: Investing in environment boosts national economies

When environment-related public spending is compared to the much-larger economic costs of environmental damage, governments tend to sit up and take notice – and invest more in sustainability. Depending on the country, public expenditure ranges from 15-60 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Generally, only a few per cent of this is directed towards

How bodies use HIV funds

Most of the non-governmental organizations that specialize in HIV/AIDS and health management cannot account for most funds allocated to them. Most of the funds are spent on unnecessary conferences and per diems, corruption monitoring agencies say. According to Transparency International (TI) Kenyan chapter and the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, the organizations only account for

Elephants in crisis – it looks much worse than we thought

The recent update from the Great Elephant Census (GEC), which has been underway across the African continent over the past two years paints a doom and gloom picture for the future of Africa’s elephants. The census has recently released a report suggesting that, in the seven year period between 2007 and 2014, Africa’s elephant population

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