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COVID-19: Grim predictions by WHO AFRO  

The modification of the risk of transmission of COVID-19 predicts close to 190,000 people in Africa could die from the disease and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa finds.

Coping with COVID-19: The Role of the ICT Industry During a Pandemic

By Tonny Tugee, SEACOM East and North-East Africa Managing Director As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the toll on human life is growing exponentially. The impact that COVID-19 has had on the global healthcare system and the global economy is unprecedented and will likely be felt for many years to come.

Why a variety’s taste matters: looking beyond just yield and stress tolerance

Joshua Masinde The pursuit for higher and more stable yields, alongside better stress tolerance, has dominated maize breeding in Africa for a long time. Such attributes have been, and still are, essential in safeguarding the food security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers. However, other essential traits have not been the main priority of breeding strategies:

Is WHO turning around on the herbal tonic?  

Rattled by the growing popularity of a possible treatment for COVID-19 by herbal tonic produced by Madagascar, the World Health Organization (WHO) appears to seek a way around its hardline position against the tonic. In a press statement released on Monday, 04 May 2020 WHO said that it recognizes that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine

COVID-19: Innovators mobilize to help developing countries

African Innovators are among 20 Grand Challenges Canada innovations mobilizing to assist developing countries through global pandemic. Their novel, affordable ways include those meant to acquire medical oxygen, ventilators, masks and other critically-needed COVID-19 supplies and services in the most under-resourced continent. In the past decade, the innovations received GCC support in several forms, including

Farmvest seals Moringa contract, eyes global market

Farmvest Agricapital a SA based company with operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa announced that they have sealed a 5-year offtake agreement contract for the production and processing of Moringa in Zimbabwe and South Africa with a Big regional exporter of Moringa. In addition to the offtake agreement Farmvest has also sealed a deal to

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