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Amidst drought, Kenyan farmers threatened by low seed volume and limited crop choices

Amidst drought, Kenyan farmers threatened by low seed volume and limited crop choices

As Kenyans brace for another bout with drought, a new study released today finds local agro-dealers could play a pivotal role in helping farmers adapt to climate change—yet their assistance is severely limited by a shortage of certified crop seed stocks and financing options. Kenya Markets Trust, through its implementing partner in crop seed, Agri

Cancer: Nigeria to launch strategic plan

By Henry Opondo Focus on cancer detection, prevention and treatment will form the bulk of the Nigeria’s five-year national strategic plan for control of cervical cancer, a senior ministry official has disclosed. Dr Ramatu Hassan, the National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), is quoted by the Press as saying the ministry was working with

New initiative forged to eliminate malaria in Zambia

A new partnership to support the Zambian government’s ambitious campaign to eliminate malaria by 2020 has been announced. The initiative is spearheaded by the EXASOL, a high-performance in-memory analytic database developer, and PATH, an international nonprofit organization and global leader in health and innovation. “Data analytics is often discussed as a way for business to

Tanzanian Study shows that involving communities in mangrove management makes them more sustainable

Mangrove forests that incorporate local communities into their management fare better, a new study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia and Tanzania released today on World Wetlands Day finds. Scientists conducted a review of international literature as well as case studies. According to the study, mangrove forests are overwhelmingly managed by

Hope for Africa as AU Summit launches Centre for Disease Control

The African Union Heads of State on Tuesday launched the African Centre for Disease Control in a bid to curb emerging and reemerging disease threats. According to an advisory from the African Union, the CDC will provide early warning and response surveillance systems, respond to emergencies, build capacity, and provide technical expertise to address health

African Heads of State commit to immunisation

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Tuesday led African Heads of State to commit to advance the goal of universal access to immunisation by 2020 by endorsing the Addis Declaration on Immunization (ADI), a landmark commitment supporting and prioritising immunisation at the continental scale. Zuma noted that universal access to immunization is achievable. “The

World Cancer Day: Union for International Cancer Control, the Movember Foundation join forces to support fight against cancer

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) today welcomed the Movember Foundation as a Visionary Partner of World Cancer Day, a global movement that unites the world to reduce the global cancer burden under the one banner. World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the

Advanced technology will solve Africa’s housing deficits and pothole crisis

“There is no reason why Africa should be suffering massive housing shortages and dangerous road conditions”, claims Philip Deighton, Executive Chairman of Quiktec. “Advanced technology is available to provide rapid, affordable solutions if only governments would act to facilitate the introduction of new products and ways of doing things” he said, adding “The shortage of

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