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Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Seed sector professionals have said businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more earning from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in a

New project to map octopus fishing in the Western Indian Ocean

A first of its kind project will provide African fishers with a benchmark for sustainable octopus fishing Government representatives, fisheries managers, private sector representatives and octopus fishers operating in the south western Indian Ocean (SWIO) have committed to collaborate in a new project supported by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Africa Union Interafrican Bureau for

GHIT Fund Invests in Late-stage Trial for Child-friendly “Snail Fever” Medicines

Harman Opondo Completion of Phase 3 trial for treatment of “Snail Fever” (aka schistosomiasis) is final step before regulatory and WHO submission; GHIT also announces new investment in novel malaria vaccine and therapeutic for dengue, continued support for innovative tools to tackle malaria and neglected tropical diseases The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund),

Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems impede their impact, Researchers Say

Four in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are impacted by vaccine stockouts leading to 89 percent probability that immunization delivery services will be compromised, a collection of new articles published today in Vaccine journal shows. According to the collection, outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on

Researchers to unveil techniques for controlling weeds in cassava

Researchers working under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) will this week share findings on how to tackle weeds in cassava farming systems. The sharing of research findings is part of activities marked for a week-long annual review and planning meeting and Steering Committee meeting scheduled to hold 27-30

TB Alliance Sublicenses Promising Anti-Tuberculosis Drug from the Medicines Patent Pool

Herman Opondo On World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to the development of sutezolid in combination with other TB drugs and follows the MPP’s license for

Africa unified against threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent

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