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IITA Cassava Weed Management Project empowers cassava farmers in economic recession

IITA Cassava Weed Management Project empowers cassava farmers in economic recession

When a Nigerian novelist, Florence Nwapa (1931-1993) wrote about the importance of cassava in her poem—Cassava, not many people may have appreciated the importance of cassava in national and food security. Nwapa’s article was inspired by the events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) and how cassava was able to save lives, guarantee

Kenya Partners with Insurers to Make Record Insurance Payouts for Livestock Drought-hit Herders

As an epic drought desiccates fields and forages in the Horn of Africa, Government of Kenya officials, in partnership with Kenyan insurers, announced Monday payments to over 12,000 pastoral households under a breakthrough livestock insurance plan—one that uses satellites to monitor vegetation available to livestock and triggers assistance for feed, veterinary medicines and even water

Mother Nature’s Revenge

By Paul Gerbrands Trying to improve our living environment will be fighting a running battle as long as 70 million people are added to the world population each year. Once the mythological king Sisyphus thought that his cleverness could surpass that of Zeus. The punishment for his hubristic belief is well known. Nowadays many people

Dangote Group to bolster rice farming in Nigeria

The Dangote rice outgrower scheme was Wednesday signed in Goronyo, Goronyo Local government, Sokoto giving hopes to 16,000 outgrower rice farmers. The Chairman of Dangote Rice Limited, Aliko Dangote said he was moving into rice cultivation because of the genuine interest of the Federal government to revive agriculture as the mainstay of the economy, and

Telkom, Business Connexion launch BCX and Africa’s Premier End-to-end ICT Solutions Provider

BCX, Africa’s premier end-to-end information communication technology (ICT) solutions provider was launched Wednesday in South Africa by Telkom and Business Connexion. This new brand, built from a strategic partnership between Telkom Business and Business Connexion, is uniquely suited to support businesses throughout the continent as they seek to digitalise business operations. “The launch of BCX

Angola, DR Congo clear off yellow fever outbreak

By Katoombi Baraka The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016. The outbreak, which was first detected in Angola in December 2015, had caused 965 confirmed cases of yellow fever across the two countries, with thousands more cases

Malawi commits to halve maternal, neonatal deaths over next five years

By Gondwe M. The Governments of Malawi and eight other countries from Africa and South East Asia have committed to halve maternal, new-born and stillborn births. The commitment comes at a time Malawi and eight other countries launch the Network on the improvement of quality of care for maternal, neonatal and child health. Through the

JICA, UNCCD to strengthen Partnership to fight desertification in the Sahel

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have pledged to jointly accelerate efforts to eradicate poverty in Africa and achieve global stability through the “African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience Climate Change in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa”. Issuing a statement from the

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