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Persistent Drought Hits Kenya’s wildlife

Tourists visiting Kenya’s game parks may take a while before they can see or come across their favourite wildlife, thanks to the ongoing drought situation in the country. According to the Kenya Wildlife Services, a national agency in charge of wildlife service, the persistent drought has resulted in dispersal of wildlife from their traditional habitats

Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize For African Development Announces winners for Health and Food Security Categories

Today’s Board of Trustees meeting of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development honored ground-breaking research on tackling childhood malaria and addressing undernourishment through Africa, which both impact the lives of ten millions of children across the continent. The Board awarded the 2015 Al-Sumait Prize for Health to Professor Kevin Marsh, from the University of Oxford

Countries agree to curb greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris

By Eric Akasa Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal Saturday to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century. The amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer endorsed

Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity celebrates two-year anniversary

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Adopted in 2010 and entering into force on 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol aims to create

How new loan scheme is transforming Rwandan women

A new loan scheme in Rwanda is helping women farmers escape the poverty trap. The loan giving Scheme that known as Babacoop operates just like a bank and is legally registered by the Rwandan government. Mostof the loans that it has provided since its inception have been for purchasing solar equipment, mostly panels. Since its

Nigeria, South Africa immensely contribute to global TB disease burden

By Henry Opondo Nigeria and South Africa in combination with Asian countries of Indonesia, China and Pakistan contributed to 60% of all tuberculosis disease burden in 2015, a new WHO report on TB reveals. According to the report, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and that the burden is higher than

Kenyan Bags 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research, Application at World Food Prize Event

By Eric Akasa Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application Wednesday for his work leading an innovative livestock insurance program that employs satellite data to help protect livestock herding communities in the Horn

US$ 10 M new commitment to fight cervical cancer in developing world

By Henry Opondo As the world marks the fourth International Day of the Girl Child, Girl Effect and Gavi Tuesday announced a ground-breaking partnership to protect girls from contracting cervical cancer in developing countries. The number of deaths from cervical cancer is on the rise and, without intervention, it is set to overtake maternal mortality

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