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Why fibre is key to accelerating Kenyan entrepreneurship

By Patrick Ndegwa, SEACOM East Africa Business Sales Lead   Today, any Kenyan entrepreneur with an Internet connection can promote their business, engage with customers, transact digitally, and leverage connected technologies to improve their operations or find new streams of revenue. Connectivity has also lowered the barriers to entry when it comes to international markets,

Nigerian Youth Call for Action to Improve Adolescents’ Health

By Adelyn Wangusi   Marking World Health Day, youth leaders and civil society groups from across Nigeria urged the Nigerian government to invest in equity enhancing strategies to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children, and adolescents. This year’s annual celebration is being held against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to threaten

Investment in maize for Africa pays off

Nearly 6 in ten of all maize varieties released in 18 African countries were related to the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). At the end of this period, in 2015, almost half of the maize areas in these countries grew CGIAR-related maize varieties. All that was accomplished through the modest, maximum yearly investment

Backyard poultry producers in Africa to benefit from new PREVENT project

Over 150,000 small-scale poultry producers in Africa will benefit from an ambitious new four-year project which aims to support producers become more productive and efficient by building their businesses and overall sustainability. The PREVENT project (PRomoting and Enabling Vaccination Efficiently, Now and Tomorrow) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will see more than

WHO pauses Ivermectin use to treat COVID-19

A WHO panel has declared that the current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Instead, the WHO says until more data is available, the drug only is used within clinical trials. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, included in WHO essential medicines list for several parasitic diseases. It is used in

EV manufacturers and tech companies pledge to exclude ocean minerals from their supply chains

By Henry Neondo A partnership that brings together leading corporates and a conservation organization have today announced a commitment to not use minerals mined from the ocean in their electric vehicle batteries. BMW, joined by Samsung SDI, Google, and Volvo Group are partnering with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to make clear that the electric vehicle

ASSAf launches Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) launched a publication on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – South African Alumni Narratives on 26 March 2021. This publication reflects on the journey and experiences of some of the Alumni that attended the life-changing Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The publication is funded by