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DR Congo: Measles outbreak deaths toll rises  

With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak. Under the leadership of the DRC Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other partner aid agencies vaccinated more

Climate smart farming: Tanzanian Women Parliamentary Group (TWPG) to offer support

By Zedekia Mapunda   Tanzanian Women Parliamentary Group (TWPG) plans to create awareness about the importance of gender-responsive policies, plans, and strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change when their rights and socioeconomic status are not equal to those of men. According

Kiwash installs a Ksh 10M community water project in Busia

By Checky Abuje   The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) has partnered with counties in Western Kenya to complement the acute shortage of water bedevilling the region. The latest project is in Busia county valued at Ksh 10m. More than 150 households will benefit from the project intended to supply clean water

Lowland Rice Research Institute set for Busia County

By Checky Abuje   Busia County has been picked by the National Government to construct a Rice Research Institute that is aimed at developing new breeds for lowland rice ecologies and their major market segments, including good grain quality and tolerance to major biotic and abiotic stresses. Jane Ndung’u, Head of Rice Promotion Programme in

New Media Fellowship Award aims to improve sanitation across Africa

An alliance of organisations working across the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector in Africa, launched a new media fellowship award, designed to support journalists to report on the most pressing sanitation issues in Africa. Housed in Côte d’Ivoire, the Sanitation Media Fellowship<> is open to all journalists working across the continent and demonstrates the

US $650 M in support of 300 M Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

A coalition of donors, aid institutions and philanthropy promised today to invest more than US $650 million in the CGIAR System Organization to help 300 million smallholder farmers in developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. The investments from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands,

How Blockchain is enabling African farmers

Blockchain technology is a game changer. It is transforming agriculture by enabling smallholder farmers in Africa to improve their production and enhance their trade through a platform of trust.  Blockchain is a decentralised, digital ledger which works through a series of digitally connected records where information can be shared openly and publicly verified through a