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Rice farmers count gains

By joseph checky abuje After a devastating season of floods in the flood prone area of budalangi in western kenya, rice farmers from Bunyalla irrigation scheme have a reason to smile after recording a bumper harvest of paddy. Majority of farmers had just transplanted rice in their fields as others werer in a haste

Amref Launches Study on COVID-19 Response Governance

By Adelyn Wangusi Amref Health Africa has launched the COVID-19 Response Governance Mapping Initiative, a study on the sustainability and effectiveness of COVID-19 response efforts implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Malawi. The initiative is a joint project between researchers based at AMREF International University (Kenya). The University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the Somali

IITA scientist, Dixon, named among the top 20 most influential plant breeders in Africa

The Director of Development and Delivery Office of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Alfred Dixon, has been named among the top 20 most influential plant breeders in Africa. He was named alongside two other IITA scientists – Abebe Menkir and John Derera. The Southern African Plant Breeders’ Association (SAPBA) recently published the

Leaders put heads together against climate change

By Joseph Checky Abuje   Participants at a climate change meeting convened by Kenya Climate Change Working Group ( have called for integrated approaches at all levels of governance internationally, nationally, and locally as a measure to mitigate climate change effects, that is giving the world’s sleepless nights. According to the speakers, there is

The rising level of fake medicine worries Africa

  By Joseph Checky Abuje   The rising level of fake medicines across Africa has governments worried about the health of their citizens. Sources at a meeting of health experts noted that quality-assured medicine is critical for the diagnostic and treatment of diseases. In 2019, the continent established the African Medicines Agency (AMA) 2019

8 in 10 young Africans want WIFI as a fundamental human right

On Human Rights Day, a recently published pan-African survey of young people finds that the vast majority (78%) believe that access to Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity should be a fundamental human right, while over eight in ten (81%) indicated that it is “…technology that will change the fortunes of Africa”. These findings ultimately suggest that