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New pact to develop rice sector in Ivory Coast 

The Minister in charge of the promotion of Rice Growing, Gaoussou Touré, and the Managing Director of SOLEVO Côte d’Ivoire, Marc Desenfans signed in Abidjan, a memorandum of understanding aimed at developing the Ivorian rice sector, by providing rice farmers with the necessary fertilizers, crop protection products, and technical support to increase their productivity and

Urgent call to African leaders to support women access to lifesaving malaria treatment  

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership to End Malaria has Tuesday issued an urgent appeal to leaders and health policymakers across Africa to better protect millions of pregnant women and their newborn children from the devastating consequences caused by malaria in pregnancy. Malaria strikes hardest against pregnant women and children in sub-Saharan Africa, who are

Biopesticide offers hope for sustainable agriculture in Africa

By Joseph Checky Abuje   The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has developed new biopesticides that gives hope to sustainable agriculture in Africa. The bio-pesticide products included 417 botanicals, 274 microbial and 271 microbial extracts, or fermentation products. Of the products, 23, including Neem and Bacillus thuringiensis and sex pheromones and microbials

Conservation agencies devise ways to combat illegal wildlife trade

By Joseph Checky Abuje Leaders and Conservation organizations in East Africa have vowed to strengthen their synergies in an effort to tackle the lucrative Illegal Wildlife Trade that has seen a steady decline in wildlife globally. The organisations which include World Wide Fund for Nature Kenya (WWF-K), International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN), The Convention

Nigeria:New names for top performing cassava varieties approved

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday evening approved new names for 10 improved cassava varieties, as part of efforts to brand the root crop for easy identification, cultivation and marketing of cassava stems. The branded varieties comprise 6 released varieties and 4 yet-to be-released varieties. The released varieties and their new names are as

Is HIV/AIDS conquerable? Study provides positive news

By Joseph Checky Abuje   Ongoing study on a first proof-of-concept studies of bNAb VRC01 for prevention of HIV by the International AIDS Vaccine Institute (IAVI) is showing significant viral reduction among HIV positive participants and safety to users and tolerability. The study aims to make artificial antibody mediation protection (VRC01) proves successful. The study

IITA, CIMMYT to enhance adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Southern Africa

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) recently launched a project that aims to investigate the drivers and barriers to adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) in southern Africa and to develop strategies for achieving adoption and impact at scale. The project, Understanding and Enhancing Adoption of Conservation Agriculture

64 nations formally sign up to COVAX facility

64 higher-income economies are pooling financial and scientific resources, to insure themselves against the failure of any individual vaccine candidate and secure successful vaccines in a cost-effective, targeted way. These 64 economies include commitments from 35 economies as well as the European Commission which will procure doses on behalf of 27 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland.

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