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An inclusive approach to sustainable agriculture

By Kalongo Chitengi   For over a century the world has marked the month of March with tributes to women for strides made in elevating women’s achievements. The 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme #EachforEqual reminds us that this period of celebration is also about the pursuit to live in an equitable world where women’s

Kenya building capacities in geospatial fields

By Dr Nicholas Muraguri The success of Kenya’s national development agenda, now summed up as the ‘Big 4 Agenda’ (food security and nutrition; Enhancing manufacturing and agro­ processing; access to affordable housing; and universal health care), is heavily dependent on resources and sound planning. The principal concern of any country in the world including Kenya

From Imitation to Innovation: Emerging Markets’ Technology Journey

Many investors have a view of emerging markets that remains stuck in the past, and that’s particularly true in the realm of technology. No longer simply copying advances made in the developed world, emerging market companies are now leading the way with growing research and development budgets and eye-catching innovations. Franklin Emerging Market Equity Group’s

Unleashing the power of the digital patient

With an estimated 2.77 billion users worldwide, the social media phenomenon has taken the world by storm. In South Africa, almost half the population uses the internet, including 8 million Twitter users and 16 million Facebook users. This digital revolution has unlocked enormous opportunities for the creation of online communities for large-scale engagement around often

Bridging the gap: Africa’s science landscape and the African diaspora

By Dr Christine Ngaruiya As I headed home on the plane, my mind was abuzz. The engines steadily hummed in the background, dulled only by the even louder thoughts that raced through my mind. The plane lights were dim. Snores ebbed and flowed around me, my neighbors nothing but still heaps piled under blankets. Meanwhile,

Governments Meet to Fast Forward Implementation of Paris Agreement’s Goals

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path. The Conference, coming just two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, will also

Mother Nature’s Revenge

By Paul Gerbrands Trying to improve our living environment will be fighting a running battle as long as 70 million people are added to the world population each year. Once the mythological king Sisyphus thought that his cleverness could surpass that of Zeus. The punishment for his hubristic belief is well known. Nowadays many people

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