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Cassava Initiative makes good progress, sets up trials in Nigeria and Tanzania

Cassava Initiative makes good progress, sets up trials in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and

Cancer: Nigeria to launch strategic plan

By Henry Opondo Focus on cancer detection, prevention and treatment will form the bulk of the Nigeria’s five-year national strategic plan for control of cervical cancer, a senior ministry official has disclosed. Dr Ramatu Hassan, the National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), is quoted by the Press as saying the ministry was working with

Hope for Africa as AU Summit launches Centre for Disease Control

The African Union Heads of State on Tuesday launched the African Centre for Disease Control in a bid to curb emerging and reemerging disease threats. According to an advisory from the African Union, the CDC will provide early warning and response surveillance systems, respond to emergencies, build capacity, and provide technical expertise to address health

Simple motorised weeders demonstrate the imperatives of cassava mechanization

        Gasoline powered simple weeders adapted for weeding in cassava farms hold promise and may take off the burden of weeding faced by small-scale farmers in Africa. Initially acquired as tillers, these simple tools are being modified and adapted as weeders by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed

SMS for Life 2.0 Nigeria launch to help improve essential medicine access

Novartis (www.Novartis.com) has announced in Kaduna State, Nigeria the launch of an innovative technology-based healthcare program called SMS for Life 2.0. The program aims to increase the availability of essential medicines and improve care for patients across the region by using simple, available, and affordable technology. SMS for Life 2.0 is a joint public-private partnership

Nigeria Launches First Renewable Energy Association

Yesterday industry leaders came together for the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) at the West African Power Industry Convention. The launch was attended by guests from over 100 organizations working in, and supporting, the renewable energy sector in Nigeria. REAN is an umbrella association for organizations working across the renewable energy

18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS

By Henry Opondo A new report by UNAIDS shows that countries are getting on the Fast-Track, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). By June 2016, around 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910 000 children, double the number

Cancer: Africa taking the bull by the horn

By Henry Opondo Reports from the many African representatives at the ongoing World Cancer Congress in Paris show a continent just waking up to the cancer challenge. From Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania in Eastern Africa to Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa in Southern Africa to Sierra Leone in West Africa, the picture painted at the

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