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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

Researchers flag threats to Nigeria’s cassava industry

By Michael Oleja Nigeria’s rising population, particularly in the cities, coupled with low productivity (yield per hectare) of cassava roots is threatening the country’s cassava industry and could impede the gains made in the sector, putting the country at risk of becoming a net importer of staple crops. Grown by over 4.5 million people in

Nigeria, South Africa immensely contribute to global TB disease burden

By Henry Opondo Nigeria and South Africa in combination with Asian countries of Indonesia, China and Pakistan contributed to 60% of all tuberculosis disease burden in 2015, a new WHO report on TB reveals. According to the report, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and that the burden is higher than

Mass poisoning in Limpopo National park

By Don Pinnock The ongoing Asian demand for lion bones has led to an horrific wildlife poisoning in the Limpopo National Park, just over the Mozambican border from Kruger Park. A mere two kilometres from the Machampane tourist camp, a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced

Poachers still given lifeline as CITES Parties fail to agree full ban on international trade in lion parts

Parties today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg voted in favor of a much diluted decision by establishing a zero annual export quota for bones, claws and teeth removed from the dead carcasses of wild lions to be traded for

Integrated weed control holds promise for cassava revolution in smallholder farms, says Cornell professor

Integrating diverse but proven weed management options could help small-scale farmers overcome the limitations posed by weeds and help them maximize the benefits of genetic improvement, according to Prof Ronnie Coffman, Director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IPCALS), Cornell University. Prof Coffman said efforts in weed management should be

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