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World Environment Day: Giving back to our silent heroes

Climate change is a global challenge that poses an urgent threat to economies, global food security, our natural systems and individual livelihoods. Unfortunately, as the years have gone by, our negligence towards the earth has become more prominent, and communities around the world are already experiencing increased climate impacts like tsunamis, veld fires and hurricanes.

Applying scientific thinking in the service of society

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) wishes to record its grave concerns about the political attack on one of its Members, Professor Glenda Gray, who is also President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) appointed by the Minister of Health to advise

COVID-19: Real food grown real good

By Wairimu Muthike As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, production and access of safe and nutritious food to complement preventative measures is paramount. Good food boosts immunity and the body’s ability to ward off and recover from illnesses. As urban dwellers increasingly rely on urban producers for food supply, the safety of these foods becomes a critical

Coping with COVID-19: The Role of the ICT Industry During a Pandemic

By Tonny Tugee, SEACOM East and North-East Africa Managing Director As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the toll on human life is growing exponentially. The impact that COVID-19 has had on the global healthcare system and the global economy is unprecedented and will likely be felt for many years to come.

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

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