Nigeria Needs New Seed System Approach to Transform Cassava Production

Nigeria, the largest producer of cassava in the world, needs to adopt a new seed system approach to compete globally and keep the price of cassava-based foods stable and affordable in the country, experts say. Speaking at a media parley at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Wednesday, Prof Lateef Sanni, the project […]
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Food Security Recovery Likely to Take Time, FSNWG Says

By Muia Thomas Food security recovery is likely going to take time following extremely poor and unpredictable rainfall patterns,  Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) says. In a report provided by the FSNWG, at least 12-14 million people in Southern and South Eastern Ethiopia, arid and semi-arid lands (ASALS) of Kenya and Somalia will most […]
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WHO: Boosting Africa’s Vaccines Self-Reliance

By Gift Briton The World Health Organization(WHO), South African government and other international partners are collaborating to build and develop mRNA vaccine hub in South Africa, an initiative which aims at producing COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria vaccines. For greater part of 2021, inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine globally, left billions of people mostly from African […]
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$11.4mn Grant to Strengthen AUC Governance

By Aziza Atieno The African Development Fund has approved $11.48 million grant to the African Union Commission (AUC) to strengthen its governance and provide it with institutional support to improve its capacity to drive the continent’s agenda. Agenda 2063 is the AU’s vision for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a […]
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WHO: Africa on Track to Control COVID-19, Continuous Vigilance Needed

By Mary Hearty Africa should continue being vigilant despite the continent’s possibility of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, World Health Organization (WHO) says. Over the last two years, the continent has witnessed four waves of COVID-19, each with higher peaks or more total new cases than the previous one. The surges have been mostly […]
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UNESCO: Over US$730,000 to Support Culture

By Gift Briton Taking into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has negatively impacted livelihoods of many artists and cultural professionals globally, Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) body -approved over US$730,000 in funding for cultural projects in […]
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KEMRI Hosts the 12th KASH  Conference

By Aziza Atieno The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is set to host the 12th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) conference from Tuesday, 15th- Friday, 18th February 2022 at a hotel in Nairobi. The conference theme is “Building a resilient health sector through investments in data science, research evidence, technology and innovations” which is being supported by the […]
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Countries to Include Ocean Education in School Curricula by 2025

By Sharon Atieno Ocean education is to be included in the school curricula of the 193 Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by 2025. The announcement was made during the One Ocean Summit taking place in Brest, France. To achieve this goal, the organization is making available to public decision-makers […]
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Tanzania: Road Project to Open Markets, Build Economy

By Mary Hearty The newly launched Dodoma Outering road project will open markets for Tanzania, enabling the country to produce more and build the economy,”  Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzanian President said. She was speaking during the formal launch of the construction of the 112.3 kilometres road project which was flagged off by both Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, […]
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Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives

By Daniel Wako Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), with an estimated 604 000 new cases and 342 000 deaths in 2020 alone. About 90% of the new cases and deaths worldwide occurred in low- and middle-income countries. In Kenya,  a 2021 report  by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Information Centre says […]
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