Slash and Burn Agriculture Threatens Ant Species

By Aziza Atieno Swidden agriculture, commonly known as slash and burn agriculture, affects ant species variety in the degraded land, a new study reveals. According to the study by Dr Elizabeth Finch,a Scientist at the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), degradation due to swidden agriculture leads to a reduction in native ant species diversity and an […]
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Commonwealth, WHO Sign MoU to Strengthen Health Cooperation

By Sharon Atieno With the COVID-19 pandemic putting immense pressure on global health systems especially in developing countries, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to strengthening their collaboration on public health issues affecting Commonwealth member states and governments. Some of the priority issues include […]
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More Investment Needed in African Healthcare, Adesina Says

By Muia Thomas Africa needs to build a defense mechanism against external shocks, especially in healthcare and financial security, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank Group President says. “Investing in health is investing in national security,” he said while addressing the African leaders at the opening of the 35th African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa. “Africa cannot afford […]
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Strategic Management Plan, Kenya Makes Strides in Fight against Pests, Weeds

By Aziza Atieno Kenya has launched the strategy for the management of Migratory and Invasive Pests and Weeds in collaboration with the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) among other stakeholders. This strategy was developed in an effort to provide a long term solution to the emergency crisis brought about by the desert locust […]
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Kenya Launches Strategic Management Plan for Migratory, Invasive Pests, Weeds

By Sharon Atieno Prompted by the desert locust invasion which posed severe food insecurity in the affected counties, Kenya has launched the Migratory and Invasive Pests and Weeds Management Strategy. The five-year strategy which runs from 2022 to 2027 has identified seven priority pillars for a comprehensive migratory pest management system and will provide a […]
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$27.39m Grant for Ghana’s Renewable Energy Investments

By Rachael Joan The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved a $27.39 million grant to Ghana for the development of renewable energy investments in the mini grid and net metering space. According to the press release, the project involves the development of 35 mini grids, 400 standalone solar photovoltaic systems in schools […]
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UNEP, WHO-FCTC Partner to Raise Awareness on Microplastics in Cigarettes

By Aziza Atieno The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a partnership with the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to raise awareness and drive action on the extensive environmental and human health impacts of microplastics in cigarette filter through its Clean Seas campaign. The approach is […]
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AfDB Accelerating Economic Development in Senegal

By Gift Briton Over the last five decades, African Development Bank(AfDB) has delivered 116 projects worth $3.47 billion to Senegal, with the latest project being the Regional Express Train launched in December last year. Speaking at the state house in Dakar, where he received visiting AfDB’s head Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President Macky Sall commended the continent’s […]
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COVID-19: Sustainable Healthcare Waste Management Systems is Critical

By Mary Hearty Tens of thousands of tonnes of extra medical waste from the COVID-19 response has put tremendous strain on health care waste management systems around the world, threatening human and environmental health and exposing a dire need to improve waste management practices, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report reveals. The WHO Global analysis […]
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