Zimbabwe gets tech for giving disaster alerts on radio

By Farai Matebvu [MUTARE- ZIMBABWE] Zimbabwean engineers have developed disaster alerts radio technology that could enable rural dwellers in flood-prone areas across the country to quickly get information on impending hazards. The early warning radio technology intermittently interrupts signals on radio stations whenever there is crucial information on weather patterns. Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Services Department (MSD), …

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Africa and Asia lead in proportion of blind adults

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the highest percentage of blind older people worldwide, a study says. The study published in the Lancet Global Health on 2 August shows that blindness affects 36 million people globally, with developing countries bearing the greatest burden. Kovin Naidoo, a co-author of the study and …

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Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

By Sam Otieno [GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa. It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. The project is being funded by the African …

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Invest in infrastructure to retain Africa’s scientists

By Laura Owings African countries lack the infrastructure and entrepreneurial support needed to retain science graduates, thus impacting scientific independence and contributing to the continent’s so called ‘brain drain’, a conference has heard. The Science in Africa UnConference, held in London last month (20 July) by the Planet Earth Institute, aimed to promote the successes …

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Delay in using GM crops making Africa lose benefits

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study says. Many African governments are grappling with opponents and proponents of GM crops, thus facilitating a delay in adoption, especially when uncertainty about GM crops are announced …

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