Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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Shortened drug-resistant TB treatment trial raises hope

By Linda Nordling [CAPE TOWN] A clinical trial in Francophone Africa has raised hope that a drastically shortened treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) could cut costs and reduce suffering on the continent. Interim results from the radical nine-month treatment course showed an 80.9 per cent cure rate among patients with MDR-TB in nine African …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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Science alone can’t shift anti-gay prejudice in Africa

Dennis Altman, La Trobe University This article is part of a series The Conversation Africa is running on issues related to LGBTI in Africa. You can read the rest of the series here. South Africa was the first country in the world to include protection on the grounds of sexuality in its constitution. It remains …

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Africa News Headlines for 6 June 2015

Involve Private sector in infrastructure projects, President Uhuru Kenyatta tells East African nations Source: Standard Digital How The Global Cocaine Trade Is Funding North African Jihad Source: AFK Insider The Kenyan town kept afloat by a foreign army Source: Daily Mail/AFP Reform climate financing system – Africa Panel Source: BusinessGhana Cameroon: Africa’s Pivot Source: World …

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