New tool to forecast malnutrition-related vulnerabilities

By Sam Otieno, Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] A new online tool to help decision-makers take early action to resolve problems that cause high levels of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa has been launched. The tool known as Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) will be in use by the end of this year in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia and …

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African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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S&T could raise Africa’s agricultural productivity

By Paul Boateng For Africa to achieve increased agricultural productivity, there is a need to invest in S&T, writes Paul Boateng. On my way straight from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to a meeting and stuck in one of the city’s endless car jams, my taxi driver began a conversation about the lack …

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Kenya gets new facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and Kenya Biologics Ltd, will enable smallholders control fruit flies that …

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Famine creeps up on Africa with little media attention

John R Campbell, SOAS, University of London Major political events in the US and Europe have preoccupied western media over the past year. Chief among these has been Donald Trump’s rise to US president and his continuing efforts to establish a credible domestic and foreign policy agenda. Before that, the inability of the European Union …

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