Africa News Headlines for 7 February 2016

A selection of headlines covering news from Sub-Saharan Africa over the past 24 hours. An African female soccer legend is helping to coach Afghan migrant boys in Sweden Source: Southern Times Kenya: Scientists say Zika Virus Unlikely to Spread in East Africa Source: Geeska Afrika African leaders advocate locally developed Zika, Lassa virus vaccines Source: …

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Research uptake key to program implementation

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] After interacting with many experts, I have established that scientists, researchers and development practitioners are becoming increasingly interested in understanding how policymakers, programme implementers and communities are using research evidence in decision-making. This emerging interest in a subject commonly referred to as research uptake has gathered momentum and is attracting the …

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El Niño leaves hunger in its wake

By Lou Del Bello     An estimated 10.2 million people are now food insecure in Ethiopia, as a result of an exceptional drought exacerbated by the El Niño event that began last year. The situation not only in the country but also across the whole of East Africa is predicted to worsen in coming …

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Crop rotation increases maize yields in Malawi

By Sanje Msiska [LILONGWE] Incorporating crop rotations, whether in conventional or conservation agriculture tillage systems, could help boost maize yields, according to a study in Malawi. Researchers from the United States and Zimbabwe say that in Malawian smallholders’ farms maize yields are low, resulting in low food production in the country. The researchers compared three …

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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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