Climate change increases risks in slums

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] The impacts of climate change pose a serious challenge to human well-being, economies and livelihoods, particularly in informal settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa, a workshop has heard. Informal settlements are the fastest growing segment in Africa’s rapid urbanisation, with more than 60 per cent of the Nairobi population living in informal settlements, …

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Study links child nutrition to livestock ownership

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Livestock ownership could improve nutrition by reducing the prevalence of stunting in children, a study focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda says. According to the researchers who conducted the study, they aimed to understand whether the prevalence of stunting, an indicator of chronic malnutrition, was low among families who owned more …

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Africa feels the negative impacts of climate change

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] As we learn more about climate change, environmental experts say its impact is increasingly being felt in Africa, and that women and children are the most vulnerable. While analysing the consequences of this phenomenon, scientists are also telling us that although the global South contributes less to climate change, regions such …

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Mauritian president calls for embracing of S&T

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] African governments and the private sector need to embrace science, technology and research for development, according to President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius. In a speech Gurib-Fakim delivered during the launch of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) this month (10 September) in Kenya, she noted that there …

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Initiatives launched to drive R&D in Africa

By Dann Okoth, Sam Otieno [NAIROBI A new scientific alliance and two other initiatives to provide long-term opportunities for developing research leadership and innovation to help tackle Africa’s development challenges have been launched. The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), unveiled in Kenya last week (10 September), will enable researchers and technology …

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