Private Enterprise Secures Freedom for Women in Kenya

by Rahimat Emozozo In Africa, women have long been hindered by a lack of social and financial independence, especially in poorer regions. Local cultures have imposed dependency on men, often forcing poor families to live off of a single income. Women’s financial and professional prospects are often bleak. The patriarchal system that exists in most …

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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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Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate?

Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There is much to celebrate as the world marks International Day of Democracy. The last year has seen important democratic breakthroughs in Africa. In Gambia an entrenched autocrat was forced from power. In Ghana, a sitting president lost an election for the first time. In just the last few weeks, …

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New techniques track Kenya’s disappearing amphibians

Sharon Kahara, Humboldt State University Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates that live part of their life on land, part of it in water – a popular example are frogs. What isn’t widely known is that around the world they are going extinct at rates that far exceed other vertebrates. A recent study showed how the number …

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China’s building plans could strain African economies

Ricardo Reboredo, Trinity College Dublin It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development program that will potentially span 60 countries, and cost an estimated US$5 trillion, it will mean building new rail networks, …

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