UN launches campaign to tackle land degradation

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] This year’s UN World Day to Combat Desertification will be celebrated on 17 June and the UN has launched a programme to combat land degradation to help create jobs and boost food security. Africa has some of the most degraded lands in the world, and is only second to Asia in …

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Africa offers a point of cooperation for Xi and Trump

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet for the first time at Trump’s opulent Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida in early April. There’s no indication yet that they will discuss Africa. But both major powers have extensive and often complementary interests that are of …

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Entrepreneurs trained to reduce high maternal deaths

By Ochieng’ Ogodo, Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Scaling up low-cost technological innovations and incorporating business model into healthcare could help cut maternal and child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. According to World Health Organisation, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for 66 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2015. At a meeting of the General Electric …

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An African humanist philosophy response to Donald Trump

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian, University of Johannesburg US President Donald Trump is easily the most controversial person on Twitter. He thrives on the medium and has been exploiting it effectively. The tone of many of Trump’s tweets plus Twitter’s nature as a medium where anyone can talk back to everyone now begs the question: How does one …

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Turning youth into agricultural entrepreneurs

By Charles Mkoka [LILONGWE] Equipping youth with innovative technologies could expand their business opportunities in agricultural value chain and turn many into entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. This was one of the major impressions I got from Canadian Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) entrepreneurship and innovation training last month (21-24 February) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where I …

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