Invest in smallholders, R&D to spur food security

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ABIDJAN] Africa needs to invest more in agricultural research and stronger institutions for smallholder farmers to spur production, ensure food security and help achieve socioeconomic growth on the continent, an expert has told a forum. The forum highlighted the need to build capacity of agriculture and agribusiness to increase sustainable rural development …

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Science academies should influence education in Africa

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [LAGOS] African science academies largely provide evidence-based scientific advice for policymaking, but need to influence educational systems to produce science and entrepreneurship-oriented graduates, a conference has heard. The regional conference on balanced and inclusive education (BIE) aimed to offer suggestions for addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which encourages inclusive and quality …

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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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Broader approach needed for health-related SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] African governments should invest more on research and development (R&D) to achieve health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage (UHC), a forum has heard. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, which organised the forum, African health systems have seen significant improvements in health indicators but still …

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Strengthening African health services to achieve SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] Critical challenges in the coverage of key health services in Africa should be addressed to help the continent achieve the SDGs, a forum has heard. According to the first regional forum in Africa on strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and achieving the SDGs, which was held in Namibia …

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