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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Study aids climate forecasts of two African regions

By Nelson Mandela Ogema Researchers have used simulations — a step-by-step method on a computer to explore approximate behaviour — to predict different outcomes of changes in seasonal rainfall and temperature for west and southern Africa. According to researchers from South Africa-based University of Cape Town (UCT), forecasts of seasonal climate could help reduce disasters, …

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Diagnostic tool aids malaria control in remote settings

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] An innovative electronic mobile system can be useful in malaria control programmes in remote settings, a study finds. According to researchers, many health information technologies fail when they are implemented in low-resource settings despite being promising. “The Deki Reader enabled real-time data collection and sharing even in places with …

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