Most maize production relies on natural rainfall, making it vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns.
Rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be a boon for maize crops in tropical growing regions like those found in much of Africa.
Most local municipalities in South Africa are unable to maintain basic waste water management infrastructure.
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The implications of poor quality effluent being discharged into the environment are dire.
Burkina Faso’s former President, Blaise Compaore, convicted for the murder of Thomas Sankara.
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The guilty verdict on Blaise Compaoré should be celebrated as a landmark victory for democracy and peoples’ movements in Africa.
Kenya is expected to import 700,000 tonnes of maize for 2022/23.
Changes in maize production could create complications for Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa’s major importer, because of its policy on genetically modified maize.
Companies are moving their production back to developed countries. This is jeopardising the decades-long progress in global poverty reduction.
It is critical that the affected communities have access to safe drinking water.
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The displacement of people and overcrowding that often results from flooding provide optimal conditions for outbreaks of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness.
Ramadan is centred on prayer, the Qur’an, deep mindfulness and spiritual reflection.
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During fasting, meal schedules, fluid intake, and sleep and wake times are altered.
A man sprays the walls of a house with insecticide against mosquitoes.
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Insecticide resistance is a growing threat to malaria control efforts globally. It is, thus, important to keep a close eye on vector mosquito populations in affected areas.
South Africa has mobile malaria border surveillance units working with communities and in highly mobile migrant populations.
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South Africa is one of the few malaria-endemic countries in Africa that did not see a major upsurge in malaria cases caused by COVID-related disruptions.
In 2019, members of an anti-banditry vigilante group disarmed in Zamfara but this has not halted attacks from bandits.
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To end banditry, Nigeria first needs to tackle poverty, hunger and unemployment.
Farmer-herder conflicts in some parts of the continent are in part driven by environmental degradation.
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Under certain conditions, climate can amplify security risks, with implications for lasting peace.
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Nigeria should urgently protect three freshwater ecosystems as these undisturbed environments are becoming rare globally.
A child in the Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Cities have the authority and duty to consider children’s rights as part of climate change responses.
Nigeria’s nanotechnology journey has been slow.
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As a major contributor of knowledge, Nigeria could make giant strides in nanotechnology – which in turn could help various industries blossom.
The constitutional right to food puts food systems and agricultural development firmly on the national development agenda.
South Africa needs a more holistic approach to farming systems.
The red mangrove is among the species already selected for genome sequencing.
The African BioGenome Project is a pan-African project that seeks to sequence Africa’s endemic and indigenous plants and animals.
Residents fleeing their homes in Plateau State, north central Nigeria, on April 12, 2022 after their houses were burnt during an attack by bandits.
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The Nigerian government needs to understand that banditry is an act of warfare and should be treated as such.
High speed trains like this one in Casablanca, Morocco, will benefit from satellite communication support.
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Africa’s outer space programme can help the continent meet its other flagship goals.
A plate of fufu, a meal common in West Africa.
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The preparation of ancient meals in prehistoric West Africa combined vegetables, pulses, tubers and, possibly, herbs and spices.
The burden of mental illness in South Africa is high.
The loss of income, economic and food insecurity, fear of infection, and death of family members resulted in feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression.