A fulcrum for sustainable production of maize and rice in Africa

Critical to our knowledge, the study detailed new insights on how, why, and to what degree maize and rice yield responses are expected to vary in sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: K. Amouzou/APNI Efforts to improve the yields of staple cereal crops like maize and rice at scale in Africa remain seriously hampered by the effects of … Read more

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur” width=”600″ height=”350″/> Figure 1. Built from the DHS Program online data. Credit: STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur When Zougba’s husband fled the jihadist violence crippling Burkina Faso, she soon found herself with her young son, daughter and other women on the road in a mission to join him. After 10km, four armed … Read more

How social protection systems facilitate demographic change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain More than 1.1 billion people live in Sub-Saharan Africa today, and this number is expected to double by 2050. Yet many governments in the region struggle with providing sufficient schools, hospitals, food and clean water for their populations. Many countries are trapped in a vicious cycle of population growth and poverty. … Read more

Fossil tooth analysis brings to light earliest humans from southern Africa

Figure 1: geometric morphometric analyses of the enamel-dentine junction. Credit: Southern Cross University Fossil tooth analysis by Southern Cross University geochemist Dr. Renaud Joannes-Boyau has played a central role in an international collaboration that has properly identified the earliest humans. The new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesdemonstrates that … Read more

EGNOS technology for Africa – ESA signs deal with ASECNA

Applications 06/29/2022 282 views 2 likes European technology that allows satellite navigation signals to safely guide aircraft down for landing in the majority of Europe’s airports will now be put to use across Africa and the Indian Ocean. ASECNA, the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, and ESA today signed an agreement … Read more

Unmitigated economic impact of polyphagous shot hole borer in South Africa estimated at $18.45 billion

Branch of an indigenous tree infested by the polyphagous shot hole borer (tip of pencil as pointer) and its fungal symbiont (red colouration). Credit: Stellenbosch University, South Africa The potential economic impact of the polyphagous shot hole borer in South Africa amounts to a whopping $18.45 billion over the next ten years, and municipalities will … Read more

Girls’ chance of success at school in Sub-Saharan Africa shaped by language they are taught in

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Millions of school children across large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa are sat silently in classrooms, struggling to follow, and not progressing in their learning due to an insistence that all lessons should be taught in English, say the authors of a new report. The findings, published today as a policy brief … Read more

How US policy on abortion women in Africa

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Policies and decisions made in the United States echo around the world and often have widespread implications. Take sexual and reproductive health, for example. Decisions made in the US have caused, and could cause, severe damage to progress in access to these services in developing countries. The first US policy with … Read more