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Scientists show which genetic loci are associated with bunch weight in highland banana

Scientists have, for the first time, located major quantitative trait loci associated with bunch weight and its component traits in Matooke, the East African Highland cooking banana. This is an important breakthrough in efforts to speed up the breeding of improved high-yielding varieties for both food security and improved household incomes in the region. Increasing... (africasciencenews.org)


Climate smart farming: Tanzanian Women Parliamentary Group (TWPG) to offer support

By Zedekia Mapunda   Tanzanian Women Parliamentary Group (TWPG) plans to create awareness about the importance of gender-responsive policies, plans, and strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change when their rights and socioeconomic status are not equal to those of men. According... (africasciencenews.org)


Kiwash installs a Ksh 10M community water project in Busia

By Checky Abuje   The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) has partnered with counties in Western Kenya to complement the acute shortage of water bedevilling the region. The latest project is in Busia county valued at Ksh 10m. More than 150 households will benefit from the project intended to supply clean water... (africasciencenews.org)


Lowland Rice Research Institute set for Busia County

By Checky Abuje   Busia County has been picked by the National Government to construct a Rice Research Institute that is aimed at developing new breeds for lowland rice ecologies and their major market segments, including good grain quality and tolerance to major biotic and abiotic stresses. Jane Ndung’u, Head of Rice Promotion Programme in... (africasciencenews.org)


New Media Fellowship Award aims to improve sanitation across Africa

An alliance of organisations working across the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector in Africa, launched a new media fellowship award, designed to support journalists to report on the most pressing sanitation issues in Africa. Housed in Côte d’Ivoire, the Sanitation Media Fellowship<https://www.speakupafrica.org/publications/?catid=5> is open to all journalists working across the continent and demonstrates the... (africasciencenews.org)


US $650 M in support of 300 M Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

A coalition of donors, aid institutions and philanthropy promised today to invest more than US $650 million in the CGIAR System Organization to help 300 million smallholder farmers in developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. The investments from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands,... (africasciencenews.org)


How Blockchain is enabling African farmers

Blockchain technology is a game changer. It is transforming agriculture by enabling smallholder farmers in Africa to improve their production and enhance their trade through a platform of trust.  Blockchain is a decentralised, digital ledger which works through a series of digitally connected records where information can be shared openly and publicly verified through a... (africasciencenews.org)


Kenya: Government commits to support research 

By Jacton Akoyo Kenya’s Deputy President Dr William Ruto said Tuesday that the Government is committed to supporting research through increased funding.  Speaking during the third Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) International Conference and the 4th AfriGEO Symposium, Dr Ruto noted that the move would boost the quality of information and... (africasciencenews.org)


Kenya moots plan to save Mountain Bongo

Kenya’s’ Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Monday launched the National Recovery and Action Plan for the critically endangered Mountain Bongo. The Plan was launched by the country’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife, Najib Balala. The plan seeks to address the myriad challenges facing the Mountain Bongo and will jump-start the process of reversing their... (africasciencenews.org)


African countries rank low in the new SDG Gender Index

A new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Gender Index released by Equal Measures 2030 show that Niger, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad in Africa have some of the lowest measures to achieving gender equality than anywhere in the world. All these countries have all faced conflict and fragility in recent years. The SDG Gender... (africasciencenews.org)


Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation announced finalists

The prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation announced its four 2019 finalists. Among them are a ground-breaking smart glove that translates sign language to speech via an app, a peer to peer foreign exchange platform, a smart locker that dispenses TB/HIV and other chronic medicines, and smart homes built to help African women afford their... (africasciencenews.org)


Strengthening health systems to better fight infectious diseases in Africa

The WHO reports that 13 million people die from infectious diseases each year. In some countries, one in every two deaths is a result of an infectious disease; while in Africa, diseases like HIV/Aids, TB, malaria and hepatitis account for the majority of these deaths. Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, CEO of the Centre of Infectious Disease... (africasciencenews.org)


African Forest Forum to mark 10 years

By Adelyn Wangusi The African Forest Forum (AFF) is commemorating a decade of its work on African forestry in Nairobi, Kenya. Since its establishment, the African Forest Forum (AFF) has provided a bridge between science-based knowledge and good policies to support sustainable forest management; effectively working within a science-policy-management framework. “We started this journey on December 06,... (africasciencenews.org)


Investing in young leaners key in preparing for future jobs

By Clifford Cotiak Akumu Abdallah Zakaria, 12, a class seven pupil at Shepherds Junior School-Buru Buru is on a rush against time to finish his task as the trainer stealthily walks past him to check his progress. “It is hard at first but fun after mastering the pattern,” he sighs as he glues together the model.... (africasciencenews.org)


Academy of Science, AFIDEP launch Evidence Leaders in Africa project

The African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) and the African Academy for Sciences (AAS) Friday announced the launch of a two-year programme to promote the systematic use of evidence in policymaking in Africa. The Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) programme will enhance the evidence-gathering and analysis skills of researchers from across the continent and empower them to take a leading... (africasciencenews.org)


Firm to support African Artificial Intelligence ecosystem  

A vibrant African AI Ecosystem is emerging in Africa,participants at the inaugural Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4Dev) workshop at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya stated. The AI workshop, whose theme was “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa” brought participants from various parts of the world. This workshop saw... (africasciencenews.org)


Nigerian farmers to get free advisory services on cassava production via mobile phone

Nigerian farmers can now access extension and advisory services related to weed control, best planting practices and other aspects of cassava production on their cell phone free of charge, thanks to the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI). The mobile telephony service is powered by Airtel using the 3-2-1 Service of Viamo. Farmers with Airtel sim... (africasciencenews.org)


U.S. House approves less stringent anti-spyware bill (AndNetwork)


State threatens to sue US over green policy

California has warned that it would sue the US government if it blocked ambitious efforts to slash greenhouse gas-causing emissions. (AndNetwork)


Father of LCD dies

French Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, a pioneer of the liquid crystal display, has died at 74. (AndNetwork)


CNN Buys Stake in Internet Broadcasting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc., which publishes Web sites for television news stations, said on Tuesday that CNN is buying a minority stake in the company and that the two will begin swapping online news.... (AndNetwork)


Intel, STMicro Partner on Flash Memory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV are unloading troubled divisions that make a type of flash memory used primarily in cell phones.... (AndNetwork)


MySpace to report sex offenders

Networking website MySpace agrees to hand over details on US sex offenders removed from its service. (AndNetwork)


Device can boost indoor mobile coverage: UK firm (AndNetwork)


CBS buys Web site specializing in finance, humor (AndNetwork)


Joost signs Creative Artists to scout out programs (AndNetwork)


CNN in deal to offer more local news on Internet (AndNetwork)


De Lille urges action on blogs

Calls for a government effort to crackdown and regulate blogs have been made by ID leader Patricia de Lille, who also has SMS service Mxit in her sights. (AndNetwork)


Mating season drives tiger to kill zookeeper

A south China zoo is reeling in shock after a tiger turned on its keeper. (AndNetwork)


'Alien fish turn SA rivers into deserts'

Predatory imported fish form an integral part of South Africa's burgeoning recreational fishing industry. But there are those who want the fish dead... (AndNetwork)


A Needle in Your Eye for Science

Twelve patients are taking needles in the retina to replace the faulty genes that make them blind. The procedure might hold cures for all kinds of genetic diseases and for cancer (AndNetwork)