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African South

South African consumers and farmers hit by economic fallout from COVID, extreme weather

The South African Competition Commission has released its latest Essential Food report, and the findings are a warning bell on the conditions that smallholder farmers and poorer consumers are facing.Focusing on tracking the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis on food markets, the report highlighted a ‘clear drop’ in farmer numbers and…

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African domesticating

How domesticating the African baobab tree could secure its future

Environment 27 August 2021 By Michael Le Page An African baobab (Adansonia digitata) at Tarangire National Park, TanzaniaJuniors Bildarchiv GmbH/Alamy The famous baobab tree is being domesticated. Farmers seldom plant baobabs because they take between eight and 23 years to flower – and potentially begin bearing fruit – but a pair of researchers in Ghan

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African challenger

Kuda, the African challenger bank, raises $55M at a $500M valuation

Kuda Bank, the London-based, Nigerian-operating startup that is taking on incumbents in the country with a mobile-first, personalised and often cheaper set of banking services built on newer, API-based infrastructure, has been on a growth tear in the last several months, and to fuel its expansion, it has now raised another round of funding. TechCrunch…

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African Swine

African swine fever gets too close for comfort of U.S. pork consumers

The USDA’s confirmation that African Swine Fever (ASF) has turned up in the Dominican Republic changes the metrics for pork consumers in the United States. Classical Swine Fever was in the Dominican Republic almost 40 years ago, but ASF changes things. North America is no longer free of the virus that’s been sweeping the globe,…

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African Swine

African swine fever cases in Dominican Republic trigger regional warning

SANTO DOMINGO — World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) called on countries to strengthen efforts to keep out African swine fever on Friday after the Dominican Republic reported the Americas’ first cases of the deadly pig disease in nearly 40 years.The Caribbean nation’s outbreak started July 1, according to an OIE report, though it was…

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African Swine

African swine fever confirmed in Dominican Republic pigs -USDA

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program, the USDA said in a statement on Wednesday.Pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are currently prohibited e

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African first

Meet the first African American spelling bee champion

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots.Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around the country were…

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African Union

African Union Official Slams EU for Delay in Supplying COVID Vaccines

An African Union official slammed the European Union for its delay in supplying COVID-19 vaccines. “Not one dose, not one vial, has left a European factory for Africa,” Strive Masiyiwa said Thursday, as Africa experienced a third surge of infections, the Associated Press reported.Masiyiwa told reporters, “The situation could be very different had we known…

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African Landmark

‘Landmark African vaccine trial faces impasse

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons FoundationA trial aims to test messenger RNA vaccines for COVID-19 in pregnant Africans, like this woman receiving a sonogram at an AIDS care center in South Africa.PHOTO: AP PHOTO/DENIS FARRELLThe questions are urgent, and the funding is in place. But a highly anticipated, $130 million clinical trial,…

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African rainforests

African rainforests Nevertheless slowed climate change despite record heat and drought

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists studying the impact of record heat and drought on intact African tropical rainforests were surprised by how resilient they were to the extreme conditions during the last major El Niño event. The international study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, found that intact rainforests across tropical…