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Lack of data hampers Africa’s fight against malnutrition

NAIROBI – Lack of data on nutrition is a major challenge to the fight against malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, an expert says.

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Opinion: Sub-Saharan Africa, Addis and Paris

Rome – After the turn of the century, growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) picked up again after a quarter century of near stagnation for most, mainly due to increased world demand for minerals and other natural resources. The region became second only to East Asia in recovering from the global slowdown following the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

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Focus on soil health to achieve SDGs

Humans are intricately tied to soil. Ninety-five percent of our food and fibre comes from it, and over 99.9 per cent of our fresh drinking water passes through the soil. We even define ourselves by our relationship to soil: the words “human” and “humanity” are linguistically rooted in “humus” – which is the fertile upper portion of the soil.

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Factsheet: The leading causes of death in Africa

By World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed 3,338 lives between the week of 30 December and the week of 28 September. Though the virulence and rapid spread of the Ebola virus are major causes of concern, it is important to understand the mortality figures in the broader sub-Saharan African context.

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Inter-African research links rare below the Sahara

Most research in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is produced alongside scientists from outside the region, with collaborations within Africa sorely lacking, says a report, which also found that the region’s research capacity is too small to keep up with development ambitions.

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New vaccine against five livestock diseases in progress

Naivasha, Kenya – Scientists in South Africa are developing a combination vaccine with the potential to offer protection against five major livestock diseases.

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