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23 Sep 2012 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent

In Summary

  • The African Medical Research Foundation (Amref) has partnered with health ministries to execute the three-year programme.

  • The three-year campaign dubbed “Stand up for African mothers,” aims at training midwives and create awareness about maternal deaths in the region.

  • Lennie Bazira, the Amref Kenya country director, said currently one skilled midwife is able to provide care for 500 mothers every year and safely deliver 100 babies.

12 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican


As famine and food shortages threaten millions of people in the region, key players in African seed sector have met to accelerate efforts for high yield and drought resistant seed varieties for poor farmers.

A regional meeting that opened on Monday in Bamako, Mali, brought together 300 agriculture scientists, entrepreneurs, farmers' organisations and governments from across the continent.

The experts from 20 countries who collectively form the heart of the Programme for Africa's Seed Systems (PASS), a $150 million initiative launched two years ago by the …

12 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican


Tanzania is among seven cassava growing countries in Africa set to benefit from $5.3 million funding from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

Under the project "Unleashing the Power of Cassava in Africa (UPoCA)" farmers will be financed to increase production in the next two years.

Also to benefit are farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

According to the project co-ordinator John Msemo, over 15,000 farmers around the country will benefit from new breed cassava seed in the …

04 Oct 2005 description
report EastAfrican

Special Correspondent,THE EASTAFRICAN

Tanzanian-trained mine detection rats will be deployed in demining operations in the Great lakes region.