Peer Schouten, Danish Institute for International Studies The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in minerals such as coltan, tantalum, tin and gold. All are coveted for their widespread use in modern technologies, like semiconductors for cars and mobile phones. These minerals are widely held to be at the heart...
By Nicholas Okeya A dangerous invasive alien weed known as field dodder could be a serious menace to agriculture and biodiversity across Sub-Saharan Africa, and reduce crop yields, scientists say. A scientist who has been studying the toxic weed for a decade in Africa estimates that over US$1.1 billion will...
Kenya is facing one of the worst draughts in nearly four decades, with poor rainfall leading to worsening food shortages, water scarcity and mounting electricity consumption. According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), about 541,309 children under five in Kenya are at risk of malnutrition. It says that even if...
Malawi is to the first country the world to administer the world's first malaria vaccine to its people as the country goes on to immunise people, starting from Tuesday, against the parasitic disease using the RTS, S vaccine. The ministry of health will roll out the vaccine in 11 districts --...
An attack at an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday has left a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) dead, and two others injured. Doctor Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was an epidemiologist deployed by WHO. The attack took place while a coordination meeting on fighting the...
President of Liberia's has been invaded -- by snakes. The president' office has said that he will work from home until the building was fumigated to take care of "crawling and creeping things," according to reports. Following the burning down of the president's palace in 2006 during independence celebrations, his office...
Chris Changwe Nshimbi, University of Pretoria Cyclone Idai, which recently devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southern African region. It killed at least a thousand people and caused damages estimated at US$2 billion. The response from the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...
Tunisia has arrested and kept in jail a UN expert on arms trafficking who was investigating breaches of the UN-imposed embargo on arms supply to Libya. As he remains in jail for over a month, the UN has expressed grave concern over the condition of Moncef Kartas, who is a Tunisian-German...
Ana Rita Sequeira, Murdoch University; Halina Kobryn, Murdoch University; Lário L. M. Herculano, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane; Mark P McHenry, Murdoch University, and Ryan Admiraal, Victoria University of Wellington The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don’t...
By Sophie Mbugua, Climate Home News After years of planting trees and having no forest to show, Jerome Tuyisingize, a specialist at the Rwanda Water and Forest Authority (RWAFA), realised they were going about it the wrong way. Rwanda is aiming to halt decades of forest loss, while meeting fast-increasing demand for wood. “We...

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