Sub-Saharan Africa https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/ News, analysis, multimedia and other resources about science and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa, including agriculture, environment, health, governance, enterprise, communication, and more. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT en Speed up seed policies harmonisation https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/trade/news/speed-up-seed-policies-harmonisation.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/trade/news/speed-up-seed-policies-harmonisation.html Harmonisation of seed policies in Africa should be accelerated to help transform agriculture. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Why end products of research findings matter https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/publishing/opinion/research-findings-matter.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/publishing/opinion/research-findings-matter.html Researchers could benefit from disseminating their findings to key audiences beyond journals, writes Esther Ngumbi. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Devastating pest threatens Africa’s citrus industry https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/disease/news/devastating-pest-threatens-africa-s-citrus-industry.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/disease/news/devastating-pest-threatens-africa-s-citrus-industry.html Urgent efforts are needed to control a notorious citrus pest which has been detected in Kenya and Tanzania. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Q/A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-up https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/farming/opinion/transforming-agriculture-with-tech-scale-up.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/farming/opinion/transforming-agriculture-with-tech-scale-up.html To transform African agriculture, technologies should be scaled up, and friendly policies need to be implemented. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Innovative data spurs healthcare delivery in Africa https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/innovative-data-spurs-healthcare-delivery-in-africa.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/innovative-data-spurs-healthcare-delivery-in-africa.html Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania are using innovative data to improve primary healthcare, says a report. Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Snakebite envenoming: facts and figures https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures-2.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures-2.html Snakebite envenoming is a hidden health crisis. SciDev.Net examines responsible factors. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:40:38 GMT The scourge of snakebite https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite-1.html Centuries-old treatments are in dire need of an update Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:37:59 GMT Hi-tech antidotes for snakebite https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite-1.html Nanoparticles, enzyme inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies are the future of snakebite treatment. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:36:12 GMT Race against time to treat hump-nosed pit viper bites https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites-2.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites-2.html The hump-nosed pit viper’s venom is a driver of therapeutic research, but no antivenom has yet been found. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:36:03 GMT A matrix against snakebites https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/editorials/matrix-against-snakebites-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/editorials/matrix-against-snakebites-1.html Antivenom research can succeed if countries pool resources, talent and knowledge in a global matrix. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:35:50 GMT Poverty amplifies Africa’s snakebite problem https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem-1.html African antivenom markets are not profitable, leaving many of its poorest regions without access to treatment. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:35:42 GMT Q&A: Safer snakebite antivenom through biotech https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/feature/q-a-safer-snakebite-antivenom-through-biotech-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/feature/q-a-safer-snakebite-antivenom-through-biotech-1.html Biotechnology promises next-generation snakebite antivenoms that are safer than those derived from horses. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:35:09 GMT Africa cuts new cases of top maize disease https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/agriculture/news/africa-cuts-new-cases-of-top-maize-disease.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/agriculture/news/africa-cuts-new-cases-of-top-maize-disease.html Interventions such as resistant maize varieties have led to success against maize lethal necrosis in Africa. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 01:01:00 GMT UNAIDS leader to resign next year after review voices “no confidence” https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/unaids-leader-to-resign-next-year-after-review-voices-no-confidence-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/unaids-leader-to-resign-next-year-after-review-voices-no-confidence-1.html Scathing report urges leadership change at AIDS agency, following claims of bullying and harassment. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:33:19 GMT Smallholders’ global food production underestimated https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated.html Smallholder farms make up 40 per cent of global agricultural area, almost twice previous estimates, says a study. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Women scientists should seize chances to shine https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/role-models/women-scientists-should-seize-chances-to-shine.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/role-models/women-scientists-should-seize-chances-to-shine.html Quarraisha Abdool Karim admonishes young women scientists to seize opportunities such as mentorship to shine. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Country-owned strategies launched to fight malaria https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/malaria/news/country-owned-strategies-launched-to-fight-malaria.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/malaria/news/country-owned-strategies-launched-to-fight-malaria.html Because of the stalled progress in malaria control in 2016 and 2017, the WHO has launched country-led strategies. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Reliable, local climate data urgently needed https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/climate-change/opinion/local-climate-data-urgently-needed.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/climate-change/opinion/local-climate-data-urgently-needed.html Reliable, high quality and local climate data for aiding resilience should get urgent attention in East Africa. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Lab-grown meat could cut greenhouse gas emissions https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/lab-grown-meat-could-cut-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/lab-grown-meat-could-cut-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html To tackle rising food insecurity, climate-smart strategies such as eating low-carbon food sources are needed. Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Little progress made against meningitis over 25 years https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/little-progress-made-against-meningitis.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/little-progress-made-against-meningitis.html Over the past 25 years, there was little progress against meningitis unlike measles and tetanus. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT