South Africa not quite free of avian flu

Outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 avian influenza virus in South Africa (SA) have drastically decreased in commercial chickens, but wild birds are still affected. There have been a total of 120 reports since June 2017 until 11 January 2018, according to a report issued by the Department of Agriculture,…

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Donations to combat cholera in Zambia

Zambian Breweries has donated goods to the value of K2.5 million to assist in the containment of the current cholera outbreak in Zambia. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the outbreak has killed 74 people since October, including 68 in Lusaka. The number of new cases of the outbreak has…

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First Congolese gets Ph.D at University of Stellenbosch’s AgriSciences faculty

“The agriculture sector and its products are the backbone of the modern economies in the world,” says Dr. Bilungi Alain Useni from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Useni is the first Congolese to receive a Ph.D. at the Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences and wants to use his qualifications…

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Food security outlook deteriorates in Southern Africa

Food security in parts of southern Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will move towards stressed and crisis levels between February and May 2018, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). This is expected to occur during the upcoming lean season when farmers and…

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