News headlines for “Conflicts in Africa”

  1. Digital Agriculture Benefits Zimbabwe's Farmers but Mobile Money is Costly

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    HARARE, May 27 (IPS) - In recent years, Zimbabwe has witnessed a rapid growth in the use of digital agriculture but uptake of modern technology is capital intensive for farmers.

  2. Kenya's Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    NAIROBI, May 25 (IPS) - Complications of pregnancy and child birth are a leading cause of preventable deaths and ill health among adolescent women in Kenya. But research shows a combination of modern contraceptives for all adolescents who need it, and adequate care for all pregnant adolescents and their newborns, would reduce adolescent maternal deaths by 76 percent. So what needs to be done to prevent this?

  3. Education Post-COVID-19: Customised Blended Learning is Urgently Needed

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    May 25 (IPS) - Many well meaning education benefactorsand commentators in South Africa have expressed that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic online self-guided learning could solve some of the current teaching problems and address the educational backlog. What learners need, the reasoning goes, is to get free internet access to educational support materials on offer online.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

  4. As COVID-19 Burns, World’s Forgotten Wars Continue to take Toll on Civilians as Well

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    JUBA, South Sudan, May 21 (IPS) - Earlier this year, just before the coronavirus virtually shut down international travel, I sat under a mesquite tree and listened to a rambling speech by a South Sudanese general at a military base outside of the capital, Juba.

  5. To Restore Forests, First Start With a Seed

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    HUYE, Rwanda, May 20 (IPS) - How did Rwanda manage to restore more than 800,000 hectares — almost half of its original pledge — in less than a decade? In 2011, when Rwanda committed to restoring 2 million hectares of land in a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested areas by 2020 — it seemed like a big ask. 

  6. Africa Needs a DOVE Fund: Or Should We Starve So We Can Pay our Debts?

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 19 (IPS) - ub-Saharan Africa has a debt problem. According to the most recent World Bank debt statisticsin 2018 the region had about $493 billion in long term external debt.

  7. South Africa Must Respond – & Lead-- on COVID-19 & SDGs

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 18 (IPS) - Sitting on the southern tip of Africa during a time of social distancing, while the entire planet fights Covid-19, we cannot help but reflect on how vulnerable our country is to this scourge.

  8. Without Universal Health Coverage We Are Sitting Ducks When the next Pandemic Strikes

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 (IPS) - We live in a different world to the one we inhabited six short months ago.

    With more than 4 million people infected and over 280,000 dead globally by mid May 2020, Covid-19 has ruthlessly exposed the vulnerability of a globalised world to pandemic disease. People are slowly coming to terms with the frightening and heartbreaking death toll, and we are still not out of the danger.

  9. Malawi’s Vulnerable Shortchanged in Human Trafficking Prevention Efforts

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    BLANTYRE, Malawi, May 13 (IPS) - Malawi is a source, destination and transit country for human and sex trafficking. But the poverty-stricken nation, where almost 80 precent of its population is employed by the agriculture sector, doesn't have the funds to combat the crime.Malawi is not doing enough to enforce its laws on human trafficking, resulting in a number of cases against perpetrators being dismissed by the courts, according to a local rights group. But local officials say that this Southern African nation — one of the poorest countries in the world — just doesn't have the financial resources to do so.

  10. COVID-19: Zimbabwe’s Smallholder Farmers Step into the Food Supply Gap

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, May 12 (IPS) - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe' second city of some 700,000 people, has experienced a shortage of vegetables this year, with major producers citing a range of challenges from poor rains to the inability to access to bank loans to finance their operations. But this shortage has created a market gap that Zimbabwe smallholders — some 1.5 million people according to government figures — have an opportunity to fill. 

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