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Kenya faces risk of second locust invasion, warns FAO

Desert locust swarm

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Sunday, November 22, 2020 warned that Kenya could face an imminent second wave of locust invasion, an official source said. Desert locust swarm The UN agency said that control operations are underway against small hopper bands that were forming from local breeding in Samburu County, northern Kenya. In a statement issued in Nairobi ...

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Reactions trail ICBC’s withdrawal from financing Lamu Coal Plant

Lamu coal plant

The Save Lamu campaign says that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has decided not to finance the Lamu Coal Plant anymore, due to cited environmental and social risks associated with the project. Residents protest against plans to build the Lamu coal plant According to the campaign, it previously submitted various petitions and complaints to ICBC, citing extensive environmental ...

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Kenya launches commercial growing of genetically modified cotton

GM-Cotton

Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture on Friday, November 6, 2020 launched the commercial growing of Genetically Modified (GM) cotton after conducting trials in the past five years. The GM Bt Cotton is said to have failed in Burkina Faso, with farmers making claims from Monsanto Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the move would ...

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Climate change: Kenya to experience higher temperatures, less rainfall – Agency

Stella Aura

Kenya Meteorological Department said in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 that the country’s “climate is changing rapidly in response to global warming as is the case in many other countries”. Director, Kenya Meteorological Department, Stella Aura. Photo credit: Laban Walloga/Nation Media Group Director of the agéncy, Stella Aura, disclosed this in a report dubbed “State of the Climate in ...

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Kenya pledges to enhance conservation of vultures amid threats

Vultures

Kenya will earmark sufficient resources to promote conservation of vultures amid threat of extinction linked to habitat destruction and retaliatory poisoning by herders, officials said on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at an event to mark International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said that protecting vultures and other birds of prey from myriad threats ...

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Kenya confirms 167 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 2,767

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Sunday, June 7, 2020 confirmed that 167 people tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number to 2,767. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary in the ministry, said the cases were detected from 2,833 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Kagwe said that out of the 167 people, who ...

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Kenya’s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,286

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday, May 25, 2020 confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Mwangangi said that 70 of ...

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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

Desert locust swarm

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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World Bank announces Agritech Challenge

Makhtar Diop

The World Bank and Nest in Nairobi announced on Thursday, July 6, 2017 a call for applications for the Agritech Challenge 2017. The initiative is the first open innovation programme of its kind in Kenya. Its aim is to connect promising startups and innovators with one of the region’s leading agribusiness corporates. The challenge, which is sponsored by the World Bank, aims ...

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Kenya to introduce better treatment for people living with HIV

Lelio Marmora

To accelerate access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, the Government of Kenya and Unitaid on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 announced the introduction of a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, making Kenya the first African country to introduce the generic version of this new drug for routine use. Dolutegravir (DTG) has been the drug of choice for the ...

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