Resolving tensions between global development goals and local aspirations

The Sustainable Development Goals – a set of 17 globally agreed-upon targets for the year 2030 – are clearly listed and appear to be easy to subscribe to. However, development planning and the implementation of development projects are never straightforward. … Continue reading Resolving tensions between global development goals and local aspirations

Bees, mites and viruses: assessing the risk to South African crop pollinators

The world’s bees face a major threat from deformed wing virus, a pathogen transmitted by the parasitic varroa mite. It is responsible for causing the death of millions of colonies in the US, Europe and Asia. The major losses started in the early … Continue reading Bees, mites and viruses: assessing the risk to South African crop pollinators

Spices and Condiments in Ghana: Their Utilization in Comminuted Meat Products

Author: Darkwa Sarah Local spices were collected from seven major markets across Ghana, compiled and identified by their Scientific, Common and Local names, properties, part used and area found. Seven fresh pork sausages prepared using differing compositions of these spices … Continue reading Spices and Condiments in Ghana: Their Utilization in Comminuted Meat Products

Recently discovered letter written by Albert Einstein discusses link between Physics and Biology – Seven decades before evidence emerges

The 1949 letter by the physicist and Nobel laureate discusses bees, birds, and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses. It’s a position still being realized within physics to this day, with a growing body of research … Continue reading Recently discovered letter written by Albert Einstein discusses link between Physics and Biology – Seven decades before evidence emerges

Social issues impacting household food security in the epoch of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented impacts that have affected most aspects of people’s lives. As cases rose and the world became increasingly anxious, many countries started implementing measures to prevent the disease, such as border closures. Malawi declared … Continue reading Social issues impacting household food security in the epoch of COVID-19

Fish4Zambia: Research among men and women fishers, processors and sellers

A research for development activity of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (Fish Innovation Lab), Fish4Zambia, was led by a multicountry team of researchers at Mississippi State University, The University of Rhode Island, the University of Zambia and WorldFish. The team implemented the … Continue reading Fish4Zambia: Research among men and women fishers, processors and sellers

Latest USAID led research from Ghana is testing ways to build rural resilience

Ghana has made tremendous progress against poverty in its rural communities over the past decade. It was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to attain the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty. However, rural families in the northern regions … Continue reading Latest USAID led research from Ghana is testing ways to build rural resilience

Study finds gene editing in cattle produces no off-target mutagenesis

Scientists investigated the off-target and de novo mutagenesis in a cattle line bearing edits for diluted coat-colour using CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The results revealed that no off-target events were detected during genome sequencing, providing evidence that the technology is an effective tool to rapidly introduce … Continue reading Study finds gene editing in cattle produces no off-target mutagenesis

Lack of storage facilities still a major problem for farmers – Study

The aged-old lack of prescribed storage facilities for foodstuff, resulting in post-harvest losses remains a barrier to the growth of the agriculture sector, a multi-country study in Ghana and Kenya has revealed. The study, which sought to analyse market challenges … Continue reading Lack of storage facilities still a major problem for farmers – Study

Deforestation, forest conversion and oil palm plantations linked to disease outbreaks

Deforestation, certain types of reforestation and commercial palm plantations correlate with increasing outbreaks of infectious disease, shows a new study in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. This study offers a first global look at how changes in forest cover potentially contribute … Continue reading Deforestation, forest conversion and oil palm plantations linked to disease outbreaks

Why Nitrogen cycling is a keystone indicator in sustaining soil health

Zachary Senwo, Fulbright Scholar & Professor of Soil Microbial Biochemistry, Environmental Science & Toxicology at Alabama A&M University, explores nitrogen cycling in sustaining soil health and agricultural systems With a renewed emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food security, comes a … Continue reading Why Nitrogen cycling is a keystone indicator in sustaining soil health