How Youth in Agribusiness are reversing migration in Uganda

Diana and Sumaiya from Rakai, Kyotera District, Uganda (PHOTO:TAAT/Omodolapo Ogunsola) Youth migration from rural to urban areas is often attributed to a lack of employment in the rural areas. Statistically, more youth crowd up the urban areas searching for greener pastures, whereas those who stay back may find opportunities for income and livelihood in excess. Migration is particularly a recurring theme among rural youth. Agriculture and rural development remain crucial to the rate of rural out-migration to urban areas….

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Ghana’s National Science and Maths Quiz Put Female Scientists on the map

Photo Source: ML-Vision  Ghana’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) is arguably the most-watched programme on national television with a nationwide engagement second only to a Black Stars’ football match. Initiated in 1993 to promote the study of science and mathematics in Ghana, the NSMQ has also fostered a healthy rivalry among senior high schools in the country, generating a lot of excitement on social media in recent times. Unfortunately, female representation at the finals of the competition had…

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Sustainable packaging for African Tea

People may not always think about where their food comes from, but Asami Tea founder Ola Atilola wants to change that. Asami, which means “my culture” in the Yoruba language, is a Northwest Arkansas-based company created in 2016 with the desire to promote African products and support African farmers. “We want to invest in those farmers and tell their origin story,” Atilola says.  A native of Nigeria, Atilola has developed relationships with farmers across the African continent, sourcing ingredients from countries…

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The Man Who Plants Baobabs: A Burkina Faso hero

El Hadji Salifou Ouédraogo has nurtured thousands of baobab trees from tiny seeds to expansive forests for the past 47 years. The trees in turn help his family, his village, and the Earth. Filmmaker Michel K Zongo’s uplifting film, The Man Who Plants Baobabs, meets this charismatic old man with a youthful spirit and a lifelong commitment to his trees, which are both a lifeline and a legacy for his community. Michel K Zongo is a cinematographer and director…

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Women in Ghana’s Shea Butter Industry Plough on Despite Covid Woes

Women are sorting bad nuts from good nuts at the Sagnarigu shea processing facility in Ghana’s Northern Region, a gated facility equipped with cooking stoves produced from mud with an accompanying saucepan stand. Some 90 women, skilled in processing and trading shea from across the Tamale area, work here to process the nuts from the Africa shea tree. But business suffered when clients stopped going to the centre after Covid-19 protocols were put in place. Some women who had…

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265 COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN GHANA RECEIVE WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE FACILITIES

Several communities in Northern Ghana are pronounced flood prone, owing mainly to the low-lying nature of the area. Floods in this part of the country are perennial thereby increasing the vulnerability of the people in the area to infections, illness, loss of livelihoods, lack of farmlands and school closures. Besides, access to poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services pose yet another key public health challenge for flood prone areas in Northern Ghana. With only about 10% of the…

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A Sculptor and Former Special Effects Artist Is Paving the Way in Prosthetics for Darker Skin Tones

For amputees of color around the world, living with a limb or body part opposite to their natural skin tone is a daily reality. Their community has been largely ignored by an international prosthetics market that caters primarily to white clients. John Amanam, a 33-year-old sculptor and former movie special effects artist from the city of Uyo in southern Nigeria, set out to change this reality three years ago, quickly becoming a pioneer in designing hyperrealistic Black prosthesis. His…

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Fighting cancer with mobile mammography van in Uganda

Many Ugandans now have a chance of survival from the early detection of breast cancer through free screening offered by a mobile mammography van. The van arrives at the doorstep of Ugandans fully equipped to freely test breast cancer in both men and women. This is an initiative of the comprehensive cancer community programme of the Uganda cancer institute. Since the project was introduced a decade ago, more than 500 breast cancer cases have been diagnosed and successfully treated….

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MEET FRANK DARKO, INVENTOR OF THE FLOATING BICYCLE

Frank Darko is a young Graphic Design student of the Takoradi Technical University who hails from Takoradi. He would have been in his final year had he not deferred his course for personal reasons. The remarkable young man has pursued his passion in science and technology and invented the Floating Bicycle. After witnessing the devastating effects of flooding in his hometown, especially how school children become stranded and cannot cross the rivers through conventional boats to get to school,…

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FROM THE FIELD: The goats helping Zambians to reach economic independence

In Zambia, where the climate crisis is making it increasingly difficult to earn a living, goat-rearing is being seen as a possible route to a better livelihood, and economic resilience. When Sylvia Chiinda’s husband died, she was left to raise seven children on her own. As extreme weather hit more frequently, her farm became less productive, forcing her to look for other ways to make money. Help came in the form of a UN-backed project which is supporting vulnerable…

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