South Africa’s crop committee raises record maize estimate by 2 percent

File photo of a hawker preparing a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in Soweto

A hawker prepares a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in Soweto, January 27, 2016. PHOTO: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa will harvest 15,969 million tonnes of maize this season, the biggest crop on record after improved weather conditions across the maize belt boosted yields, the government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said on Wednesday.

The estimate is up 2 percent compared to the CEC’s June forecast of 15.6 million tonnes. The previous record harvest of 14.656 million tonnes was set in 1981.

The CEC estimate came in just above a forecast by analysts and traders who pegged this year’s crop at 15.77 million tonnes.

The harvest will comprise 9.507 million tonnes of white maize, the regional staple used for human consumption, and 6.462 million tonnes of yellow, the bulk of which is used in animal feed, the CEC’s sixth production forecast of the season said.

The 2017 harvest will also be more than double the previous season, which was only 7.78 million tonnes following an El Nino-triggered drought that impacted yields, pushed up food prices and fuelled inflation.

The Johannesburg stock exchange’s white maize futures contract due in December has fallen 65 percent from its peak of 5,376 rand a tonne hit in January last year to close at 1,872 rand on Wednesday, helping to dampen inflation and food prices.

Originally reported by Reuters.

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U.N. food agency launches $250 million Zimbabwe plan to end hunger

Villagers collect food aid provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Bhayu

Villagers collect food aid provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at a distribution point in Bhayu, Zimbabwe, September 14, 2016

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday pledged $253 million to fund a five-year plan to end hunger in Zimbabwe, which is emerging from a devastating drought that left more than 4 million people in need of food aid last year.

An El Nino-induced drought scorched crops and killed livestock in the southern African nation, forcing the government to launch an emergency appeal for food from donors.

On Monday, the WFP representative in Zimbabwe, Eddie Rowe said the agency would move away from short-term food handouts to technical assistance to improve food security in the country.

“While maintaining strong humanitarian assistance, the WFP Zimbabwe’s new country strategic plan focuses on supporting longer-term national social protection and resilience efforts, strengthening the systems and institutions needed to help achieve zero hunger,” Rowe told reporters.

Rowe said the WFP planned to spend $53 million of the $253 million budget in 2017.

The WFP says recurrent climate-related disasters, poverty, poor access to water, a fragile economic environment, liquidity challenges, low agricultural output, limited access to markets and HIV and AIDS are the major causes of hunger in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe expects to produce 3 million tonnes of grain this year following above normal rains and now expects higher economic growth than initial forecasts, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said last month.

Originally reported by Reuters.

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Enel Green Power Gives Renewable Energy to New Paediatric Surgery Hospital in Uganda

Enel Green Power (EGP) is participating in the project of Emergency and the architect Renzo Piano for the construction of a paediatric surgery hospital in Entebbe, Uganda, which will become the new centre of paediatric excellence in Africa.

EGP will provide 2,600 thin-film photovoltaic modules manufactured at its 3Sun factory in Catania, for a total of 289.24 kWp (kilowatt peak). The plant, which can be connected to the local medium voltage distribution grid, will give the new hospital energy autonomy and sustainability.

“We are proud to participate in this project, which will allow thousands of African children to be operated on and cared for”, says Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power. “For our company, social responsibility also means being present and making a tangible contribution to important initiatives for the populations of the countries in which we operate. The hospital, also thanks to our photovoltaic system, will boast high energy efficiency standards and will be an example of sustainability and Italian technological excellence”.

The photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof of the hospital in such a way as to ensure its integration with the hospital’s architecture, and it will also shelter the underlying structures from sunlight and rain. EGP will provide both the photovoltaic modules and the engineering and site assistance services during installation and testing, as well as covering the cost of transporting the panels.

EGP has involved three other Italian donors in the construction of the plant: Santerno (supply and transportation of inverters and other materials), Agatos (design and testing assistance), Terni Energia (supply and transportation of materials, installation and testing).

The new hospital, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, is fully integrated in the surrounding environment. It will have three operating rooms and 78 beds and will make a significant contribution to improving health standards in the area, as well as serving as a focal point for children with surgical needs from all over Africa. The hospital will also be a training centre for young doctors and nurses from Uganda and neighbouring countries.

Africa is a major area of development for EGP, which is currently present in South Africa with over 400 MW of installed capacity and also has development projects in Zambia, Kenya and Morocco.

Originally reported by Aspire Africa.

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Medical Smart Jacket Tackles Misdiagnosis of Pneumonia

Jacket would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor, in battle against illness that kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year.

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Brian Turyabagye and his team have developed a biomedical kit for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients. 

Ugandan graduate Brian Turyabagye was studying engineering when his friend’s grandmother fell seriously ill. Accompanying her to hospital, he watched as doctors diagnosed malaria and prescribing various treatments accordingly. Only as she lay dying did they realise their initial diagnosis was wrong. It was pneumonia that was killing her.

Turyabagye, 24, was so shocked by the circumstances surrounding the death that he began researching methodologies for diagnosing pneumonia and its treatments. To his surprise, he discovered that the illness affects far more children than it does adults. According to Unicef, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year, with the region accounting for half of all global deaths from pneumonia of children under five.

“Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Turyabagye. “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to differentiate.”

Even when a correct diagnosis is made, treatment is often unavailable. According to the Uganda Paediatrics Association, fewer than 20% of children with pneumonia receive antibiotics, which cost less than $1 (£81p).

So Turyabagye began designing a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.

He named it “Mamaope”, or “mother’s hope” – a reference to the 27,000 children who die of pneumonia in Uganda every year.

The Android app that accompanies the Mamaope jacket

The Android app that accompanies the Mamaope jacket.

“We focused on the distinguishing signs of pneumonia,” says Turyabagye. “One of the processes that most doctors use is a stethoscope to the check the lungs. But [pneumonia] tends to be on side points around the body, not just in the chest or back. Its accuracy of being able to diagnose what is healthy, and what is not, is very encouraging.”

Currently a prototype, the Mamaope jacket will undergo an official national medical examination in January. Certification for use in health centres and hospitals is expected by spring.

The jacket could be a major boon to diagnosing, treating and preventing pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite international progress tackling measles, HIV and Aids and tetanus, funding towards eradicating pneumonia remains extremely low: for every dollar spent on global health in 2011, Unicef says, only two cents went to pneumonia.

“Although sub-Saharan Africa accounts for half of pneumonia deaths among children under five worldwide, funding for pneumonia prevention, management and treatment in the region remains low,” according to Mark Young, senior health specialist for Unicef.

“More resources and more commitment at the highest level will bring us closer to stopping this disease from being a major child killer.”

The Mamaope jacket was shortlisted for this year’s £25,000 Africa prize for engineering innovation, and Turyabagye hopes this could jumpstart mass production of the jacket for use across the continent.

“Really, we are looking to help the next generation,” he says. “Pneumonia has such a high rate in Uganda and our neighbouring countries, if we were able to distribute in those countries we could save a lot of people.”

Originally reported by the Guardian.

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Kenya to Plant a ‘Green Dress’ the Size of Costa Rica

Kenya aims to restore trees and vegetation across almost nine percent of its land mass by 2030, the government said on Thursday, in a bold initiative to combat climate change, poverty and hunger.

The 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded land targeted for landscape and forest restoration is equivalent in size to Costa Rica in Central America.

“This program provides the most coherent and systematic effort to restore degraded forests and other landscapes,” Kenya’s environment minister Judy Wakhungu said at the launch of the program.

“It provides us with the opportunity to reduce poverty, to improve food security, to address climate change and to conserve our valued biodiversity.”

Kenya has been hit hard by illegal settlement, logging and charcoal production, reducing forest cover to seven percent of its land mass, government data shows.

The new initiative will count towards the Bonn Challenge, a 2011 global goal to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

Kenya is the 13th African country to submit a target to the Bonn Challenge, bringing the continent’s total restoration commitment to 46 million hectares by 2030, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) thinktank.

“This is a huge step forward,” said Wanjira Maathai, daughter of Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.

She recalled her late mother being asked to describe her ultimate vision.

“She said: ‘To see Kenya redressed with her green dress’,” said Maathai, chairwoman of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted 51 million trees in Kenya since her mother founded it in 1977.

“I know wherever she is, she is smiling on us,” Maathai told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

Three-quarters of Kenya’s landscape is arid or semi-arid and the East African country experiences repeated droughts, trapping millions in poverty and hunger.

Some 1.2 million Kenyans are acutely food insecure following poor rains, according to the Kenya Food Security Steering Group.

The initiative should improve the lives of Kenya’s poor by improving soil fertility, agricultural yields and access to clean water, and creating jobs, its backers said.

“The impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect the poor,” Maathai said.

“They are the ones with the least resilience and ability to adapt when floods and landslides hit. They must be centrally involved.”

Kenya set the 5.1 million hectare goal by creating maps detailing all of its landscape restoration opportunities — the first African country to do so, WRI said.

These include reforestation of degraded natural forests, planting trees on farms and ranchlands, and planting vegetation as buffers along waterways and roads.

Trees, which store carbon, help to prevent soil erosion, retain soil fertility and regulate water flows, as well as by providing habitats for wildlife.

Originally reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change. Visit news.trust.org to see more.

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University Collects Medical Samples via Drones in Madagascar

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York university is using drone technology to improve the health care of people in remote parts of Madagascar.

Stony Brook University, which has been working in the island nation off the coast of Africa for nearly three decades, has teamed with a Michigan startup company called Vayu Inc. to transport medical samples by drone for laboratory analysis.

The team made its first successful run of the drone technology in late July.

Diagnosis of ailments, like tapeworm disease, which causes life-threatening seizures and contributes to malnutrition in villages on the island, can now be completed within a few hours, said Dr. Peter Small, founding director of Stony Brook’s Global Health Institute.

The drones are about the size of a large picnic table and have two sets of wings. They take off and land like helicopters and have a flight range of about 40 miles. Blood and other medical samples can be secured in small compartments in the body of the aircraft.

Drones are being used in other parts of the developing world to deliver medications and other supplies to remote areas, but Stony Brook officials say theirs is one of the first efforts involving a small unmanned aircraft that actually lands in remote villages and returns quickly to a laboratory.

To reach these villages, medical workers have had to travel on foot — there are no roads — a trip that takes five to nine hours each way. By drone, they can dispatch the medical samples back to Stony Brook’s Centre ValBio research station and get lab results within an hour or two, said Patricia Wright, the station’s executive director.

“Blood samples have a shelf life, especially in the tropics,” she said. “This is such an extraordinary thing, to see these people who have been suffering have hope for the future. Some of my best friends have died senselessly. The dying will not happen in the future because these things are preventable with the help of the drones.”

Ultimately, the plan is to deliver the proper medications in a timely manner.

Small said villagers who live as they did centuries ago were coached by Stony Brook personnel ahead of time so they would not be frightened by the drones. “That was the biggest unknown, seeing how they would react,” Small said, adding that “they didn’t throw rocks at it.”

Originally reported by Associated Press.

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Health is Worth the Investment for Government and Business – Specialised Advice by CWIIL Group

Without health, there is no wealth. Unless communities can survive and thrive, sustainable development remains a pipe dream.

Health is just one goal amongst the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals that, come September, are due to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have guided global development policy since 2000.

But health is the golden thread that underpins all other aims – such as education and economic growth. If people are well, they are better able to go to school, work and prosper. As both an enabler of sustainable development and an end in itself, health deserves sufficient attention and investment.

It was heartening to see that healthcare got a fair hearing last week in Addis Ababa at the Financing for Development conference – a summit dedicated to considering how the global community can resource and realise the ambitious new development agenda.

It was encouraging to see the discussion moving away from an aid agenda to a commitment from finance ministers to support domestic economic growth and job creation. The adoption of a ‘social compact’ will encourage countries to set national spending targets in public services, including health and education.

Supporting access to healthcare does not have to be limited to government – as Addis illustrated. During the conference, a new multi-sector Global Financing Facility was announced that will unlock billions of dollars in international, private and public funding to support women and children’s health.

All sectors, including business, can benefit from investing in healthcare. A healthy population leads to a stronger economy that allows business to grow, deliver and contribute to the societies in which it operates. This kind of virtuous circle means it makes sense for the private as well as the public sector to take a stake in improving health outcomes.

The numbers back up why this is both worthwhile and urgent. Take malaria: while the MDGs galvanised control efforts and deaths from the disease have been almost halved, those gains can easily be lost. Despite progress, malaria still claims more than 500,000 lives each year – mostly young children in Africa.

Not only is this devastating for families, but malaria drains economies. As much as 40 percent of health spending in Africa goes towards fighting the disease. Studies suggest a 10 percent reduction in malaria could add 0.3 percentage points to the GDP of countries with a high incidence of the disease. On 24 July, European regulators approved the world’s first malaria vaccine developed by GSK with backing from Bill Gates.

Although investing in healthcare is arguably one of the ‘best buys’ in global development, financing for health systems falls short. The consequences are stark. Around 400 million people around the world are still without access to essential health services such as childhood vaccines, according to a recent report by the WHO and the World Bank.

Underinvestment in healthcare leaves countries dangerously vulnerable to crises, as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa illustrated. As well as claiming thousands of lives, it shut down communities and economies. It also reversed development progress made in post-conflict countries including Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Countries like Rwanda are already demonstrating that it is possible to deliver accessible, affordable healthcare to citizens. In light of the Addis compact, other countries will hopefully consider how they can follow Rwanda’s lead.

Partnering Across Sectors

While governments should lead, achieving this does need partnerships. Increasing access to healthcare is a challenge that benefits from different types of organisations with different skills and expertise working together. This agenda must include the private sector.

This is one reason why GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, and non-profit Save the Children struck a five-year partnership. They aim to pool their expertise to help save the lives of one million children through projects such as developing child-friendly medicines.

Such agenda demands lateral thinking, try different models and work with others. One model GSK is pioneering in the world’s poorest countries has led to switch focus to increasing the volume of medicines sold. GSK have capped prices of their patented products in the least developed countries at 25 percent of those in the developed world.

In these countries, they also reinvest 20 percent of the profits back into training health workers in partnership with three NGOs: Amref Health Africa, CARE International and Save the Children. These kinds of investments deliver a great return: they help business to grow as well as contributing to the health ecosystem.

Moreover, they can act as a catalyst for others to invest in healthcare. Already, the mobile and banking sectors are contributing to healthcare following the lead of some extractive companies. If access to healthcare and sustainable development is to be a reality, more industries will need to come on board.

The commitments at Addis were laudable, but to turn words into action on health, business will need to be at the table as well as government.

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