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The nutritional value of quail eggs is said to be about three times greater than chicken eggs. (Pic: Flickr / ilya)
Quail farming: The new ‘side hustle’ in Kenya
November 17, 2014
While Kenyans went about their daily lives, a flock of birds, hidden in plain view, fluttered onto our dinner plates and captured a nation’s imagination. Social media pundits describe them as a pyramid scheme. Skeptics sneer at this idea. Locals ... Continue Reading →
Safety: Mtongori Chacha (left) and her wife, Gati Buraya, with their children. The women say their union saves them from abuse by men. (Pic: AFP)
Tanzanian women marry each other to escape domestic violence November 14, 2014

It is 12.30pm and an older woman emerges from her tiny mud house. A younger woman is making some porridge outside. These two women are husband and wife: they are traditionally married and they have children. This practice is called nyumba ntobhu in western Tanzania. It is a traditional form of same-sex marriage. The two …

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Police officers stand in front of the quarantined Pasteur clinic in Bamako on November 12 2014. (Pic: AFP)
Mali battles Ebola outbreak as African death toll passes 5 000 November 13, 2014

Mali is scrambling to prevent a major Ebola epidemic after the deaths of an Islamic cleric and a nurse, as the official death toll in the worst ever epidemic of the virus passed 5 000. The two deaths in Mali have dashed optimism that the country was free of the highly-infectious pathogen and caused alarm …

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A woman passes a sign posted in an awareness campaign against the spread of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Pic: Reuters)
African business leaders step up to create $28.5m Ebola Fund November 10, 2014

Saturday, November 8, was a landmark day for Africa’s battle against Ebola. African business leaders from a range of sectors joined the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank in Addis Ababa for a round table meeting to discuss what the private sector could contribute towards fighting Ebola. AU chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said …

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Workers handle cashew nuts at a processing plant in Bouake. (Pic: Reuters)
Côte d’Ivoire, where money does grow on (cashew) trees November 5, 2014

Forty years ago, Henri Kouakou was struggling to support his family farming a small plot outside Bondoukou, a dusty town in northeastern Côte d’Ivoire, when he first learned that money did, in fact, grow on trees – cashew trees. “I was raising yams back then and wasn’t earning enough. I heard people talking about a …

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Ebola: Getting to zero cases
Ebola: Getting to zero cases June 2, 2015

The Ebola outbreak has slowed across West Africa but every new infection continues to threaten millions of lives. This fatal disease claimed 7 000 lives by the end of 2014 in just Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Lione. Overcoming this complex emergency challenged governments and international aid organisations and brought fear to the rest of the …

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Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje and Judith Sephuma sing their hearts out in a song that addresses gender inequality and poverty. (Pic: Supplied)
Poverty is sexist, sing seven African performers in protest May 19, 2015

Singers Victoria Kimani from Kenya, South African Judith Sephuma, Waje from Nigeria, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Arielle T from Gabon, Gabriela from Mozambique and Selomor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe have now recorded Strong Girl to address the gender inequality that they believe goes hand-in-hand with poverty. The song is inspired by a recently released report by …

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