25th AUGUST 2020
ISSUE NO.31
 
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Welcome to issue 31 of the DrumBeat!

In this issue, we feature two Kenyan scientists who are focused on making the elusive food and nutritional security, a reality in sub-Saharan Africa. Our Story of the Month, celebrates Prof. Steven Runo, a molecular biologist at Kenyatta University for scooping the Royal Society Africa prize for the best scientific research in Africa 2020. This recognition comes at the backdrop of his extensive research work on Striga (witch weed), a parasitic plant devastating cereal production in the region.

The Video of the Month highlights Dr. Eric Magembe, a lead scientist on potato bacterial wilt at the International Potato Center, based in Kenya. Potato being the 3rd most important crop globally is key in achieving food and nutritional security both at the continental and regional level. It is estimated that potato bacterial wilt causes a yield loss of about 40% of the 40 tonnes attainable yield of potatoes per hectare, a situation Dr. Magembe is keen to change by use of modern biotechnology tools.

Lastly, in our Topical News Roundup section we present an upcoming webinar on animal biotechnology that will be hosted by ISAAA AfriCenter. The webinar has well experienced speakers who will ably discuss about this next frontier in biotechnology. The segement also features new innovations across Africa that showcase the continent's efforts towards managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy your read and stay safe!

 

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TOPICAL NEWS ROUNDUP
 
 
ISAAA presents a live webinar on animal biotechnology

ISAAA presents a live webinar on animal biotechnology

ISAAA AfriCenter will host a live webinar on animal biotechnology on Thursday August 27, 2020 at 12:00 GMT. The Webinar, themed Animal Biotechnology: The Next Frontier, will explore how molecular biology tools are being employed in improving animals' suitability for agricultural, industrial and pharmaceutical applications. Read more here.

 

A start-up in Zimbabwe delivering fresh produce at doorsteps to curb COVID-19 spread

A start-up in Zimbabwe delivering fresh produce at doorsteps to curb COVID-19 spread

Fresh in a Box, a start-up in Zimbabwe is helping the citizens to reduce outdoor market visits by delivering fresh produce to customers’ doorsteps. The innovative food-delivery system is playing a crucial role in reducing risk of COVID-19 infection while ensuring access to fresh produce. Read more here.

 

Ghana's e-health start-up enabling testing and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms online

Ghana's e-health start-up enabling testing and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms online

Redbird, an e-health start-up in Ghana launched a COVID-19 tracker that enables users to test and self-report symptoms without going to a healthcare center. The app also provides information to public health officials so that they can map and analyze the outbreak. Read more here.

 
 
Hon. Betty C. Maina, CBS, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development
 
 

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