Global importance of pollinators underestimated
(Phys.org) —Declines in populations of pollinators, such as bees and wasps, may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.
Rising risk of failed seasons as climate change puts pressure on Africa's farmers
Small-scale family farmers across Africa— already struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperatures and more erratic rains—risk being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change, according to the 2014 African ...
Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year
Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth-straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa "posted significant regional improvement".
Nanotechnology takes on diabetes
(Phys.org) —A sensor which can be used to screen for diabetes in resource-poor settings has been developed by researchers and tested in diabetic patients, and will soon be field tested in sub-Saharan Africa.
Researchers find unique fore wing folding among Sub-Saharan African ensign wasps
(Phys.org) —Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa—the first known insects to exhibit transverse folding of the fore wing. The scientists ...
Genetic code of the deadly tsetse fly unraveled
Mining the genome of the disease-transmitting tsetse fly, researchers have revealed the genetic adaptions that allow it to have such unique biology and transmit disease to both humans and animals.
UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.
Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.
Sun powers complex cancer test for remote regions
From the sun, a solution: Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have remodeled an energy-intensive medical test – designed to detect a deadly skin cancer related to HIV infections ...
New global study reveals how diet and digestion in cows, chickens and pigs drives climate change 'hoofprint'
The resources required to raise livestock and the impacts of farm animals on environments vary dramatically depending on the animal, the type of food it provides, the kind of feed it consumes and where it lives, according ...
Study: Sub-Saharan Africans benefit from buying water
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 60 percent of city dwellers live in slums, and population pressures have led to unplanned development lacking basic infrastructure, such as water lines.
US, Sweden unveil $25 mln clean water technology grant
The US Agency for International Development and the Swedish government announced a $25 million grant program Monday to increase access to clean water for farming.
How will crops fare under climate change? Depends on how you ask
The damage scientists expect climate change to do to crop yields can differ greatly depending on which type of model was used to make those projections, according to research based at Princeton University. ...
Weather reports aid life-or-death decisions in Africa
(Phys.org) —The Africa Climate Exchange (AfClix), a University of Reading led project, is helping to bring vital drought and flood information to the people of sub-Saharan Africa. ...