Formerly a disco, the i Club is a shared open space on the campus of IBM Research - Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand, where students and IBM scientists can meet and collaborate. (Photo/ IBM Research-Africa)

Reaching For The Stars: African Scientists Punching Above Their Weight And Changing the World

The range of research being undertaken is remarkable in view of the size of Africa’s overall contribution: from galaxies to viruses; from agriculture to malaria; and from drought to oceanography.


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Sukuma wiki (collard greens) and tomatoes, which have experienced dramatic price surges in the past few months in Kenya. (Photo/Annie Bungeroth/ CAFOD)

Food Price Surge In Kenya Causing Grief, Here’s What It Tells Us About What’s Wrong With African Cities

Kenya’s current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities


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Market woman in Nairobi, Kenya. The prices of fresh produce in the city have risen rapidly in the past ten years. (Photo/ Pixabay)

Tomatoes And Carrots Are An Early Warning Signal Of What’s Wrong With Africa’s Cities. Seriously

In many cities, fresh produce is often transported either by handcart or by motorcycle. Though on the surface they seem cheap, they are hugely inefficient from a technological perspective, and there’s a big cost to it


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Traditional brewing of coffee in South Sudan. (Photo/ Flickr/ Amy the Nurse)

War’s ‘Blessing’ In South Sudan: It Gave Birth To A Rare And Unique Coffee

South Sudan’s coffee bushes were abandoned in the long years of war, but continued to naturally cross-pollinate. The result was something special – Robusta coffee with a very distinct and unusual taste profile.


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Proudly showing off produce in rural Kenya. A farmer's life in Africa is not always so happy. (Photo/ Flickr/ CIAT)

An African Scandal: Wasted Harvests And Hungry Farmers. But Small Fixes Are Can Turn It Around

Losses on cereals account for about 25% of the total crop harvested in Africa; it’s up to 50% for fruits and vegetables. But some of the big problems of rural poverty and hunger could be solved with a few small logistical fixes