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The African Diaspora Network (ADN) has been instrumental in not only offering a platform for dialogue, action and innovation but also driving investment opportunities in the continent, pertinently through their flagship symposium. The African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), fosters the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Africans in the diaspora together with their champions. The event has been for the past seven years since inception,  a catalyst for diaspora-driven initiatives and investment with the potential to shape the continent’s future as well as a platform to control the narrative about Africa. For the 2022 event, the Network seeks to bring the global community together to Silicon Valley; it has been hailed as the premium convening of the African investment ecosystem in Silicon Valley.

Since January, the Network has been running online forums, addressing thematic concerns and the pivotal role that the diasporan community can play in solving and sealing gaping deficits.…

In Uganda alone, the annual loss caused by tick-related animal complications amounts to US$1.1 billion, with the East Coast Fever being the most prevalent and economically bruising tick-borne disease (TBD).

The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) has partnered with Elanco Animal Health, a global leader in animal health, to launch a new initiative to manage ticks and tick-borne diseases in Africa.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the initiative.…

In March of 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the commencement of a grant competition to facilitate innovative companies to develop condoms of the future. The idea was to develop the next-generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use,” according to the foundation’s Global Grand Challenges website. The most promising designers would score $100,000 in seed funding, plus a chance at an additional $1 million to further finance their projects.

Years down the line, none of the recipients has come up with a condom worth noting. Only around 5% of men worldwide are estimated to use them — despite their 98% effectiveness at preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. The main reason has been explained as lack of “enough pleasure” or reaction to latex-the main material for development of condoms.

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The East and Southern Africa Breeding Network (ESABN) on 4th May, 2018 launched the accelerated genetic gain in rice (AGGRI) project aiming at the empowering women involved in rice value chain in the region.

The launch of the project was on the sideline of the just- concluded three-day 11th East and Southern Africa Breeding Network meeting held in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking soon after launching the initiative, representative of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for Eastern and Southern Africa, Abdelbagi Ismail said that the beneficiaries will be unified by a set of standards developed to make breeding decisions consistent with the demand of regional farmers, consumers and processors.

Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Initiative is also aimed at expanding International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) `s variety testing network into a globally aligned, modernized, rice breeding `community of practice`

In another development, IRRI`s targets …