A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Botswana: Nine elephants electrocuted while seeking water

In Botswana, nine elephants have died from electrocution that happened when they were trying to reach a pond, but accidentally knocked down a utility pole while trying to get past it to get to the water. Authorities with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) say they went to the Dukwi community…

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

World Health organization officials say an “unprecedented” outbreak of cholera in Somalia is linked to the drought that began in October 2016, creating widespread shortages of clean drinking water and food. There are more than 40,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the year, with nearly 700 deaths to date,…

This is not a drill: Cape Town, climate and the water crisis

The water crisis and unrelenting drought in Cape Town, South Africa, have become so dire that city officials on Tuesday recommended the highest level of water restrictions for its nearly 4 million people. “This is not a drill,” the city said, in a public message clearly marked as a drought…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

South Africa summit, new report focus on waste water as resource

South African President Jacob Zuma welcomed participants to the United Nations World Water Day summit in Durban on Wednesday, to begin a three-day conference on global water resources. The meeting served as launch for the 2017 World Water Development Report, with its emphasis on waste water resources and their recapture….

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam water, transport boosted by World Bank

Nearly 2 million people in Tanzania are expected to benefit from newly approved World Bank financing for improvements in the East African country’s water services and infrastructure. The USD$225 million will come from the International Development Association (IDA), through the Second Water Sector Support Project, the World Bank said in…