Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn’t be caught napping

By Cyril Piou THE FOOD and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that the locust invasion in the Horn of Africa may soon spread to other countries. The locusts feeding on…

Daniel arap Moi: the making of a Kenyan ‘big man’

By Gabrielle Lynch DANIEL ARAP MOI – Kenya’s president from 1978 to 2002 – has died at the grand age of 95. The only extended biography of Kenya’s longest-serving president…

Masvingo: Njovo wetlands becomes a shining example of sustainable environmental management

By Josephine Mugiyo THE NJOVO wetlands in Masvingo’s Zezayi village are a shining example of how communities can benefit from the sustainable management of the environment. Masvingo was this Friday…

Why ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ could inhibit a peace deal in Libya

By Jacob Mundy Libya has been deeply unstable, with outside powers providing support to rival armed factions since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in a 2011 uprising. In an attempt to…

UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

By Ian Scoones There has been much hype about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals,…

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, gone too soon

THURSDAY (Today) marks the first anniversary of the late legend, Oliver Mtukudzi’s death. A dark cloud enveloped Zimbabwe and indeed the region and beyond on this day last year when…

Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers

By Savo Heleta RESEARCH and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming…

An analysis of electricity provision in Zimbabwe

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango Zimbabwe’s economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country’s population has access to electricity. The country…

New estimates show 14.8 million children globally are HIV-exposed but uninfected

By Amy Slogrove & Kathleen Powis IN MANY countries with a high HIV prevalence, at least 95% of children born to mothers living with HIV remain HIV-uninfected. This is due…

Ghana’s mining communities are still not getting their just dues

By Paivi Lujala GHANA has gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, salt, limestone, granite and oil. Its mining and quarrying sector contributes significantly to its economy. It is the second-largest gold producer…