A recent study by the Global Nutrition Report 2017 shows that eating beans bred to contain more iron boosts memory and attention in college-going women in Rwanda. The specially biofortified beans could prove significant in a continent where iron deficiency (ID) affects both adults and children, with dire consequences. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Kigali, Rwanda.
Man's best friend is being drafted into the war on wildlife trafficking in Africa. Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique have all enlisted canine rangers to help detect illegal wildlife contraband, in particular ivory. And now, Botswana is joining the trend. The country is home to Africa's largest remaining population of elephants. Ten new canine rangers, along with 15 Botswana handlers, are completing their training in Tanzania. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Arusha,…
The fashion and textile industry could generate nearly half a million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade. That's according to the African Development Bank, which launched its "Fashionomics" initiative in 2015 to revitalize the industry. However, designers in the region still struggle to grow their businesses. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.
Efforts are underway to modernize Kenya's agriculture sector after a significant drop in farmers' earnings last year. Drought and an invasive insect known as fall armyworm played a big role. But poor seed varieties and a lack of equipment, like tractors, are also persistent problems. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA.
Cardiovascular disease is a growing health concern in Kenya and around Africa. In Nairobi, 100 motorcycle taxi drivers are riding stationary bicycles and being trained to provide emergency resuscitation using automatic electronic defibrillators. It's all part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about heart health in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
You can expect some fresh faces on the ballots in Kenya in August. The political newcomers include a rapper seeking a seat in parliament, a businessman running for president, and a prominent activist who has decided to try to improve the system from within. For VOA, Lenny Ruvaga joined Boniface Mwangi on the campaign trail in Nairobi and has this report.