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South African oysters linked to illness in Hong Kong

Oysters from South Africa have been linked to cases of food poisoning in Hong Kong. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong ordered the suspension of imports of raw oysters produced by Zwembesi Farm Limited in South Africa this past week. Six food poisoning clusters have been identified after consumption of raw oysters…

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African Study

Study on African buffalo offers insights on persistence of highly contagious pathogens

A new Oregon State University study on foot-and-mouth disease among buffalo in South Africa could help explain how certain extremely contagious pathogens are able to persist and reach endemic stage in a population, long after they’ve burned through their initial pool of susceptible hosts. The findings, publishing in Science Magazine, are particularly relevant as the…

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African Swine

African Swine Fever spreads to Haiti

The Chief Veterinary Officer in Haiti on Sept. 20 reported a positive case of African swine fever (ASF) to the World Organisation for Animal Health. The sample was collected from a pig in a province bordering the Dominican Republic and was tested by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories through a cooperative testing program. Haiti and…

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African Leaders

African leaders highlight vaccine inequity in UNGA speeches

Wide disparity in accessing COVID-19 vaccines featured prominently in speeches at the United Nations General Assembly. The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharper focus on Thursday as many leaders of African countries, whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots, stepped to the podium to speak at the United Nations General…

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African South

South African consumers and farmers hit by economic fallout from COVID, extreme weather

The South African Competition Commission has released its latest Essential Food report, and the findings are a warning bell on the conditions that smallholder farmers and poorer consumers are facing.Focusing on tracking the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis on food markets, the report highlighted a ‘clear drop’ in farmer numbers and…

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African domesticating

How domesticating the African baobab tree could secure its future

Environment 27 August 2021 By Michael Le Page An African baobab (Adansonia digitata) at Tarangire National Park, TanzaniaJuniors Bildarchiv GmbH/Alamy The famous baobab tree is being domesticated. Farmers seldom plant baobabs because they take between eight and 23 years to flower – and potentially begin bearing fruit – but a pair of researchers in Ghan

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African challenger

Kuda, the African challenger bank, raises $55M at a $500M valuation

Kuda Bank, the London-based, Nigerian-operating startup that is taking on incumbents in the country with a mobile-first, personalised and often cheaper set of banking services built on newer, API-based infrastructure, has been on a growth tear in the last several months, and to fuel its expansion, it has now raised another round of funding. TechCrunch…

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African Swine

African swine fever gets too close for comfort of U.S. pork consumers

The USDA’s confirmation that African Swine Fever (ASF) has turned up in the Dominican Republic changes the metrics for pork consumers in the United States. Classical Swine Fever was in the Dominican Republic almost 40 years ago, but ASF changes things. North America is no longer free of the virus that’s been sweeping the globe,…

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African Swine

African swine fever cases in Dominican Republic trigger regional warning

SANTO DOMINGO — World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) called on countries to strengthen efforts to keep out African swine fever on Friday after the Dominican Republic reported the Americas’ first cases of the deadly pig disease in nearly 40 years.The Caribbean nation’s outbreak started July 1, according to an OIE report, though it was…

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African Swine

African swine fever confirmed in Dominican Republic pigs -USDA

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program, the USDA said in a statement on Wednesday.Pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are currently prohibited e