Cattle traders wait for customers at a livestock market in Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 15. Vaccination research further south in sub-Saharan regions could have wide reaching effects in reducing common livestock diseases throughout Africa.  |  Reuters/Ismail Taxta Photo

Activists jeopardize livestock vaccine use

A Canadian-financed project to develop vaccines to inoculate livestock in sub-Saharan Africa against infectious diseases could produce results within three years, says the project leader. However, anti-vaccination politics could delay or stymie their introduction. Celebrated Canadian researcher Lorne Babiuk leads a project that uses advanced DNA technology to develop vaccine antidotes to deadly and destructive […] Read more

Feds to matchfunds raised for West Africa

In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis in a large swath of West African countries, the Canadian government says it will match aid funds raised privately until Sept. 30. The government commitment, announced Aug. 7, supplements $47.5 million in assistance already pledged by Ottawa. The new commitment could add tens of millions of dollars […] Read more

A girl stands outside a hut in Niger's capital, Niamey. This remote pocket of the Sahel is among areas facing a humanitarian crisis due to expected food shortages caused by drought in key food-producing countries. | Reuters/Richard Valdmanis photo

Food crisis looms: aid group

International aid organization Oxfam is warning that this summer’s drought in key food producing countries is putting millions of poor people at risk and bad political decisions play a role. In an August report, the non-governmental organization said drought in North America, Russia and Ukraine is cutting the amount of food available, raising prices beyond […] Read more