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Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Science
A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive.Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant.Details of the project were given at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC.Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health. He believes that gene editing along with more targeted traditional cross-breeding will lead to healthy, productive livestock that will transform the lives of some of the very poorest people in the world."We can drive out poverty in some of ...
Scientists use satellite images to measure household poverty

Scientists use satellite images to measure household poverty

Science
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- To more strategically allocate resources, set agenda priorities and track the progress of economic initiatives in the developing world, the United Nations is turning to satellite imagery. Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have developed methods for quantifying economic living conditions at the household level using high resolution satellite images. "Based on high-resolution satellite images, we can very precisely assess the status of poverty at household level in rural areas in developing countries," Jens-Christian Svenning, a professor and researcher at Aarhus, said in a news release. Using satellite images of portions of rural Kenya as a proof-of-concept test, scientists used several factors to estimate economic living conditions on local farms. Researchers ide...
Russia's Putin vows to halve poverty in pre-election speech

Russia's Putin vows to halve poverty in pre-election speech

World
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he intends to halve poverty in the country within the next six years, in his annual state of the nation speech in Moscow.The speech is the last before an election he is expected to win in 17 days time.Mr Putin is laying out his key policies for his fourth presidential term. "Every person matters to us," he said, adding that he wanted to increase employment and longevity. Mr Putin faces seven challengers on 18 March although none is expected to attract widespread support. The president played no part in a raucous televised debate broadcast on Wednesday that featured the other candidates.Absent from the campaign is prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been barred from running and has called on voters to boycott the poll.President Putin...
Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Technology
Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with The Associated Press, the couple said they're concerned about President Donald Trump's "America first" worldview. They've made known their differences with the president and his party on issues including foreign aid, taxes and protections for immigrant youth in the country illegally. And they said they're now digging into the layers of U.S. poverty that they haven't been deeply involved with at the national level, including employment, race, housing, mental health, incarceration and substance abuse. "We are...