Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.
Often called an "abortion bill" in Kenya, the country's second attempt at a reproductive health bill is due for a vote. Devex speaks with a Nairobi-based expert in gender and reproductive justice and a human rights lawyer, about the bill's criticisms and the important measures it includes.
Africa's top food prize is awarded to a man making fertilizer more affordable for smallholder farmers in west Africa and a woman working with governments to integrate remote sensing into agriculture and drought monitoring systems.
While small- and medium-sized enterprises play a key role in connecting smallholder farmers to markets where products can be sold, the funding and policy environment across the continent hinders the success of these companies.
The African continent is rapidly urbanizing, which is changing agricultural systems. The "Africa Agriculture Status Report 2020" highlights five areas where policymakers and partners can improve smallholder farmer access to urban markets.
South Africa's daily case count has decreased drastically since it hit a peak of nearly 14,000 new cases in one day in July. But responders to the pandemic are concerned that loosened restrictions may lead to complacency and another surge in cases.