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Assessment of grain storage structures, pests and their management practices in Lesotho

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

A survey was conducted among 218 farmers in 8 of the 10 districts of Lesotho. Data collection was conducted using a structured questionnaire uploaded on KOBO data collection software and it was also used for data analysis of descriptive statistics. Microsoft Excel was used to construct tables and chats while Statistical...

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Modelling, simulation and optimisation of a pressure retarded osmosis power station: The co- vs. counter-current setting

July-December, 2024 - Vol 10 Num. 2

In a pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) power plant, osmosis is used to generate electric power in a 2-channel system through a semipermeable membrane. Such system can be operated in the co- or in the counter-current mode, depending on relative flow direction of the fresh and the salt (draw) water along the membrane. In...

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Assessment and valuation of provisioning ecosystem services (Non-Timber Forest Produce) in Medak Forest range, Telangana State

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

The collection of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) by communities living near forest fringe villages in India is a critical aspect of sustainable forest management and livelihoods. This practice involves the harvesting of various forest resources such as medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, resins, and fibers. The reliance on...

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Preclinical immunomodulatory activity of COVIDEX® herbal product developed for supportive treatment of COVID-19 in Uganda

July 2024 - Vol 18 Num. 6

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the SARSCoV-2 virus caused international lockdown with devastating effects on global health. In Africa, most people resorted to the use of herbal products for the prevention and treatment COVID-19 related symptoms. In Uganda COVIDEX® herbal product was widely used and is...

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Influence of soil physical properties, chemical contents and rhizobacterial loads on soil quality in maize fields of Southwestern Nigeria

July 2024 - Vol 23 Num. 7

In Southwestern Nigeria (SWN), the high demand for maize has resulted in increased levels of maize cultivation. However, continuous maize cultivation is directly or indirectly affecting soil nutrient reserves. This study therefore assessed and compared the soil physical conditions, chemical contents, and rhizobacterial...

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Physicochemical and sensory characterization of sweet potato beers with purple and yellow flesh

July 2024 - Vol 18 Num. 6

The use of brewing adjuncts can improve the color, aroma, and flavor of beer. Sweet potatoes (Ipomea batatas) are rich in bioactive compounds, such as phenolic compounds with antioxidant activity. Thus, this study aimed to develop and characterize physicochemical and sensorial aspects of craft beers brewed with sweet...

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Hygienic-sanitary conditions of school food service in Barretos/SP/Brazil

July 2024 - Vol 18 Num. 6

It is important to ensure the hygienic-sanitary quality at all stages of food handling for human consumption. Therefore, the study was conducted to assess the school food service hygienic-sanitary conditions of public municipal schools of Barretos-SP. The survey was conducted in 2 schools in 4 phases: (1) Application of...

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Preparation and manufacturing of nanomembranes based on ramie fiber using electrospinning technique

July-December, 2024 - Vol 14 Num. 2

In this study, ramie fibers were used to fabricate nanomembranes, which are expected to be able to filter micron/nano-sized particles. The ramie fibers were processed into cellulose pulp and processed into cellulose acetate. Ramie cellulose acetate is the basic material for making nanomembranes through an electrospinning...

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Genetic parameters estimate of iron and zinc nutrients in common bean genotypes

July 2024 - Vol 20 Num. 7

There is need to know the heritability of different traits for the effective selection of parents for future breeding activities. A study was carried out to determine heritability of iron and zinc in common bean. Crosses were made with each donor and recipient parents to obtain four different types of crosses. Part of the...

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Effects of soil pH levels on iron and zinc concentrations of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) genotypes

July 2024 - Vol 20 Num. 7

Plants grown in acid soils experience a variety of stresses which include aluminium, hydrogen and/or manganese toxicity, as well as nutrient deficiencies of calcium and magnesium. A study was carried out to determine the influence of soil pH levels on iron and zinc concentrations in leaves and seeds of twenty-five common...

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Troubled agronomy: Exploring challenges affecting oil palm production among indigenous rural farmers in Karonga district, Malawi

July 2024 - Vol 20 Num. 7

Agriculture remains fundamental in addressing socio-economic challenges in developing countries including Malawi. Through agriculture, oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) production has been essential as source of food, creation of job opportunities, income generation, hence offering potential pathways for reducing rural...

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Standard of living, gender dimensions and women empowerment among Fulani pastoralist in Kaduna State, Nigeria

July 2024 - Vol 20 Num. 7

The participation of women in dairy farming varies according to region, culture, and socioeconomic status. These dynamics restrict women’s abilities to exercise equal access and control over resources. Utilizing descriptive statistics and data from 316 clustered Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN)...

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Nursing related safety incidents reported in Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) during COVID-19 pandemic: Mixed method approach

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

Safety incidents in healthcare may be inevitable, especially during a pandemic of highly infectious diseases. However, their frequency can be decreased with a focused study and mitigation strategies. A limited number of studies have been conducted to explore safety incidents during COVID-19. This study is a retrospective...

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Impact of adoption lag of soil and water conservation practices on crop productivity in Sio-Malaba Malakisi Basin of Kenya-Uganda border

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

The increasing need to feed a fast-growing population has significantly led to land degradation and a substantial reduction of soil and crop productivity globally, due to soil overexploitation. Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Practices (SWCPs) improves crop productivity and reduces soil erosion rates. However, the...

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Awareness and acceptance of telemedicine by medical doctors working in public hospitals in the city of Douala

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

Clinicians have been studying ways to apply computer technology to enhance healthcare for many years. However, the acceptance of telemedicine has tended to be slower in Africa. The objective of this study was to evaluate medical doctors' awareness of telemedicine and determine factors affecting its acceptance in...

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Predictors of community acquired pneumonia in children less than 5 years in Fako Division, Cameroon

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a major public health problem and a principal cause of morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years of age worldwide. The 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is the major intervention strategy used in the prevention of new infections. Though the vaccines have been in use...

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Wound healing effects of Commiphora swynnertonii resin formulations using rat as model animal

July, 2024 - Vol 18 Num. 5

Commiphora swynnertonii (Burceraceae) is commonly used for the treatment of various ailments, including arthritis, wounds, and skin conditions. In this study, the effects of various formulations of the tree resin on wound healing were evaluated in rats through skin contracture and histological changes. Body weights were...

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Does corporate governance affect bank performance in Brazil, Russia, India, and China?

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

This study utilizes a sample of 67 selected banks from four well-known developing countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, and China (hereafter BRIC), over nine consecutive years from 2011 to 2019 to examine the effects of corporate governance on bank performance. The study aims to investigate whether the concept of...

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Internal audit quality and audit fees: Evidence from China

July-September 2024 - Vol 16 Num. 3

As an integral part of corporate governance, assurance services from internal and external sources supervise and evaluate companies’ operations. Systematically combing the relevant internal and external audit literature at home and abroad reveals that internal auditing and audit fees show different relationships in...

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The necessity for note-taking during teaching-learning process in Sports and Physical Education

June 2024 - Vol 19 Num. 6

Sports and Physical Education (SPE), like any other discipline, contributes to students’ education. These students, for a good acquisition of teaching content, should be invited to take notes of the theoretical and technological knowledge conveyed by Physical and Sport Activities (PSA), subject of teaching. This...

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