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Munyaradzi Makoni

Munyaradzi is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He covers agriculture, climate change, environment, health, higher education, sustainable development, and science in general. Among other outlets, his work has appeared in Hakai magazine, Nature, Physics World, Science,, The Lancet, The Scientist, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and University World News.

Articles by Munyaradzi Makoni
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Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Munyaradzi Makoni | Oct 19, 2020 | 4 min read
Experts fear the fungal pathogen will spread to other African countries, threatening wheat production.
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
Munyaradzi Makoni | Aug 6, 2020 | 6 min read
The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.
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In South Africa, COVID-19 Breath Test Trial Set for June
Munyaradzi Makoni | Jun 15, 2020 | 4 min read
If proven successful, the five-minute test could be a good temporary indicator before a confirmatory PCR test.
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Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Munyaradzi Makoni | Mar 30, 2020 | 4 min read
In recent years, laboratories on the continent have ramped up genomic sequencing capabilities, offering in-country analyses rather than outsourcing the job.
Isolated Ebola Cases Hard to Diagnose, Go Undetected
Munyaradzi Makoni | Jun 18, 2019 | 2 min read
Wide availability of infection control and diagnostic resources is required to control outbreaks early.
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A New Fund Pledges to Help Scientists in Africa Start Their Own Labs
Munyaradzi Makoni | Apr 26, 2019 | 3 min read
A lack of resources ordinarily blocks young researchers on the continent from scholarly independence, but long-term support is no guarantee.
Initiative Aims to Limit Excessive Red Tape for African Science
Munyaradzi Makoni | Feb 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Research organizations and universities have typically faced burdensome paperwork to convince funders their money would not be wasted.