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Bill Gates gives $12 million grant to boost yam production

LAGOS — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million (nine-million-euro) grant Monday to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop. It is the foundation’s largest grant for yam production anywhere in the world, said a spokesman of…

Analysis: Science of predicting change enjoys fertile times

LONDON (Reuters) – Times of change can be drastic — revolutions topple dictators, extreme weather kills tens of thousands and market crashes plunge people into poverty — but for scientists studying complex systems they are fertile ground. Few would want to predict the outcome of uprisings in the Middle East…