Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

By Sam Otieno [GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa. It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. The project is being funded by the African …

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Invest in infrastructure to retain Africa’s scientists

By Laura Owings African countries lack the infrastructure and entrepreneurial support needed to retain science graduates, thus impacting scientific independence and contributing to the continent’s so called ‘brain drain’, a conference has heard. The Science in Africa UnConference, held in London last month (20 July) by the Planet Earth Institute, aimed to promote the successes …

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Delay in using GM crops making Africa lose benefits

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study says. Many African governments are grappling with opponents and proponents of GM crops, thus facilitating a delay in adoption, especially when uncertainty about GM crops are announced …

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Ugandan initiative to improve health communication

By Esther Nakkazi [KAMPALA] Building communication capacity of researchers, policymakers and knowledge intermediaries such as journalists, librarians and journal editors and bridging them is crucial for dissemination of timely and evidence-based health information. As a result, an initiative for mobilising journalists, policymakers, journal editors, researchers and librarians to improve health communication and public understanding has …

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Invest in smallholders, R&D to spur food security

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ABIDJAN] Africa needs to invest more in agricultural research and stronger institutions for smallholder farmers to spur production, ensure food security and help achieve socioeconomic growth on the continent, an expert has told a forum. The forum highlighted the need to build capacity of agriculture and agribusiness to increase sustainable rural development …

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