New project to aid seaweed R&D in developing nations

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] An initiative has received funding for research and development to address disease and pest infestations threatening the global seaweed industry, especially in developing countries. The outbreaks are causing dramatic 15 per cent yield declines, particularly in three major seaweed-producing countries of Tanzania, Philippines and Indonesia, resulting in catastrophic socio-economic impacts on …

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African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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S&T could raise Africa’s agricultural productivity

By Paul Boateng For Africa to achieve increased agricultural productivity, there is a need to invest in S&T, writes Paul Boateng. On my way straight from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to a meeting and stuck in one of the city’s endless car jams, my taxi driver began a conversation about the lack …

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Big data opening R&D opportunities in Africa

By Russell Taylor , Bradley Frank Big data is fueling capacity building and impacts in Africa, write Russell Taylor and Bradley Frank. Data-intensive research is changing the way African researchers can work and the impact they can have. It is also opening up new career paths in the field of data science. By increasing the …

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African researchers to combat climate change

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges. The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship – an initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and Association of Commonwealth Universities – seeks …

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