Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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New wave of African sci-fi will inspire innovation

By Jonathan Dotse Science fiction helped accelerate Western development. It could do the same in Africa, says Jonathan Dotse. The Industrial Revolution sparked the first wave of modern science fiction narratives, which used the power of creative storytelling to explore the implications of unfolding technological developments. Science and speculation drove those stories and narratives, allowing …

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Q&A: Put farmers at heart of ‘adoption revolution’

By Nick Ishmael Perkins Pamela Anderson is director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team works to reduce poverty, improve nutrition and strengthen women’s roles in smallholder farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Anderson, an agricultural entomologist and epidemiologist, joined the foundation in 2014. Previously, she was director …

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Science and technology hold the key to Nigeria reaching its full potential

Ademola Adenle, University of Oxford Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must make science and technology a priority if the populous West African country hopes to flex its economic muscle. Buhari can achieve these goals by expanding the country’s economy and making it more globally competitive. An important step is to address the damage done to Nigerian …

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African management courses must be focused on local priorities

Shiv Tripathi, Mzumbe University Some of Africa’s economies are among the fastest-growing in the world. This boom in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Nigeria means that the continent needs competent managers more than ever before. The value of good managers is well-documented. David N. Abdulai, the president of the African Graduate School …

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