African science drive raises duplication fear

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] As research centres and partnerships mushroom in Africa, their funders increasingly tie money to results, addressing concerns that these efforts to boost the continent’s science are inefficient or overlap, a meeting heard. “There is a huge focus on results-based financing,” said Mariam Adil, economist for the Africa Education Unit at …

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Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Since the adoption of the UN’s Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development by world leaders on 25 September last year, I have been looking for opportunities that can offer innovative lessons for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One such opportunity arose last week (3 February) when I attended the …

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Research uptake key to program implementation

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] After interacting with many experts, I have established that scientists, researchers and development practitioners are becoming increasingly interested in understanding how policymakers, programme implementers and communities are using research evidence in decision-making. This emerging interest in a subject commonly referred to as research uptake has gathered momentum and is attracting the …

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Crop rotation increases maize yields in Malawi

By Sanje Msiska [LILONGWE] Incorporating crop rotations, whether in conventional or conservation agriculture tillage systems, could help boost maize yields, according to a study in Malawi. Researchers from the United States and Zimbabwe say that in Malawian smallholders’ farms maize yields are low, resulting in low food production in the country. The researchers compared three …

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Robots helping tell the ocean story in South Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni Thanks to robotic gliders, South African researchers are making gains in ocean R&D, writes Munyaradzi Makoni. Eddies — circular currents of water — move deep water nutrients to the surface, but their overall effect on the Southern Ocean and the earth’s changing climate is barely understood. The Southern Ocean, also called the …

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