Tanzania’s refusal to sign EU trade deal gives E. Africa think time

Sekou Toure Otondi, University of Nairobi Tanzania’s refusal to sign a new trade deal between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) has generated anxious reactions. If news reports are to be believed, plans had been made for a signing ceremony to take place during the just-concluded United Nations international conference on …

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Best 15 African universities in 2016

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] Only 15 universities in Africa have been ranked among the top 800 in the world. The results by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings were published last month (21 April) and presented at THE 2nd Africa Universities Summit at the University of Ghana, Accra, a week later (27-29 April). …

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PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB]   “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change …

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New beans could transform Kenyan canning industry

By Ochieng’ Ogodo and Sven Torfinn [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.]     Researchers from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with support from Bio-resource Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, have developed superior, better-yielding, drought-resistant varieties of beans. The varieties have good canning properties and are resistant to drought and …

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