Biowaste briquettes fuel drive to save trees

Banana stems, maize and other crop waste will be turned into charcoal briquettes in Uganda in an effort to reduce the number of...

Q&A: Calestous Juma and African innovation

Harvard globalisation professor Calestous Juma talks to SciDev.Net about how to get Africa's wealth of innovation making an impact Calestous Juma, director of the Science,...

Kenya: Agriculture Scientists in short supply

Kenya faces a shortage of crop and animal husbandry experts, a hurdle that is likely to stall progress in search of drought and pest-resistant...

“Sutherlandia” plant begins HIV drug safety trials

  A traditional medicine that may relieve symptoms in AIDS patients is to undergo safety and efficacy tests in South Africa. The department of science and technology...

Sub-Saharan Africa Tech news in brief: 27 January–9 February 2011

Below is a roundup of Tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 27 January–9 February 2011 Africa to benefit from nutrition research...

Fast-growing plants linked to poor pest resistance

The idea that breeding plants for faster growth and higher yield will lead to a generation of crops vulnerable to pests and disease has...

Africa on the rise: Bill Gates on Health & Agriculture

Bill Gates writes in his third annual letter that he sees ‘Africa on the rise’. About agriculture, he says that: ‘When farmers increase their...

Africa: Time to make agricultural research a top priority

Recent protests over food prices underline a key message from a new report about the potential dangers of neglecting agricultural research. The ousting of Tunisia's...

Africa: Science & Tech news in brief 13-26 Jan 2011

Below is a round up of Science & Tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 13–26 January 2011 Malaria vaccine candidate shows promise...

New rice variety could ease Mozambique’s supplies

Smallholders struggling to grow rice in Mozambique could benefit from a variety that boosts yields nearly six-fold and is less prone to disease. The...

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