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...

Recent Sub-Saharan Africa Tech news in brief

Satellite data receiving station for Gambia A station for receiving satellite data has been installed at the Gambia's National Environment Agency as part of the...

Africa: Eating insects ‘could cut greenhouse gas emissions’

Dining on crickets, locusts, or even cockroaches, instead of cattle or pigs, could ease both food insecurity and climate change, according to researchers. Insects caught...

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