Farmers in Africa should switch to biopesticides

Biopesticides are better and safer than chemical pesticides — policymakers must do more to promote them, says insect ecologist Manuele Tamò. Agriculture is, and will remain for...

BRIC science profiles ‘more like the G7’

The majority of China's science output continues to be in engineering, chemistry, physics and maths Flickr/CIMMYT The pattern of science publishing in the emerging economies...

Brazil tests GM mosquitoes to fight dengue

Scientists in Brazil say an experiment to reduce populations of the dengue-carrying Aedes aegyptimosquito, by releasing millions of genetically modified (GM) insects into the wild, is working. More than...

Uganda: Universities turn waste to substance

A foul stench hits you as you get near the Kampala City Abbatoir. The slaughter area is clean and dry but a short distance away,...

Kenya: Government plans regulation of bio-technology

Kenyan scientists have completed research on bio-technology cotton, which is set to be commercialised in 2014. Kenya is among countries in Africa that has made...

GM mosquito risk assessments ‘deficient’, says review

Decisions to release genetically modified (GM) insects into the wild should be made more openly and based on better science, according to a review. The...

Kenyatta University to establish a Biomedical Engineering Program

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Kenyatta University agreed to work together in building a biomedical engineering programme at the university....

African Environment Day Renamed to Wangari Maathai Day

The 18th African Union Summit, which recently took place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, recognized Prof. Maathai as an outstanding personality and created...

Africa: Task forces set up to accelerate delivery of rice technologies

National and international rice experts in Africa have joined forces to set up continent-wide task forces on critical thematic areas in the rice sector...

$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops

Small-farm operators in Africa and parts of Asia are intended to reap the benefits from two $1 million grants supporting seed-related research for indigenous...

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