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Indigenous plants support nutrition in Southern Africa

Researchers in Southern Africa turn indigenous plants into food products to tackle micronutrient deficiencies. By Nelson Mandela Ogema Food recipes developed from indigenous plants and adapted to local climates could improve nutrition and alleviate food shortages in rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa, researchers say.The African researchers created products – including jams, juices, syrups, yogurts, and…

Mozambique’s new STI policy to drive development

Mozambique’s new science, technology and innovation policy aims to drive sustainable development and productivity. By Francis Kokutse Mozambique’s new science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy will drive economic growth and sustainable development while addressing societal challenges, researchers say. Approved by Mozambique’s cabinet on 21 May, the policy aims to leverage STI to achieve sustainable development…

Uganda fights wheat gap with heat-resistant crop

Uganda develops new heat-resistant wheat varieties to boost domestic production and reduce reliance on imports. By Funke Ishola New climate-resistant wheat varieties developed in Uganda will reduce reliance on foreign exports and support local food production, according to agricultural researchers. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a growing demand for wheat, but rising temperatures are putting…

Go Data, software to improve malaria surveillance in Burkina Faso

The digital tool developed by the WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network is helping to combat the disease effectively. By: Abdel Aziz Nabaloum The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) have developed software to help monitor cases of malaria in Burkina Faso. Called “Go Data”, this…

Malawi aims to increase ethanol production despite difficulties

Malawi relies on ethanol as a sustainable and economical alternative to imported gasoline. By Paul Adepoju Malawi is working to increase its ethanol production through public-private partnerships with the aim of producing a cheaper, cleaner fuel, according to a senior official. Ethanol, which is made from the starch in corn kernels, transformed into sugar and…

New start for Sierra Leone’s Scientific Council

Sierra Leone’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council gets a second wind thanks to support from IOSRS. [NAIROBI] A pan-African initiative to provide financial support to scientific research granting bodies has boosted the Sierra Leone Science, Technology and Innovation Council (NSTIC), helping it to become more recognized and effective, said the chairman of the Sierra Leone…

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Malawi aims to boost ethanol production amid challenges

Malawi is banking on ethanol as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to imported petrol. By Paul Adepoju Malawi is working to increase its ethanol production through public-private partnerships in a bid to generate cheaper, cleaner transport fuel, a senior official says. Ethanol, which is made by breaking down the starch in maize kernels into sugar…

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African research ‘stifled by unequal partnerships’

Equitable research partnerships lead to better outcomes. By: Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] African scientists are often undervalued and marginalized in collaborative research projects, leading to flawed research questions and biased interpretation of data, academic leaders told a panel discussion. Speaking during a webinar on fair and inclusive partnerships organised by the Southern African Research and Innovation Management…

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Research project to enrich Africa’s innovation scene

A research and innovation management programme is helping science granting councils scope out impactful projects to fund. By Afeez Bolaji A new project is addressing Sub-Saharan Africa’s research and innovation challenges, funding gaps and gender imbalances to drive development in the region. The Research and Innovation Management (RIM) project is an initiative of the Science Granting Council Initiative (SGCI) aimed at improving the 17-member councils’ ability to identify, support and…

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Researchers partner with private sector in Malawi

Collaborations with businesses and government help researchers in Malawi tackle ‘real world problems’. By: Michael Kaloki The Science Granting Councils Initiative is using the so-called “triple helix approach” to enable African researchers to collaborate with their governments, the private sector and other scientists, to advance science and overcome funding challenges.  Gift Kadzamira, director general of the National Commission…