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African Union Research Grants Success Stories
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African Union Research Grants Success Stories

This leaflet highlights a number of success stories from the African Union Research Grants programme on Africa-Europe collaboration in research and innovation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Study in Kenya: Insect Science PhD Scholarships at icipe
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Study in Kenya: Insect Science PhD Scholarships at icipe

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The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) working with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are inviting prospective doctoral candidates to work on the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences. “At icipe ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research facilities in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year training programme that includes research, training, seminars and participation in scientific meetings and international conferences,” a programme announcement says. “Scholars conduct their research at icipe’s laboratories as well as at field sites located in various agro-ecological zones.” Applications close 22 March 2016 and the study programme commences in September 2016. [Image credit: Flickr, Kenton Forshee]

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Nairobi Gears for SASA 2016
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Nairobi Gears for SASA 2016

The fourth international conference of the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa, takes place in Kenya this August. [Image credit: SASA 2016]

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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa
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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa

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Africa has the potential to enhance its technologies in health by using strategic partnerships, writes Sam Otieno in a summative article published on SciDev.net after the the 5th African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) meeting, which was held in Kenya in November 2015. “Highlighting the need to support health innovation in Africa, Solomon Nwaka, executive director of Ethiopia-headquartered ANDI, said African institutions are not working together in a concerted way to solve the health challenges facing the continent due to lack of coordination and financing, among other factors,” Otieno writes. Otieno also quotes Sanaa Botros of Egypt’s Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, who said: “Effective alliance building will help to facilitate and support the development of local technologies with potential to positively impact.” Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, a CAAST-Net Plus partner, attended the ANDI meeting and presented a poster on framework conditions for health research and innovation. [Image credit: Flickr, IITA]

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East Africa Farming Tech Gets Boost
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East Africa Farming Tech Gets Boost

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The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has joined forces with the European Union on a €15 million programme to improve farmer technology access, The East African has reported. “In Africa’s predominantly mixed crop-livestock farming systems, cereals are the staple food and cash crop for millions of households. Further, production of fruit and vegetables offers one of the most important opportunities for income generation, employment creation and improvement in food and nutritional security. However, their productivity in the region is low, resulting in food insecurity and poor livelihoods,” programme manager for agriculture and rural development at the EU Delegation to Kenya, Steve Wathome, is quoted as saying. The initiative is called the Integrated Biological Control Applied Research Programme. Its focus areas? Climate-smart push-pull technology for the control of weeds and pests of cereals; fruit fly integrated pest management technologies; tsetse fly repellent collar technology; and research on the control of vectors of camel diseases in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, the article explains. [Image credit: Flickr, DIVatUSAID]

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ANDI Stakeholder Meeting on Health Technology in Africa
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ANDI Stakeholder Meeting on Health Technology in Africa

The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) is to host its fifth stakeholder meeting in Kenya. The focus? Partnerships and Financing for Transformative, Accessible and Sustainable Health Technologies in Africa. “The meeting will emphasize cross cutting enablers of innovation especially, financing, regulatory facilitation and human resource development in support of accessible, inclusive and sustainable technology development in Africa,” the event’s web page says. Representatives from the health technologies sector, including private sector players and policy-makers, are expected to share experiences and explore new collaborations. CAAST-Net Plus partners will also present on framework conditions for bi-regional health research and innovation. [Image credit: Flickr, US Army Africa]

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Coming Soon: Launch of Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa
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Coming Soon: Launch of Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa

A new funding platform to develop African science strategies will kick-off in Kenya on 10 September. The establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) was announced earlier this year. Funding for AESA is provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The launch will include a panel discussion on the “Future of Africa’s R&D”, along with an announcement of two new research funding programmes. “A panel of eminent leading African policymakers, leading scientists, business and youth leaders will discuss and debate topics that include the needs for domestic financing for R&D programmes in Africa,” says an announcement published on the African Academy of Sciences website. [Image credit: Flickr, DFAT]

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Second Africa Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Food Security Conference
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Second Africa Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Food Security Conference

The theme of the conference is “Re-imagining Africa Food Security Through Harnessing Ecosystem-based Adaptation Now and Into the Future”. The United Nations Environment Programme is the event’s main organising partner. CAAST-Net Plus partner, the Technical Centre for Rural and Agricultural Cooperation (CTA), is also among the event's associates. Contact afsac2015[at]aaknet.org for more information. [Image credit: Flickr, DFAT Library]

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