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Upcycling AgriWaste: Independent Collaborative Research Stories
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Upcycling AgriWaste: Independent Collaborative Research Stories

Presentation by Taslim Owonikoko, founder of Berekotry in Nigeria, at the Africa Techno Forum CAAST-Net Plus Roundtable Discussion on Food Security, Innovation and Private Sector Engagement (South Africa, Johannesburg: 26 November 2015). [Image credit: T. Owonikoko]

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What is Innovation for Africa in Food and Nutrition Security?
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What is Innovation for Africa in Food and Nutrition Security?

Presentation by Prof. Mady Cisse of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, at the Africa Techno Forum CAAST-Net Plus Roundtable Discussion on Food Security, Innovation and Private Sector Engagement (South Africa, Johannesburg: 26 November 2015). [Image credit: M. Cisse]

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​​*Unity: New Online Tool for Global Research Collaboration
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​​*Unity: New Online Tool for Global Research Collaboration

http://l.caast-net-plus.org/f8

London-based multi-media firm, ​*​Research ​Ltd,​ working in ​partnership with the Apereo Foundation and the Open Academic Environment, has launched a​ web​tool ​aimed at making​ ​global​ research collaboration easy​. The freely available service, called​ *Unity​, aims to​ help​ connect researchers and universities, and increase collaboration between groups inside ​as well as​ outside a particular institution. “The emerging ecosystem is inherently generic in its core technology, and its natural role is to support the entire academic mission, simplifying life for both researchers and IT departments,” wrote founder and chairman of *Research Ltd, William Cullerne Bown, in an editorial. While​ *Unity is free to use for individuals,​ institutions have the option to pay to​ adapt the system ​to its​ representatives' needs. [Image credit: *Research Ltd]

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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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EU, SA Engage on Environment Challenges
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EU, SA Engage on Environment Challenges

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The European Commission met with the South African government in July to discuss collaboration on alternative energy technologies to address climate change. “The partners confirmed that environment and climate change remain a priority area for bilateral cooperation, as outlined in the South Africa – European Union (SA-EU) Strategic Partnership of 2007 and agreed to enhance their dialogue in these areas, notably covering green and ocean economy in the context of the SA-EU Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development,” according to a joint press release. [Image credit: Flickr, Germanborrillo]

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CAAST-Net Plus to Participate at Africa-Techno Forum
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CAAST-Net Plus to Participate at Africa-Techno Forum

Africa-Techno is an annual forum about innovation, where technologies developed in Africa and Europe are showcased. The event is organised by CVT Valorisation Sud, France, in collaboration with a number of South African and international partners, and targets investors, researchers and inventors. CAAST-Net Plus partners will present recently published research on Africa-EU food security research collaboration at the event. [Image credit: CVT]

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Science Forum South Africa 2015
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Science Forum South Africa 2015

The Science Forum South Africa is to take place in Pretoria this December. Its theme? Igniting Conversations About Science. [Image credit: Department of Science and Technology of South Africa]

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Conference on Strengthening ACP-EU Higher Education Cooperation
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Conference on Strengthening ACP-EU Higher Education Cooperation

Representatives of EDULINK, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States’ Science and Technology Programme, and the Research Programme for Sustainable Development will meet from 7-8 July 2015, in Brussels, to discuss cooperation in higher learning and innovation. “This joint stakeholders’ conference will provide an opportunity for participants to strengthen new and existing ties and will focus on strengthening the networks of the ACP and European higher education sectors, and research communities,” EDULINK’s website reports. [Image credit: Flickr, Ken Harper]

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eLearning Africa 2015 Conference and Report
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eLearning Africa 2015 Conference and Report

The eLearning Africa conference forms part of a decade-long series of events concerning the role of ICT on development, education, and training.

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