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New DFID Support for African Agriculture Tech
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New DFID Support for African Agriculture Tech

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The UK Government last month announced funding support to Research Into Results (RIR), based at the University of Edinburgh, “to help make the latest agricultural technology available across 10 African countries”. The initiative has “the potential to make over half a million farmers become more efficient, helping them feed their families and work their way out of poverty,” the GOV.UK website says. The initiative will run over six years under the Social Enterprises for Economic Development programme of RIR. [Image credit: DFID]

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New University Course Material on West African Water Resources Management
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New University Course Material on West African Water Resources Management

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The Water Resources and River Basin Management Joint Training Course was produced by the AU-NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence. The publication can be downloaded from the European Commission’s website using the following URL: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/default/files/lb-na-26622-en-n.pdf. (Note: The file size is 6MB.) [Image credit: European Commission]

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Introducing EduLink II
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Introducing EduLink II

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The EduLink II project, which is coordinated by Egerton University in Kenya, aims to strengthen training of African university students to ready them for positions within the continent’s agricultural labour markets. To do this, it will deploy an “online, interactive technology platform” for tasks such as mentorship and supervision. The multi-partner project includes AGRINATURA, the Network of European Agricultural Universities, and RUFORUM, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, Makerere University, based in Uganda, and Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. [Image credit: Flickr, Ias Initially]

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The Science and Innovation of Malaria Research
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The Science and Innovation of Malaria Research

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The Challenges in Malaria Research: Core Science and Innovation conference will take place at the University of Oxford from 22-24 September 2014. “This third biennial conference will bring together leading malaria researchers to review current progress and to chart future challenges, this time with a greater emphasis on basic science,” the event website says. Image credit: Flickr, Well Unwell]

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Conference on Research, Innovation Collaboration in Central Africa
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Conference on Research, Innovation Collaboration in Central Africa

What are the risks and challenges of research and innovation collaboration in Central Africa? This and other questions will be asked at a conference of the Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA) this October. Early-career researchers, heads of research institutions, policy-makers and NGO-sector representatives are expected to participate in the event, which is to be hosted at the National University of Equatorial Guinea. [Image credit: CARIMA]

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ACU, Robert Bosch Stiftung Announce STARs Project Beneficiaries
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ACU, Robert Bosch Stiftung Announce STARs Project Beneficiaries

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Twelve African universities have been chosen to participate in a new project to enhance the capacities of their academic staff. The Structured Training for African Researchers, or STARs, project is an initiative of UK-based Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and funded by German private foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The project’s aim? “To strengthen the long-term vitality of research and teaching in Africa by facilitating structured institutional support,” the ACU website says. [Image credit: Flickr, Opacity]

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