Africa should aim to take charge of its own research agenda

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Study finds gaps in Africa-EU food security R&D links

“We, as Africans, need to take the full responsibility of the research agenda and the delivery and implementation of results.” – Johann Jerling, North-West University, South Africa

by Munyaradzi Makoni

Speed read

  • From 2010 to 2012, the number of people in Africa increased to 239 million
  • But research networks involving Africa and the EU to solve hunger have issues
  • An expert says Africa should aim to take charge of its own research agenda

A report has identified  gaps in the capacities and funding for Africa-Europe food security research collaborations, and the need to strengthen such networks and research uptake.

According to the report, the number of hungry people in Africa increased from 175 million to 239 million between 2010 and 2012, a situation that requires effective global cooperation in science, technology andinnovation.

In a report published by the CAAST-Net Plus, a EU-funded consortium that advances collaboration between Sub-Saharan Africa and the EU in research and innovation for global challenges, the authors examined 74 Africa-EU food security research projects implemented between 1998 and 2014.

The report was launched in Accra, Ghana at a meeting of African science policymakers last month (7-8 July).

Read the full article: SciDevNet


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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