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African heroes, superpowers of agriculture

By Strive Masiyiwa For most people, the notion of a hero conjures up images of brave individuals risking their lives for others, or “superheroes” from comic books or films, armed with supernatural powers. But what Africa needs, each and every day, are heroes of a different sort – “action heroes” with ideas and vision, ready […]

New plan to speed up male circumcision in Africa

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A five year plan to circumcise over 20 million men in 14 eastern and southern African countries by 2015 as part of HIV prevention efforts has been launched.

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Nigeria, Israel collaborate on science

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Nigeria’s minister of science and technology, Ita Okon Bassey Ewa has accepted Israel’s offer of cooperation and assistance in agricultural production and the development of Science and Technology.

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South African traditional knowledge bill unworkable – Don

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The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill otherwise known as the traditional knowledge bill approved by the South African National Assembly in October 2011 is “unworkable”.

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African parliamentarians renew support for maternal, newborn and child health

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The legislative arm of the African Union, the Pan African Parliament (PAP), has adopted a broad resolution urging speakers of the continent’s Parliaments to prioritize the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health programmes.

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South Africa and Europe strengthen scientific ties

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South Africa and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the European life sciences organization, have reached a three-year agreement to allow South African scientists to participate in EMBO’s activities and workshops.

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Nigeria separates feuding satellite agencies

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Nigeria’s federal government has separated the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and Nigeria Communication Satellites Limited (NigComSat), the two public owned agencies that have been locked in a bitter turf fight over the country’s satellite operations.

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African health ministers endorse emergency fund

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The sixty-first session of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Committee for Africa has, in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire, adopted a framework for the formation of an African Health Emergency Fund.

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Ex-science academy boss faults Nigeria’s economic team composition

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The Nigerian Academy of Science has picked holes in the selection of members of the economic team newly inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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African Women scientists get research grants

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The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has granted fellowship to over 70 female scientists to conduct pro-poor agricultural research.

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