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Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

May 4th, 2015 / Nature, UK

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans. Read …

African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

May 2nd, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Read …

Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Newsdiaryonline

Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil in March, 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project. It was meant to enable African countries learn about and improve their food security strategies …

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Nature, UK

Ensuring that the world’s food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies. Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicentre of this challenge. Read …

Harnessing natural resources for inclusive growth

March 27th, 2015 / The International Growth Centre

Natural resources can support sustainable and inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa if key policy areas in the natural resource management chain are tackled and strong institutions are put in place. This brief presents a framework that can be a useful starting point for those interested in understanding the challenges related …

Push for soil indicators to help monitor SDGs

March 27th, 2015 / SciDev.net

A group of land and soil specialists has proposed three indicators to measure land use and soil health that they say could help the UN monitor its future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year, include one indicator referring directly to land use (the proportion …

Scientists and farmers recognise need for biotech in Ghana

March 27th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update

The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, John Awuku said that farmers, especially small holder farmers, have recognized the important role that improved seeds and fertilizers play in increasing yield and income. He noted that Ghana needs a vigorous education campaign on GMO, plant breeding …