By Vanilla Amadeu
A ciência e a tecnologia foram temas que mereceram atenção dos panelitas no terceiro dia da Conferência da RUFORUM. Em relação ao assunto, o Secretário Executivo da FARA, Yeni Akinbamijo, referiu que agenda da ciência para o desenvolvimento da agricultura em África ajudou-a a identificar o tipo de ciência de que precisa.

Assim, a ciência, a tecnologia, as inovações, a política e a aprendizagem social, a fim de cumprir suas metas de transformação agrícola. Segundo ele a finalidade de uma Agenda para a Ciência é de advogar o reconhecimento da importância da ciência na transformação da agricultura em África, fornecer orientação sobre onde devem ser feitos investimentos estratégicos na área científica, bem como facilitar o alinhamento de acções e recursos para melhorar o valor para o dinheiro em investimentos. Read More


GraciaBy Richard Powell

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than one-third of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa aged between 10 and 24.  By 2025 the number of young people in this age group in the sub-region is expected to increase to 436, and to 605 million by 2050.

For many, there is a dichotomy in how the future role played by this significant percentage of the continent’s population is seen: on the one hand, among the pessimists it is that of a ‘ticking time bomb’ waiting to explode; among the more optimistic, it is that of a generation of opportunity.

Traditionally, in many parts of Africa there has been a negative perception of the capabilities of the young, with an expectation that they should defer to the wisdom and experience of their elders.  As I listened to the charismatic humanitarian, and former Mozambican Minister for Education, Graça Machel, deliver her keynote address on women and children in Africa to the 4th RUFORUM Biennial conference, I recalled some illustrative, adverse traditional sayings:
“What an old man sees sitting down, a young man cannot see standing up” (from the Ibo ethnic group, Nigeria).
“An old man sitting on a stool can see farther than a young man who has climbed a tree” (from the Kikuyu ethnic group, Kenya).

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By Victoria Mbiggidde

CABI

There is s a saying : “Knowledge is power” however for Africa, knowledge seemingly becomes a matter of life and death given its potential to lead to the transformation of the continent. Improved information organization and accessibility, more efficient collaboration in cross-divisional case teams, move from document storage to project management (task lists, calendars, links), real-time data collection, improved tracking and oversight – case and management level, more efficient decision-making, and reduced induction “learning-curve” for new staff are some of the endless benefits which come with having a knowledge management system and repositories established within agricultural organizations.

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