Commodities: That sinking feeling

Photos© Gwenn Dubourthoumieu for TARPlunging commodity prices are piling pressure on many African governments that are now scrambling to adjust budgets and find new sources of revenue.

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Day in the life: Money spinner

Photos© Clementine CalvéI grew up in the countryside, where you don't have an idea of what's happening in the real world. I come from a very humble background. There was no electricity, and I didn't have the privilege of playing computer games or watching movies. What helped me was reading history books.

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14th CODESRIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa will hold its 14th General Assembly from 15th to 19th December 2014 in Dakar, Senegal under the theme 'Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects.

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Africa loses from poor management: UNECA boss

Carlos Lopes United Nations under secretary-general and executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)United Nations under secretary-general and executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has come out strongly against the immense losses Africa incurs yearly through lack of adequate strategy and focus on the management of its natural resource base.

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Strategic Leadership for Senior Executives from Africa

World Bank's recent research has acknowledged that sustained growth in the coming years would come from emerging countries. However, their research has also revealed that corporate governance appears to be the bane of many organizations in evolving countries, hence the urgent need for senior executives to raise their game via capacity development programmes on areas such as strategic leadership.

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Mounira Hmani Aifa - The discoveries of an Arab woman

Dr. Tunisian scientist Mounira Hmani Aifa has mapped out the PRSS56 geneMarch 28, Tunisian scientist Mounira Hmani Aifa will be awarded by the Unesco and the L'Oréal Foundation for genetic blindness.

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Frannie Léautier: Turning research into action

altA former vice-president of the World Bank, Dr Léautier has headed the ACBF since July 2009.

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Ghana: Biotechnology to Improve Agriculture

Crop production in Ghana is largely rain-fed/Photot/ReutersIn its quest to accelerate improvement in agricultural productivity, the government of Ghana says it is ready to explore biotechnology through collaboration with research institutions.

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Climate studies warn of hard times for Ghana

Map of GhanaClimate studies conducted in Ghana has projected that by 2080 the country will not get the amount of rainfall required to produce cocoa profitably.

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HIV-AIDS: The Other Threat

After 30 years and over 20 million deaths in Africa alone, US researchers report that early treatment of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS cuts transmission of the disease by over 96 per cent.

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Computers: A brain's friend or Foe?

Photo/ReutersAlthough they may be very convenient, search engines could be having a harmful effect on the way we learn.

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Nigeria surgeons reach major breakthrough

Nigerian doctors have devised a new surgical technique for the treatment of permanent bone rigidity in the elbow.

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HIV/AIDS?: Where the need is greatest

?Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be as effective in preventing the spread of HIV as they are in its treatment, according to initial results of research done by scientists at the National Institutes of Health in the US.

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Nigeria to focus on HIV/AIDS cure research

Nigeria will include HIV cure research in all discussions, political decisions and funding strategies, President Goodluck Jonathan promised world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS (UNGASS).

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Scientists bring hope of better crops

Frequent warnings about approaching agricultural epidemics must be balanced with the solid advances made in producing hardier and higher-yielding varieties of Africa's staple crops. We round up the latest discoveries. 

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Long View: Creating bounty for a billion Chinese

China has already approved some genetically modified crops, though policy-makers and researchers remain undecided about their safety. 

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Scientist Monty Jones on why Africa should not rule out GM

Recipient of the World Food Prize in 2004 for his success in creating the New Rice for Africa (NERICA), Sierra Leonean scientist Monty Jones spoke to The Africa Report about the role of science in agricultural development.

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The quest for a malaria vaccine

malariaAhead of World Malaria Day on 25 April, researcher Dr Tsiri Agbenyega says that after 20 years of development, a vaccination is nearly a reality.  

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