The European Union and Africa should work towards a long term, jointly-funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security as a first priority, senior officials agreed at talks in Brussels today. The meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was called to review cooperation and set new priorities ahead of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. The new partnership could be inspired by the achievements of the successful European and Developing Countries' Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
Concern in Africa over genetically modified (GM) crops has been dismissed as “fear of the unknown” in a report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), which was published on 4 September.
On 10th June, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to pool resources for research into HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, malaria and other poverty-related diseases.
A Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO) - an online platform to improve knowledge and participation in debates and decisions on Internet policies – is being planned by the European Commission, the institution announced on May, 5.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) did not pronounce itself on the safety of genetically modified (GM) maize 98140 after the applicant failed to supply sufficient data on the plant’s characteristics, such as its composition and appearance.
East African livestock herders are using mobile phones to send early warnings of drought, part of a new effort to avert disasters like the one two years ago that required a massive EU humanitarian response.
The 'Graphene’ and ‘human brain' initiatives are the winners of an EU €2bn competition for future and emerging technologies (FET), the European commission announced on April 15.
Watch the interview with Christian Borgermeister, Director General of ICIPE - a pan-African research organisation focused on tropical insect science – to find out more about the way the two technologies that they have developed with support from the EU could dramatically improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the standard of living of East-Africa pastoralists.
Nanomaterials in food packaging are "safe and convenient" for consumers, a study commissioned by PlasticsEurope on the potential risks of nanotechnologies in the food chain shows.
A conservation agricultural approach known as 'Push-Pull' technology that exploits natural insect-plant and insect-insect relationships can be used to control pests as stemborers and striga weed in maize fields, and thus dramatically improve livelihoods of resource poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.