African Science Academy Development Initiative: Prioritizing Food Security Policies For Health and Development in Africa
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Nov. 14, 2006
Second Annual International Conference to Be Held For Major Initiative to Develop African Science Academies

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon -- About 150 leading scientists and policymakers, primarily from Africa, will gather in Yaoundé on Nov. 15 and 16 for the second annual international conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), an effort to strengthen African academies' ability to inform government policymaking with evidence-based advice.  Participants will discuss how science academies -- through their capacity to convene experts from various scientific and technical disciplines -- can help their governments solve public policy challenges related to food security.  Additionally, the conference will highlight current debates in this area regarding agricultural productivity, management of natural resources, and responses to acute food shortages.  The event will take place at the Hilton in Yaoundé. [more]

Nov. 4, 2005
First Annual International Conference For Major Initiative to Develop African Science Academies

NAIROBI, Kenya -- More than 200 leading scientists and policy-makers, primarily from Africa, will gather in Nairobi on Monday for the first annual international conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a groundbreaking effort to strengthen African academies' ability to inform government policy-making and public discourse with independent, evidence-based advice. The initiative -- supported by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the U.S. National Academies -- will be carried out over the next decade, focusing on efforts to improve human health in Africa. [more]

Feb. 9, 2005
U.S. National Academies Select Partners for Initiative to Develop African Science Academies

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Academies have selected the science academies of Nigeria, Uganda, and South Africa as initial focal points for a program to strengthen African scientists' ability to inform government policy-making and public discourse with independent, evidence-based advice. The initiative, supported by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be carried out in Africa over the next decade, focusing on efforts to improve human health. [more]

April 19, 2004
National Academies Receive $20 Million from Gates Foundation to Help Build Capacity of African Science Academies

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Academies have received a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help African academies of science – and the continent's scientific, engineering, and medical communities as a whole – strengthen their ability to provide evidence-based advice to inform government policy-making and public discourse. The initiative will be carried out over the next 10 years, focusing on efforts to improve human health. Later this year, the U.S. National Academies will select three science academies in Africa as partners for the initiative. [more]


Other Resources

Keynote Address for the 2006 Conference powerpoint slides by Isatou Jallow, Chief Gender, Mother and Child Health Service of the Policy, Strategy and Programme Support Division, of the World Food Programme


Raising the Voice of Science in Africa
Originally published in The National Academies InFocus
Summer 2003 Vol. 3 No. 2

Africa gave birth to the human race, and the continent's cultural and ecological diversity is breathtaking. But Africa has enormous needs in areas that require science, engineering, and medical expertise. National academies of science across the continent have worked hard to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of their members. Even so, the groups have little clout in their governments' public-policy debates and have been in existence for only a few decades or less. [more]

 

 




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