2009-08-29T00:45:45.533-07:00The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia. The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region's industry and commerce. The cable - which is 17,000km long - took two years to lay and cost more than $650m. But it is not clear whether the internet revolution will reach the villages, many of which still struggle to access reliable electricity.
2009-08-29T00:43:01.734-07:00START announces the Call for Proposals for the 2009/2010 START Grants for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa. A proposal is to be prepared using a special application form available at the START website.
For more information, click HERE or contact the undersigned:
2009-08-29T00:40:19.696-07:00TED's website reports about the emerging mobile technology - Nokia Life Tools (NLT). It is a range of innovative agriculture information and education services designed especially for rural and small town communities in emerging markets. Accurate and regular information on weather, prices and availability of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and prevailing market prices for the produce are sent to directly to farmers; while the Education service of Nokia Life Tools aims to give students a decisive advantage by boosting their English language and local, national and international general knowledge -- delivered to the palm of their hand.
2009-08-29T00:41:31.983-07:00The SECOND day of Euro-Africa ICT conference has just commenced. The major theme this morning has been dominated by hot discussion on how Europe, Africa and the Carribean regions can work together to remove roadblocks. Some participants were concerned about the definition of roadblocks and suggested a word "challenge" instead. However, at last it was used interchengeably with "challenge". The biggest challenge identified was lack of adequate infrastructure to deploy the technology to rural and unreached areas. The status of two major infrastructure projects in Eastern and Southern Africa was presented.The SEACOM project is at the completion stage and is expected to start operation sometimes after June 2009. EASSy project is the second. Its construction shall start soon and be completed by the end of 2010. More about the two projects click here for SEACOM and here for EASSy.
2009-04-12T01:57:51.819-07:00The 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research co-organised by the European Commission (DG INFSO) and the African Union Commission with the support of the EuroAfriCa-ICT initiative has been opened this morning (25th March 2009). The two day forum which closes tomorrow on 26th March 2009 is taking place in the EU premises in Brussels, Belgium (below). (image)
2009-04-12T01:59:20.549-07:00Singapore has been selected to host the 15WCTOH after three years from now. Singapore has been selected because of its unbeaatble struggle to fight diseases and other social problems including related to tobacco use.
2009-04-12T01:47:10.047-07:00Find more photos on Mumbai and 14WCTOH posted by Dr. Maria-Paz Corvalán from MEDEF, Chile by clicking here
2009-04-12T01:48:27.150-07:00A SECOND day of the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (14WCTOH) has ended by four organizations in four countries receiving Bloomberg awards for their exemplary commitments to tobacco control. The organizations are:Coalición Panameña contra el Tabaquismo (COPACET) of Panama, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)of Thailand, Secretaría de Salud Ciudad de México of Mexico and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth of Nigeria (ERA/FEN). Each award includes financial support for a continued tobacco control activities. Bloomberg awards are initiatives by the Bloomberg Philanthropy Foundation and its partners on fighting global tobacco related public health problems. The awards were presented by the Deputy Mayor of New York, Patricia E. Harris on behalf of the Lord Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. However, Mayor Bloomberg spoke to the audience through a video link.
2009-04-12T01:45:51.362-07:00Mumbai, 08 March 2009 – The fourteenth World Conference on Tobacco or Health has been inaugurated today by the Honourable Shri S. C. Jamir, Governor of Maharastra.
2009-04-12T02:00:06.961-07:00I have arrived in Mumbai since yesterday 6th March 2009. It is a nice city with a lot of stories to tell. Driving between 35 and 40 km away from BOM airport to the Central Business District (CBD), I must say Mumbai is the largest city I have ever visited.
2009-04-10T06:06:51.489-07:00You can now listen to the interview between me and Aveseh Asough of the Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
2009-03-10T05:13:42.667-07:00Between 8 and 12 March 2009, scientists, researchers, politicians, journalists, health specialists and many other professionals would meet in Mumbai, India for the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (14th WCTOH). The meeting will be preceeded by a number of pre-conferences on specific themes and other networking sessions on 8th March 2009 before official opening ceremony. It is expected that more than 1500 participants from more than 114 countries in the world will attend.
2009-03-10T05:14:45.649-07:00This resource lists development organizationsing by region and by country. Currently there are 53,750 organizations. It has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, research institutions, governments and the private sector.
2008-12-15T03:41:43.399-08:00The year 2008 is coming to an end where people tend to evaluate their success and failure. Some scientists at Tumbi Agricultural Research Institute in Tanzania would probably evaluate themselves positively at least for their publications in the referred journals. Good news is that all publications are freely available for downloading through the links provided:
2009-03-10T05:16:10.157-07:00The Centre for Technical Cooperation in Agriculture and Rural Development (CTA) has planned for telecasting its film on Climate Change and Agriculture across countries in Africa being a part of the TV programme Initiatives Africa. According to the programme coordinator,Yodit Kebede, the broadcasting of the programme in Tanzania is planned to take place on Monday 24th November 2008 from 19hrs and Sunday, 30th November 2008 from 16h30 through the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC1). The film shall also be aired through Channel 10 on Friday 28th November 2008 from 20h30. The same programme shall be repeated during the week of 8th December 2008.
2009-03-10T05:18:04.528-07:00My colleague Charles S. Kauffman of the International START Secretariat has read my post on Robert Reich and reminded me of his successful predictions. I admire Prof Reich for two important reasons. His strong belief in his profession as an economist. When I interracted with him as among the CMU community in Adelaide Australia, Robert disclosed his family friendship with Bill Clintons. However, during the democratic race for presidential candidature, Reich decided to act professionally by defending what he believed as the right path for the America and American people. He endorsed the Barack Obama's Campaign for change, remained firm on this despite a lot of challenges from his readers. Today, 5th November 2008, Obama is a president elect of the US and Reich has emerged as a Hero. I believe Obama would keep him by his side.
2009-04-12T03:17:18.505-07:00I have met a long outstanding friend, Mahamoudou Sawadogo and his family in Ouagadougou. Thanks to the CTA seminar for making this a reality. I and Mahamoudou met for the first time in Adelaide, South Australia in February 2007 and stayed together to December 2007 when I returned back home. We had shared the loving memories of Adelaide yet in our own lands.
2009-03-10T05:20:11.360-07:00The seminar has been closed this afternoon by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulics and Fisheries of the Republic of Burkina Faso. Before the closing ceremony, Prof MVK Sivakumar from the World Meteorological Organization read the Ouagadougou declaration, one of the outputs of the seminar. The declaration recommended many steps to addressing climate change. Among the principle recommendations are:
2009-03-10T05:20:55.313-07:00The second day has been the busiest day for the participants. Before this date, there were two important events: presentation of lead papers (cross cutting issues) chaired by Prof Sivakumar (WMO) and Panel session chaired by Rod Harbinson (Panos London). More about these sessions and summary of the first day activities visit the seminar webpage at http://ctaseminar2008.cta.int
2009-04-12T03:18:17.297-07:00I have arrived safely in Ouagadougou on the 26th October 2008. Today, the seminar has been officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulics and Fisheries of the Republic of Burkina Faso Mr Laurent Sedogo. The event was also attended and addressed by the representative of EU in Burkina Faso Dr Amos Tincani, Director of CTA Dr Hansjorg Neun and the Deputy Executive of Sectretary of CLISS Mr Issa Bikienga. The Director of UNEP, Dr Achim Steiner addressed the participants through a video link. More information to be posted soon.
2009-04-12T03:19:22.857-07:00The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will host a 5 day seminar on
implications of global climate change for sustainable agricultural production in ACP countriesin Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 26th to 31st October 2008. The objectives of the seminar are to:
2007-12-15T17:02:54.966-08:00This premier Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya between 22nd – 26th September 2008, and will bring together scientists, policy makers, farmers and media personalities from all over Africa with a host of invited foreign guest scientists, development partners, Research Organizations, Biotechnology companies and farmers alike. For more information visit http://www.abneta.org and http://www.absfafrica.org