Afrikan countries need to improve investment in innovation

Afrika’s quest to use innovations for sustainable development could suffer as only eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were ranked in the top 100 countries of the latest Global Innovation Index (GII). The GII, which was released last month (10 July), measures components of innovation inputs such as human capital,…

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This project in Zimbabwe uses podcasts and SMS to educate farmers

Using podcasts and short message service (SMS) delivered to smallholder farmers is transforming farming production among rural Zimbabwe’s population, a project shows. The use of these technologies is cutting travelling distances and helping to increase agricultural yields and alleviating poverty, SciDev.Net heard during a field tour last month…

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New technology to transmit disaster information through radio in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean engineers have developed a disaster alert radio technology that could enable rural dwellers in flood-prone areas across the country to quickly get information on impending hazards. The early warning radio technology intermittently interrupts signals on radio stations whenever there is crucial information on weather patterns. Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Services…

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