10 November 2012

East Africa: Scientists Urged to Aid in Solving EA Issues

Arusha — Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Dr. Frannie Leauther said scientists and engineers should deploy their talents to the most pressing problems in the region.

"Scientists today have a responsibility that is more profound than in previous times, to deploy their talents to the most pressing problems facing society in East Africa," he said at the formal commissioning of Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania recently.

Leuther noted such responsibility includes providing better information to farmers, mothers, and politicians alike such that they can make the best decisions in the face of new knowledge on agricultural productivity, early childhood learning, or best ways to finance scientific research.

He added the speed at which we learn and transfer new and existing knowledge for purposes of policy making is also important in ensuring East Africa not only catches up but surmounts the new types of problems it will be facing.

"Today we have advances in communications technology and big improvements in the levels of literacy of the average person in Africa have created an environment by which science can co-evolve with societies needs, communities can now make known the types of questions or issues they would like scientists and engineers to solve," he added.

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