To cope with climate change and population growth, the continent [Africa] urgently needs more home-grown researchers” Anagaw Atickem, Nils Chr. Stenseth and colleagues

Data between 2009 and 2013 show that Africa devotes a tiny proportion of its GDP to research (0.4%) while North America and Western Europe (2.4%) and East Asia and the Pacific (1.9%) are better than Sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa’s population is projected to nearly quadruple over the next century. And that is following a staggering increase over just seven decades — from 200 million people in 1950 to 1.25 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, temperatures across the continent are expected to rise by between 3°C and 4°C over the next century, bringing more drought, flooding, conflict and species loss. To face these formidable challenges, Africa must improve its capabilities in higher education and research. Yet the quality of the scientific education provided at many universities on the continent has, if anything, deteriorated over the…

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