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Earlier this month, a two-year programme was launched, with an aim to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa, recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development.

Sam Otieno in scidev, writes that the project will focus on strategic areas of the AAS including health and wellbeing, climate change, food security and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with targeted journalists from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa in the first phase. The project is being funded by the African Academy of Sciences with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with the African Federation of Science Journalists and the South African Science Journalists Association. Read more