African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

The ATPS is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promote the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of STI for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion. In collaboration with like-minded institutions, ATPS provides platforms for collaborative and innovative policy research to support African governments and STI institutions/stakeholders to build necessary knowledge conditions and infrastructures, policies and incentives, and capabilities for STI knowledge generation, brokerage, circulation, and socialization to ensure effective valorization and commercialization of scientific and indigenous knowledge into new technologies and innovations for sustainable development on the continent. www.atpsnet.org/

Library Articles

Improving the Relevance of University Training to Labour Market Demands in Africa

"This policy brief aims to inform policymakers, universities and the productive sector in African countries best policy practices and reforms that would strengthen the relationship between universities and the productive sector, while re-echoing the relevance of universities to the productive sector and for national socio-economic development. Universities in Africa have a crucial role to...

Developing Policies for Biodiversity Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa

"In Africa, biodiversity provides a fundamental role in economic livelihood and societal wellbeing. Africa boasts of a sizeable proportion of the world’s natural resources and biodiversity, yet this fundamental natural asset upon which life depends is under severe threat. With increasing natural resource extraction for economic growth, land degradation, urbanization and weak institutional...

Innovative Practices and Policies for Promoting Biodiversity Informatics in Sub-Saharan Africa

"A Major challenge for the emerging field of biodiversity information is to develop infrastructure that allows the effective coordination of available data and information and knowledge on Earth's biological diversity to address issues relating to the natural environmental system upon which life depends. Biodiversity data, information and knowledge are critical to society for informed...

Using the Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) Mobile Technology for Agricultural Productivity and Resilience

"Africa’s continued agricultural growth over the last couple of years has come from land expansion rather than increased productivity. However, available agricultural lands are rapidly diminishing due to urbanization, while soil fertility continue to decline due to land degradation, poor farming practices, soil erosion, and the impact of climate change. There are growing concerns to rethink...

Mainstreaming Gender in the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy of Kenya

This policy brief aims to influence mainstreaming of gender in the national STI policy of Kenya. Reports show that Kenya is still far from realizing gender equity and equality in practice. This policy brief proposes a specific policy statement on mainstreaming gender and identifies strategic actions for the implementation of the policy statement.

Strengthening Linkages Between Policy Research and Policy Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

"This book volume presents key papers on the subject drawn from the conference presentations, workshops and the commissioned papers. All the authors present a common position on the need to strengthen the links amongst the disparate but mutually re-inforcing arms of successful policy development and implementation cycles for more inclusive growth in all economies. The challenges and...

Agricultural Innovations and Adaptations to Climate Change Effects and Food Security in Central Africa: Case of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Central Africa Republic

"Climate change is increasingly altering ecosystems which are the foundations of agricultural productivity worldwide. This has brought uncertainties in the use of farm inputs as well as food security. Challinor et al. (2009) noted that uncertainties in regional crop production are not only related to biophysical data, but rather to socio-economic and crop management factors which affects...

Design and Analysis of a 1 MW Grid-connected Solar PV System in Ghana

This study is being conducted with the aim of developing a standard procedure for the design of large-scale institutional grid-connected solar PV (Photovoltaic) systems using the roofs of buildings and car parks.The study is necessary because Ghana has experienced a number of power crises over the last two decades, mainly due to the heavy reliance on hydroelectric power which is more often than...

Farmers' Perception and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change and Variability in the Upper Catchment of Blue Nile, Ethiopia

"The study examined the perception of farmers towards climate change; assessed local impacts of climate change on the agriculture sector; identified local innovations for climate change adaptation; and assessed the barriers and determinants of climate change adaptation options at the farm level. The study was conducted in three dominant agro-ecological zones, Highland, Midland, and Lowland,...

Multi-temporal Threshold Algorithm in Forest Fire Detection Using MSG Satellite: The Case of Zimbabwe

"Forest fires have the potential to increase the amount of carbon in the atmosphere which is one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Climate change may also lead to increased outbreak of forest fires due to increased dryness conditions especially in tropical Africa. This indicates the need for improved methods for detection, monitoring and management of forest fires so as...

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