Monthly Archives: October, 2016

PEI Trustees Announce New PhD Programme at FESA Conference

FESA

While participating in the 20th edition of the Technic-Scientific Journeys Conference hosted by FESA (Fundacao Eduardo dos Santos) in Luanda, Angola, two trustees of the Planet Earth Institute announced a new scholarship programme dedicated to providing funding to Angolan scholars.

The programme, named the Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship Programme is the latest in numerous such initiatives being offered by the institute. With the ambitious plan to provide 10,000 PhD scholarships over the next 10 years, the institute already launched a PhD programme in Mauritius, earlier this year.

The FESA conference focused on Angolan development issues and African politics and society. Planet Earth Institute trustee, Lord Paul Boateng, took the stage to offer his views on African integration, warning that Brexit “presents a cautionary tale”. He called for African governments and policy makers to consider their steps carefully when pursuing further integration. An African union, argued Boateng, must be based on African needs and wishes, not be a replica of a foreign model. He used his last moments on the podium to announce the Planet Earth Institute’s Angolan PhD programme, the Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship.

Lord Boateng’s remarks were followed by a presentation from Sir Christopher Edwards, another Planet Earth Institute trustee. He focused on the importance of providing higher education opportunities to young Africans, arguing that research and knowledge in the areas of agriculture, renewable energy, health and water will be essential to Africa’s future.

Edwards elaborated on the Planet Earth Institute’s PhD programmes, explaining the target of funding 10,000 PhDs in 10 years. He drew the audiences attention to the importance of science, engineering, mathematics and technology in developing a country and its economy. He argued persuasively for more investment in science education, as the surest way of securing Angola’s future.

The Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship Programme will be launched by the Planet Earth Institute in the coming months.

PEI Deputy Chair to Speak at International Symposium on Food

With the global population expected to reach nearly 9 billion by 2050, establishing a food system capable of producing enough food for everyone is a hot topic among international NGOs, intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and international businesses.

Numerous initiatives have been launched and potential solutions – both excellent and some more dubious – have been offered up in answer to the growing problem. Since the 12th of October the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium has been hosting experts from across the world, each offering their unique take on the problem and what they see as the solution.

Among the distinguished speakers was Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius. As deputy chair of the Planet Earth Institute, HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim works closely with Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, the organisations chairman. Drawing on her work with the institute, and a highly successful term as President of one of Africa’s most technologically advanced nations, Her Excellency explored the ways female African leaders are driving science and innovation in the agricultural sector. The work of Africa’s female leaders in science, argued Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, is transforming agriculture in Africa and contributing to the spread of much needed technological overrides.

Speaking alongside the Planet Earth Institute deputy chair was Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, President of the World Bank, Dr Jim Yong Kim and President of the African Development Bank Group Akinwumi Adesina. The conference, entitled, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”, focused in large part on the need to ensure not just enough calories but the necessary nutrients to ensure a healthy, happy life is available to all.

With the global population expected to reach nearly 9 billion by 2050, establishing a food system capable of producing enough food for everyone is a hot topic among international NGOs, intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and international businesses.

Numerous initiatives have been launched and potential solutions – both excellent and some more dubious – have been offered up in answer to the growing problem. Since the 12th of October the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium has been hosting experts from across the world, each offering their unique take on the problem and what they see as the solution.

Among the distinguished speakers was Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius. As deputy chair of the Planet Earth Institute, HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim works closely with Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, the organisations chairman. Drawing on her work with the institute, and a highly successful term as President of one of Africa’s most technologically advanced nations, Her Excellency explored the ways female African leaders are driving science and innovation in the agricultural sector. The work of Africa’s female leaders in science, argued Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, is transforming agriculture in Africa and contributing to the spread of much needed technological overrides.

Speaking alongside the Planet Earth Institute deputy chair was Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, President of the World Bank, Dr Jim Yong Kim and President of the African Development Bank Group Akinwumi Adesina. The conference, entitled, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”, focused in large part on the need to ensure not just enough calories but the necessary nutrients to ensure a healthy, happy life is available to all. The conference concluded today.