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Grants are awarded to academic staff working at ACU member universities, to enable participation in an academic conference in another Commonwealth country. Applications are open to early career academics who have not previously had the opportunity to travel outside their home region for work purposes.

The grants aim to facilitate international mobility and career development by opening up opportunities for early career academics from ACU member universities. 

In 2017, a minimum of 30 grants are on offer, with a maximum amount of GBP 2000 available for each recipient. 

For more information, visit https://www.acu.ac.uk/scholarships/early-career-academic-grants/



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"Aflatoxins can be produced anytime and anywhere along the food and feed value chains. The presence of aflatoxins in food and feed have adversely affected the health of the population and the ability of the continent to trade with the rest of the world," Professor Sheila Okoth, University of Nairobi

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Aflatoxins are highly poisonous compounds produced by the Aspergillus fungus, which occur in soil. Several of the food crops grown in Africa, such as cassava, chili, groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, teff, and major cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, tea and sugarcane have been found to be contaminated with these dangerous toxins. They have also been found in processed foods such as peanut butter and foods from animal sources like egg and milk.

Aflatoxins cause cancers in humans and animals. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, aflatoxin B1 is the most potent natural carcinogen so far known. About 26,000 Africans living south of the Sahara die of liver cancer every year through chronic aflatoxin exposure.

Because of their potency and the wide range of commodities they affect, aflatoxins pose serious risks to human health, agricultural production and trade.

On 21 November 2016,the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) and the African Union Commission's Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA)  launched a working paper entitled Improving the Evidence Base on Aflatoxin Contamination and Exposure in Africa: Strengthening the Agriculture-Nutrition Nexus.



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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa invites applications for its democratic governance institute grants. These allow PhD students and early-career researchers to attend the next democratic governance institute on the topic of the African state and public cyber-security service, to be held from 31 October to 11 November 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.

The overall objective of the session is to anticipate on the construction of an African vision of public cyber-security service with a view to strengthening state integrity and sovereignty in Africa.



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The committee of the Nairobi Innovation Week would like to remind interested researchers that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 3rd June 2016. This deadline will not be extended.

The sub-themes are available on the poster: http://www.innovationweek.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/img/papers_2016.pdf

Best papers will be submitted for publication in a special edition of two international journals.



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