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SASSCAL funds agriculture, biodiversity projects

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:52 - Updated Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:51

Angola benefits from scientific research in agriculture

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

Luanda - Thirteen Angolan projects on climate, water, agriculture, forests and biodiversity benefited from scientific research funding by Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) from 2013-2018.

According to press release from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,  the information emerged from the ministerial meeting held between 20 and 21 this month, in Windhoek (Namibia) under SASSCAL.

Angola was represented by minister Maria do Rosário Bragança Sambo.

In addition to 13 projects, the country benefited from 19 scholarship for doctorate, master's and graduation in engineering and geosciences.

Eighteen automatic meteorological stations in charge of INAMET, 21 others in recovery process in Cunene, Namibe and Huíla, and the creation of six biodiversity observatories in Cameia, Bicuar, Iona, Casseque, Candelele and Tundavala Parks.

The meeting, chaired by Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, put an end to the first phase of SASSCAL.

The meeting presented the results achieved by the center in a seven-year period, as well as the strategies for the second phase 2018 -2022.

SASSCAL comprises Angola, South Africa, Germany, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

In Angola the organisation is coordinated by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI).