EDITORIAL: Philanthropy and the Development of Science in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima


Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the most complex challenges requiring rigorous scientific enquiries. Two such challenges, health and agriculture, are critical to the region’s economic and social development. In the last four decades, the region has experienced diseases and epidemics that have ravaged countries and significantly impaired their social, political and cultural fabrics. Four disease examples are relevant here: malaria, Ebola, HIV/AIDS and, most recently, COVID-19. The region is also faced with a food security crisis, with 234 million people chronically undernourished, more than 50 million children under the age of five being stunted, and over 14 million wasting (World Bank, 2018, World Vision, 2021). Agricultural development, particularly through crop improvement, is urgently needed.


Philanthropy, Science, Sub-Saharan, Africa

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