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Africa news roundup: 25-31 January

African synchrotron project receives first presidential backer, SA prepares a science roadmap for human settlements, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sets ambitious funding target, and more…

Ghana’s president champions African Light Source

The African Light Source Project, which aims to construct a synchrotron on the continent, has received its first presidential backer. Ghana’s Nana Akoffu-Addo said this week that he will table it as an African Union project when the continent’s heads of state meet in July. The announcement was made in a speech read on his behalf at the start of the second Pan-African Conference on Crystallography held in Ghana, in which he also put forward Ghana as a potential host. The facility would find applications in agriculture, health, energy and mining, he said, but admitted it would require “huge financial capital and technical infrastructural support”. Nevertheless, he added, “I am confident that with right political will from African governments, collectively, we should be able to do it.”

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