Agriculture is at the heart of African development. It employs more than 65% of the continents’ populations and contributes more than 32% GDP to its economies. Yet there remain real challenges: Africa has 65% of the world’s uncultivated land, but spends some US$35billion importing its food. The continent’s smallholder farmers, who comprise the majority of… Read More
We are delighted to announce that President and Chairman of the Royal Society, Professor Sir Venkatraman ‘Venki’ Ramakrishnan, will give a keynote on “Science, evidence and how the distinction between fact and fiction is currently being blurred” on 1st March at the University of Mauritius. The talk will be co-hosted by the Office of the President,… Read More
The PEI Partners Forum is building a movement for science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind. We believe STI must be at the heart of the African-development agenda and that business should be a key partner.Find out more about becoming a partner
Our network brings together expert views on cutting edge thought on science in Africa. Each one of them is helping us map our journey to scientific independence.
We believe scientific independence will come through higher education, technological innovation and effective international advocacy. All our projects fall under these categories.
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Launched in 2016, the “Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme” awards PhD research grants in five key areas critical to the sustainable development of Mauritius and the African continent: energy; water and sanitation; agri-business; health; blue skies research. The grants cover the cost of research and academic fees, a student living stipend, travel… Read More
The PEI Foundation was delighted to announce our first initiative in Mauritius, the Science and Technology Enrolment Programme (STEP), which began on February 29th at Le Bocage, a leading international school. With the support of HE President Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, STEP is an educational programme designed to deliver interactive study days in Mauritian schools, with the ultimate… Read More
As part of the PEI’s work investigating how Africa’s technology boom can be applied for scientific development, we have undertaken a series of research and mapping consultations to explore the potential for pilot programmes for higher education and industry training on the continent. Our consultations have interviewed and surveyed academics and others across Africa and… Read More
The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. And we want that to change, fast.