Book Aid International is partnering with not-for-profit science organisation, Centre for Agricultue and Biosciences International (CABI), to bring scientific publications to students and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The two organisations intend to bring specialist scientific books on agriculture and tropical health to students at universities, medial schools and colleges in sub-Saharan Africa. The books have been carefully selected for institutions including the Mzuzu Agriculture Vocation College in Malawi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya to help students and staff with their studies and teaching.
According to CABI, specialist books on subjects such as climate change adaptation at farm level are in high demand in sub-Saharan Africa, where agriculture is a major employer as well as an important field of academic study. CABI is printing extra copies of certain new titles, selected by Book Aid International, allowing the charity to purchase them at cost price to help deliver relevant academic books to research institutions.
The books will be sent to places such as Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe, where flash floods have destroyed millions of pounds worth of property including thousands of books, and the recently created medical library at the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in northern Uganda.
Andrea Powell, c.i.o. of CABI’s, said: “CABI is proud of its long publishing history in the life sciences but as a development focused organization we’re aware it’s often difficult to ensure that relevant information gets into the hands of those who need it most in developing countries. Through this innovative partnership with Book Aid International, we’re doing just that: ensuring that students and researchers in Africa can access the latest scientific information from CABI.”
Alison Hubert, director of Book Aid International, added: “Books of this type and quality on agriculture and tropical diseases are hugely valuable to our partners, especially to universities, but they’re often scarce in Africa and many of our partners have no budget to purchase books. This is a brilliant opportunity for us to secure these high quality monographs for the people we work with. We’re grateful to CABI, the Beit Trust and Book-Power for helping us fill this specialist need.”