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Zimbabwe minister of science & tech visits UB

WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The University at Buffalo has major partnerships with universities in Zimbabwe. That country's minister of science and technology development visited UB's Center of Excellence Tuesday.  WBFO's Mike Desmond was there to speak with the leader.

Heneri Dzinotyiweyi  is a mathematics professor by trade who has moved into his country's cabinet at a time when communications are changing things.

Professors in Zimbabwe can contact colleagues in other countries instantly while rural farmers can use their cell phones to keep track of prices in cities or what new crop Europeans want and how much they will pay.

The minister says there is a lot of awareness of science in that African country and what it can do for those farmers while the government is also moving into leading-edge technologies like nanoscience and collaboration with UB.

Dzinotyiweyi says issues like climate change are scientific issues everyone watches.

"[There are] challenges for water, crops that are more drought-resistant. Preservation. Something that is healthy but is worthwhile, all those elements have scientific input into them," said Dzinotyiweyi.

Dzinotyiweyi is also meeting with Zimbabwe students and researchers at UB to look at knowledge transfers to needs back home.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.