EDITORIAL

The entrepreneurial gardeners

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Science  12 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6240, pp. 1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac7414

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In 2008, a Ghanaian entrepreneur established a drug company in her country. This motivated a young Ghanaian woman to study biotechnology, and a Ghanaian man, employed at a U.S. pharmaceutical company, to return to Ghana. In the past decade, enterprising young Nigerians with few resources went to China and found ways to bring cheap computers and other equipment home, allowing Nigerian students to access the Internet and learn. Profit-driven entrepreneurs like these, big and small, are promoting learning in low-income countries in different fields, including science and engineering. How can this process be furthered and accelerated in such countries?