PARIS—Two meetings this summer of African scientists will attempt to tackle the range of technological problems facing the developing nations of the continent.

The First Congress of African Scientists (FCAS) will meet June 27-30 in Brazzaville, Congo. Sponsored by the United Nations Development Program, UNESCO and the Organization for African Unity, the meeting has three aims: to develop a continent-wide program to help the region cope with such problems as desertification, malnutrition and disease; to create a coherent organization of Africa's technical and scientific communities; and to form an African Foundation of Science and Technology with contributions from participating nations as well as outside organizations.

Arusha, Tanzania, will be the site July 6-13 of the Conference on the Applications of Science and Technology in Africa, known as CASTAFRICA II. The successor to a meeting held in 1974, the conference hopes to put into practice UNESCO's Special Action Program for Africa...

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