African MSc students funded through the SCARDA project, with assistance from RUFORUM, have had fifteen research papers published in a Special Issue of the African Crop Science Journal.
In recent years there has been a growing consensus among developing country governments and international donors of a need to increase investments in agricultural research. Research plays a crucial role in stimulating growth in the agricultural sector and this makes a vital contribution to economic development and poverty reduction.
Natural Resources Institute receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for groundbreaking research in global health and development
The Natural Resources Institute, of the University of Greenwich UK announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Maruthi Gowda will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Use of endosymbiotic bacteria as a novel biocontrol agent for crop pests and diseases".
Significant new investment is being made in research at the Natural Resources Institute as part of the University of Greenwich's new Research and Enterprise Strategy. Research carried out by the Institute on food and agriculture, especially with relevance to the developing world, is a major strength of the University.
Cutting edge research by scientists at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) on the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, one of the most destructive agricultural pests in the world, is well represented in a recent issue of the Journal of Integrative Agriculture with five published articles.
Tucked away in the northwest corner of Namibia is the Kunene Region, an extremely arid environment that is home to the nomadic Ovahimba people, and a range of endemic plant species. Products are being developed from indigenous plants such as Commiphora wildii (known locally as "omumbiri") from which a resin is sustainably harvested and traded by the Ovahimba communities for them to generate an income. The highly prized 'Myrrh' that can be extracted from the resin might soon be in a fragrance you can buy here in the UK!
Experts from NRI continued their training of early career scientists last week, as part of the European Union (EU) African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Science and Technology Project previously introduced, this time in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) hosted the training in Trinidad, in collaboration with NRI and with support from the International Society of Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) who now have over 400 registered root and tuber crop scientists.
Private and public sector organisations from Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK came together at the Natural Resources Institute, in Kent UK last month to launch the new European Union Framework 7 funded project 'Gratitude' (Gains from Losses of Roots and Tuber Crops), and to begin the planning phase.
The West African regional workshop on biopesticides, hosted in Accra on 20-21st March 2012, was held to mark the first successful registration of commercial environmentally friendly biological pesticides in Ghana.