Small-holder farmers are the focus of a new and innovative EC-funded €4.7m project entitled: Farm Risk Management for Africa (FaRMAf) that will be testing exciting new financial instruments in order to manage farmer risks. A consortium of AGRINATURA-EEIG institutes, led by NRI, is implementing the project in close collaboration with farmers' organisations, including the Pan Africa Farmers Forum (PAFFO).
Our MSc Natural Resources programme routes have been renamed. Students will now be able to apply for the awards: MSc Sustainable Environmental Management, (formerly MSc Natural Resources: Sustainable Environmental Management) and MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development, (formerly MSc Natural Resources: Sustainable Agriculture). The award of MSc Natural Resources (by research) will remain. It is felt that these new titles more accurately describe the focus and content of the programmes as they evolve. The new titles will be effective for new students registering from September 2012, and will not affect students already enrolled. More details of their content will appear on the NRI website in due course.
Debbie Rees and John Orchard of the Natural Resources Institute, together with Graham Farrell, a technical writer and editor specializing in plant health and analysis, have compiled a book published by Wiley-Blackwell on Crop Post Harvest Science and Technology: Perishables. With contributions from internationally respected experts around the world, including other NRI staff, this landmark publication is an essential reference for all those working in this field of expertise. Researchers and upper-level students in food science, food technology, post-harvest science and technology, crop protection, applied biology and plant and agricultural sciences will greatly benefit from having this book in their research establishments and universities.
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) welcomes the publication of the recently released Inquiry Report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development entitled 'Growing out of Poverty'.
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) have created a brand new and innovative Masters degree entitled MA Rural Development Dynamics to focus on the social and economic aspects of rural development, a recognised strength of the Institute.