John Michael Thresh, aged 84 years old, passed away on Thursday 12th February 2015 at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, UK, following his battle with cancer. He leaves his wife, Peggy, four sons, four grandsons and four granddaughters. Professor Thresh, known as Mike to his family and peers, contributed much to our knowledge of plant virology, both within the UK and overseas and was a tireless advocate, supporter, and promoter of plant pathology for more than 60 years.
Vital work to transform the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest farmers has led to the University of Greenwich being shortlisted for a prestigious Guardian University Award. The NRI-led project, a contender for a top prize in the Guardian’s Research Impact category, is helping transform the livelihoods of more than 90,000 farmers across five African countries.
Building on the popularity of Greenwich Biopesticide Events in 2013 and 2014, Thursday 9th April 2015 will see the return of the successful venture at the University of Greenwich, London, whose theme this year will be 'Where is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe?'
A new research project on the problems rodents cause throughout the post-harvest value chain has been officially launched at an opening ceremony in Bangladesh, hosted by the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Dhaka and involving project partners from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (UK), Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Bangladeshi NGO Association for Integrated Development-Comilla (AID–Comilla), and the small business enterprise Modern Rice Milling Unit, Comilla, Bangladesh.
NRI is playing a key role in a major new capacity development project that has just been awarded to Agrinatura by the European Commission. Agrinatura is the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development and comprises over thirty universities and research organisations in Europe. The new global project is entitled Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) and is a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project has a budget of 12m euros and will operate over a period of four years.
NRI and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have been working together to assess the role of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees (PACs) in the developing world. The CPA is an organisation that “connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth” and is made up of 175 Parliaments and Legislatures with 17,000 members.