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How acceptable is bread made with high quality cassava flour in Vietnam?

hqcfbread14The Gratitude Project seeks to reduce physical losses of cassava, during postharvest and processing and to add value to the waste products produced.

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Anthony Beattie

AnthonyBeattie1Colleagues at the Natural Resources Institute are sad to learn of the death of its former Director Anthony Beattie on 31 March 2014.

Anthony was Director of NRI, then part of the Overseas Development Administration, for ten years from 1986 until its transfer to the University of Greenwich in 1996. This was a period of considerable change for the Institute and in the wider environment in which it was operating.

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Carbon sequestration using biochar as an improver of crop yields in the spotlight

Iain Retort operatorHannah PhDstudentA public event was held in Canterbury recently, organised by NRI PhD student Hannah Scott, to understand the potential production and use of biochar (charcoal applied to soils) in Kent and the UK. Biochar is thought to improve soil fertility and to have potential as a means of carbon sequestration.

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Rural Livelihoods

IPCC reportA landmark United Nations report on the impacts of climate change and the prospects for adapting to it has been released. Two NRI staff members, Professors John R. Porter and John Morton, have made significant contributions, leading the production of individual chapters and working as writing-team members for the overall summaries.

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New findings and explorations of the impact of Fairtrade

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 10.17.32A special issue of the international peer reviewed journal 'Food Chain' has been guest edited by Valerie Nelson from the Natural Resources Institute. February's 'Food Chain' issue brings together a series of articles that draw on new research on the impact of Fairtrade, with a focus on Nicaragua, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa.

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New fragrance distillation factory opened in Namibia to benefit indigenous harvesters

IMG 4592A processing facility for indigenous natural products and a visitors' centre were opened at Opuwo in the Kunene region of Namibia recently as part of the Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-Namibia) project, to which NRI provides technical support. It is the first facility of this nature in Namibia.

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Planning Yamming in Ibadan, Nigeria

IMG 1122One year on from our last report on the Gates Foundation funded yam project in West Africa; Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA), all project partners gathered at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria for a mid-project progress and planning workshop from 17-21 February 2014.

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International Women’s Day - Women’s land rights

loraphoto1For International Women's Day 2014, NRI would like to draw attention to the critical issue of women's land rights. Women's secure land rights are also important in enabling women to access finance, agricultural inputs and services, along with social status and resilience to hunger and poverty.

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New framework to help coffee growers adapt to climate change in Mesoamerica

CIMG3267 750crClimate projections indicate that increases in temperature will reduce crop yields in Mesoamerican countries and will particularly affect Arabica coffee, one of the region's major exports.

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Obstacles to IPM adoption in developing countries

ipmcartoonIn spite of advances in crop protection, losses caused by pests, diseases and weeds remain stubbornly high. The situation is worse in developing countries where average annual crop losses have been shown to be between 40-50%, compared with 25-30% in high-income countries.

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