A new MSc programme in Food Innovation has been designed to provide food industry personnel with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. The newly validated programme will be offered on the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich from September 2014.
A new project to be led by NRI, 'Optimisation of Pesticidal-plants: Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks (OPTIONs)', aims to promote and facilitate the uptake of innovative pesticidal plant technologies for improved food security that can be deployed effectively within the context of local needs and resources.
Phil Stevenson, Professor of Plant Chemistry at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Sex and Drugs and Pest Control: The Ecology and Application of Plant Chemistry' on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. All are welcome.
By popular request from participants at the 2013 Biopesticides Event, a similar meeting was held on 10 April at Queen Anne Court at the University of Greenwich's main campus. Once again the event was sponsored by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), supported by the Society of Chemical Industries and co-organised by EEN and the European Centre for Integrated Pest Management (EUCIPM) at NRI.
The Gratitude Project seeks to reduce physical losses of cassava, during postharvest and processing and to add value to the waste products produced.
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.
A 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.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Rural Livelihoods
A 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.
A 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.
A 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.