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Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Inaugural lecture by NRI’s Professor Ben Bennett to explore agricultural marketing in the developing world

Namibian myrrh D Cole 750Ben Bennett, Professor of International Trade and Marketing Economics of the University of Greenwich, will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Markets for Development, Lessons from Practice' on Wednesday, 10th June 2015. All are welcome.

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May events at Medway promise plant science, food, drink…and dragons!

NRI, together with other colleagues from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, will be participating in a number of fascinating, fun, fact-filled and feisty events this May! Mark your calendar and invite your families to join in the fun.

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Mosquitoes bringing exotic diseases to the UK: NRI experts explain the risks on TV and radio

Frances Hawkes Sky News 1An article published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal last month reported that mosquitoes could bring exotic diseases, such as dengue and West Nile Virus, to the UK within the next few decades. The study caused a media buzz, prompting broadcasters to ask, “How real is the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in the UK?”

NRI scientists, Dr Frances Hawkes and Professor Gabriella Gibson, were on hand to offer their expert opinions and explain the risks.

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Training the trainers: NRI collaborating with AfricaRice to develop e-learning modules

Rice N Palmer CIAT1 750NRI is currently collaborating with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the CGIAR international agricultural research centre specialising in the rice sector, on a project called ‘Catalysing Adoption and Use of Scalable Technologies in Africa’ (CAUSA).

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Tomorrow's farms today? Innovative approach to climate change learning in Africa captured on video

Farms future3 R Lamboll 750Findings from action research carried out by NRI and partners from Ghana and Tanzania showcase an approach to strengthening farmer adaptive capacity to climate change. The findings, presented in a recently published project report and in two new videos, effectively take us on a journey through time and space to understand how farmers are learning to adapt to tomorrow's climate today.

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NRI wins Guardian University Award showing Research Impact that keeps on growing

Guardian-University-Award-2015 Research-Impact-750NRI was awarded the ‘Research Impact’ prize at the Third Annual Guardian University Awards ceremony in London on the evening of 18th March.

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Remembering Professor Mike Thresh – inspirational, hands-on plant virologist

Mike-Thresh Cassava-field-750John 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.

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NRI’s research making an impact: C:AVA project nominated for Guardian University Award

Sieving-cassava-flour-Malawi L-Forsythe-750Vital 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.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015 at NRI

Cassava-processors-Uganda L-Forsythe-750For International Women’s Day 2015, the Natural Resources Institute would like to express our appreciation of all those working towards greater gender equality.

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Third annual event charts course for greater Biopesticide use across Europe

podborer-P-Stevenson 750Building 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?'

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