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.
Striking the right balance on credit + insurance for African smallholders: prestigious award for new project
Offering optimal financial packages to larger numbers of smallholder farmers at lower costs is the aim of a new project led by Principal Investigator Dr. Ana Marr, Reader in International Development Economics at NRI and the Business School at the University of Greenwich. The three-year project, to be known as AgricreditPlus, has been awarded a GBP 745,000 grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
Do you have a favourite café that you go back to, time after time, the smell of the coffee drawing you in as you rush by outside? What is it about your favourite brand of coffee that gets you to buy it again and again? Could it be that your favourite coffee improves your memory of its taste so that's the reason you return for more? It may not be true of people and their daily cup, but it is true of caffeine lovers of the bee world – as shown in a recent study by Professor Phil Stevenson of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and NRI, and collaborators at Newcastle University.
The 10th Annual Times Higher Education Awards ceremony held in the evening of the 27th November saw NRI pick up the prestigious prize for International Collaboration of the Year for its flagship project Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
A report launched today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development advocates that Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to be powerful tools in agriculture.