Knowledge for a sustainable world

A ‘land grab’ can be described as the acquisition of large land areas by private companies, governments or individuals, without taking into account the land and resource rights of the communities settled there.

NRI’s Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology, Maruthi Gowda, has received the prestigious Hind Rattan award. The Hind Rattan, translated into English as "Jewel of India", is one of the highest awards granted annually to non-resident persons of Indian origin in recognition of their outstanding services, achievements, and contributions in their respective fields. It is awarded by the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Welfare Society of India and is celebrated on the 9th January every year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.

NRI is delighted to invite prospective PhD students to join its UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training – (UKFS-CDT). There will be a live presentation and Q&A session for potential applicants on Wednesday 3 February 2021, from 1700 – 1800 GMT.

If you would like to register for this event, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with your name and the email address to which you would like the event invitation to be sent. 

How will food security be further endangered by climate change? How do current global systems of producing and distributing food contribute to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions? How is land degradation, including desertification, exacerbating and exacerbated by climate change? These questions are addressed in the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), released in 2019 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change.

‘Mobilizing’ just one cassava root takes an enormous amount of time, energy, logistics and hard work. Once harvested, this tropical root crop – an important staple food – needs to be processed quickly, for fresh cassava roots begin to deteriorate 72 hours after harvest. 

If you thought that juggling a career and family commitments automatically ruled out studying for a Master’s degree, then think again. The University of Greenwich offers an e-learning, part-time MSc in Food Safety and Quality Management (FSQM): a Programme designed by busy people, for busy people.

You are invited to join an International Seminar on Food and Nutrition Security in Africa hosted by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) under its Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI). The seminar will take place on Monday 25th January 2021, from 13:00 – 15:30 GMT.

Root, tuber and banana (RTB) crops are vital for food security and income generation for millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa. Breeders of RTB crops are continuously developing new varieties better adapted to pests and diseases, climate change, new markets and shifts in consumption. However, many of these varieties meet with significant problems of acceptability to men and women stakeholders in RTB value chains, hindering adoption and dissemination.

As a growing number of countries declare a climate emergency, climate strikes and protests sweep the world, and the entire scientific community reaches a consensus on anthropogenic global warming, the effects of climate change continue to be keenly felt in sub-Saharan Africa, with impacts on agriculture, the environment, human health and livelihoods.

A devastating factory fire, a deadly building collapse or severe environmental damage highlight the consequences of irresponsible business. Though less widely reported, in many countries the exploitation of workers and human rights abuses occur on a daily basis, including non-payment of the minimum wage or poor working conditions.

A value chain, or the journey a commodity takes from production to consumer, involves a variety of activities performed by different operators, with the aim of delivering a valuable product to the market and eventually the consumer. Each link in the chain can pose a potential loss in value, or serve as an opportunity to ensure sustainable development for the people and natural environment involved.

Many people know cashew nuts as a favourite snack or ingredient, though unless you’ve seen them growing, you might be surprised to know that the ‘nut’ is actually a seed, which grows from the bottom of a curious ‘cashew-apple’.