Knowledge for a sustainable world

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’.

Clare Hopson

Postharvest Technical Assistant

Why or how did you get into science?

When I was younger my original plan was to be an artist and I pursued this path until degree level. Not what you were expecting, right? So, we can safely say I fell into science! However, I admit to being curious by nature; I can have an interest and will have a go at most things, love the outdoors and nature and also enjoy a range of activities which worked well for art, but also works well for science!

Dr Sophie Bouvaine

Plant & Insect Molecular Biologist

Why or how did you get into science?

I have always liked science, so it was an obvious choice for me, what kind of science to do was less clear though, it took a few trials and errors to decide.

Dr Fiorella Picchoni

Fellow in Gender and Diversity in Food Systems

Why or how did you get into science?

I am a social scientist, so not a “conventional” scientist working in a lab, and I got into my field of research because I met inspiring and passionate lecturers during my undergraduate study, who involved me in their projects and got me totally hooked.

Dr/Professor Deborah Rees

Principal Scientist, Reader in Plant Physiology

Why or how did you get into science?

I have always been more interested in science than the arts. For me the question was whether to go for basic or applied science. Fairly early on, I realised I was more interested in the application of science.

Dr Victoria Woolley

Post–doctoral Research Fellow

Why or how did you get into science?

Biology was always my favorite subject at school- I especially liked learning about plants and ecology! I went on to study biology at university and still found it really interesting, so decided that I wanted to use it in my career.