'New fund to support aspiring agriculturalists', 'Armyworm causing food crisis in Africa' and other latest news from NRI in the January edition of our monthly update

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New fund to support aspiring agriculturalists from developing countries

Supporting Aspiring Agriculturalists Campaign

NRI are launching the 'Supporting Aspiring Agriculturalists Campaign' which will provide postgraduate scholarship support for a network of talented individuals. The fund will support men and women who are committed to developing their skills and knowledge to bring about long-term change in the agricultural and food systems of the world's poorest regions. Such support is a particularly important opportunity for students from low and middle income countries who are interested in taking up their postgraduate studies at NRI but cannot afford the costs. We are asking friends, alumni, trusts and foundations to invest in the future of the next generation of aspiring agriculturalists by donating to the fund and making a difference to our overseas students.

New biological control will combat armyworm causing food crisis in Africa

A large number of extensive outbreaks of African armyworm ravaged Zambia throughout December 2012, affecting 59,000 farmers and causing a national emergency. Expert in the biological control of insects, David Grzywacz, of the Natural Resources Institute, is working with a private enterprise in Tanzania that is developing a naturally occurring specific disease of the armyworm to function as a biological control agent that will be sold regionally. The situation in Zambia is very serious, and if left unchecked it could spread more widely over Eastern and Southern Africa.

Scholarship opportunities for MSc Sustainable Environmental Management

Scholarships available for NRI Masters programme

Students wishing to apply for the MSc Sustainable Environmental Management programme should be aware that they may be eligible to apply for a Scholarship funded by the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme. The Scholarships are specifically for students originating from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Suriname, Uganda and Uruguay, and the deadline for applications is 13th February.

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Serbans piece

Climate economics for sustainability

Newly appointed Reader in Economics for Sustainability at NRI, Dr Serban Scrieciu, has recently published a paper "On the economic foundations of green growth discourses: the case of climate change mitigation and macroeconomic dynamics in economic modelling". Serban and co-authors suggest that climate economics needs to develop diverse theories, methods and models to provide more effective economic analysis and advice to address 'green growth' issues.

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Frances Hawkes wins first prize at research conference

Student wins first prize at research conference

PhD student Frances Hawkes of NRI, won first prize for 'best presentation' at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's 'Research in Progress' meeting in December 2012. Frances' presentation was on her PhD research in medical entomology, through which she aims to help alleviate the suffering caused by malaria. NRI has an expert multi-disciplinary team of sensory physiologists and insect behaviourists who continue to develop our understanding of mosquitoes and other disease vectors.

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Forthcoming events: 
Job opportunities at NRI: 
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Latest publications from NRI:

Kleih, U., Linton, J., Marr, A., Mactaggart, M., Naziri, D. and Orchard, J.E. (2013) Financial services for small and medium-scale aquaculture and fisheries producers. Marine Policy, 37. pp. 106-114. ISSN 0308-597X

Tang, S., Liang, J., Tan, Y. and Cheke, R.A. (2013) Threshold conditions for integrated pest management models with pesticides that have residual effects. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 66 (1-2). pp. 1-35. ISSN 0303-6812

Mohammed, I.U. (2012) Virus-host interactions in the cassava brown streak disease pathosystem. PhD thesis, University of Greenwich.

Read more for a full list of our latest publications.

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The Resource #9: 24/01/2013

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