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Edition 29 – April 2015

Easter greetings from NRI

As the sun begins to shine over the River Medway here at NRI in Chatham, UK, the blossoming spring brings this issue of The Resource, bursting with news from an energetic start to the year. It tells of a new prize, major research grants, projects and outcomes, highlighting the impact of our research around the world. We remember the exceptional life and ground-breaking research of an inspirational colleague, celebrate International Women’s Day, and bring you news of partnerships, collaborations and events.
NRI wins Guardian University Award showing Research Impact that keeps on growing

NRI was awarded the 2015 Guardian University Award for ‘Research Impact’ at a ceremony held in London recently. NRI led the winning project known as C:AVA (Cassava: Adding Value for Africa) which has helped farmers out of poverty by developing a highly marketable product – High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) – and nurturing a new industry to produce, process and use the flour.
 
NRI awarded major grant to tackle cassava whitefly in Sub-Saharan Africa

The NRI-led project entitled African cassava whitefly: outbreak causes and sustainable solutions which was awarded a USD 15.75 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was recently launched at a meeting in Uganda.
Remembering Professor Mike Thresh – inspirational, hands-on plant virologist

John Michael Thresh passed away on Thursday 12th February 2015. 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.
 
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015 at NRI

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity’, echoes NRI’s ongoing work. We marked the day by launching our new development programme ‘Gender and Social Difference’, grown out of three decades of experience working with partners around the world, North and South, to address gender inequality in sustainable development.
Tomorrow's farms today? Innovative approach to climate change learning in Africa captured on video

Findings 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, take us on a journey through time and space to understand how farmers are learning to adapt to tomorrow's climate today.
Third annual event charts course for greater Biopesticide use across Europe

An upcoming event will look at controlling pests with natural products and micro-organisms. The event's theme this year is 'Where is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe?' and will take place on Thursday 9th April 2015 at the University of Greenwich, London.
 
Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems

NRI is playing a key role in a major capacity development project awarded to Agrinatura by the European Commission. Agrinatura is the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development and comprises over 30 universities and research organisations in Europe. The new project is a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Training the trainers: NRI collaborating with AfricaRice to develop e-learning modules

NRI is 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).
 
Reducing rat damage in Bangladesh, from farm to fork

Rodents can be a big pest problem in crop production, both before and after harvest. NRI is involved in a research project with partners from Europe and Bangladesh, focusing on the problems rodents cause throughout the postharvest value chain, looking specifically at rodenticide use in Bangladesh and other methods and tools that can be used to reduce postharvest losses caused by rodents.
NRI and CPA join forces to support Parliamentary Agriculture Committees

NRI and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have been working together to assess the role of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees (PACs) in the developing world, specifically in Africa and Asia, where two workshops were held in 2014.
Forthcoming events:
  • 'Biopesticides - Where is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe?' - University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime campus, Thursday 9th April 2015. This will be the third Greenwich Bio-pesticides Event organised by Enterprise Europe Network SE UK and the European Centre for IPM, NRI. More information
  • Fascination of Plants Day 2015, Sunday 17th May, on the lawn in front of Pembroke building, Medway campus. Colleagues from the University of Greenwich Department of Life and Sports Science and NRI are taking part in this event, launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation, to encourage people to celebrate the importance of plant science. Staff and students will be presenting a variety of plant-based activities and exhibits to share our enthusiasm with others and inspire people to think about plant science and conservation in new ways. More information coming soon.
  • Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, 23–25th May 2015, riverside, Chatham Maritime. Colleagues from the University of Greenwich and NRI are taking part in this festival, offering more than just food & drink. NRI staff and students will be showcasing our food research and MSc courses as well as taking to the water in a bid to win the Dragon Boat race! More information coming soon.
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The Resource #29: 02/04/2015

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