Season's greetings from NRI

Wishing a peaceful festive season to the whole NRI community. Many thanks to our staff, students, partners and collaborators for your work and engagement over the past year. We look forward to working with you in 2018.

NRI's Annual Review 20162017

Enjoy some festive reading with our recently published Annual Review, presenting a snapshot of our work in a series of stories covering ten of our thematic areas.
The introductions below give a flavour of what you'll find in the Annual Review stories. Click on the images to take you to the relevant section. Discover our work and join us in our mission.
1. Agriculture, food and nutrition

NRI is working to improve standards for collecting and measuring data and developing innovative methodologies for evaluating agriculture and food systems. One current project is using ICTs to measure the impact of agricultural technologies on women's time use and mother and child nutrition, whilst another project warns us against throwing away our nutrients.

2. Insects, pests and human and plant health

At NRI, we deal with both beneficial and harmful insects, and other pests including rodents and birds, which have an impact on human and plant health. Here we highlight two examples that show how our work is exploring the crucial role of pollinators in our agriculture and food systems, and how we are developing innovative ways to control mosquitoes that pose a threat to human welfare.

3. Capacity Strengthening

A selection of NRI's work in this field includes updates from an innovative programme that funds capacity development for African early-career researchers working on various aspects of climate change, and a programme developing capacity for Agricultural Innovation Systems, with case studies from Bangladesh and Rwanda.

4. Root and tuber crops in development

NRI addresses key challenges at all stages of root and tuber crop value chains, from farm to fork. This snapshot of our work looks at achievements in overcoming emergent diseases threatening crop production, adding value through processing and business development, and developing postharvest technologies.

5. Postharvest loss reduction

Postharvest losses refer to losses in food crops on their from harvest to market, and include wasted agricultural inputs that were invested in growing the food and any pollution or carbon dioxide released during the process. Our postharvest teams devise solutions to postharvest loss through innovative technologies, strategies and information systems.

6. Equitable Trade and Responsible Business

NRI staff working in this area have been analysing trade for development and responsible business in developing and emerging economies, contributing to applied knowledge and practice, and influencing policy. NRI also conducts extensive work on value chain analysis and development, producing knowledge on the contribution of value chains to inclusive economic growth and social and environmental sustainability.

7. Gender and social difference

Our work in gender and social difference aims to make a demonstrable impact by reducing inequalities and achieving gender justice in sustainable development. The ultimate aim is to contribute to theory, policy and practice to benefit the lives of women, men, girls and boys, as a matter of human rights, gender justice and good development.

8. Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

Increasing agricultural productivity in agriculture and aquaculture in Africa is essential to feeding a fast-growing population, but also has the potential to lift rural families out of poverty. NRI's work in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) examines efforts to increase productivity while mantaining environmental sustainability.

9. Land, rural institutions and governance

NRI's work on land tenure and governance has scaled up significantly in the last year through leadership of DFID's LEGEND programme and work on land indicators for the UN Habitat's Global Land Tools Network (GLTN). NRI's work in managing farm risks through the FARMAF programme involves advising on the reform of policy and regulatory frameworks to assure the sustainability of risk management tools.

10. Research-led teaching

NRI's research responds to emerging global challenges of the day. Our researchers also teach on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with new elements from their research and enterprise work being rapidly introduced into individual courses and lectures.

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