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Edition 30 – August 2015
In this edition of The Resource we reflect on the importance of sustainability in our research and development work. We bring you news of innovative research and partnerships dedicated to Sustainable Agricultural Intensification, policy developments and training in sustainable farm risk management, cutting-edge disease monitoring and prevention, and agricultural marketing in the developing world. Other developments at NRI include new roles, appointments and opportunities. Finally, we commemorate the life of an outstanding NRI colleague and look back over events from earlier in the year.
New NRI research partnership creating the right environment for more, sustainable food in Africa

NRI and WYG International (WYGI), a global project management and technical consultancy, are currently embarking on a five-year programme dedicated to improving sustainable agricultural enterprise for smallholder farmers in Africa. The programme will commission and manage competitive research grants, facilitate a ‘Learning Alliance’ at national and international levels to encourage joint learning and innovation in the field of Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and conduct cross-programme monitoring and evaluation.
Could mosquitoes bring exotic diseases to the UK? NRI experts explain the risks on TV and radio

Mosquitoes could bring exotic diseases, such as dengue and West Nile Virus, to the UK within the next few decades. Watch and listen to NRI's Dr Frances Hawkes and Professor Gabriella Gibson explaining the risks in TV and radio interviews. Dr Hawkes and Professor Gibson also recently participated in a BBC documentary about their ground-breaking work to develop a new mosquito trap that catches mosquitoes outside, before they bite people. More information about this will be coming soon.
Workshop provides platform to discuss policy support for managing farm risks in Africa

The ‘Farm Risk Management for Africa’ Project, also known as FARMAF, held an international policy workshop from in April 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia. Over 100 participants shared best practices and discussed the development of sustainable farm risk management systems for African farmers, especially smallholder farmers.
Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Inaugural lecture by NRI’s Professor Ben Bennett explores agricultural marketing in the developing world

Ben Bennett, Professor of International Trade and Marketing Economics of the University of Greenwich, gave his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 'Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Markets for Development, Lessons from Practice', on 10th June 2015. The lecture took the audience on a journey through multiple countries and a wealth of commodities to explore agricultural markets in the developing world. Watch the video of the lecture and download the accompanying booklet through links in this article.
NRI Director appointed to strategic role at the University of Greenwich

NRI’s Director, Professor Andrew Westby, has been appointed a Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He will continue to oversee NRI’s outstanding and inspiring work as Director, whilst supporting research and enterprise across the University.
NRI appoints Deputy Director

Following a rigorous selection process, involving both internal and external candidates, Professor Ben Bennett has been selected as Deputy Director of NRI. In this new role, Ben will work closely with the NRI Director, Professor Andrew Westby, in the continued development of the Institute, whilst taking on a Research and Enterprise portfolio. We also offer thanks to Dr John Orchard, who has been NRI’s Director of Research and Enterprise since 2010.
Current studentships at NRI

Do you want to lead the research of tomorrow? Apply for one of our studentships and undertake world-leading research:
  • MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Spatial Movement Patterns & Feeding of the Anopheles mosquitoes. Closing date: 1/09/2015
  • Two MPhil/PhD Vice Chancellor Scholarships: Natural Resources Institute. Closing date: 30/09/2015. Choose from the research areas:
    • Plant-insect trade-offs: defence against herbivores versus pollinator attraction
    • Responsible business and SME food and beverage processors in the global south
    • Living on cyanide – understanding how insects thrive on cyanogenic cassava plants
    • The impact of processed foods trade and foreign investments on nutrition in developing countries
New opportunities at NRI

We currently have the following vacancies at NRI. Apply today to be part of our vibrant, growing institution!
  • Bioinformatician. Closing date: 14/09/2015
  • Head of the Food & Markets Department. Closing date: 23/09/2015
  • Food Safety Specialist. Closing date: 23/09/2015
Commemoration of the life of NRI colleague, Joyce Magor

With great sadness we pass on the news that our former colleague, Joyce Magor, passed away on Sunday 16th August. Joyce had over 60 years’ association with NRI and its precursors, as a biogeographer specialising in locust movements. Joyce’s family are holding a commemoration of her life at the Commissioner's House located by the River Medway in Chatham in the afternoon of Thursday 27th August. If you would like to attend, please contact Dr Peter Burt
Events at Medway deliver plant science, food, drink, dragons….and bees!

At a number of events earlier in the year, NRI and other colleagues from the Universities at Medway pulled together to fire up community interest in plant science, enthuse the public about food hygiene and food programmes across the University of Greenwich, and garner support for local charities.
Forthcoming events:
  • Food Matters Live is the UK's first cross-sector event bringing together professionals from across the food and drink industry, nutrition and health to address one of the most important challenges of our time: the relationship between food, health, nutrition and their connections with the environment, population health and wellbeing. This year the event will take place from 17–19 November 2015 at ExCel, London.
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