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Christmas on the desert plains of Northern Namibia: a story of fragrant Myrrh

droplet-of-myrrh origA fine mist of rain falls on the world’s oldest desert, the first rain in 24 months. In a valley apparently devoid of life, the local nomadic Himba women, with babies strapped to their backs, bend over spider-like plants and harvest golden beads of precious resin. This is the Myrrh of the Bible. Excreted from the bark of the Commiphora species, gathered and traded since ancient times for its deep notes of leather and denim.

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NRI evaluates the Comic Relief Trade Programme

managers-of-a-fairtrade origThe Natural Resources Institute (NRI) recently completed an evaluation of the Comic Relief Trade Programme, examining its impact on smallholder producers in Africa. As well as assessing the impact of the programme, the evaluation also identifies the key factors supporting positive impacts and the effectiveness of the Comic Relief approach.

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New book published on ‘Radar Entomology’

radar-entomology-cover origThe first book devoted to the subject of 'Radar Entomology', the technique used to observe the movements of insects, has been co-authored by Alistair Drake of the University of New South Wales, Australia and Don Reynolds of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), entitled 'Radar Entomology: Observing Insect Flight and Migration'.

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Professor Bob Cheke on BBC Series ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’

red-billed-quelea origIn the first week of January 2013 Professor Bob Cheke from the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) will appear on the new BBC Nature TV series ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’ which will unpack the science behind strange and amazing events in the natural world. The programme will cover topics ranging from the bio-control of invasive fire ants in America to unusual cloud formations. Bob will advise on the swarming nature of the Quelea birds and their threat to crops. A flock of 2 million birds can destroy up to 50 tons of grain per day.

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Food chain quality given Royal launch

duke-of-Kent-with-debbie-rees origA major new scientific collaboration between East Malling Research (EMR) and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich (UoG) was launched on Tuesday December 11th by HRH The Duke of Kent KG on a visit to EMR.

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Women and finance in the media spotlight

The role of women in the global economy is crucial but often under-appreciated. Dr Ana Marr, Reader in International Development Economics at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), was invited to take part in a TV programme called 'Real Talk' on the topic of Women and Finance, which was broadcast on Sky TV earlier this year.

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NRI co-host workshop with ISEAL on the impacts of sustainability standards

Diagram of participating organisationsThe Natural Resources Institute (NRI) co-hosted a workshop last week with ISEAL - the international membership body for a range of sustainability standards. Participants represented Rainforest Alliance, the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation, 4C Association, UTZ Certified, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Union for Ethical Biotrade, the Forest Stewardship Council and ISEAL itself.

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Agriculture should be at the heart of African development: Lord Boateng

maguire-boateng origLord Boateng has called on the United Nations to put agriculture at the heart of African development.

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Building gender and community engagement capacity in land and natural resource management in Mozambique

CascadeTraining1 origThe issue of land rights and natural resource management in Mozambique is a challenge affecting millions of people. A recent study indicates that women in these areas experience only limited access to and control over their land and natural resources, compared to men, and are often excluded from decision making.

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Assessing habitats and biodiversity on organic indigenous farms in Guatemala

training-forest-guards orig NRI experts working on the project 'Agroforests: A critical resource for Megadiversity in Guatemala', have initiated studies to evaluate the biodiversity on coffee farms in Guatemala. Diego Pons from the University of Valle leads the study with support from Francisco Pacay of the Foundation for the Defence of Nature which manages the Sierra Las Minas Biosphere reserve.

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