Vitamin A deficiency is a major public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, 20% of pregnant women and about 30% of children under five are estimated to be deficient in vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency leads to Nyctalopia ("night blindness"), increased susceptibility to infections and impaired growth and development.
The University of Greenwich's Natural Resources Institute has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support research to detect damaging viruses, which can reduce the yield of valuable yam crops for smallholder farming communities in West Africa and other parts of the developing world.
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) have recently presented their findings of a systematic review on the impact of capacity strengthening of agricultural research for development (AR4D) in developing countries during a seminar at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on 23rd January.
The Natural Resources Institute is launching the 'Supporting Aspiring Agriculturalists Campaign' that will provide postgraduate scholarship support for a network of talented individuals 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.
Newly appointed Reader in Economics for Sustainability at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Dr Şerban Scrieciu, has recently published a paper which argues for greater diversity in the discipline of economics, particularly in its response to climate change and the need for "green growth".
Scholarship opportunities for prospective students of MSc Sustainable Environmental Management at NRI
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. These Scholarships are specifically for students originating from the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Suriname, Uganda and Uruguay. Full details are available on the Tullow Group website http://tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org/ and the deadline for applications is 13th February 2013.
PhD student Frances Hawkes, studying at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), won first prize for 'best presentation' at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's (RSTMH) 'Research in Progress' meeting on 14th December 2012.
A large number of extensive outbreaks of African armyworm, ravaged Zambia throughout December 2012, affecting 59 000 farmers and causing a national emergency. Hundreds of resource-poor farmers lost their entire crops.