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CAVA2 adds new twist to classic dish, mixing farmers, business, and innovation

Across east Africa, a favoured staple is a mixture of cereal flour and water, cooked to make a versatile stiff porridge or dough that is eaten with a range of dishes. In Tanzania it’s known as ugali, and is normally made with maize meal. CAVA2 has...

From cassava seed, a diverse business grows

For Gilbert Okiror of Kapiri sub-county, Ngora District, eastern Uganda, it all began with cassava seed through CAVA2. For the uninitiated, cassava does have actual seeds, but they are very rare, as cassava is usually propagated vegetatively, by planting...

NRI is runner-up in 2019 Competition in Evaluation for Transformational Change

The ‘Evaluation for Transformational Change’ is a biennial award that recognises outstanding evaluations of development interventions that promote or result in transformational change and are explicitly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals...

NRI joins BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Programme as further investment announced

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University Greenwich is pleased to announce its membership in the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Programme, known as LIDo, one of the largest Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the UK’s...

Seeing is believing: cassava yields boosted with CAVA2

For many of us, seeing is believing. When it comes to cultivating cassava, the CAVA2 project team has solid evidence that their training in good agronomic practices is helping farmers to increase yield by more than 25%. By using demonstration plots,...

Building sustainable partnerships in Ethiopia

At the invitation of Dr Jemal Yousuf, Acting President, Professor John Morton and Dr Tim Chancellor visited Haramaya University from 28–30 August to discuss research collaboration under NRI’s Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI). Haramaya hosts...

Tungamirai Rukuni

Last week we were very sad to learn of the passing of Tungamirai Rukuni, popularly known as Tunga for short. Tunga enjoyed a long and rich career applying his engineering skills in the development and testing of appropriate crop processing...

Strengthening ties with FaNSI partners in Nigeria

NRI has a long history of working in partnership with collaborators across the world, as we undertake research that makes a difference. In the past five years, NRI staff have worked in over 40 developing countries with more than 250 partners....

Better biscuits, better lives: CAVA2 strengthening farmers’ sales and industry

During an afternoon tea break in Blantyre, Malawi, we were offered a range of delicious-looking biscuits. The coconut-flavoured ones were particularly tasty, and accessibly priced, as we learnt from Jean Pankuku, Food Technologist at Universal...
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