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New NRI research partnership creating the right environment for more, sustainable food in Africa

SAIRLA C Mungai 750NRI 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.


NRI Director appointed to strategic role at the University of Greenwich

Andrew Westby 750NRI’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

B Bennett 750Following 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.


Workshop provides platform to weigh up policy support for managing farm risks in Africa

Policy Workshop Zambia web 750The ‘Farm Risk Management for Africa’ Project, also known as FARMAF, held an international policy workshop from 14–15 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. The EU-funded project is being implemented by a partnership led by NRI which includes three European research and education institutions and eight African farmers’ organisations.


Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Inaugural lecture by NRI’s Professor Ben Bennett to explore agricultural marketing in the developing world

Namibian myrrh D Cole 750Ben Bennett, Professor of International Trade and Marketing Economics of the University of Greenwich, will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Markets for Development, Lessons from Practice' on Wednesday, 10th June 2015. All are welcome.


May events at Medway promise plant science, food, drink…and dragons!

NRI, together with other colleagues from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, will be participating in a number of fascinating, fun, fact-filled and feisty events this May! Mark your calendar and invite your families to join in the fun.


Mosquitoes bringing exotic diseases to the UK: NRI experts explain the risks on TV and radio

Frances Hawkes Sky News 1An article published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal last month reported that mosquitoes could bring exotic diseases, such as dengue and West Nile Virus, to the UK within the next few decades. The study caused a media buzz, prompting broadcasters to ask, “How real is the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in the UK?”

NRI scientists, Dr Frances Hawkes and Professor Gabriella Gibson, were on hand to offer their expert opinions and explain the risks.


Training the trainers: NRI collaborating with AfricaRice to develop e-learning modules

Rice N Palmer CIAT1 750NRI is currently collaborating with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the CGIAR international agricultural research centre specialising in the rice sector, on a project called ‘Catalysing Adoption and Use of Scalable Technologies in Africa’ (CAUSA).


Tomorrow's farms today? Innovative approach to climate change learning in Africa captured on video

Farms future3 R Lamboll 750Findings from action research carried out by NRI and partners from Ghana and Tanzania showcase an approach to strengthening farmer adaptive capacity to climate change. The findings, presented in a recently published project report and in two new videos, effectively take us on a journey through time and space to understand how farmers are learning to adapt to tomorrow's climate today.


NRI wins Guardian University Award showing Research Impact that keeps on growing

Guardian-University-Award-2015 Research-Impact-750NRI was awarded the ‘Research Impact’ prize at the Third Annual Guardian University Awards ceremony in London on the evening of 18th March.


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