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Remembering Professor Mike Thresh – inspirational, hands-on plant virologist

Mike-Thresh Cassava-field-750John Michael Thresh, aged 84 years old, passed away on Thursday 12th February 2015 at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, UK, following his battle with cancer. He leaves his wife, Peggy, four sons, four grandsons and four granddaughters. Professor Thresh, known as Mike to his family and peers, contributed much to our knowledge of plant virology, both within the UK and overseas and was a tireless advocate, supporter, and promoter of plant pathology for more than 60 years.


NRI’s research making an impact: C:AVA project nominated for Guardian University Award

Sieving-cassava-flour-Malawi L-Forsythe-750Vital work to transform the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest farmers has led to the University of Greenwich being shortlisted for a prestigious Guardian University Award. The NRI-led project, a contender for a top prize in the Guardian’s Research Impact category, is helping transform the livelihoods of more than 90,000 farmers across five African countries.


Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015 at NRI

Cassava-processors-Uganda L-Forsythe-750For International Women’s Day 2015, the Natural Resources Institute would like to express our appreciation of all those working towards greater gender equality.


Third annual event charts course for greater Biopesticide use across Europe

podborer-P-Stevenson 750Building on the popularity of Greenwich Biopesticide Events in 2013 and 2014, Thursday 9th April 2015 will see the return of the successful venture at the University of Greenwich, London, whose theme this year will be 'Where is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe?'


Reducing rat damage in Bangladesh, from farm to fork

Bandicota-bengalensis S-Belmain-750A new research project on the problems rodents cause throughout the post-harvest value chain has been officially launched at an opening ceremony in Bangladesh, hosted by the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Dhaka and involving project partners from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (UK), Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Bangladeshi NGO Association for Integrated Development-Comilla (AID–Comilla), and the small business enterprise Modern Rice Milling Unit, Comilla, Bangladesh.


Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems

Market-Ghana T-Chancellor 750NRI is playing a key role in a major new capacity development project that has just been awarded to Agrinatura by the European Commission. Agrinatura is the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development and comprises over thirty universities and research organisations in Europe. The new global project is entitled Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) and is a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project has a budget of 12m euros and will operate over a period of four years.


NRI and CPA join forces to support Parliamentary Agriculture Committees

CPA-NRI-LOGOS-webNRI and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have been working together to assess the role of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees (PACs) in the developing world. The CPA is an organisation that “connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth” and is made up of 175 Parliaments and Legislatures with 17,000 members.


NRI awarded major grant to tackle cassava whitefly in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bemisia-tabaci-webNRI was recently awarded a USD 15.75 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project entitled African cassava whitefly: outbreak causes and sustainable solutions.


Impact of NRI’s research graded internationally excellent or better


REF2014 logo-750The impact of all of NRI’s research submitted to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework in 2014 (REF2014) has been graded as internationally excellent or better.


Striking the right balance on credit + insurance for African smallholders: prestigious award for new project

Farmer-maize-field-Kenya CIMMYT-750Offering optimal financial packages to larger numbers of smallholder farmers at lower costs is the aim of a new project led by Principal Investigator Dr. Ana Marr, Reader in International Development Economics at NRI and the Business School at the University of Greenwich. The three-year project, to be known as AgricreditPlus, has been awarded a GBP 745,000 grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).


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