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Social mobility in developing countries: broken ladders

What is social mobility and why does it matter? Social mobility refers to the extent to which a person’s social or economic situation changes, and can incorporate income, educational attainment, occupation or health. Should the socioeconomic status of...

The women powering, and being empowered by cassava production, through CAVA2

There is a place called Ajaligado, in a parish called Ayal, in Alito sub-county, Kole District, in northern Uganda. On the day of our visit, about 25 members of the ‘Alito Cassava Growers’ Association’, met under the trees beside their cassava...

My Future in Five: Dr Aliyu A Turaki

NRI alumnus Dr Aliyu A Turaki, a senior lecturer at Kebbi State University of Science & Technology in Nigeria, returned to NRI on 9th December on a visit as part of a research collaboration and to give a seminar entitled ‘Identifying mealybug...

CAVA2 and cassava: the right mix for improved poultry feed and farmers’ sales

Maize has traditionally been used as the main ingredient for animal feed in Tanzania, but frequent droughts and other effects of climate change have resulted in decreased yields which increase prices and competition as food for humans. Finding an...

CAVA2 and ethanol: the perfect cocktail for cassava farmers and large-scale industry

Most people are familiar with ethanol, in one form or another. The clear, colourless liquid alcohol is used in industries such as cosmetics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, solvents and food and beverages. It’s made from a range of raw materials...

Homegrown manufacturing equipment boosts cassava sales for African farmers

One of the ways CAVA2 supports smallholders is by offering farmers more ‘avenues for sales’ for their cassava roots. To ensure a smooth flow of roots from farm to product, CAVA2 works with SMEs to expand and develop processing capacity; a key issue is...

Giving credit to Kenya

For smallholder farmers in Kenya, drought-related climate risk and getting access to credit and insurance can be the make-or-break factors for agricultural productivity and economic security. According to the Kenyan Government, the four consecutive years of...

Monkey Malaria: is deforestation to blame for its transmission to humans?

Is malaria now able to jump effortlessly across the species divide? A new paper published in Scientific Reports on 16th September 2019, looks at possible causes for a strain of malaria recently detected in humans, which had previously only been...

Caught on Camera – the Wonder of Wetlands

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2020, a special exhibition of photographs will go on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The photos will form part of a joint exhibition between two UKRI (United Kingdom Research and...
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