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COVID-19 and food systems in developing countries: some thoughts

John Morton, Professor of Development Anthropology, NRI | As I write, the full impact of the new coronavirus and the associated disease COVID-19 on developing countries is yet to be seen, and is hard to predict in either scale or nature. Yet it is...

Responding to COVID-19: future impact on animal-source food supply in Africa

Judy Bettridge, Fellow in Biostatistics for Food and Agriculture, NRI | Hazelnut muesli bars, fresh mackerel, frozen mushy peas: the curious selection of scattered items among the desolation of empty shelves in my local supermarket in Kent, UK,...

Treemendous: why forests are too precious to lose

Trees are important, as everyone should know, and since 2012, the UN General Assembly has named March 21st as the ‘International Day of Forests’. The theme for 2020 is forests are “too precious to lose”. The UN states that, “when we drink a glass...

Responding to COVID-19: transformative change needed for accountable and regenerative systems

Valerie Nelson, Professor of Sustainable Development, NRI | Can the current health crisis lead to the kinds of changes we so urgently need to combat the interconnected climate and environmental crises we face? What does COVID-19 mean for food,...

Proliferating Pollinators: how to help

With many of us now unexpectedly confined to our homes, our priorities are changing fast. The absence of a daily commute and a desire for fresh air means that gardens and balconies have taken on a new importance, in that overnight, they have become the...

Responding to COVID-19: reorient our consumption to mitigate risks of climate change

Conor Walsh, Environmental Scientist, NRI | What constitutes a global crisis? What differentiates it from a national or regional problem? By definition, a pandemic reflects a threat to human health that transcends territorial and jurisdictional...

Celebrating the Queen’s Anniversary Prize: highest national honour for NRI’s work

Personal account by Gillian Summers, NRI Communications Specialist Green entry card and passport at the ready, I showed the guard my credentials and was waved inside the gates of Buckingham Palace, along with our group and the other winners of the...

The Annual Insect Conference that’s Purely for Post-Grads

This year, Bristol played host to the annual Post Graduate Forum of the Royal Entomological Society, an event organised by post-graduate students, for post-graduate students. Designed to give participants a gentle introduction to the world of...

My Future in Five - Purity Hrisca

Mature student Purity Hrisca wanted to progress up the food industry career ladder so she studied at NRI for a Master’s in Food Safety and Quality Management. A self-confessed “foodie”, Purity admits she’s come a long way from her childhood dream of...
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