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Most of the food produced in Africa is supplied by small-scale farmers, many of whom are struggling. New knowledge could help to boost these micro-operations and their contribution to food security, but smallholders are rarely consulted when research agendas are set. An EU-funded project focused on stimulating the necessary dialogue.
Published: 21 September 2015
Sidelined for decades because of their traditional way of life, South Africa's San, also known as Bushmen, are now attracting admiration and respect for their traditional knowledge on the medicinal properties of plants. An EU-funded project is helping the San to share this knowledge and claim their rightful benefits.
Published: 18 September 2015
Offshore wind-farms are an attractive source of renewable energy, overcoming a number of concerns linked to on-land wind turbines. An EU-funded project is increasing cost-effectiveness out at sea with new, lightweight, innovative components. One system prototype is being tested, while another is under development.
Published: 17 September 2015
Researchers, politicians and policy-makers from Europe and Africa are addressing major social, economic and environmental challenges through EU-funded projects that aim to foster long-term collaboration in science, technology and innovation.
Published: 16 September 2015
What is your idea of a perfect meal? How about some local cheese, artisanal bread and a few slices of regional ham? Traditional food producers are getting help to continue producing in the competitive 21st century, with know-how and training from an EU-funded project.
Published: 15 September 2015
A drug capable of not only controlling certain autoimmune diseases but also reorienting the immune system has been developed through the EU-funded TRIAD project and is now undergoing clinical trials via a spin-off. Scientists believe that this approach could be the first step towards finding a cure.
Published: 14 September 2015
An EU-funded project has fed thousands of people on food that would otherwise be wasted in some of Europe's biggest cities. Raising awareness is part of a strategy to reduce food waste. The project is also examining ways to encourage businesses and households to use food more efficiently and discard less. Its proposals could increase resource efficiency along the supply chain, cut bills for shoppers, and contribute to a sustainable food system.
Published: 11 September 2015
According to WHO estimates, 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Cochlear implants can help those for whom hearing aids offer little or no benefit. The EU-funded project HEAR-EU is developing ground-breaking imaging technology and surgical planning software to make the implant surgery more predictable and ultimately more successful for the individual patient.
Published: 10 September 2015
Published: 9 September 2015
Weather cladding and external wall panels made of flax, jute, and a resin from sugar cane waste? Yes indeed, if you want a durable, low-carbon solution... EU-funded researchers have developed innovative biocomposites based on such materials and demonstrated their potential in construction.
Published: 8 September 2015