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Akpan, bissap, jujube fruit and monkey bread are part of Africa's rich food heritage, but are relatively unknown to European palates. Thanks to the EU-funded AFTER project these exciting flavours, and others, could soon be available here, boosting the competitiveness of small food manufacturers on both continents.
Published: 4 June 2015
EU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early warning system for major outbreaks of killer diseases such as malaria - and save lives.
Published: 24 April 2015
Dialogue and international cooperation form the basis of a European Union (EU)-funded project that fosters new ideas, sharing of knowledge and working relationships for the benefit of both Europe and Africa.
Published: 3 September 2014
What does a coal-fired power plant produce? Well, electricity, of course, but it could also supply clean water. And so could many other types of factory. Technology developed by the EU-funded CapWa project extracts water from flue gas - more, in some cases, than was initially brought in. It also saves energy.
Published: 14 May 2014
An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a fire in a tunnel it takes a special kind of person to rescue survivors from large-scale emergencies. But first response teams dont rely just on their outstanding courage and skill to operate effectively. They also need information and coordination, and a way to communicate. EU-funded research is improving the ICT systems at their disposal.
Published: 12 May 2014
Cities around the world are facing a myriad of pressures, including rapid urbanisation and urban sprawl. As a result, authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to manage scarce water resources, deliver water and sanitation services, and dispose of wastewater. At the same time, authorities must do their utmost to minimise the negative impact of such developments on the environment and urban populations.
Published: 27 May 2013
Today, some 1 billion people are undernourished and 0.9 billion lack access to safe water. In addition, population growth coupled with global economic expansion is placing huge pressures on natural resources. Experts predict that by 2030, the demand for food will grow by 50% compared to current levels. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses.
Published: 6 July 2012
Western supermarkets rarely stock cassava and yams, but they are staple foods for some 700 million people around the world. The cassava, sometimes described as the Rambo of food crops, is exceptionally resistant to pests, disease and heat. Yams are packed with complex carbohydrates: sprinter Usain Bolt's world record-breaking exploits have been attributed to a childhood yam diet.
Published: 5 July 2012