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Clean water is a human right and a major contributor to sustainable development. But large parts of Africa still have very poor access to it. That needs to change and an EU-backed international consortium is working on clean water technology programmes targeting sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainable, locally-adapted solutions to this complex challenge are the key.
Published: 15 February 2019
As more and more people travel and global warming paves the way for diseases to spread, human health and welfare are no longer the preserve of single countries, regions or even continents. European researchers teamed up with African partners to bridge the gap in biomedical research and biobanking practices between the regions. Its biobank-in-a-box is now ready to be unwrapped.
Published: 22 August 2018
Accessible, affordable healthcare shouldn't just be the domain of city dwellers. The team behind an EU-funded project is training non-physician clinicians in Malawi and Zambia to bring essential surgeries to rural communities in Africa.
Published: 21 November 2016
Africa is a treasure trove for mineral resources, but many go under-exploited. This could change with a pan-African online portal providing geological information on the continent's mineral wealth. Devised by EU-funded researchers, the future portal is now being developed further to help African countries exploit their resources in a sustainable way.
Published: 19 February 2016
An EU-funded project to strengthen the voices of small-scale farmers in Africa in agricultural research is increasing grassroots input into national initiatives and raising the profile of project partners. Technical innovation, policy training and food security advocacy have followed.
Published: 21 September 2015
The mix of urbanisation and rising technology use has increased the stream of e-waste in Africa, for which recycling capacity is limited. Waste management infrastructures are few and far between, public awareness of health issues is limited and environmental precautions rare. A team of European and African researchers is working on a solution.
Published: 2 September 2015
Nothing can grow without the right amount of water, at the right time - and farmers can't necessarily rely on rain for the moisture their crops need. EU-funded researchers have shown that water harvesting techniques could help to boost food security, stimulate growth and foster resilience in African dryland areas.
Published: 17 June 2015
Sustainable rural development can only be accomplished by empowering local people to participate in the development of new techniques themselves. In understanding the importance of irrigation for smallholder farmers, the EU-funded EAU4FOOD project has integrated locals within the innovation process.
Published: 5 June 2015
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: 4 June 2015