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WASH - a win-win solution for Africa
Jun 16 2021

ASAP hotspot assessment March 2021
Apr 01 2021

The March edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:

The price of rice rose by 44-50% during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
The price of rice rose by 44-50% during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
Dec 04 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown measures have been a shock to food systems worldwide, affecting both supply and demand.

This has led to unforeseen fluctuations in food prices, particularly at country and local levels, which have hit the poor and vulnerable hardest.

In order to help tackle the food-security issues resulting from such price fluctuations, policymakers need reliable real-time data of where their interventions are most needed.

Oct 08 2020

While laboratory studies have shown that environmental conditions influence the spread of COVID-19, a significant impact of outdoor air pollution  on the spreading or severity of the disease has not been demonstrated yet, following a recent JRC study.

ASAP hotspot assessment July 2020
Aug 06 2020

The July edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:

Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment

The recommendation builds on an EU Umbrella Initiative collecting the knowledge and experience regarding the surveillance of COVID-19 and its variants in wastewaters.
The recommendation builds on an EU Umbrella Initiative collecting the knowledge and experience regarding the surveillance of COVID-19 and its variants in wastewaters.
Jul 09 2020

Wastewater has emerged as a reliable indicator of the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the population, while being itself not a source of infection. The ability to detect RNA fragments of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater is increasingly and independently being reported from research groups in nearly all EU Member States and beyond. This is a first opportunity to reliably surveil the presence of the virus in the population in a better and more harmonized way without direct testing of individual persons.

ASAP hotspot assessment of May 2020
May 27 2020

The May edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:
Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment

Aerial picture of the WWTP Aachen-Soers Source
May 08 2020

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for Environment, are teaming up with the EU Hackathon’s winners SEWERS4Covid (the Dutch Water Research Institute KWR, Eurecat – Technology Centre of Catalonia (Spain), University of Thessaly and National Technical University of Athens (Greece), and University of Exeter (UK) and the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen RWTH (DE).