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What does resilience mean for pastoral communities?

Pastoralism is the most important food production system in dryland environments, supporting some 500 million people globally. Contemporary pastoralists face significant challenges, and although 'resilience-building’ features prominently in development strategies, ‘resilience’ is itself a surprisingly complex issue.

2 August 2018

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Fighting Ethics Dumping through Equitable Partnerships

When research is conducted in low-income settings, it cannot be taken for granted that participants are aware of their rights, or protected from harm. |This blogpost considers ‘ethics dumping’, the practice of exporting unethical research practices to countries that may not have the resources to stop exploitation, following the ground-breaking adoption of the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-poor Settings in June by the European Commission.

27 July 2018

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The child of the radio

Mass media can significantly change health-seeking behaviours, according to a study showing that a mass radio campaign in rural Burkina Faso resulted in a significant rise in families of young children seeking medical attention and in diagnoses and treatment of deadly illness.

17 July 2018

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Moments from our #UKCDRLaunch

On the 25th of June, 150 members of the international development research community joined us at the Wellcome Trust to launch UKCDR’s new strategy and brand. It's @UKCDR's...

27 June 2018

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What can we learn from the Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy?

There is growing consensus that agriculture plays a major role in supporting ‘nutrition-sensitive’ food systems to sustain healthy lives. As well as sufficient calories and protein, our food systems need to provide sufficient dietary micronutrients, and vitamins, whilst being resilient to population growth, urbanisation, and many environmental stresses.

18 June 2018

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How bees can help us fight poverty and feed the world

Animal pollinators are the industrious workers in the factory of life – transporting pollen from one flower to another to ensure successful fertilisation. 75% of our crop plants benefit from this free service which can increase the yield, quality and even shelf-life of their products.

17 May 2018

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Sowing the Seeds of Storytelling in Southern India

I am writing this blogpost from Bangalore, where I have spent the last few days participating in a networking workshop on past and present sustainable farming practices. I know very little about sustainable farming practices – I know a little more now than I did at the beginning of the week – but I have been here to talk about storytelling and how it might be used to unlock lay and traditional knowledge and bring new voices into discussions around policy and practice.

11 May 2018

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Sharing benefits from research and development of genetic resources

Science has a critical role to play in international development and underpins progress in addressing global challenges in areas such as environment, agriculture, food security, health, and climate change.  In the natural sciences, the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity is a topic of international concern.

11 October 2017