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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

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How to use storytelling in research

Research and evidence are vital to tackle international development challenges. Evidence is required for policymakers to make informed decisions such as shaping the UK aid agenda to the general public deciding on who to vote for or even where to shop.

15 September 2017

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Video: How does UKCDR contribute to development?

Professor Chris Whitty was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health in January 2016. He was appointed Deputy Government Chief Scientific Adviser in April 2017 for an interim period. Prof. Whitty also sits on the board of UKCDS.

21 July 2017

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Video: What if UKCDR did not exist?

Dr Jasdeep Sandhu is Head of Chief Scientific Adviser’s Cabinet, Research and Evidence Division at Department for International Development (DFID). Dr Sandhu leads on UKCDR...

13 July 2017

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Celebrating 10 years of UKCDS

Professor Duncan Wingham, Chair of UKCDS and the Chief Executive of NERC Why UKCDS was created? UKCDS was created following recommendations of the Development Sciences...

5 July 2017