Africa
Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current
Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current Today the challenge is to enable better transmission from one country to another while reducing CO 2 with efficient links between renewable energy and the grid.
Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor
Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor The worst food crisis in 30 years looms for 50 million people across southern Africa from Mozambique to Angola. Two years without rain has destroyed harvests. Food prices have skyrocketed.
Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought
Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought South Africa is experiencing its severest drought in more than a century. Savannahs – grasslands scattered with trees and scrubs, which cover about half of Africa – are some of the most productive environments of the continent, supporting livestock and rural livelihoods.
Social, green, but primarily as an investment: all the features of energy crowdfunding
Social, green, but primarily as an investment: all the features of energy crowdfunding There are three ways a crowdfunding project can be financed. Lending: the entrepreneurs borrow money and pay interest; equity: investors in the project become its shareholders; donations: no reward is to be expected (there is a fourth way, a mix of equity and lending called “hybrid”).
Feeding Insects to Farmed Animals
Feeding Insects to Farmed Animals When on October 16 th , World Food Day is celebrated, people around the globe will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.
On the track of the deadly parasite Leishmania
On the track of the deadly parasite Leishmania Leishmaniasis is one of the most underreported and insufficiently monitored diseases in the world affecting mainly the poorest and most disadvantaged people on the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and East Africa.
Parasite surveillance to support policy against drug resistance
Parasite surveillance to support policy against drug resistance Leishmaniasis is a tropical disease known in Europe because it affects dogs. It is caused by the Leishmania parasite carried by sandflies . However, several types of the parasite also affect humans in several regions in the world.
Jean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effect
Jean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effect Visceral leishmaniasis, or Kala-Azar, is a tropical disease caused by several types of Leishmania parasites transmitted by sandflies.
New Hopes for an AIDS Vaccine
New Hopes for an AIDS Vaccine HIV is still plaguing humanity with 35 million infected people worldwide. Antiretroviral drugs do slow down the progression of the disease but at a high cost and with long term toxicity.
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy For 700 million people in Africa and the Far-East, yams and cassava represent important crops for food security and as a source of income.
Micha Werner: Drought vigilance
Micha Werner: Drought vigilance Many African regions are prone to droughts. Advances in forecasting and early warning for these phenomena are now becoming available to help mitigate their consequences on vulnerable societies.
Guy Weets – Protecting African cities against climate-change disasters
Guy Weets – Protecting African cities against climate-change disasters Guy Weets, a telecommunications engineer and consultant for the research centre AMRA (Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk) in Naples, is the scientific coordinator of the CLUVA project, funded by the EU.
On the heels of eels
On the heels of eels Nobody knows the underlying biological mechanisms of the European eels migration . Thanks to an EU-funded research project called eeliad , now about toreach completion, biologists have revealed some of its secrets, including a better understanding of its biology and migration route.
Patrick Kolsteren: A homegrown African research agenda for tackling malnutrition
Patrick Kolsteren: A homegrown African research agenda for tackling malnutrition Professor Patrick Kolsteren is a researcher at the Unit of Nutrition and Child Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp is the general coordinator of the EU funded SUNRAY research project. ...