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25 March 2013
Three projects involving IRD research units have been selected for the 2013 BIO-ASIA program. In order to develop their synergies, the kick-off meeting of their project was launched on March 25th and 26th in the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Vietnam. The Bio-Asia Regional ...
One million Euros from French, Brazilian and African institutions to fight against desertification in Africa
21 June 2012
An innovative partnership to fight against desertification in Africa has been presented on the 20th of June within the frame of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). During a site-event held in the Brazilian Pavilion, l’Agence inter-établissements de recherche pour ...
Signature of cooperation executive arrangement between IRD and Land Department Development of Thailand
14 June 2011
IRD welcomed at its head office in Marseilles, a delegation of the Land Development Department (LDD) of Thailand, on Tuesday, June 14. The co-operation between IRD and LDD is old and goes back to 1995. It relates to the rehabilitation, the preservation and the improvement of soil fertility in ...
23 May 2011
Rice is the third cereal in the world after wheat and maize, but the leader as far as human nutrition is concerned. It is the staple food for half of humanity. The 155 million hectares of rice fields in the world, mainly in the tropical regions, produce about 660 million tone of rice pear year. ...
16 March 2011
A third of the African population faces widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition. The most affected are rural households whose livelihood is heavily dependent on traditional rain-fed agriculture. The high population growth rate has increased the numbers of malnourished and poor people more ...
07 January 2011
Quinoa has been a staple food for the Andean peoples for many centuries. Today it is experiencing great commercial success. Simultaneously diet, organic and fair-trade food, this pseudocereal* appeals to many consumers, particularly in the countries of the North. However, the boom in its ...
27 October 2010
Like their counterparts in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) on the future climate, life sciences specialists can now attempt to predict changes in the biodiversity. For that domain, the future is scarcely any brighter. Biological diversity will continue to decline throughout ...
20 October 2010
Montpellier will host the headquarters of the Consortium of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The success of the French candidacy is the result of a strong involvement of political bodies and of an exemplary collaboration between French research partners. ...
30 June 2010
For 30 years Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some severe stresses and disruption: doubling of the population, demographic pressure, loss of rainfall, soil impoverishment. These could generate changes in agricultural practices and therefore severe biodiversity erosion of crop plants such as ...
10 June 2010
The desert has been nibbling away at the Sahel’s fertile land for several decades. To halt this advancing desertification, 11 African countries have come together to build a “Great Green Wall”. This immense project, initiated in 2005, aims to replant with trees a 15 km wide strip stretching 7000 ...