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The "Nyota ya Mikoko", or "star of the mangrove", vessel dedicated to mangrove conservation.

29/07/20

"Nyota Ya Mikoko": Launch of the Kenyan mangrove research vessel

Nyota ya Mikoko, the Kenyan mangrove research vessel, was officially launched on July 26th 2020 during The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

Laboratory work on emerging diseases.

09/07/20

Regional focus: Infectious diseases in the centre of the scientists’ target

Their names are Florian, Muriel, Andres, Veerle, Louis-Clément... Each morning, a community of IRD researchers working in Southern, Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean wakes up with a simple idea in mind: fighting communicable diseases which have significant effects on the region’s populations.

The scientists breed maize in order to feed maize pests.

25/06/20

Kenya: Science carries on during pandemic, to maintain insect breeding

When the country implemented a national lockdown and travel restrictions due to the current health crisis, Paul-André Calatayud and his kenyan colleagues had to find a way to ensure that their research and laboratory work could keep going. They indeed cannot stop their activity as they breed insects...

The project team distributed more than 5000 masks to the Lamu population.

15/05/20

COVID-19: Mask distribution to community-based partners in Lamu

More than 5000 masks were distributed to the partners of the Mikoko Project on mangrove conservation in Lamu.

Fall armyworm.

30/04/20

New bugs, found in Kenya, can help to control major maize pests

Insect pests, such as maize stemborers and fall armyworm, increasingly challenge food production around the world.

Digital uses in Ghana.

06/04/20

African and Asian societies in the digital era

When did you last use your fingerprint as identification? When was the last time you had a look at WhatsApp? For most of us, these habits are part of our everyday life. Even though we are used to them today, they cause major disruption and changes, as all new technologies do.

Coronavirus

23/03/20

Covid-19 : expertise and IRD's partnership against the pandemic

The experience of IRD researchers in intertropical zones provides valuable lessons in terms of pandemic analysis, epidemiology, treatment and public health policy orientation.

Mangrove in Watamu, Kenya

21/02/20

Mikoko project: mangrove conservators and local leaders gathered for a one-week training course

The National Museum of Gede (Kilifi County) hosted the first training course organized by the Mikoko project on mangrove forest conservation and restauration from February 18th to 21st.

Silkworm

13/12/19

Paul-André Calatayud awarded for his remarkable partnership with icipe

Senior researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Paul-André Calatayud has been working in partnership with Kenyan researchers for many years now. He was just awarded the title of “outstanding partner of the year” by his host institution in Nairobi, the...

Mangrove

04/12/19

Mikoko project: Conserving mangrove as a community

The Mikoko project is particular since it includes the local communities in its very heart. This conviction led the French-Kenyan team of this program dedicated to the conservation of the mangrove forests of the Kenyan coast to the field from November 25th to 28th.

Breeding Aedes mosquitoes in laboratory.

[Project] TIS AEDES OI - Implementation of the Sterile Insect Technique in the Indian Ocean

February 2019 - March 2021 Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion

An aquaculture farm cage during feeding.

[Project] AfriMAQUA - Sustainable marine aquaculture in Africa

International Research Group-South (GDRI-Sud) 2019 - 2022 Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania

Daily life in Madagascar.

[Project] DiDEM - Dialogue between science and decision-makers for an integrated management of marine and coastal environments

July 2020 – July 2023 Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania

Digital uses in Ghana.

[Project] DISAA - Digitization and Society in Asia and Africa

International Research Group-South (GDRI-Sud) 2019 – 2022 India, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa

Mangrove trees.

[Project] Mikoko - Conservation and resilience of Kenyan mangrove forests

French solidarity fund for innovative projects (FSPI) January 2019 - December 2020 Kenya

Agroecology in Togo.

[Project] DSCATT – Soil Carbon Sequestration in agricultural systems

April 2019 - March 2023 Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Mangrove zone near Watamu, Kenya.

Presentation of the IRD in Kenya

Established in Kenya since 1992, IRD in Eastern Africa in partnership with more than 20 regional institutions (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, and Djibouti) supports research and training of direct relation to national and international priorities (African Union, United Nations).

Mangrove trees.

Research in Kenya and East Africa

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Partnership in Kenya and East Africa

In order to conduct research, the IRD promotes the use of partnership tools such as the international joint labs, the young teams associated with IRD and the research groups in the South.

Drugs on a market in Africa.

[Project] ANIPHARM - Sociology of the pharmaceutical uses of animal life in the Indian Ocean

November 2019 – October 2022 India, Kenya, South Africa, Sri Lanka