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Road-related deforestation in West Papua

14/05/21

PREZODE Regional Workshop with Asian partners

The PREZODE “ PREventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence” initiative, launched by France with the support of EU, aims to prevent emerging pandemic risks from animals while ensuring food security and livelihood for the poorest communities, and strengthening cooperation within and between several regions...

Marine tilapia farm in Kenya.

28/04/21

Webinar - Towards sustainable marine aquaculture in Africa

The AfriMAQUA research network organises a webinar on marine aquaculture in Tanzania, Namibia and Kenya. Join the event online!

An aquaculture farm cage during feeding.

19/02/21

Enhancing sustainable marine aquaculture practices via a strong South African-French partnership

On 19 February, H.E. Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, visited the Marine Research Aquarium in Cape Town, a key place for the South African – French partnership in aquaculture research. He met with researchers and praised their efforts to ensure sustainable aquaculture...

Paspalum notatum

05/02/21

Plants that defy generations at the heart of a European Union research programme

The Mechanisms of Apomictic Development (MAD) project, funded by the European Union and coordinated by Olivier Leblanc, an IRD plant geneticist, was launched last December. This Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA RISE) Action is being implemented under the Pillar 1...

Soil study in South Africa.

04/12/20

Farmers and soils: two allies for climate change mitigation

Did you know that the soils we walk on every day are one of the key levers in the fight against climate change? Isn’t that surprising? As part of the celebrations of World Soil Day, seize the opportunity to follow IRD specialists in East Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, as they study...

An aquaculture farm cage during feeding.

26/10/20

Aquaculture: a key element to food security in Africa

Freshwater and marine aquaculture have an extensive growth potential all across Africa and could contribute to feeding the continent’s rapidly increasing population. However, the challenge is to find solutions to ensure seafood farming expands in a sustainable manner in the next years. The AfriMAQUA...

Abalone farm.

30/09/20

[Webinar] Ensuring food security in Africa through sustainable aquaculture

Did you think about where the last prawn or fish you ate came from? Chances are that they grew in an aquaculture farm! For a few years now, the majority of seafood we consume has not been coming from fisheries.

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...

Soil preparation by cows before sowing the field with maize, in the foothills of Drakensberg, South Africa.

08/06/20

Report argues for land redistribution to create new jobs in agriculture in South Africa

Bruno Losch, political economist at Cirad based at the University of the Western Cape, contributed to this study highlighting the possibilities of job creations if South Africa chooses the path of a pro-poor land reform.

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.

Aquaculture urchin for taste trials

[Project] NUTRITIOUS - Nutritional value of marine organisms for sustainable, nutrition-sensitive marine aquaculture

2021 South Africa

Exposition Insectes

Insects to the planet’s rescue

Fascinating, insignificant, repulsive, awesome – whatever your view on them, insects are everywhere and essential! Some 400 million years of evolution have resulted in an incredible diversity of insects and they can be found in every corner of the world, even at the poles and in the oceans.

PSF-South R3CE (2019-2021)

“By yourself, you go more quickly; together, you go further.” Inspired by this African proverb, the RCS3E project, sponsored by the university of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, aims to bring together an ensemble of African and French academics as part of research schools focusing on the issue of invasive...

PSF-South Mianatra (2019-2021)

In Malagasy, “Mianatra” means “to learn”. The aim of this project is to improve university education in order to meet requirements for socio-economic and environmental expertise in the sea and fishing sectors.

Fleuve Amazone

Rivers, Climate and People

Earth’s major rivers are essential to development due to their resources and transportation potential.

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

Students of the Unviersity of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, measuring the soil density, one of the variables used to know the carbon stocks.

[Project] CARBOFARM - Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils with limited water

December 2017 - January 2021 South Africa

Injeras in a restaurant in Addis Ababa.

[Project] AnemiNut - Fight against nutritional anemia

Young team associated with IRD (JEAI) February 2017 - December 2019 Ethiopia

Student training at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

Research in Southern Africa

Research projects are defined and carried out jointly by the researchers and their counterparts in Southern Africa.

Vignette désertification

Desertification, A Challenge for Science

Desertification is a result of land degradation, mainly caused by human activity, in dry areas of the planet. Climate change amplifies the negative effects of these activities on soils and vegetation.