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Déchets plastiques sur une plage.

17/11/20

Maputo: Panel discussion on circular economy and waste management

IRD participates in the Environment week "Terra Nossa" organized by French actors in Mozambique. A great event you cannot miss if you are in Maputo!

Bat.

16/11/20

Sustainable and reliable tools to control zoonotic diseases in Zimbabwe

Following the upgrading of a biomolecular lab thanks to the CAZCOM project, the launch of the PACMAN project strengthens the autonomy of Zimbabwe to control animal and zoonotic diseases.

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.

15/10/20

Aquaculture and Food Security - Follow-up on the webinar

Watch the webinar recording or download the speakers' presentations.

Wanda Markotter, a professor at the University of Pretoria and a partner of IRD researchers in Zimbabwe, coordinates the field trip and oversees the students taking samples on bats.

13/10/20

[Video] SciChat #1 with Wanda Markotter

Let's chat with Wanda Markotter, a virologist at the University of Pretoria, as part of our SciChat series with scientists and partners from Southern Africa.

Excavation of Border Cave by the French - South African team

09/10/20

200,000 year-old beds made of grass on ash

An international team of archaeologists led by the University of Witwatersrand and involving CNRS reveals that our ancestors living in South Africa were using ash and grass to create comfortable areas for sleeping and working. This indicates complex behaviour among our ancestors.

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.

Daily life in Madagascar.

07/09/20

Scientific stopovers on the coastline of the Indian Ocean

Imagine yourself travelling along the coasts of the Western Indian Ocean… From the Cape of Good Hope to Zanzibar, via the long beaches of Mozambique and the Reunion Island idyllic lagoons, to the mangroves of Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. These shores do not only inspire tourists forced into...

Remote signature of the MoU between ARC, CIRAD and INRAE.

27/08/20

Remote research and partnerships have potential!

While the pandemic is extending on the longer term everywhere in the world, the international scientific collaborations carry on and the researchers have to keep their dynamics going. This is also the case for the IRD, CNRS and Cirad partnerships in Southern Africa. Doing science remotely entails...

Longliner in Reunion.

25/08/20

WIOMSA and IRD: a close cooperation for marine science

Dr. Jacqueline Uku, WIOMSA President, says it herself: “IRD has been a good friend, for a very long time.” The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association indeed has extensive links with IRD in the region and offers a great support to marine researchers.

Rough sea.

17/08/20

A breath of invigorating sea air… carrying microplastics

A new study involving researchers from the CNRS, the Nelson Mandela University and the Strathclyde University (Scotland) provided evidence of possible microplastic transportation from the ocean to the surrounding atmosphere, by the waves and the wind. This marks a significant step for research and a...

Dr Shadrack Ralekeno Moephuli, ARC CEO and Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, after the signature in Pretoria.

27/07/20

South African-French agricultural research cooperation gets a boost with tripartite agreement between ARC, CIRAD and INRAE

South African-French agricultural research cooperation has received a major boost with the signing of a ground-breaking new tripartite agreement.

Sociable weaver

27/07/20

Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

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.

Chacma baboons.

30/06/20

Citizen science: a great tool for socio-ecological studies

A new study shows the multiple insights that citizens bring while participating in an ecological assessment. Involving the local population ensures both the creation of reliable data and a greater public support for scientific and conservation projects.

Call for projects.

25/06/20 - 23/09/20

CNRS Call - International Emerging Action

The CNRS launched its annual call for the creation of International Emerging Actions, one of its international collaboration tools.

Virus Covid-19

20/06/20

Covid-19: our partners at the forefront of the fight - Zimbabwe

Numerous scientific partners of IRD, in France and in the countries of the Global South, are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, through actions of research, in the field and in support of public decision. Meet Prof. Pfukenyi, from the University of Zimbabwe.

Launching of a CTD-rosette.

16/06/20

[Meet a scientist] Moagabo Ragoasha: once an IRD scholarship holder, now an oceanographer in the SA-France network

Moagabo Ragoasha has just defended her PhD and is now a qualified South African physical oceanographer. Thanks to the IRD scholarship program, she had the opportunity to share her PhD time between France and South Africa. Let’s have a chat with her so she can share her experience with us!

Call for projects.

09/06/20 - 07/07/20

CNRS INSB call - International Research Projects and Networks

The 2020 call for the creation or renewal of International Research Projects (IRP) or International Research Network (IRN) in the field of biological sciences is open until July 7, 2020.

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.