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Colobathristide bug (ordered Heteroptera), Pilchicocha (Ecuador).

Solving global challenges using insect research

IRD researchers and their partners have published a special issue in the Current Opinion in Insect Science journal. Using an interdisciplinary approach and based on examples from international research, they explain how insects can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)...

Daily life in Madagascar.

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...

Voici l’objectif proposé par un nouveau projet de l’IRD au Laos financé par le Fonds Canadiens d’Initiatives Locales et conduit par l'anthropologue Pascale Hancart Petitet, en collaboration avec Thiane Khamvongsa, artiste et directrice de la Compagnie Les Bêtes sur La Lune, et la troupe de danse FangLao.   Pour mettre en scène les parcours de vie des femmes migrantes, la troupe s'est appuyée sur des entretiens ethnographiques conduits par des représentants d'associations de personnes vivant avec le VIH au L

A performance mixing science and dance highlights the vulnerability of migrant women in Laos

Raising awareness among decision-makers and the general public about social and health vulnerabilities of migrant women in Laos through the diffusion of the artistic performance "Live With it" built on scientific data.

Nuage de fumée illustrant la pollution atmosphérique

New grant for a study on transboundary haze pollution and BRI in Southeast Asia

The Henry Luce Foundation Initiative for Southeast Asia, has awarded a four-year research grant to a team led by University of Hawai’i and IRD to study transboundary air pollution and the socio-ecological Impact of China’s BeltRoad Initiative in the Mekong Sub-Region. This grant complements the...

Temple bouddhiste à Bangkok

Call for proposals: PHC SIAM Mobility programme 2020-2021

To encourage outstanding scientific exchanges between Thai and French higher education institutions and research bodies, and to develop sustainable collaborative research activities, the Joint Franco-Thai Committee launches the present Call for proposals.

Chacma baboons.

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.

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

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.

Palaeoanthropological excavation.

Modern men dressed with carnivore fur: a 100,000 year-old style in South Africa

Analysis of the remains of carnivores at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter site in South Africa has brought to light the oldest known traces of exploitation of feline fur by the first representatives of our species on the African continent.

Digital uses in Ghana.

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.

Morphologie ultrastructurale du coronavirus.

A COVID-19 interdisciplinary and partnership-based scientific committee at IRD

IRD has created a COVID-19 interdisciplinary and partnership-based scientific committee. Composed of 8 members, who are researchers from the Institute and partners from the South, it is led by the Director of the "Societies and Globalization" Department and the Director of the "Health and Societies"...

Little Foot at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, in Johannesburg.

The nearly intact ‘Little Foot’ first vertebra reveals previously unknown details about how Australopithecus lived

Meticulous excavation, cleaning and high-resolution micro-CT scanning of the skull of the ~3.67 million-year-old fossil specimen known as “Little Foot” has revealed the most complete Australopithecus first cervical vertebra yet found. A description of the vertebra by Wits researchers Dr Amélie...

Excavation of Border Cave by the French - South African team

Early modern humans cooked starchy food, 170 thousand years ago (Wits University)

PRESS RELEASE - WITS UNIVERSITY French - South African study involving CNRS researcher The discovery also points to food being shared and the use of wooden digging sticks to extract the plants from the ground. “The inhabitants of the Border Cave in the Lebombo Mountains on the Kwazulu-Natal/eSwatini...

 The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 by the United Nations.

The first Global Sustainable Development Report given to the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Achieving human well-being for all of the Earth’s people – expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030 - is still possible, but only if there is a fundamental - and urgent - change in the relationship between people and nature, according to a new United Nations report by an independent...

PSF-South TANY VAO (2019-2021)

The Tany Vao Summer University in Social Sciences in West Africa and Madagascar brings together around a hundred participants and over 20 partners every year. The aim of this school is to provide high-level education in research and to meet demanding requirements in terms of methods, supervision and...

PSF-South RENF-SOCDEV (2019-2021)

The ambition of the RENF-SOCDEV project is to contribute to structuring the higher education and research system in Mali. It comes in response to a need for social science research into crisis environments.

Marché au Vietnam

AR 2019 - Understanding societies in the tropical and Mediterranean regions

Understanding the contemporary societies in the tropical and Mediterranean regions by fomenting analysis of their underlying dynamics: This is the primary goal of IRD's "Societies and Globalisation" (SOC) Department.

Expédition Ice Memory, préserver le patrimoine glaciaire - Bolivie

Expert assessment

The IRD's expert assessment work is based on the results of research for development, drawing up a status quo of what is known, patchy, incomplete or unexplored. It takes places either upstream of the definition of public policy, or in response to a question posed by a backer that can be collated...

Mangrove trees.

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

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

Tea plantation in the Tanzanian mountains.

[Project] CLAREA – Climate, livelihoods and agroecosystem resources in East Africa

2019 - 2022 Tanzania

The MARECO card game.

Innovation and scientific culture in Reunion Island

The IRD's research thematics address global issues that touch everyone. In order to promote the results of their work and to share the scientific culture with the general public, especially with the youth, scientists are carrying out various actions to foster the dialogue between science and society...