“Your aim in communicating effectively with communities is to build mutual trust and improve the buy-in that will sustain your research project, as well as making the experience as beneficial to the community as possible.” This and many others experiences are shared by Obidimma Ezezika on the SciDevNet website. Obidimma is the CEO of the […]
Three of the key participants at the Policy & Science Workshop: Who defines the problems? where interviewed by Prof Gerry Stoker. Please take a few minutes and listen to their thoughts. ——————————————————— RT Hon John Denham MP, United Kingdom ——————————————————— Professor Martina Padmanabhan, Germany —————————- Dr. Mihir Shah, India
By Samantha Dobbie, PGR Student, Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS), Centre for Environmental Sciences (CES) Researchers of Southampton University projects and policy experts from around the world gathered in London last week to attend the workshop, Policy & Science: Who defines the problem? Susanna Thorp, Director of WRENmedia opened the workshop with a simple […]
“Nutritious Food for All in a Changing World” is the title of an article in Cell (Volume 157, Issue 7, 19 June 2014, Pages 1493, 1495) which presents ASSETS work as an important and new approach towards the fight against hunger. The author Susanne Brink refers to the paper “Achieving food and environmental security: new […]
The ASSETS management team meet in Peru from the 28th April to 3rd May 2014. Monday and Tuesday were filled with exciting and interesting meeting with policy makers, scientists and development experts in Lima. On Wednesday our researchers met with various officials in Pucallpa, the base of our peruvian partner organisation IIAP. The next day […]
Two weeks after attending the 3rd World Agroforestry Congress (10-13 February) in Delhi and I am still reflecting on the many interesting presentations I saw and the relevance of the topic to our ASSETS Project. The opening of the congress by the President of India and the presence of six ministers from the region indicate […]
The ASSETS project aims to explicitly quantify the linkages between ecosystem services that affect – and are affected by – food security and nutritional health for the rural poor at the forest-agricultural interface. The project proposes to integrate a suite of complexity tools and cutting edge models with more traditional participatory assessments in the field within a modified version of the Drivers-Pressures-States-Impacts-Response methodological framework to: identify how dynamic stocks and flows of ecosystem services at the landscape scale translate to local-level nutritional diets and health; and inform policy makers on how future land use and climate change will affect both food security and the ecosystem services associated with it.