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Durango, México

Dr. Oscar Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology virtually participated in a workshop on Sustainable and holistic use of mesquite (Prosopis spp) to improve quality of life in developing countries. It was held in Salón Ejidal de Nazas (Av. Juárez 21. Centro, CP 35700), Nazas, Dgo and UPIDET ~ ITD, (Av. Tecnológico. Col Nueva Vizcaya, CP. 34080) Durango, México from 14th-17th January 2019. Dr. Koech prepared and delivered a video presentation onProsopis Juliflora Situation in Kenya and Somaliland;
Management and Utilization opportunities and challenges”
The workshop was supported by the recent Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. The present supported project on mezquite seeks to address the following thematic topics: global health and wellbeing; food systems; resilience to environmental shocks and challenge; migration and displacement; clean air, water and sanitation, and affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

This is inline with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, water, sanitation, energy, urbanization, and environment under University of Nottingham’s Development-focused Research Strategy. The Aims of the Scheme are to support excellent research that seeks to enrich the lives and livelihoods of the challenged, disadvantaged and poorest in society, providing gender sensitive, clean, safe, equitable and locally-appropriate sustainable solutions to enable: inclusive development; access to lifelong education and skills training; promotion of welfare, social justice, human rights and wellbeing.

The projects long-term ambition is to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of less advantaged groups in both Durango, Mexico, and in other developing countries, by promoting economic development, and improving local research capability and innovation, through the sustainable, holistic production and use of the evergreen leguminous tree, mezquite (Prosopis sp). The University of Nairobi was identified as a key partner in the east Africa region and will actively be involved in the project activities and research.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2021-12-31 15:27
Contact Person: 

Dr. Oscar Koech

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