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Samuel Brocklebank

When Molecular Biology Met Social Science… Expanding Horizons on Community Research

Microbiology meets social science,

Environmental microbiology and social sciences: working together to tackle water for sanitation and health in low-income communities. I have spent my whole career as an environmental microbiologist. My research has encompassed bacteriology, virology and protozoology, often with an emphasis on microbial ecology, molecular biology and molecular ecology with dashes of epidemiology.  One common theme has […]

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RECIRCULATE and the climate crisis in Africa

Dry cracked earth with an emerging green sprout

In response to the UN’s recent report on Climate change in Africa, Nigel Paul reflects on how the project is linked to the continent’s need for a climate safe future. On 26th October this year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) published its report on the State of the Climate in Africa.  It starts by describing […]

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My RECIRCULATE story: Putting the theory in to practice in Zambia – Part Two

WINA Ladies - LU Ghana Visit

WINA ladies luncheon – LU Ghana visit (please note that this photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic) In her two-part blog, RECIRCULATE resident Glenda Kasonde shares her experience of how her involvement in the project has transformed her take on collaboration between industry, research organisations and professional networks. In the first part of my […]

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My RECIRCULATE story: Putting the theory in to practice in Zambia – Part One

SME Workshop - with WINA ladies

SME Workshop – with WINA ladies (please note that this photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic) In her two-part blog, RECIRCULATE resident Glenda Kasonde shares her experience of how her involvement in the project has transformed her take on collaboration between industry, research organisations and professional networks. The FLOW is about all our “RECIRCULATE […]

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Eric Mensah conducting experiments in Lancaster Environment Centre

RECIRCULATE research explores ways of improving African rice production and protecting the climate. Although RECIRCULATE is focussed on the circular water economy, much of our interdisciplinary research and development is also very relevant to helping reduce global heating caused by greenhouse gas emissions.  Within the project, the main link between water and greenhouse gas emissions […]

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Bringing a little corner of Africa to Lancaster

Dr Ryan Edge at Lancaster University Labs

RECIRCULATE post-doc Ryan Edge shares the joys and challenges of growing rice at 55°N Have you been enjoying the blogs in The FLOW?  I certainly have, they have helped me see the ‘bigger picture’ of all we are doing in the GCRF-funded RECIRCULATE project. I know that’s one aim of The FLOW- to share our […]

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Communicating Research – Part Two: It’s good to listen

Group discussion on the various irrigation scheduling technologies

Working with local communities for wider adoption of agricultural technologies in rural Africa In the first part of this blog I described the challenge of food security in Africa and the need for better knowledge exchange between researchers and stakeholders, including farmers and growers.  I wrote about our knowledge exchange activities at Crops Research Institute […]

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Communicating Research – Part One: It’s good to talk

Knowledge exchange program at Akumadan, April 28th 2020

Working with local communities for wider adoption of agricultural technologies in rural Africa There is no doubt that having access to sufficient nutritious food remains an urgent priority for many millions of people across Africa. The 2020 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2020), published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in August 2020, […]

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