Research information from Organisations and projects in South Africa

Projects with partners - South Africa (25)

  • Aflatoxin risk assessment, biological control options and interventions

    Goal: To improve food quality and child health in Benin by reducing aflatoxin contamination Purpose: To fill the knowledge gaps in preparation of implementation of biological control and management options to reduce aflatoxin risk Outputs: - To know the factors that influence Aspergillus flavus strains and toxin expression in different agro-ecozones

  • African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)

    The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) is a network of 127 educational institutions in Africa whose objective is to strengthen the teaching of multi-disciplinary approaches to land management. The ANAFE Coordination Unit is hosted at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi. This provides a vantage for network management, linkages with the research and development activities of ICRAF and its partners, and convenient communication facilities.

  • Agricultural Policies in Africa: Understanding the Political and Institutional Dynamics of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

    The project will analyse the multi-level dimension of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in order to understand its political and institutional dynamics. It will explore the different interests in and perceptions of CAADP by different actors and show how these differences hamper its implementation and performance. Based on this analysis, the project will develop recommendations for both African and development partners on how to improve CAADP’s policy making process. The analysis will help CAADP to reach ist stated goals.

  • Biological Control of Invasive Weeds in Argentina Project

    Conduct collaborative research with the Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI), Pretoria, South Africa, to develop biological control agents for use against mesquite and waterhyacinth.

  • BIOTA Southern Africa (Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in Africa)

    Cooperative research of African and German scientists for the generation of policy relevant knowledge on maintenance and sustainable use of biodiversity The goal of BIOTA Southern Africa is to gain knowledge for decision makers for a feasible and sustainable management of biodiversity, by taking natural as well as socio-economic conditions into account. This interdisciplinary and applied research project concentrates on studies in Namibia and the western parts of South Africa. Since start of the pilot phase (2000), the investigation focuses on the change of biodiversity caused by different land use systems and intensities. Therefore, systematic comparative studies on land use alternatives at different thematic levels and spatial scales have been established.

  • Developing biometric sampling systems and optimal harvesting methods for medicinal tree bark in southern Africa

    Objectives: To contribute locally to the knowledge base on which sustainable management plans can be prepared for tree species from which medicinal bark is harvested. The lessons learned through the research process will be generalised to provide advice on the most efficient manner to tackle generic NTFP sampling issues. Background: Tree bark is an important component of the pharmacopoeia of traditional healers in Africa and traditional medicine is still the main source of health care for the majority of Africans. As the population grows and becomes urbanised, forests shrink and the pressure on preferred bark species increases and trade is commercialised and orchestrated by market traders. In recent years the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has increased the demand for medicinal herbs, including tree bark, as traditional healers work with the hospitals to find ways of alleviating the symptoms of AIDS.

  • Development of environmentally friendly management methods for red spider mites in small-holder tomato production systems in Eastern and Southern Africa (Phase II)

    Goal: To develop an integrated and biological control programme for RSM on tomatoes in Eastern and Southern Africa Major Results Achieved: The second phase of the project started in July 2002. So far, all activities could be executed as planned with the exception of the resistance screening in Zambia due to the death of Dr. Mebelo

  • Development Research Centre on Chronic Poverty and Development Policy - Inception Phase

    Objectives: To provide analysis and policy guidance that will stimulate national and international debate and action about achieving greater inclusion of the chronic poor in the formulation of, and benefits from, developing policy. Background: Although the Centre is not yet established, this proposal builds on the findings of two recently completed ESRC research projects: *The first revealed that market-based economic development in remote rural areas in Africa is associated with growing inequality, reduced access to natural resources for the poorest and the social and economic marginalisation of significant numbers of people. Analysing patterns of in- and out-migration and rural-urban linkages is fundamental to understanding the dynamics of social exclusion within, and outside, such regions.

  • Domestication and marketing of indigenous fruit tree of the Miombo for improved household nutrition and incomes in Southern Africa

    Goal: To improve the well being of rural dwellers (farmers, marketers and consumers), in the Miombo ecosystem through improved domestication, utilization and commercialization of indigenous fruit trees and their products Major Results Achieved: The priority species list was updated in Zambia and Malawi, using more participatory approaches

  • Food and water security under global change: Developing adaptive capacity with a foucs on rural Africa

    Major Research Domain: food and water, policy analysis, adaptive capacity Goal: Development of capacity to adapt to global change for vulnerable rural areas in developing countries

  • Food security and poverty alleviation through improved valuation and governance of river fisheries in Africa

    Major Research Domain: inland fisheries, policy advice, fishery policies, economic valuation Goal: To sustain and improve the livelihoods of the rural poor who depend on inland fisheries for their income, employment and food security along the rivers and fringing floodplains of the Lake Chad and Zambesi Basins

  • Improving soil management recommendations for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa using new infrared technology for rapid diagnosis of soil constraints

    Goal: To increase smallholder agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa while protecting the environment through evidence-based targeting of improved soil management recommendations by agricultural research and development organizations and the private sector Purpose: National agricultural research organizations and private sector advisory services in sub- Saharan Africa adopt soil infrared spectroscopy to help target soil management and fertilizer recommendations

  • Integrated pest management of maize stem- and cob-borer in Western Africa

    Major Research Domain: integrated pest management, maize stem- and cob-borer, biological control, Mussidia ssp., habitat management Goal: Improved food security in western Africa through more effective and environmentally rational management of maize pests

  • Integrating Crane Conservation with Sustainable Habitat Utilisation

    Purpose To consolidate and build capacity for long term viability of cranes, associated endemics and threatened habitat in South Africa through development of sensitivity maps, population habitat viability analyses (PHVA) and training in line with government and institutional responsibilities relating to the CBD

  • Managing micro-organisms to enhance plant health for sustainable banana production in Eastern Africa

    Goal: Exploiting microbial interactions for enhanced banana plant health and productivity Outputs: - To find, test and apply microbial antagonists to control banana pests and diseases such as banana weevil, plant parasitic nematodes and Fusarium wilt - To establish modes of action, persistence, distribution and competition among different species and strains

  • Mobilising participatory ICM (integrated crop management) for sustainable nematode management in household and community garden

    Improvement of the production of vegetables by small-scale farmers through the development and application of sustainable nematode management in small-scale vegetable cropping systems. Strengthening of the nematological training and research capacity at the University of the North in Polokwane. Promotor: D. De Waele


    Crop production figures are normally adjusted for post harvest (PH) loss in order to obtain the estimates of food availability on which any relief actions are based. To date, the origin and justification of figures used to make adjustments for PH losses have not been well founded. To remedy this situation, MARS-Food Sec, in association with AIDCO and FAO, has commissioned a project to obtain more realistic figures for the PH losses of cereal grains.

  • Safe food, fair food: Building capacity to improve the safety of animal-source foods and ensure continued market access for poor farmers in sub Saharan Africa

    Goal: The goal of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation by protecting both the health of low-income consumers and livestock-based livelihoods of the poor through improved food safety of livestock products in domestic markets in east, west and southern Africa. Purpose: The purpose of the project is to establish capacity for the sustained promotion of risk-based approaches thus improving food safety and participation of the poor in informal markets for livestock products in sub Saharan Africa.

  • Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Targeting the Most Vulnerable

    Goal: Reduced vulnerability of rural households to climate change through better-coordinated and targeted food system adaptation strategies Purpose: To provide regional organizations, policymakers and farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with tools to identify and implement appropriate adaptation strategies

  • Sustainable use of African savannas

    Savannas are intriguing ecological systems that cover a substantial proportion of the earth. They are defined as tropical or sub-tropical systems characterised by a continuous grass cover and a discontinuous tree cover. Many of the properties of savannas are determined by the relative abundance of grasses and trees. Our research on savannas aims to unravel the relative influence of the biophysical processes that shape the interactions between grasses and trees. Our research is based in empirical research being conducted in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. These empirical data are used to parameterise models and to test competing theories of savanna dynamics. A new research project is testing these models and theories in Venezuelan savannas. The ecological models are also being used as a biophysical basis for the exploration of sustainable landuse strategies for savanna systems. The stochastic and non-linear dynamics fundamental to savannas have motivated us to use intenstive numerical techniques to define these sustainable landuse strategies.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership MU: Public health and sustainable use of natural resouces

    Public health and sustainable use of natural resouces under coordination of Prof. L. Brendonck (K.U.Leuven) and Prof. Y. Xu (UWC). Ecologische conditie van hydrologische verschillende tijdelijke wetlands in de Westelijke Kaapregio.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UWC: Policy management, governance and poverty alleviation

    Prof. S. Marysse (UA) and Prof. C. Tapscott (UWC) are coordinators of this project.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UWC: Public health and sustainable use of natural resouces

    Prof. L. Brendonck (K.U.Leuven) and Prof. Y. Xu (UWC) , are coordinators of this project.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership with University of the Western Cape (UWC)

    This Partnership programme runs for 10 years (2003-2012) under coordination of Prof. J. Blommaert (UGent) and Prof. L. Pokpas (UWC). This programme consists of following projects: Policy management, governance and poverty alleviation; Public health and sustainable use of natural resouces;

  • Workshop on fish fights over fish rights: Managing conflicts and exit from the fisheries and security implications for South and Southeast Asia

    Goal: To bring together research partners and resource persons in fisheries conflict management to enable the presentation of their respective research results and to exchange experiences and ideas learned from the project