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RECIRCULATE Encourages Stakeholders to have their say on Water-Efficient Irrigation in Ghana

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Researchers and growers working together to co-design research for improved irrigation systems for sustainable food production For the GCRF-funded RECIRCULATE project, working with stakeholders is central to the success of our research. The overall aim of the project is to help deliver some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We recognise that we […]

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Encouraging Researchers to Think Outside the Box

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Can you ‘Plug & Play’ entrepreneurial thinking into any situation? I have been asking myself this question recently because I keep being presented with opportunities to design and deliver programmes in a wide range of settings with the common theme of stimulating an entrepreneurial mindset. That’s partly because I am part of the GCRF-funded RECIRCULATE […]

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What’s Gender got to do with Innovation?

Members of the WINA network

Working together to understand why and how women are overlooked as innovators in Africa The United Nations define the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a “…. call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet”. The shared responsibility to take action is very clear in […]

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Turning Waste into Energy & Safe Fertilizer in Nigeria

Composite image of waste, digesters, compost and tomatoes

RECIRCULATE research at UniBEN explores new approaches to biogas production and the circular water economy The vital role of energy supply in the development of any nation is recognised by “Affordable and Clean Energy” being one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG7).  It is easy to equate ‘energy’ with access to electricity, and […]

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The FLOW: the story behind the stories

Annual meeting, Lancaster 2019

Introducing the RECIRCULATE blogs, and the background to the project and its research. If you are reading this, then there is a good chance you might also have read the description of The FLOW at the top of this section of the RECIRCULATE website. That description talks about The FLOW as the stories behind the […]

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The Power of Communities in Improving Sanitation

Public toilet in Jamestown Accra Ghana

RECIRCULATE research is clarifying the role of social capital in sanitation service provisioning in low-income urban communities Of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed by United Nations member states in 2015, SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all) highlights the role of safe sanitation services in improving health and well-being. In […]

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Spotlight interview – Professor Christopher Emokaro

Christopher Emokaro

Professor Christopher Emokaro is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Commonwealth Professional Fellow from the University of Benin. He has been Assistant Dean of Agriculture (2011-2014) and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services (2013 – 2015). Also, Principal Research Fellow at LAPO Institute of Microfinance and Enterprise Development (2018 – 2019, on Sabbatical Leave […]

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Spotlight interview – Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime is a Biodiversity and Environmental Management specialist, with PhD in Environmental Management from Makerere University Uganda and University of Oslo, Norway; a joint Master of Science in Botany from Makerere University Uganda and Imperial College London UK, and a Bachelor of Science (Botany zoology) degree from Makerere University. She has 17 […]

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Guidelines for Republishing RECIRCULATE blogs

We hope that readers will find value in our blogs and want to re-publish them for their own audiences.  For that reason all the blogs in The FLOW are published under a Creative Commons — Attribution/No derivatives license. That means that you are welcome to republish them so long as you follow the guidelines below. […]

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Waste not, want not

Lancaster & University of Benin research team in the lab

Research unlocking the potential use of organic “waste” for energy production and sustainable food production in West Africa  “Waste” is never going to be the most headline-catching topic is it?  Perhaps you would rather be reading about more high-profile topics with more obvious links to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? Human health is on everyone’s […]

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