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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

2020 Annual Meeting goes virtual

Photo montage 2020 virtual meeting

The RECIRCULATE 2020 Annual meeting, originally scheduled to be hosted by the University of Benin, Nigeria, was conducted as a series of online events due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Each of the RECIRCULATE research workpackage teams and the project administrative team produced recorded updates detailing activity in the last 12 months. The ACTUATE project also […]

Read More

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

Group CSIR picture

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 […]

Read More

How can our research findings help farmers?

A farmer irrigating crops, Mankessim irrigation scheme project

The RECIRCULATE project, work package 3, is developing eco-innovative technologies for optimizing water usage in food production, but how can we ensure the potential benefits are realised by the communities for which they’re intended? Water is a basic necessity for plant growth and its availability is fundamental to food production.  Irrigation scheduling plays an important […]

Read More

Disseminating new irrigation techniques to rice farmers in Ghana

Demonstrating AWD to visitors at CRI Kumasi

Inadequate water and nutrient supplies limit crop yields in Ghana. Farmers need to manage these resources wisely to ensure long-term agricultural sustainability and local food security. Within the RECIRCULATE project, which aims to build scientific capacity in Africa for sustainable development, CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CRI) has a mandate to deliver sustainable water and nutrient management […]

Read More

Research study begins on effect of novel irrigation techniques & nutrient source on tomatoes

Irrigating tomatoes in Ghana

The RECIRCULATE team is pleased to welcome Bright Mayinl Laboan to the project. Bright will be leading research at the CSIR Water Research Institute, Accra, Ghana aiming to investigate the opportunities to manage water and nutrients in crop production through different irrigation approaches (Fixed furrow Partial Root Zone Drying (PRD) and Convectional Furrow Irrigation (CFI)) […]

Read More