Sub-Saharan Africa

High milk yields in a harsh climate: Is it all about the genes?

Droughts, heat, erratic rainfall and floods can leave cows, sheep and goats with little to graze on. Changing climate will affect production of feed for livestock too. Harsh and extreme weather conditions can also reduce reproductive ability and undermine health of animals.

Can we reduce malaria by luring malaria mosquitoes?

Synthetic rice odour blend lures gravid malaria mosquitoes

The increased use of irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa has benefited the Anopheles arabiensis mosquito – an important malaria vector – particularly in rice paddies. A research team led from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences now shows that rice odours attract females, and elicit egg laying.

The changing face of Eastern and Southern African agriculture: from subsistence to commercial enterprises

Are we ready to meet the world’s  increasing food demand over the coming decades? Some people are doubtful of how we are going to feed 2.4 billion more people when no extra land is available and degradation of existing farmland is widespread.

Experts Consultative Forum on Impacts of Energy Access on Food Security in Sub-saharan Africa

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More than two-fifths of the world’s population depends on unsustainably harvested wood energy for cooking and heating, with significant impact on health, food production and nutrition, and local and regional climate.

Improving rainwater harvesting – the way forward for African agriculture?

Most of African agriculture is rain fed and access to other water resources is often very limited. Research and practice show that rainfall variability is becoming higher which increases risks of harvest failure. Moreover, in some areas of sub-Saharan Africa rainfall might even become 25% lower than today.

Moving Africa Towards a Knowledge Based Bio-economy; How Can Sweden Assist?

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Emerging both as a result of the global resource squeeze and recent bio-science achievements, Knowledge Based Bio-economy is increasingly seen as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth based on renewable resources. Bio-economy is a way to move away from the fossil fuel based economy, revitalize rural development and promote circular economy.