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Community Talks

Community Talks is a monthly webinar where experts from Flanders and abroad can meet and share their knowledge & academic research.

With this platform, we aim to build sustainable research connections and increase local (societal) impact through knowledge sharing on a global scale.

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Fighting food and mouth disease in the Greater Horn of Africa.

27 October 2021

Livestock production in the greater Horn of Africa contributes to a considerable percentage of the National GDPs. However, livestock production in this region faces a great number of challenges during production, key amongst which is the occurrence of viral livestock disease, with Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) topping this list. According to FAO, FMD is one of the most important livestock diseases posing a great economic threat as a result of direct and indirect economic losses. The KEET-FMD project aims at:

  1. Improving insight into regional FMD viral epidemiology
  2. Understanding further the mismatch between the vaccine and field strains within this region
  3. Improve on constraints in reagent supply by ensuring self-sufficiency
  4. Training and education of stakeholders for the consolidated efforts in tackling FMD
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Minimizing food losses in Vietnam

Minimizing food losses is of high importance to combat hunger, raise farmer income, and improve food security in many countries over the world. The VLIR-UOS funded projects with the joined force between KU Leuven and VNUA aimed at (i) improving postharvest technology for fruits and vegetables, (ii) transforming products into foods, (iii) valorizing waste streams, (iv) extending and disseminating acquired knowledge to farmers, co-operatives, and scientists, and (v) commercializing successful technologies to local companies.

Tran Thi Dinh  (Vietnam National University of Agriculture)

Human modified landscapes in Northern Ecuador

COFOREC made operational a forest plot network for long-term ecological research on biodiversity and eco-system functioning in natural and reforested areas along a large environmental gradient in a highly diverse, strongly anthropogenic tropical landscape (Andean-Chocó). With COFOREC II we aim at 1) improving data quantity and quality (taxonomy, functional traits, biomass estimates) of our permanent plots, 2) enhancing the research skills of young local ecologists. 

Hans Verbeeck (UGent) & Selene Baez (EPN) and many others

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Olive Tengera, University of Rwanda

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Leo Van Audenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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