QUALITREE – research based local tree oil production

Research project Oil products from native trees in West Africa are essential for human diet, medicine and cosmetics, but their potentials are far from fully exploited. QUALITREE aims to reduce poverty by increasing food security and income in Burkina Faso and Mali th ... Project Completion Report: Women in rural Africa traditionally extract oil from the seeds of numerous native trees. QualiTree combined investigations of rural people’s knowledge and analyses of physiochemical properties of oils to improve and prom ...
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Value-added processing of underutilised savanna tree seeds for improved food security and income generation in West Africa

Research project The West African savanna region has a fragile ecological system that is vulnerable to prolonged droughts and food shortages. It is shared by countries with some of the lowest per capita incomes in the world. The region is however well endowed with un ... Completion Report - Summary The project has aimed to optimize the processing of seeds from three semi-domesticated and wild trees common to the savanna region i.e. African locust bean, baobab and kapok trees, as means of improving income generatio ...
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Domestication of Jatropha Curcas for Oil Production on Smallholder Farms in the Sudano-Sahelian Region with focus on Mali, 2009-2013

Research project This project shall contribute to sustainable, local production of bio-diesel from Jatropha curcas in Mali by establishment and dissemination of basic pre-breeding knowledge and facilitate future access to tested and selected plant material. The proje ... Completion Report - Summary: The overall objective of this project was to test and improve the options for production of local, renewable biomass based energy based on planting on Jatropha curcas. Molecular studies showed low levels of geneti ...
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West African Network for Studies of Environmental Change (WANSEC)

Research project It is proposed to create a West African network, including the University of Dakar, Senegal, Technical University of Bamako, Mali, University of Ghana, Legon, and the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; collaborating on research-based developmen ... Completion Report: The Wansec project aimed at an improved understanding of changes in the biophysical environment, natural resource management and physical planning in the face of climate change. This has been reached through development of cap ...
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Watermelons for life: The potential of indigenous African genetic resources

Research project Genetic resources of indigenous plant species are important for crop and diet diversity. Watermelon originates from Africa, and indigenous genetic resources have potential both as a source of protein and fat (seeds), carbohydrates, fibres and vitamin ...
Period: 2007-12-31 to 2011-12-30 Countries: Kenya Mali Mozambique Tanzania Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Project code: 919-LIFE Total grant: 5,619,188 DKK
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Improving food potential in West African parkland trees

Research project Leaves and fruits of Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and the African Locust Bean (Parkia biglobosa) are, utilized daily in West African households and rich in vitamins, proteins and nutrients. Both species have potential for increased and more efficient ...
Period: 2006-12-31 to 2010-12-30 Countries: Burkina Faso Mali Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Project code: 912-LIFE Total grant: 4,493,380 DKK
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Inter-locked crises, competing value chains, and food security in Africa

Research project The inter-locking of three crises (food, energy/climate change and financial crises) is affecting the configuration of food and biofuel value chains and access to food in Africa. The impact of high international food prices on production an ...
Period: 2009-04-30 to 2010-01-31 Countries: Mali Tanzania Uganda Lead institution: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark Partner institutions: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark Project code: 09-005DIIS Total grant: 200,000 DKK
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