OPTIONs - Results Factsheet

Scientific, technological and application capacity of agricultural stakeholders to exploit pesticidal plants and optimise their use for smallholders was strengthened. Protocols and methodologies were designed and have been used for testing plants against target pest organisms in laboratory and field trials and for the propagation of eight key pesticidal plant species to guarantee supply. Thousands of trees and pesticidal shrubs have been planted in communities in Kenya and Tanzania.

GMASSURE - Results Factsheet

Capacity-building events provided stakeholders with objective information, enabling them to be active, informed participants in the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After an awareness-raising symposium, several training events were held on biosafety, food safety and science communication. These were followed up by workshops on cultural and religious issues related to agriculture and biotechnology, topics around GMOs in agriculture, and the impacts of new biotechnologies in agriculture in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

SATTIFS - Results Factsheet

The participating universities have strengthened their capacity to tackle food security and economic development issues in the agricultural sector at local level. Three Centres for Innovation and Technology Dissemination (CITED) were created with staff interacting with, and laboratories providing mycotoxins and food analyses for, researchers, farmers, public administrators and suppliers.

WIKWIO - Results Factsheet

A collaborative web platform on tropical weed flora was created. Socially, a network of 780 actors interested in tropical weeds (researchers, teachers, students, technicians and farmers) was established. Individual and institutional capacity was built: 10 technician jobs created, 13 students supervised and 71 training sessions held in eight countries.

CASCADE - Results Factsheet

Several tools for planning and managing the use of water resources in Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean were produced:

• A set of individual climate change vulnerability indicators.

• A framework for integrated, multi-hazard vulnerability assessment, coastal mapping, vulnerability analysis of individual threats, and options for strengthening water governance.

Farm Mechanization - Results Factsheet

Prototype small-scale farm machines such as a solar dryer, the ‘Kisar’ manual rice mill and a peanut sheller have been designed, constructed and piloted in several farming communities in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. A farmer participatory research approach allowed farmers to learn by doing, resulting in them gaining the confidence to make their own machines. The approach also resulted in a better understanding of farmer realities, including the use and lack of access to farm machinery, particularly for rice and peanut production.

CAIA - Results Factsheet

The development of a three-dimensional variable density model providing a rare example of physically based island simulation enables the analysis of both freshwater volume and fluxes of submarine groundwater discharge. Numerical groundwater modelling of different climatic and abstraction scenarios supports technical and management options for improved and sustainable freshwater supply in atoll environments.

Sustainable disease management strategies - Results Factsheet

Disease assessment surveys for tomato, cowpea and pumpkin were carried out in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and Grenadines and Guyana: disease incidences were recorded and new diseases identified. For full proof identification of diseases, several classical and advanced DNA-based diagnostic methods were developed and optimised for all the pathogens observed. Integrated Disease Management (IDM) methods were then developed and demonstrated in farmer’s fields, and were found to be more economical and environmentally sustainable compared to conventional disease management methods.

Solar Hydrogen - Results Factsheet

The viability of sustainable production of hydrogen gas (H2) by electrolysis powered by solar energy has been demonstrated. Water was successfully converted into hydrogen gas – for cooking purposes – using a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) and solar energy. Gas was stored in 22.4 litre propane cylinders which were retrofitted to ensure safety. Stoves and cylinder fittings were modified to ensure efficient and safe usage of the gas. The two major hurdles, enabling the hydrogen flame to be visible with a colour and detectable by smell (odorised), were solved in laboratory trials.

GoLoCarSce - Results factsheet

The understanding of climate change effects in Caribbean island states was improved. A set of 4 regionally based socio-economic scenarios was developed to examine the medium- to long-term effects of climate change based on projected impacts on crop yields of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and fine cocoa (Theobroma cacao trinatario), transmission of vector borne diseases to human beings, water availability, coastal vulnerability, and forest biodiversity. Projected changes represent different climate change scenarios at 20 year time-slices around the 2030s, 2050s and 2090s.