The Kenyan researchers in this video are investigating the large scale use of insects as a source of protein.
The idea is to turn a food threat into a food source. They hope to feed the insects to chickens that in turn provide eggs and meat to people. But they’re also investigating how to put a protein powder made from the insects directly into human food.
The supplement could help severely malnourished children and nursing women while providing jobs for youth. The insects mature quickly and contain amino acids essential to proper nutrition.
Worldwide more than 800 million people consume cassava.
This project by the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization works to use every bit of the popular root vegetable that requires minimal rain.
Even cassava waste is used to produce bio gas to dry the plant’s flower during the night. It’s an energy source that supplements solar drying during the day.
The project benefits women who are often responsible for growing and processing crops while caring for families.
Researcher Ana Herrera explains a mobile technology network that helps farmers warn each other of pest and disease outbreaks and extreme weather. The same system can deliver advice on how to handle such disasters directly to the farmers, and coordinate a response with experts in the field and government officials.
This Grameen Foundation project is supported by Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
(A related story is here.)
By David Poulson
In this lesson we demonstrate several techniques for telling a research story.
First we’ll tell you a story about some interesting research. Then we’ll go back and highlight the techniques used in telling it. They’re all simple ideas that you can adapt yourself as you seek to connect your research with the public
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By David Poulson
Do you work in a highly technical field that no one can understand without intensive training?
We often assume that no one can understand what we do without grasping the specialized language of our research community. But we can’t insist that others learn our language – our jargon – so that we can engage them with stories of what we do.
The responsibility for translation is ours.
This short video gives some tips for dejargonizing explanation. And it will surprise you with an example of the kind of highly technical stories we already tell each other.
You can do this. You already do.
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