Research with a global reach

Published Tuesday, 11th September 2018 in Research news

Research with a global reach
Dr Aladje Baldé and Julinho Dias Sami, centre, with Dr Henry Creissen, far left, Joana Ferreira and Professor Andrew Barnes

Researchers recently welcomed academics from one of the world’s poorest countries to SRUC with the aim of helping their university to develop an agronomy degree.

Dr Aladje Baldé and Julinho Dias Sami are from the University Jean-Piaget in Guinea-Bissau, a West African country in which the majority of the population works in subsistence agriculture.

During their stay in Scotland, Aladje and Julinho visited the livestock farm facilities at the Bush Estate, spoke to experts at SASA (Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture) on potato variety collection and visited the SRUC Hill and Mountain Research Centre at Kirkton and Auchtertyre.

Professor Andrew Barnes, SRUC’s Head of Land Economy, said: “We were delighted to welcome Aladje and Julinho to SRUC on a hugely productive visit, where they were able to speak with academics and teachers on how to develop applied teaching materials for agricultural students. 

“A team of SRUC researchers will be making a second visit to Guinea-Bissau in October as part of our ongoing network project funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences on managing risk through diversification of the agricultural economy.”

To find out more about the work of SRUC’s Land Economy and Environment Research Group, click here

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