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We Are International - Africa


7 September 2020

This week we want to share with you our research stories from Africa! Learn more about how our researchers and collaborators are working to solve the biggest environmental problems in this continent in the links below.


Drivers and consequences of environmental change in drylands (Somalia/East Africa) 

As climate changes, the world’s driest regions will be hit hardest. Already in a delicate balance with limited rainfall and high temperatures, dryland environments and the societies within them, are now facing immense challenges of adapting to environmental change.

Just how tough is WASH?

Climate change is making universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene services tougher to deliver. We must be ready to adapt.

Helping East Africa get earthquake-ready

It’s taking tens of millions of years, but the African continent is splitting in two. As plates slowly shift, the threat of major earthquakes rises too.

Humanitarian energy access (Rwanda) 

Investigating the market-based delivery of solar home systems in Rwanda refugee camps.

Combating crop-destroying viruses in Africa 

Whether it affects cassava, yam, cocoa, maize or almost anything else, the decimation of Africa’s key crops by vector-borne viruses is deepening poverty and breeding malnutrition.

Using UAVs for conservation: Monitoring endangered giraffe populations in Northern Cameroo

How can we monitor endangered species in the wild over large distances when their populations are so small?

Getting water, sanitation and energy to marginalised communities 

As urban populations continue to expand worldwide, enabling universal access to vital services becomes an ever-more pressing challenge.

Palm oil in nutrition, health and the environment: Perceptions from a sub-Saharan African setting 

Exploring the misconceptions about the health and ecological impact of palm oil in Cameroon.

Further information

Follow @cabotinstitute #WeAreInternational on Twitter to learn more about how we are solving the biggest global environmental problems.

You can read more about our research on our What We Do web pages.

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