UK: Natural Resources Institute (www.nri.org)
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist institute of the University of Greenwich. Established more than 100 years ago, NRI provides research, consultancy, training and advisory services to underpin sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction. The institute has a programme of work focused on post-harvest aspects of tropical root and tuber crops in which research and development activities have been undertaken in Africa, Asia and South America.
NRI will lead the project, their staff are experienced in management of European Union funded projects. NRI will lead WP1, 7 and 8 in particular, and make technical contributions to other work packages to compliment the skills of other partners.
MAIN CONTACT - Project Co-ordinator: Keith Tomlins firstname.lastname@example.org
UK: ACCORD Associates LLP Consultants (www.accordassoc.biz)
Accord Associates is a business type enterprise with extensive experience in advisory work mainly in Africa and Asia. Its experience includes the following areas: feasibility studies and business planning for new investments, market studies to identify opportunities, establishing market linkages and the development of new markets, and integration of the small-farmer sector into the commercial economy. Accord Associates is specialized in the commercial development of sustainable crops and processed products (including cassava). Clients range from development banks and venture capital funds to governments and private sector businesses. Prominent international organisations among its clients are the World Bank, USAID, FAO, IFAD, DEG, EU and IFC.
Accord Associates will contribute to the enterprise development aspects of WPs 3 and 4.
Principle scientific contact: Andrew Sergeant email@example.com
UK: SABMiller PLC (www.sabmiller.com)
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. SABMiller operates in numerous emerging countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and believes that its business is not something separate from society. The interests of SABMiller and the wider community are therefore inextricably linked. SABMiller has a track record of successful projects within its sustainable development program of “10 priorities” with enterprise, development, waste and water reductions as 3 of the key deliverables.
SABMiller will support NRI with technical expertise and access to pilot (WP4).
Principle scientific contact: Wolfgang Tosch firstname.lastname@example.org
Netherlands: Wageningen Agricultural University (www.pri.wnr.nl)
Plant Research International (Wageningen University) specializes in strategic and applied research. Thanks to the combination of knowledge and experience in genetics and reproduction, genomics, crop protection, crop ecology and agrosystems, it offers a unique range of perspectives for government and industry. Wageningen serves the entire agro-production chain with scientific products, from the DNA level to production system concepts. Plant Research International regularly has articles in the leading scientific journals.
Wageningen University will lead WP4, it has ample experience in research on substrate utilization for the production of edible mushrooms, and in leading and participating in EU projects.
Principle scientific contact: Anton Sonnenberg email@example.com
Portugal: Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (ESB) (www.esb.ucp.pt)
Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (ESB) is a college of the Catholic University of Portugal, founded in 1984. ESB harbours the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), a research unit that hosts over 100 researchers, of whom around 15% hold doctoral degrees and 50% are postgraduate students. ESB has a strong background in R&D in the food and environmental areas, collaborating in national and international projects.
ESB will be involved in WP4, developing new ingredients with high added value from cassava peel and brewing wastes, and they are the leader of WP5 for food safety, quality and compliance.
Principle scientific contact: Maria Manuela Pintado firstname.lastname@example.org