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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-11-13 - 2023-11-12

The Carbon Offset Project Exclosure - North Gondar (COPE) in Ethiopia was the first project selected by the BOKU carbon compensation system (BOKU-CO2) founded in 2012. COPE and COPE 2.0 is implemented by the Centre for Development Research (CDR) at BOKU in cooperation with the Gondar Agricultural Research Centre (GARC) in Ethiopia. COPE started in 2013 with a multi-staged participatory process over 18 months in two villages in Northern Ethiopia. When designing the participatory process, local customs and traditions were used as a baseline for the design. Therefore, the process was then based on a series of village meetings, and the establishment of committees and sub-groups working on specific issues in-between the larger meetings. Plantations were since done annually depending on the demand jointly identified by the local forest committee (FC) and Gondar Agriculture Research Centre researchers. The villagers have increased the originally planned area of 30 ha to 79,5 ha in 2017. The permanence of the afforestation, the first 10.000 seedlings were planted in June 2015, can now be secured by a broad acceptance of the project by the land users. During the 4 years monitoring period (2013/2016) 1320 tons of CO2 had been sequestered. The core objective of COPE 2.0 is to establish long term, innovative and participatory climate mitigation project which is planned, funded, implemented and supported in Ethiopia where BOKU scientists had been involved in the area through joint research projects already prior to project intervention. The goal of COPE 2.0 mitigation projects is not only climate protection, but also the structural and sustainable change in the area through the cooperation of science and local population to develop comprehensive climate programs and which have varied positive benefits such as biodiversity, water and soil protection, gender equality, participation, education and training as well as entrepreneurship opportunities for the local economy.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-11-01 - 2022-10-31

The general objective of LEAP4FNSSA is to establish a sustainable structure, or ‘Platform’, for the efficient and coherent implementation of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership as described in the FNSSA Roadmap. Under the aegis of the HLPD and its Bureau, and by building upon related projects such as RINEA, CAAST-Net. Plus, ProIntensAfrica and LEAP-Agri, LEAP4FNSSA aims to achieve this overall objective through three specific objectives: - Increase the synergies and coherence between actors, research and innovation projects, initiatives and programmes, through the development of institutional alliances and clusters of projects; - Develop a learning environment and a large knowledge base, including monitoring and evaluation activities, creating communication and links between different initiatives to improve STI cooperation; - Establish a long term and sustainable governance and funding mechanism for the Platform.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-01-01 - 2018-12-31

Food composition data are key for food and nutrition security. Knowing what people eat and which nutrients the consumed foods contain helps assessing the nutritional status and improving diet quality and health. Food composition data are required for dietary intake assessment, development of nutrient requirements, nutrition education and diet formulations. Moreover, these data are essential for food labeling and can play a fundamental role in diversifying our food and nutrient supply e.g. in breeding/research. In order to obtain reliable food composition data, standards and guidelines are important. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre for Development Research (CDR) of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) have agreed to provide academic services on food composition issues: Scientific support of the “Development of the FAO/INFOODS Compilation Guidelines RR20402: “Methodologies, norms, standards, definitions and tools for the collection, management, aggregation and analysis of data formulated and disseminated”. Food Composition Compilation Guidelines will be developed in collaboration with international experts. The objectives are to undertake a review on food composition compilation issues and to identify information gaps; to form work packages; to establish and coordinate working groups of international experts to address these tasks.

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