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EPSRC Reference: EP/T01525X/1
Title: Food Security and Health for East Africa
Principal Investigator: Woollins, Professor JD
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Department: Office of the Principal
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: UKRI
Starts: 01 October 2019 Ends: 31 March 2021 Value (£): 1,115,722
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
14 Aug 2019 GCRF GRTA Panel19 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This "Food Security and Health for East Africa" GCRF GRTA proposal focuses on breaking the current vicious circle of poor sustenance and poor human health by tackling food security and health challenges as a single highly connected developmental issue. The context of our proposal is the interrelationship between people and their environments seen through the lenses of food security and health, with the specific objectives of:

(i) improving the availability of staple food by producing new climate resilient and disease resistant potato varieties that can be grown in East Africa;

(ii) reducing the incidence of human Schistosomiasis by using prawns (Macrobrachium Rosenbergii) to disrupt the infection cycle; and

(iii) increasing diagnostic accuracy of tuberculosis (TB) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases including improving antibiotic stewardship in the treatment of these diseases. Nutrition boosts immunity making nourished people less susceptible to infection, and if infected, they have better treatment outcomes.
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