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The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication.
UK-China Agritech Challenge: CropDoc - Precision Crop Disease Management for Farm Productivity and Food SecurityUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
CropDoc objectives are: 1) Data acquisition: To build a field network & infrastructure to acquire data from remote sensing including weather, soil temperature, external morphology of crops, etc. 2) Data integration: to develop new methods to integrate multiscale datasets from remote sensing and IoT mobile devices; 3) Data analytics/modeling: To develop early diagnosis, prediction and decisions algorithms to allow accurate diagnosis, prediction of disease progression and effective control measure. This includes: a) modelling the relationship between change progression of potato growth environment collected from ground sensors, spectrum information collected from remote sensing and the visual symptoms of late blight disease; b) modelling infection risk and outbreak of late blight pathogen based on micro-climate data, potato distribution from remote sensing. 4) System integration: to Integrate and demonstrate a modular, turnkey data service platform with the application of crop disease monitoring and disease outbreak management.
This follow-on funding proposal's overall aim is to draw on previous AHRC-funded research on language and identity, (Language as Talisman AHRC grant AH/S003916/1) to create opportunities for marginalised groups to find emergent identities within poetry and art. Working with two organisations, and co-directed by poet Kiconco, the project team aim to develop a new project, focused on zine-making workshops, with poets and artists working in Kampala, Uganda. The organisations are concerned with supporting marginalised women, many of whom have mental health difficulties. Two organisations will collaborate with the PI and the lead artist (Kiconco) to develop a project that explores form, in this case, zinemaking, as a model that can support creative ideas to be articulated within a workshop format culminating in a travelling exhibition. The resulting zines will also be accessed into poetry libraries both locally in East Africa (Mombasa), and in the UK, in Manchester. The two organisations include: ArtVism, a human rights organization supporting women, and StrongMinds, an organisation that supports women's mental health (https://strongminds.org/). Both organisations place equalities at the heart of what they do. We have identified that zine making offers a potential space of exploration and drawing on previous research on language and identity we will have the following objectives: 1. To work with small groups of up to 10 women drawing on language (poetry) and art as a combined form; with the aim of exploring what each gives to each other, and to produce completed zines after three 4 day workshops (one at the end to complete the work, two at the beginning), each with a different focus and theme; 2. To consider in a new context, the implications of the 'Language as Talisman' project with a particular focus on the power of language in particular contexts and to explore the idea of 'questioning the form' and what the zine form can give to creative exploration; 3. To develop zines that express or counter particular stories in complex, nuanced ways; 4. To work with networks of poetry libraries world-wide to disseminate these zines and to forge worldwide links with the help of these networks; In order to support the project, we have links with the Kampala Poetry Library via the Ugandan Arts Trust 32 Degrees East Art Gallery and with the African Poetry Book Fund. We will aim to produce zines that are both available on-line and in print. Each group will curate and be in charge of the zine-making and where it goes. An exhibition at the end of the project will be curated by the team in a final workshop, and will becoming a travelling exhibition. A link to the African Poetry Library will bring curation opportunities to the team with a link to a newly created poetry library in Mombasa, Kenya and the zines will also be hosted in Manchester, through the Manchester Poetry Library. StrongMinds will also evaluate the work in relation to its mental health efficacy using its own research processes. Evaluator Lisa Damon will diary the project and put up her reflections in her own visual and poetic zine/catalogue.