Innovation

Fighting child malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One of the consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development.

Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations

Flash floods are very localised weather events. They are mostly triggered by heavy rainfall. Typically, over a period of less than 12 hours. They occur very infrequently at any one place. But when they do, it is often with a heavy loss of life and substantial damage. Marco Borga, a hydrology researcher at the University of Padua in Italy, was the coordinator of the HYDRATE research project.

Françoise Liners - What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?

For me, what I would say is that we really need to encourage entrepreneurship. We have, in Europe, people with really good ideas. But the problem for me, is also to have people able to bring these ideas to the market, to tranform these bright ideas in good research and also in products, services, processes, that consumers are expecting, in the market.