Development Research Uptake in Sub-Sahara Africa (DRUSSA)

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From self-help group to life-changing water company  

This article was informed by ‘From self-help group to water company: The Wandiege Community Water Supply Project' by Samuel O. Owuor & Dick Foeken

Imagine access to safe water trapping you in a cycle of struggle, preventing you from improving your life? A research-supported self-help group took action in Wandiege community, Kenya, ultimately becoming entrepreneurs running a sustainable water company that’s transforming women’s lives.

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Shifts in science policy, the new university, and its role

By: Dr. Sara Grobbelaar, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), at the Universiyt of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The conditions under which universities are attempting to accomplish their threefold mission of teaching, research and engagement with key stakeholder institutions so as to contribute to social and economic development has a significant impact on the institutional form, structure and character of universities.


The above article forms part of a five part series that reviews essays that together comprise a literature review on Perspectives and themes in knowledge utilisation, conducted for the DRUSSA programme by CREST at the University of Stellenbosch. 

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Low-cost cold storage benefits small-scale horticulture farmers in Makueni County 

Reports from food and agriculture organization show that one-third (1.3 billion tonnes) of food produced is wasted or lost in the food supply chain

Cold storage is an important component in the horticultural value chain, which deals in perishable commodities. However, the majority of smallholder farmers cannot afford the cost of conventional cold rooms, and solutions that offer viable alternatives within the means of small-scale farmers can go a long way in enhancing farmers’ earnings. Research indicates that the technologies have the potential to cut down on the huge post-harvest losses incurred by farmers. Use of the technologies will also buy time for the farmers as they look for better market options to negotiate for higher prices.


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