Royal Museum for Central Africa / PhD Agricultural Economics
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I have worked for more than 40 years on the challenges to food security in Africa. The main challenge to agriculture and natural resources management in Africa today is to find ways and means on how to cope with the effects of climate change which is real and has devastating effects already today. Droughts and environmental degradation lead to rising poverty, hunger and even famines.
As director general of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, we encourage research that has direct links to climate change research both in the natural, biological and human sciences. We will give higher priority to research domains to topics that will help to identify key issues and remedies for mitigation of climate change. We are also committed to a management that encourages sustainable use of resources, conservation of energy, avoid waste and reduce ecological foodprints.
We strive for a society that develops effective policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and that encourages changes in behaviour for more effective ecological mindsets.