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PREGINET (Philippines)

PREGINET is the national research and education network for the Phillipines

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Hook up to NOAH to know your hazards

Typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanos – the Philippines is a country that has it all. Taking 3rd place on the World Risk Index, behind Vanuatu and Tonga, the Philippines is heavily exposed to extreme weather. While you can’t do anything to change the course of a typhoon moving towards you, you can take the necessary precautions before it reaches your shores – the earlier the better. So, you need to know your hazards, and that is why, in the wake of the catastrophic tropical storm Sendong in 2011, the Philippines started developing a complex early warning system.

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Sharing knowledge to strengthen emerging networks

Helina Emeru is chief technology officer of Ethiopian research and education network EthERnet. In October 2016, together with 9 colleagues from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Zambia, she travelled all the way to Helsinki, Finland, to attend the NORDUnet conference as part of a new Knowledge Exchange Fellowship program.

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Decoding the diversity of rice to improve yields

To meet world population demands for food it has been estimated that the production of rice, the world’s most important staple food, must increase by 24% by 2050. As well as the challenges involved in growing more rice on less land and water, farmers need new rice varieties adapted to changing climatic conditions.