The Africa Network connects scholars and students working on African themes across the University of York.
We act as a hub for Africanist research at the University of York. In these pages you can find information on some of the diverse research going on at the university, as well as contacts for network organisers who can help you get involved and make connections. We hope that you will use these pages as a way of finding out about York research; browse by project or by general focus area. On each focus area page you will find contact details for the focus area 'lead'. They will be happy to hear from you and help you think about how to connect your work with others at the University of York.
We organise our own events, but would also love to publicise events with an African theme from across the university - please just send us details.
Research project highlight: Harnessing the benefits of African leafy vegetables
African leafy vegetables (ALVs) offer unique opportunities to diversify farming systems, contribute to climate change adaptation, ensure food security, alleviate poverty, increase income and improve human health (particularly malnutrition and lack of micronutrients). Most communities affected by poverty and undernutrition live in areas rich in biodiversity, including ALVs.
In this collaborative project involving the Universities of York, Newcastle, North West (South Africa) and the South African Agricultural Research Council we will develop improved varieties of amaranth, one of the most common ALV in Southern Africa, using a combination of molecular analysis, metabolic profiling of nutrient content, genomics, participatory breeding with smallholder farmers, and analysis of susceptibility to pests. It will deliver improved lines which can then be promoted by the Agricultural Research Council to improve the nutrition, livelihoods and environmental sustainability of smallholder households.