Day 2 - Tropentag 2023, Tropentag2023

Bugs on the Rice: Eavesdropping on Insects Using Science

We often communicate in our own ways – humans say “hello,” cats meow, and dogs bark. But have you ever wondered how insects “talk”? At the University of Kassel, a PhD student working with CGIAR’s IRRI explores this intriguing question using science. What’s even more intriguing is that they used high-tech methods to eavesdrop on insects! While we don’t know if the insects granted their consent for this technological eavesdropping, we’re certainly curious about what these tiny rice storage insects have to say.

Day 1 - Tropentag 2023, Keynotes, Tropentag2023

Battling global 3Cs (Climate Change, COVID-19, Conflict) through food systems shift

The “aftershock” from recent crises have rippled across the globe, with tangible effects seen not just in soaring food prices and protests spanning Africa, Latin America, and Europe, but also in exacerbating trends of forced displacement and escalating food crises worldwide. At the helm of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Johan Swinnen draws attention to the critical strategies needed to transform our existing food systems, to make them more resilient and sustainable.

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