The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is the centre of excellence within the Faculty of Engineering and Science of the University of Greenwich. Based at Medway since 1988, NRI joined the University of Greenwich in 1996. Since the official opening of the Imperial Institute by Queen Victoria on 10th May 1893, NRI and its predecessors have undertaken research, consultancy and training in support of the management of natural resources.
Nearly one billion people in the world do not have enough food to eat, with 98% of these in developing countries. 75% of the world's poorest people - 1.4 billion women, children, and men – live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood. By 2050, the population of the world is predicted to increase from the present 6.8 billion to nearly nine billion. Climate change is a major threat to many communities in the world. Knowledge generated by NRI is more important than ever to contribute to feeding the world and is reflected in our theme of "knowledge to feed the world".
NRI has a multi-disciplinary approach that uniquely integrates capability in scientific research and technology development with capacity in agricultural economics and social science in order to achieve sustainable benefits for the developing world. Leading-edge research, carried out in the field, on agricultural stations, and in the laboratory lies at the heart of the work of all of NRI's operational departments, underpinning the development and capacity building work that the institute undertakes.
The institute has a global reach, undertaking its research and development activities through an extensive international network which brings together funders (government, philanthropic, and business), non-governmental organisations, private sector, research and development specialists on the ground, and targeted beneficiaries in the developing countries. NRI has had formal partnerships with more than 1,300 organisations since 2001.
Thriving research and consultancy work is having significant development impact and provides the basis for teaching and training activities. NRI has a number of dedicated research groups including:
- Plant Health Group
- Molecular Virology and Entomology Research Group
- Chemical Ecology and Plant Biochemistry Group
- Ecosystem Services Research Group
- Pest Behaviour Research Group
- Development Studies Research Group
- Post-Harvest and Value Addition Group
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