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People, patches and parasites: New paper explores the socio-ecology of disease in Africa

29 September, 2017
By Ian Scoones

Just out in Human Ecology is a new paper – People, patches and parasites: the case of trypanosomiasis in Zimbabwe. It’s open access, so do have a look!

It presents the results of a project looking at the socio-ecology of disease in Africa – part of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium – which has had a number of other recent outputs, linking social and natural sciences in the investigations of disease dynamics in Africa.

The Zimbabwe work started with a puzzle. Why was it that after nearly a century of control efforts, tsetse flies and the disease they carry – trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness in humans) – still persists. Indeed human cases seem to be on the rise, although reporting is poor....

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How does governance affect ecosystem health and poverty alleviation?

29 September, 2017
By Fiona Nunan

Dr Fiona Nunan reports from a workshop in Ghana, where ESPA researchers and development practitioners looked for some answers to this hot topic.

The way decisions are made about natural resources and how they are managed – their governance – matters for the health of ecosystems and how ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation. This month in Accra, Ghana, the ESPA-funded ‘Governance for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation’ (GESPA) project brought together researchers and development practitioners to pinpoint what we’ve learned about different governance approaches and how these approaches affect outcomes for people and the environment.

The workshop focused on sifting through and synthesising the key results and lessons from ESPA-funded projects. It was part of a one-year initiative to compare findings from ESPA research with wider academic literature. The workshop offered a key opportunity to test the headline messages from this study.

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