RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

PARTNERSHIP & RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUND (PRDF)

The Partnership & Research Development Fund (PRDF) offers grants of an average of $10,000 AUD to foster partnership within the network and support planning workshops and research collaborations that address distinct mutual challenges. It provides one year of catalytic seed funding which may cover the costs of exploratory research initiatives, targeted workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks, among other activities.

 

2015 PRDF PROJECTS
Name of Project Principal Investigator(s) AAUN Partners Non-AAUN Partners Objectives and Outcomes
Academics without doctorates – an investigation into the nature and extent of under qualification of academics in South Africa, Mauritius and Australia and strategies and policies to address the issue. Dr Mignonne Breier (UCT), Dr Lorraine Towers (University of Sydney), Prof Chaya Herman (University of Pretoria) Prof Mbulungeni Madiba (UCT), Dr George Odhiambo (University of Sydney),  Prof Francoise Driver (University of Mauritius) & Prof Felix Mavondo (Monash University)  N/A To investigate the nature, extent and causes of the “PhD Problem” among selected universities in South Africa, Mauritius and Australia.
Monitoring and modelling of food security practices from retail to home in Australia and Africa Dr Ranil Coorey (Curtin University) A/Prof Stuart Johnson (Curtin University), A/Prof Gary Dykes (Curtin University), A/Prof Dean Bertolatti (Curtin University), Prof Elna Buys (University of Pretoria), Prof Riette de Kock (University of Pretoria), Dr Angela Parry-Hanson Kunadu (University of Ghana), Dr Ivan Muzira Mukisa (Makerere University), Dr Patrick Njage (University of Nairobi) N/A to develop a robust, user friendly food safety determination system for chicken at various consumption situations/points, such as retail, restaurant and the home.
Agro-diverse farming systems in Africa: potential for improving Food (and Nutritional) Security in the context of climate variability and change. Dr Peter Johnston (UCT)
Prof Richard Warrick (Curtin) Prof Janet Bornman  (Curtin)
University of Malawi; Curtin University; University of Pretoria; University of Ibadan; University of Melbourne; University of Western Australia Dr Olajide O. Adeola (Ibadan)

Assoc. Prof. Charles B.L. Jumbe (LUANAR)

Dr Casper Madakadze(Pretoria)Prof Kadambot Siddique (UWA)

To emphasise the merits of agrobiodiversity and provide pathways for implementation to improve access to nutritious food and reduce climatic risk in Africa.
Phase Two: Investigating The Nutritional Value Of Locally Harvested And Processed Mopane Worms – An Analysis Of The Value Chain For Indigenous Edible Insects And Their Potential Role In Mother And Child Nutrition In Sub Sahara Africa: Focus On Mopani Prof Mavis Mulaudzi- (University of Pretoria) Prof Philip Nkunika (University of Zambia) A/Prof Robyn Alders (University of Sydney) Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology /CSIR To alleviate Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) through high-quality extruded foods from locally available grains supplemented with leaf and legume proteins.
Integrated whole-of-grain utilisation of cereal-legume composite for extruded and other foods targeted at specific consumers’ nutrition, health and wellbeing needs. Associate Professor Kolawale Falade, (University of Ibadan) A/Prof Stuart Johnson (Curtin University), Dr Ranil Coorey (Curtin University), Prof KG Duodu, Dr Johanita Kruger (University of Pretoria), Dr Naushad Emmambux (University of Pretoria) & Dr Olufunke Ezekiel (University of Ibadan) Jomo Kenyatta University To investigate the use of extrusion as part of an integrated cereal legume processing scenario where both cereal and legume can be processed either whole or fractioned into high fibre, high protein and high antioxidant ingredients.
2014 PRDF PROJECTS
Name of Project Principal Investigator(s) AAUN Partners Non-AAUN Partners Objectives and Outcomes
Surveillance and monitoring of food security for Africa: proposal development Dr Ranil Coorey, Curtin University University of Ghana, Makerere University, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria,  N/A To build a research network that works with government and industry / to draft major research proposal to fund the development of a robust food security/safety surveillance system for poultry meat production.
Where does your food come from? Food supply in the context of trade, agriculture and nutrition Dr Joel Negin, Sydney University Makerere University, University of Pretoria 4T To develop a better understanding of the policy levers available to influence food supply for urban households in order to promote healthier diets, local agriculture and a sustainable health system that supports food security.
Mining for a Healthier Community Dr Helen Macdonald, University of Cape Town University of Mauritius, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland University of Adelaide & Australian National University To develop sustainable applied research, inform new strategies and practices in the implementation of health rights for mining populations in respect to policy input, public education, health interventions, and centrally position Australia and South Africa in the global debates on health and mining research and intervention.
A Study of the Experiences of Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius with Special Economic Zone (SEZ): Imperatives of Law and Economics Dr Emmanuel Laryea, Monash University University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, Murdoch University   N/A To evaluate the success and failure of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), and develop proposals for a better and more effective use of SEZ as a strategy for economic development.
Estimation of Rock Size Distributions Using Image Analysis Dr Anthony Amankwah, University of Ghana University of Pretoria, Curtin University   N/A To develop a tool using new algorithms for image analysis, to more accurately estimate the size distribution of ore particles and the amount of ore fines or particulate.
21st Century Skills for Education Practitioners : Rapid e-Learning Tools to develop Interactive Learning Materials Associate Professor Mohammad Issack Santally, University of Mauritius Makerere University, Curtin University   N/A To develop an online Postgraduate professional learning program in Rapid e-Learning Methodology and to equip educators with the relevant 21st Century Learning Skills where Information Communications Technology (ICT) is integrated in education practices.
Master of Biosafety Joint Development Project Associate Professor Andrew Drinnan, University of Melbourne University of Ghana, University of Nairobi Science, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology,  Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), Australia and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana To establish a Master of Biosafety program at the Universities of Ghana and Nairobi through collaboration with the University of Melbourne and form a sustainable postgraduate programme that will continue to train biosafety professionals for sub-Saharan Africa into the future.
Mapping Australia-Africa Partnerships in Higher Education Profesor Anthony Welch, University of Sydney & Professor Crain Soudien, University of Cape Town Makerere University, University of Pretoria University of Kwazulu-Natal & University of New England To map student and staff exchange, and academic/research collaborations between Australian and African universities, in order to extend existing information, and lay the ground for enriching existing, and forming new, partnerships.
Mapping HR and Entrepreneurial Networks and Resources in East African Community Special Economic Zones Prof Felix Mavondo, Monash University Makerere University La Trobe  & Melbourne Institute of Technology To develop a framework for  further research and validation of desk research findings / Involve those with hands-on experience in SEZs to build base data from which to start project framing.
Integrated design of highly palatable extruded and other foods for nutrition,
health and wellbeing using selected sustainable grains and legume fractions
Prof Kolawole Falade, University of Ibadan University of Pretoria, Curtin University Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology To develop a major proposal that will benefit both Australian and African communities, that seeks to deliver foods with targeted nutritional quality, that will help improve health and wellbeing in the societies.
Development of sweetpotato postharvest-handling technologies for improved safety and quality of fresh and processed forms Dr George Abong’, University of Nairobi Makerere University, University of Queensland Kibabii University College To develop sweetpotato post-harvest and processing technologies that assure safety and quality of sweetpotato in Kenya.
Enhancing community-based farming systems by integrated and efficient soil-water-nutrient management regimes in sub-Saharan Africa: from research to farm business enterprises Associate Professor Iankwu Odeh, University of Sydney University of Ghana, University of Ibadan, University of Nairobi Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Agricultural University, Makurdi, South Eastern Kenya University, Nelson Mandela African Inst. of Sci. & Tec Arusha & Kwame Nkrumah Univ. of Sci. & Tech & Int. Inst. for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), DSM To investigate why agricultural productivity is generally low in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and how this can be resolved through research diffusion into farm enterprises.
An Analysis Of The Value Chain For Indigenous Edible Insects And Their Potential Role In Mother And Child Nutrition In Eastern And Southern Africa: Focus On Mopani Professor Mavis Mulaudzi, University of Pretoria Makerere University, University of Zambia, University of Melbourne Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Council for Scientific and industrieal Research (CSIR) To evaluate the potential of indigenous edible insects of southern and eastern Africa to contribute to mother and child nutrition.
Developing and retaining the next generation of academics and researchers Associate Professor Mbulgeni Madiba, University of Cape Town University of Mauritius, University of Pretoria, Monash University, University of Sydney   N/A To develop a strategy within Africa which aims to develop and retain the next generation of academics and researchers.
Assessing the Benefits of Agro-biodiversity in the Context of Climate Variability and change Dr Peter Johnston, University of Cape Town & Prof Janet Bornman, Curtin University University of Ibadan, University of Pretoria, University of Western Australia OABS Development Pty (Ltd);  Univ. of Stellenbosch and South African National Biodiversity Institute To develop an implementation plan for securing external funding and carrying out the steps required to commence a collaborative research project concerned with agro-biodiversity, food security and climate risks.
Building an AAUN coalition to support  improved nutrition and health of children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating mothers (Extension) Professor Mavis Mulaudzi, University of Pretoria & Associate Professor Robyn Alders, University of Sydney University of Ibadan, Makerere University, University of Mauritius, University of Nairobi, University of Zambia, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, University of Western Australia   N/A To develop a workshop that facilitates knowledge-sharing between researchers from Australia and Africa.
2013 PRDF PROJECTS
Name of Project Principal Investigator(s) AAUN Partners Non-AAUN Partners Objectives and Outcomes
Evaluating effectiveness of photosensitization in controlling aflatoxins accumulation in maize Professor Shelia Okoth, University of Nairobi University of Queensland; Murdoch University University of Georgia; University of Cape-Coast To use photosensitization technology to treat maize contaminated with Aspergillus flavus, which is known to produce aflatoxins that can cause acute, potentially fatal, illness and chronic diseases.
Improved Productivity, Postharvest Handling, Safety and Biosecurity of Cowpeas/ Bambara groundnuts: A Value Chain Analysis in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa Dr Casper Madakadze, University of Pretoria & Dr Amin Mugera, University of Western Australia University of Cape Town; Murdoch University; University of Ibadan; University of Pretoria; Makerere University International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria To increase productivity in the production and post-harvest handling of cowpeas and Bambara groundnuts, which are an inexpensive source of protein grown in Southern, Eastern and Western Africa.
Harnessing the benefits of agro-biodiversity for sustained food security in the context of climate change and variability Dr Peter Johnston, University of Cape Town University of Malawi; Curtin University; University of Pretoria; University of Ibadan; University of Melbourne; University of Western Australia University of Stellenbosch; South African National Biodiversity Institute To emphasise the merits of agrobiodiversity and provide pathways for implementation to improve access to nutritious food and reduce climatic risk in Africa.
Value chain analysis: Improved nutrition and health of children under 5 years and pregnant and lactating mothers through the production of high quality extruded foods supplemented with leaf and legume proteins Associate Professor Kolawale Falade, University of Ibadan University of Pretoria; Curtin University Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology To alleviate Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) through high-quality extruded foods from locally available grains supplemented with leaf and legume proteins.
Building an AAUN coalition to support improved nutrition and health of children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating mothers Associate Professor Robyn Alders, University of Sydney and Professor A Oelofse, University of Cape Town, Prof Mavis Mulaudzi, University of Pretoria University of Nairobi; University of Queensland; University of Wollongong; Makerere University; Griffith University; University of Melbourne; University of Western Australia; University of Ibadan; Curtin University Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources/ CARD; RUFORUM; Medical Research Council, South Africa To understand the interactions between food production, distribution, access and processing, in order to address chronic under-nutrition due to food shortages and chronic obesity due to imbalanced consumption of energy-dense foods with poor nutrient content in Africa.
Reducing hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa through salt reduction strategies Associate Professor Karen Charlton, University of Wollongong University of Ghana; University of Newcastle Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa; World Health Organization To reduce the risk of hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of population-wide saltreduction strategies.
Integrating HIV and genderrelated issues into environmental assessments for Australian mining companies operating in Africa Associate Professor Angus MorrisonSaunders, Murdoch University University of Pretoria; Makerere University The Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment; AustraliaAfrica Mining Industry Group (AAMIG); Kheth’Impilo To reduce the risk of HIV transmission near large-scale development projects through enhanced Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) policy.