Goal 4: Quality Education

Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas, the UN write on their website.

Examples on research from UCPH addressing goal 4: 

Fermentation creates sustainable growth in the West African food sector

In West Africa, spontaneously fermented foods are deeply embedded in the food culture and the population has a great deal of knowledge about how these foods should be produced. This knowledge has been handed down over generations, but has also been challenged due to the import of ready-made food. The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen is leading the Danida project GreenGrowth, which has the aim to isolate and catalogue the microbial cultures used for the fermentations and build biobanks to safeguard this microbiological heritage so it can be used to upgrade the West African food sector.

Activities in the project:
1. Establishing biobanks
2. Development of multi-functional starter cultures for upgrading of the food sector
3. Development of convenience food based on traditional foods
4. Introduction of new procedures for sustainable packaging and quality assurance 5. Creation of new market opportunities by scaling up from household production to semi-industrial scale
6. Development of business models across the entire value chain

Woman working with fermentation of beer in Burkina Faso.

Read more about GreenGrowth on the project website here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 2, 4 and 8

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Building Stronger Universities

“Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries” is a partnership between research and higher education institutions in developing countries and Danish universities.

The long-term goal of the initiative is to make the participating institutions stronger in the sense that they: 1. Play an increasing role in the economic, social and political development of the societies in which they are located. 2. Function as nodes of innovation and knowledge production, providing solutions to local/domestic and global challenges. 3. Produce skilled and motivated graduates that can contribute to the further development of the societies and address the challenges faced.

Focus will be on institutional capacity building, including strengthening the capacity and quality of PhD education, strengthening the capacity to undertake research and disseminating research knowledge to stakeholders.

Read all about Building Stronger Universities on the project website  here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 4, 17

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Researchers help Africa create export of camel milk

A group of researchers from DTU and University of Copenhagen collaborate with researcher from Haramaya University in Ethiopia to create basis for manufacturing dairy products based on camel milk. They project may have great influence on jobs and growth in the region because Sudan, Kenya and Somalia are rich in numbers of camels. 

The researchers investigate which requirements are necessary to develop products and establish the needed capacity on Haramaya University so the university becomes able to support infrastructure and development of new dairy products

Read a full describtion of the Haramaya Camel Dairy project here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 1,2,4,8,9 and 17

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Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) 

AgTraIn is a world-class Joint Doctoral Program (180 ECTS) between University of Copenhagen and 5 other leading European universities, funded by the EU Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus program to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world.

The main objective of the AgTraIn program is to train and educate subject-area experts capable of successful development and transformation of farming systems in the developing world.

Thematically, the AgTraIn programme deals with agricultural production chains, the natural resource base and the involved communities. The scope of AgTraIn range from the technical aspects of agricultural production, over post-harvest management, processing and value-addition, to market access and commercialization. The emphasis is on applied research and a key feature of the program is the involvement of key stakeholders in identifying research questions and participating in project formulation.

Copenhagen University works as a partner on the AgTraIn programme which you can read more about on the project website here.

You can also read about the individual fellow projects here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 4, 12 and 15

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Rights and Resilience in Kenya (RARE)

The development objective of the RARE project is to ensure secure and peaceful access to land for climate change adaptation and thereby the resilience of all Kenyan citizens.

The project aims to produce and disseminate insights and increase capacities that can help policy makers and practitioners in their attempts to (1) improve land use policies and land use planning, (2) prevent conflicting land claims from erupting into violence, (3) manage land rights in support of pastoralists and other land users’ adaptation and (4) identify and apply innovative approaches to land rights for adaptation.

Read more about RARE on the project website here. 

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Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 1, 2, 4, 13 and 17

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