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High social and ecological standards for chocolate
Worldwide demand for food from the tropics that meets higher environmental and social standards has risen sharply in recent years. Consumers often have to make ethically questionable decisions: products may be available to the global market through child labour, starvation wages or environmental destruction. Building on an interdisciplinary project in Peru, this overview reports on the transition to responsible, high-quality cocoa production.
Māori ancestors return home
In 1834, the University of Göttingen received, via the then reigning royal house of the United Kingdom, two Toi moko (preserved Māori tattooed heads) originally from New Zealand. These Toi Moko are now returning there: on Thursday 15 October 2020, the two Toi moko were handed over to the Māori and to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (known as Te Papa) during a ceremony at the University of Göttingen.
Information on the coronavirus
What regulations with regard to the corona pandemic are currently in force at the University of Göttingen? How will the coming winter semester proceed? Under what conditions will courses take place? And when can I receive guests on campus? All information for students, staff and guests as well as our regular newsletter can be found here.
Plant genetic engineering to fight ‘hidden hunger’
More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, as their diets are typically dominated by starchy staple foods, which are inexpensive sources of calories but contain low amounts of micronutrients. In a new article, an international team of scientists, involving the University of Göttingen, explains how plant genetic engineering can help to sustainably address micronutrient malnutrition.
More diversity needed in oil palm plantations
The growing global demand for palm oil has led to a rapid spread of oil palm monoculture plantations in South East Asia. Often associated with the loss of natural habitat and biodiversity, oil palm monocultures are uniformly structured and therefore offer little space for different species. Diversification using indigenous tree species can contribute to maintaining biodiversity. A research team from the Universities of Göttingen and Jambi has now shown that such diversification can be encouraged with the help of information campaigns and free seedlings.
Hand pollination, not agrochemicals, increases cocoa yield and farmer income
Cocoa is in great demand on the world market, but there are many different ways to increase production. A research team from the University of Göttingen has now investigated the relative importance of the use of pesticides, fertilisers and manual pollination in a well replicated field trial in Indonesian agroforestry systems. The result: an increase in both cocoa yield and farming income was achieved – not by agrochemicals, but by manual pollination.