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Active Research Grants

Towards a model of "patient procurement": Leveraging mining infrastructure and procurement needs for robust and enduring agricultural supply chain productivity and development
Principal Investigator, Professor John Howieson

Harnessing natural resources for mining and agriculture is a key driver of global economic growth, transforming economies and societies in many countries. This project focuses on a strategy to leverage both agricultural and mining investment for mutual benefit and equitable benefit sharing.
(Mozambique, Nigeria)

Using natural resource wealth to improve access to water and sanitation in Mozambique
Principal Investigator, Dr Ryan Admiraal

This collaborative research project led by Murdoch University and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane seeks to amplify evidence-based advocacy at national and provincial levels by analysing current efforts to increase access to water and sanitation in Nampula province, and build the business case for long-term investment of mineral resource revenues into the water and sanitation sector.

Agro-enterprise Africa: Improving the ability of smallholder farmers in southern Africa to engage with markets
Principal Investigator, Dr Davina Boyd

The project explores two models for developing smallholder farmers’ capacity to engage with markets, and aims to enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers to access dynamic markets on a larger scale. Project blog:
(Malawi, Zambia)

Driving policy in mine closure and abandonment management, environmental risk mitigation, and rehabilitation of abandoned mine sites as a pro-poor development strategy
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Angus Morrison-Saunders

The project focus is to ensure the ability to manage environmental and social impacts of a mine from the outset and ensure capacity (fiscally and skill-wise) to undertake obligations of rehabilitation in affected environs to solve existing abandoned mine legacy issues and prevent further mine abandonments.
(South Africa; Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia)