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Dean and Head of School, Professor Albert Modi,
with Dr Aryo Feldman of the CFFRC and Dr
Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi.

UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Science (SAEES) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC), situated at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.

The MoU was initiated by Head of School, Professor Albert Modi, and Research Fellow at SAEES, Dr Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, in collaboration with scientists from the CFFRC.

The CFFRC is a recently established research institute based in Malaysia whose guarantors are the Government of Malaysia and the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. It is an international centre mandated for research and development primarily on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses.

Mabhaudhi has research interests in underutilised, indigenous and traditional crops, making this partnership ideal as it fits into the work he is currently busy with.

The MoU between the CFFRC and UKZN makes provision for an exchange of personnel working on various aspects of underutilised crops, joint research activities, joint supervision of postgraduate students and in future joint registrations of students at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and UKZN, supervised by scientists from UKZN, UNMC and the CFFRC.

Modi and Mabhaudhi recently hosted Dr Aryo Feldman of the CFFRC. The purpose of Feldman’s visit was to establish working relationships as well as logistics for funding future collaborative research on underutilised crops at UKZN.

As part of this MoU, Mabhaudhi will also soon be visiting CFFRC in Malaysia to further strengthen relations as well as lead joint research projects.