Smart handpumps one of the Guardian’s 12 global development innovations of 2012

Featured alongside disease-eating prawns and solar-powered lamp-posts, Oxford University’s Smart Handpumps are recognised by the Guardian newspaper as one of twelve innovations for global development that caught the eye in 2012.

Dryland agriculture a major issue for climate change

The report from an International Conference on Food Security in the Drylands says that many of the most effective climate change interventions in the world’s driest areas will be rooted in agriculture. Oxford’s Prof Mike Edmunds and Dr Rachael McDonnell were among the invited speakers at the Qatar National Food Security Program conference which was held in Doha, Qatar on 14-15 November 2012.