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Institute scientist assists with East African famine

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Despite having significant land and water resources, food security is a major issue for those living in the East Africa region.

A senior scientist from The James Hutton Institute is travelling to Ethiopia to assist with the current drought crisis.

Catchment management specialist Dr Simon Langan is taking up a position at the International Water Management Institute in Addis Ababa to seek solutions to the water challenges that have contributed to the current lack of food faced by many countries in the region.

Despite having significant land and water resources, food security is a major issue for those living in the East Africa region. Over 70% of the people depend on subsistence rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods and unpredictable and variable rainfall have led to the problems currently being highlighted in the media. Land degradation, low crop yields, the effects of climate change and sharing of water resources are also important factors that affect the region.

Dr Langan says, “This new post will provide a very different and challenging environment in which research can contribute to the alleviation of water scarcity and drought to improve food security and alleviate poverty through improved water management in the region.”

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Additional information:

Dr Simon Langan currently co-ordinates significant areas of research to investigate and support policy development in relation to the environment, both in Scotland and abroad. He also chairs the management group of the River Dee Catchment Management Partnership.

He is taking up the post of Senior Researcher and Office Head for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) at the end of August and will be based in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

IWMI’s research seeks solutions to the agricultural water challenges that contribute to the lack of food security faced by the countries in the region.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.