APPEAR at the Austrian science and research fair “Lange Nacht der Forschung 2016”

22. April 2016
Two women talking to a researcher from BOKU, who stands in front of a series of BOKU roll-ups
APPEAR took part in the Austrian science and research fair Lange Nacht der Forschung 2016 and was represented by one of its projects: "Strengthening of Higher Education, Research and Community Outreach in Agro-Ecology in the Rwenzori Region in Western Uganda".

During this event the project team from the BOKU provided not only information related to their research, but also tastings of a tea that acts as a malaria prophylaxis. This organic produce is known as Artimisia tea and is the result of an earlier cooperation with the Mountains of the Moon University that aimed at researching a low cost alternative to the conventional malaria prophylaxis, which is too expensive for small-scale farmers.

The Rwenzori region in Western Uganda is endowed with natural resources, reliable rainfall and an overall richness in biodiversity. Nevertheless, the over exploitation of its natural resources is a central challenge for the region. The APPEAR project which is a cooperation between the BOKU and the Mountains of the Moon University therefore aims to strengthen small-scale subsistence farming systems through joint agro-ecological learning. By doing so the challenge of over exploitation of natural resources - for example through high deforestation rates – will be adequately addressed.