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Success stories

Welcome to our success stories – projects and programmes that have achieved remarkable things with Newton funding. If you’ve received Newton funding and want to share a success story, email enquiries@newtonfund.ac.uk.

Climate ready rice for global food security
Climate ready rice for global food security

Rice is an essential food staple eaten by more than half the world’s population every day. Scientists from the UK and the Philippines have discovered that rice plants genetically engineered to have fewer stomata – tiny openings used for gas exchange – are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change...read more

Leaders in Innovation Fellowships 4: India
Leaders in Innovation Fellowships 4: India

Royal Academy of Engineering's Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme completed its fourth year in 2018. Find out what the entrepreneurs and innovators in India have achieved since completing the programme...read more

Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters
Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters

Scientists in the UK and Chile are using mathematical models to develop a framework that will strengthen power systems in Chile and other countries vulnerable to environmental hazards...read more

Drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico
Drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico

Beans are central to Mexico’s food security, but they are also highly sensitive to drought. Researchers in the UK and Mexico are developing climate-ready elite bean varieties to combat drought related crop losses for Mexican and Latin American agriculture...read more

Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest
Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is fundamental to the physical and cultural survival of the indigenous Guarani people, and to the quality of life of more than 70 percent of the Brazilian population who depend on its water supply. Researchers in the UK and Brazil are helping the Guarani restore the Atlantic Forest in their territory...read more

Securing a community's right to access safe water and food
Securing a community's right to access safe water and food

Dangerous levels of arsenic are present in the soils and water of the Cerrito Blanco community in central Mexico. By working closely with members of the community, researchers have located the source of contamination and implemented several successful interventions...read more

Better monitoring of maternal health will save lives
Better monitoring of maternal health will save lives

Obstetric haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and sepsis account for more than 50% of maternal deaths worldwide. A Newton-Bhabha funded project has introduced a new vital sign device into routine maternity care at community and hospital level in 10 sites in India, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Haiti...read more

New mobile app to diagnose TB
New mobile app to diagnose TB

Tuberculosis is one of leading causes of deaths worldwide and is particularly prevalent in rural areas of South East Asia. Scientists have developed a new mobile phone app to diagnose the disease in a matter of minutes...read more

Turning coffee waste into electricity in Colombia
Turning coffee waste into electricity in Colombia

Waste water from coffee processing is harmful to the environment, as it contains substances that take a very long time to degrade. Scientists working on a Newton-Caldas Fund project in Colombia have found that environmentally damaging coffee waste could be turned into electricity using a microbial fuel cell...read more

Assessing the climate related risk to agriculture in China for global food security
Assessing the climate related risk to agriculture in China for global food security

Agriculture is an essential component of the Chinese economy and the wellbeing of its citizens. Given the global nature of food imports and exports, being able to quantify the risks to agriculture from climate variability and change has huge socio-economic benefits both within China and worldwide...read more