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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.

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

Informing a rapid response to Brazil's Zika outbreak
Informing a rapid response to Brazil's Zika outbreak

A Newton funded research collaboration between experts from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Recife (Fiocruz) and the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research played a major role in Brazil’s response to the Zika epidemic...read more

Recycling citrus waste to develop sustainable products
Recycling citrus waste to develop sustainable products

Millions of metric tonnes of citrus fruit are processed globally each year to make fruit juice, but as much as half of this may go to waste. However, an evolving international collaboration between UK and Brazilian partners could support the world’s largest citrus farms to develop new products and markets from this waste...read more

Safe water for local communities in Colombia
Safe water for local communities in Colombia

The growing mining industry in Colombia is causing heavy metal pollution in lakes and rivers. Researchers have developed a portable, cost-effective and user-friendly device that allows the effective monitoring of water...read more