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Tuning chocolate flavor through yeast research

Researchers of Leuven University and VIB in Belgium have shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. “The set of new yeast variants that we generated makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone’s favorite flavor, similar to wines, tea, and coffee” says Dr. Jan Steensels, one of the lead researchers involved in the project. The results were published November 20 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.
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Belgium Campus develops ICT smart agriculture

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The Belgium Campus ITversity manages the "Micro-aquaponics Lappies – Proof of concept of community embedding" project, supported by Flanders in partnership with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. This project aims to develop ICT smart agriculture and, in so doing, build knowledge and capital in communities. It is expected that this will spontaneously lead to community-based business development, enhancing sustainable economic and social impact, equity and fairness, and food security in support of climate-change adaptation.

Social Economy Case Studies publication testifies to the invaluable work of social enterprises

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Social entrepreneurship drives sustainable job creation and tackles both societal and environmental challenges. As part of its Development Cooperation with South Africa, the Government of Flanders supported programmes on job creation through small enterprise development, with a specific focus on social entrepreneurship and social innovation. The Industrial Development Corporation has compiled a publication with case studies that testify to the invaluable work of individual social enterprises.

Wildlands assists vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change

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Wildlands prides itself on pioneering pro-poor development approaches which assist marginalised and vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change, whilst simultaneously making a sustainability difference by restoring and conserving the natural environment that supports them. With networks in 60 communities across KwaZulu-Natal, Western, Northern & Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, the Wildlands programme is structured around three integrated pillars: Wildlife Economy, Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Communities’ interventions.

Reaping the Potential of Entrepreneurship for a Climate-Smart Inclusive Green Economy in South Africa

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The Government of Flanders, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, supports Indalo Inclusive South Africa towards their “Reaping the Potential of Entrepreneurship for a Climate-Smart Inclusive Green Economy in South Africa” project. Indalo partners with the Climate Innovation Center SARead more
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