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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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Pope Francis visits Flanders-funded project in Mozambique

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From 4 to 6 September, Pope Francis visited Mozambique, a visit marked by its focus on reconciliation, with reference made to the country’s recently concluded peace agreement. On 6 September, the Pope visited the Sant’Egidio DREAM Centre in Zimpeto, a suburb of Maputo. Here he gave a short speech and was given a tour of the medical facilities, accompanied by Mozambican Minister of Health, Nazira Abdula. Afterwards, the Pope took the time to personally minister to the sick and needy.

Towards an Inclusive Green Economy in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region

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"Towards an Inclusive Green Economy: Showcasing Sustainable Land Use Management Projects in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region" is a Green Economy Project that shows the benefits of productive land and water custodianship. In so doing, it strives to promote increased food and water security for the local community, as well as increased economic opportunities as part of an inclusive green economy.

7 projects selected from the Call for Proposals on Climate Change Adaptation

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In May 2018, the Government of Flanders launched a Call for Proposals entitled: Towards Enhanced Climate Change Adaptation and an Inclusive Adaptive Green Economy in South Africa. Seven projects were selected from this call, all of which look at tackling climate change adaptation challenges in innovative ways and by building on multi-actor partnerships.

One of these projects is Gender CC Southern Africa - Women For Climate Justice Network's Mango Project, supported by Flanders in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs. Gender CC aims to build an informed climate resilient movement of Southern African women and men, so as to benefit society as a whole, while at the same time opening up opportunities within the green economy.

FAO project focuses on agricultural productivity in Malawi

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On 15 August, Nikolas Bosscher, Deputy General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Malawi, signed a new project agreement with the FAO representative, Mr. Zhijun Chen, and the Malawian Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha. The project agreement is aimed at promoting secure land tenure through systematic rural land registration, improve rural land use planning, promote appropriate land and water management practice. 
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