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Dean of FTZ Explores Collaboration Opportunities in Uzbekistan: A Step Towards Joint Initiatives in Water Harvesting and Climate Change Mitigation

Patrick Van Damme, Dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTZ), recently concluded a productive visit to Uzbekistan, specifically engaging with the University of Digital Economics and Agrotechnology in Tashkent. This visit was financed under the ERASMUS+ KA171 call 2022 and came in response to an invitation from Dr. Muhtor Nasirov, the head of internationalisation at Samarkand State University.

New Podcast with Anežka Daníčková, who leads the Botanical Garden of the FTA

Anežka Daníčková has been the head of the Botanical Garden FTA since May 2021. She graduated from the Garden Architecture programme at Mendel University in Brno and before joining the Botanical Garden FTA she worked in construction and design in garden architecture. She continues her parents' work and continues a long family tradition – her dad is a landscape architect, her mom is a landscape designer and two aunts are gardeners, her great-uncle was a cactus collector and grower. She has known the environment of the botanical garden since her childhood - the area, the greenhouses, the plants and also colleagues and employees. 

In the Podcast, you can find out why the Botanic Garden is so important to the University, what makes it special, how many species of plants and animals you can find here, how extensive the collections are, or whether there's anything you can buy and take home.  

Linking aquaculture and small-scale biogas technology in Zambia

The Project 'Through Biogas Technology to Increase the Resilience of Communities in the Western Province of Zambia' unlocks unlimited potential. In Zambia, the population is faced with the unavailability and scarcity of energy resources, and most people depend on unsustainable energy practices. The responsibility for collecting traditional resources (charcoal, firewood) is, in most cases, borne by women and girls who often cannot devote themselves to education and/or other self-realisation activities. 

Grafted plants have bloomed in the garden of the Belgian Embassy in Morocco, symbolising the intimate connection between North and South

Patrick Van Damme is not only one of the leading experts on tropical agriculture and ethnobotany, but he is also one of the few foreign scientists to head a Czech academic institution, as Dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences where his mandate started in April 2021. During his time at Ghent University, he and his then-assistant Emiel were asked by the well-known Belgian artist Eric van Hove to collaborate on the decoration of the garden of the new Belgian embassy in Morocco.  

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