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30 The department continues its research and teaching under the following thematic areas Human nutritional status and the impact of nutritional interventions Impact of climate change on food systems and risks for farming and the environment Natural resource and environmental management economics Trade policy and its impact on the regional agricultural sector Extension and farmer education strategies Regional food security Research has focused on improving the nutrition and health of the CARICOM population through the CISFRF CARICOM Food Security Project funded through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund CIFSRF CA5 million. Dr. Isabella Granderson is the UWI principal investigator on this project. This research compliments other research activities geared at improving dietary behaviours and physical activities in at-risk groups. The DAEE team headed by Professor Carlisle Pemberton continues research on sustainable watershed management. This group has recently been awarded the campus research award for the Most Outstanding International Research Project. This project has contributed sophisticated water quality analy- sis equipment to the local water and sewerage authority WASA. It has also contributed to building human resource capacity and generated crucial data on water quality locally. Department of Food Production The Department of Food Production is involved in research issues on food agriculture soils and its related environment.The mission of the department is to contribute to the sustained improvement of the regions wellbeing through outreach provision of relevant education and research in tropical food and agricultural production and utilizationsustainable environment and to adopt a holistic approach to agri-food safety and quality assurance. The major research pillars of the Department of Food Production are Soil chemistry physics and its environment Food and nutrition security and agricultural diversification Food safety microbiology and quality assurance Tropical crop production biotechnology breeding and protection Tropical livestock production breeding and technology Tropical commodity utilisation Post-harvest physiology and technology Some research areas in tropical crop production include bread- fruit characterization improved propagation and sustainable open field and protected agriculture production systems a comparative greenhouse study was undertaken to investigate growth and yield parameters of tomatoes and sweet peppers on contrasting types of growth media. Crop pathology research has been directed at the biological control and molecular characterization of plant pathogens and the development of non-chemical methods for the control of diseases or harvested commodities. The focus of the research pillar on soil biologyphysics and chemistry has been on organic matter dynamics and biogeochemical cycle of carbon nitrogen and phosphorus in soils effects of management practices on carbon dioxide emissions arising from organic matter decompo- sition and soil carbonates in agricultural farmlands use of isotopic tracer techniques soil microbial biomass and soil respiration studies organic waste management and composting. Research areas on agri-food safety and quality assurance include a review of the food safety legal and institutional frame- work assessment of consumers perceptions and attitudes towards the consumption of oysters bioaccumulation and exposure assessment of heavy metals in leafy green vegetables a partial substitution of wheat flour by breadfruit flour to make bread and evaluate its glycemic index the handling of horticul- tural crops and determination of pesticide residues in select local vegetable products. The livestock research has focused on increasing efficiency in feeding systems for ducks and small ruminants and on rabbits. Also new findings on neo-tropical wildlife will contrib- ute significantly to conservation and to commercial wildlife farming as a potentially lucrative source of income. The Department of Food Production is a partner of an European UnionEdulink 11 project for 620000 on Food Science and Technology in Africa and the Caribbean FSTinAC with the University of Botswana as the lead University and partner Universities of Maribor and Ghana.It involves delivery of some of the MSc courses in an on-line format and research on indigenous foods. Department of Geography Research in the Department of Geography is focused on the theme Environment climate change and society in small island developing states towards a sustainable strategy for good governance and local resource management in vulnerable states. Within this theme there are seven core pillars of research divided into two main strategic areas Society nature and culture Environmental laws environmental impacts and political economy Tenure rights the movement of goods and public involve- ment in the urban and rural sectors