Science and Technology Division
The STD Division’s research has a strong focus on generation of proprietary information (intellectual property), value addition and utilization of Namibia’s natural resources and expertise for potentially commercial outputs and national development. Research programs look at use of indigenous ingredients for food and beverages as well as their modes of preparation, local plants as fruits and vegetables as well as indigenous natural products from plants, microbes and marine organisms for discovery and development of new medicines. Our research is also has activities focusing on building an evidence supporting national goals such as, the supply of affordable energy from various alternative sources, particularly renewable sources, malaria elimination by 2020 , V2030 planning through a production function-based model. Core to our research is capacity building through postgraduate research fellowships and undergraduate internships. Our research is implemented with collaborative research partners at UNAM faculties and Centre’s, government line ministries, developmental partners as well as international Universities and Research Institutes.
The Science Technology and Innovation Division currently has 5 (five) active research programs;
• Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) Program
• Drug Discovery and Development Program
• The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Technology (IKST) Food and Beverage Program
• The Farms to Forks Program
• The Malaria Operational Research Program
The research objectives of the division are:
i) To establish nutritional profiles of Namibian traditional fruits and vegetables, and value addition trials to develop new products for the local agri-food manufacturing/processing sector through improving processing technologies via adaptation and technology transfer to processors/SMEs
ii) To identify, conduct RandD and value addition to commercialize traditional food and beverages
iii) To generate intellectual property, add value to discoveries made on the use of indigenous natural products realizing their importance and economic value by conducting RandD of over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements and tinctures.
iv) To conduct RandD, technology transfer and adaptation of existing renewable energy technologies to Namibian conditions and establish community-run wind power facilities that supply affordable electricity.
v) To identify the root causes of malaria transmission in pre-elimination settings; as well as to identify new tools for malaria surveillance, break malaria transmission chain and eliminate malaria in Namibia.
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