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Sida and SLU in discussions on global challenges

Published: 14 February 2019

Yesterday Carin Jämtin, Director General for the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) with a delegation from Sida’s policy and research units, visited SLU's management.

Carin Jämtin met with Karin Holmgren (Vice-Chancellor), Ylva Hillbur (Pro Vice-Chancellor for international relations) and Sara Gräslund (Head SLU Global) for discussions on global challenges and the role of agricultural sciences in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the afternoon the group also made a study visit to the Department of Energy and Technology, where fly larvae composting research was demonstrated as an example of knowledge for a circular economy by converting waste to value. Fly larvae from the Black soldier fly can turn organic waste into high-quality protein animal feed. Another advantage of the process is that pathogens and pharmaceuticals are significantly reduced.

Carin Jämtin and Karin Holmgren (left) looking at different stages of the Black soldier fly larvae together with Cecilia Lalander from the Department of Energy and technology. Photo: Malin Planting
Carin Jämtin and Alice Isibika from Tanzania, PhD student at the Department of Energy and Technology. Photo: Malin Planting
Carin Jämtin feels the difference in temperature in different stages of composting. Karin Holmgren to the left. In the background: Esse Nilsson, Policy Advisor at Sida and Giulio Zorzetto, Technician at the Department of Energy and Technology. Photo: Malin Planting

Find out more about research on organic waste and other circular economy techniques at the Department of Energy and Technology, Unit of Environmental Engineering.


Carin Jämtin has previously been i.a. Minister for International Development Cooperation in the Swedish Government (2003-2006).


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