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See detailCompétitivité, valorisation des ressources et objectifs de sécurité alimentaire pour la filière sucrière au Maroc
Redani, Latifa ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

The general objective of this work is to examine the coherence between food security policies and economic efficiency and valuation of resources policies for the sugar sub-sector in Morocco. A food ... [more ▼]

The general objective of this work is to examine the coherence between food security policies and economic efficiency and valuation of resources policies for the sugar sub-sector in Morocco. A food security policy implies state intervention and thus leads implicitly to market distortions, while a resource valuation policy would imply a free market. To address this issue, I will firstly adopt an approach that involves a sugar market analysis (measuring determinants of demand and changes in international prices against their impact on food security). Then, an economic analysis which attempts at assessing the competitiveness of the various segments of the sugar sub-sector will be undertaken. Finally, an analysis of the relative valuation of resources (capital, labor and irrigation water) by sugar crops compared to different irrigated crops will be led, in order to determine their private and social returns on. The analysis of demand during the period between 2000 and 2010 shows that the trend of domestic consumption witnessed major increases, which lead to the enhancement of food insecurity for sugar in the future. The analysis of volatility of world sugar prices from 1960 to 2010, through the decomposition method of time series, allows the isolation of an accidental effect, which reflects variability due neither to seasonal effects nor to trend. This accidental effect is mainly marked during three periods: 1973-1975, 1980-1981 and 2009-2010. In terms of food security, these fluctuations in world sugar prices have no impact on household access to sugar, yet they have a significant impact on state budget. Any variation in prices in the international market is absorbed by the compensation system since prices are regulated by this system. The food safety policy conducted during the sixties and seventies have mitigated the country's dependence on imports and thus reduce the impact of world sugar price fluctuations. However, this policy has often been criticized in terms of market efficiency and valuation of resources. The economic analysis of the sugar sub-sector in Morocco shows that the different segments of the value chain don’t enjoy the same level of protection. If the production segment of sugar beet doesn’t receive any protection, the processing segment of raw sugar will remain protected. However, the level of this protection has generally declined during the post structural adjustment period. In terms of competitiveness, while the sugar beet crop becomes competitive, the effective competitiveness of the industrial segment, and given the significant distortions in the world market, is difficult to assess. The analysis of the valuation of resources (capital, labor and water) shows that sugar crops, especially sugar beets, value relatively better capital resources and labor than most horticultural crops. They occupy an important position in terms of employment and value added created per hectare. However, the valuation of irrigation water remains low for sugar beet (excluding the region of Doukkala). But the technology trend shows substantial opportunities for improvement. Food security policy for sugar has been efficient since it helped establish a competitive national production which is generally able to value resources better. The distortions introduced by state intervention gave the time to farmers to improve their technical skills and to become competitive in the framework of international market, marked as it was by significant distortions. Finally, a food security policy is in no way inconsistent with a policy of valuation of resources on the condition that when the sub-sector becomes competitive, a way to market mechanisms must be given. [less ▲]

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See detailCes années incroyables : Programme d’aide aux parents 
Boulard, Aurore ULg; Mathys, Cécile ULg

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See detailPoint de vue scientifique : l'impression 3D des aliments
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

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See detailL'opposition et le délai de prescription de la peine
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2015)

L'opposition formée après le délai de prescription de la peine prononcée par défaut est, sauf cas de force majeure, irrecevable.

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See detailEffondrement culturel à l'île de Pâques ? Ce qu'en dit l'archéologie.
Flas, Damien ULg; Cauwe, Nicolas ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

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See detailCochlear supporting cell transdifferentiation and integration into hair cell layers by inhibition of ephrin-B2 signalling
Defourny, Jean; Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Schoonaert, Lies et al

in Nature Communications (2015)

In mammals, cochlear sensory hair cells that are responsible for hearing are postmitotic and are not replaced after loss. One of the most promising strategies to regenerate hair cells is to identify and ... [more ▼]

In mammals, cochlear sensory hair cells that are responsible for hearing are postmitotic and are not replaced after loss. One of the most promising strategies to regenerate hair cells is to identify and inhibit the factors preventing the conversion of adjacent non-sensory supporting cells into hair cells. Here we demonstrate that mammalian hair cells can be directly generated from supporting cells by inhibition of ephrin-B2 signalling. Using either ephrin-B2 conditional knockout mice, shRNA-mediated gene silencing or soluble inhibitors, we found that downregulation of ephrin-B2 signalling at embryonic stages results in supporting cell translocation into hair cell layers and subsequent switch in cell identity from supporting cell to hair cell fate. As transdifferentiation is here a result of displacement across boundary, this original finding presents the interest that newly generated hair cells directly integrate either hair cell layer, then would be likely more rapidly able to fit into functional circuitry. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nains aussi ont commencé petits : autour de quelques figures transgressives
Jousten, Lison ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailHallazgos preliminares de la tesis:¿Quién cuidará de quienes cuidan? Negociaciones familiares de protección social transnacional en la edad adulta.
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

En esta presentación, se expusieron los hallazgos preliminares de una etnografía que analiza las prácticas a través de las cuales migrantes peruanas y colombianas en edad adulta, que se desempeñan como ... [more ▼]

En esta presentación, se expusieron los hallazgos preliminares de una etnografía que analiza las prácticas a través de las cuales migrantes peruanas y colombianas en edad adulta, que se desempeñan como trabajadoras domésticas, negocian el acceso a una protección social informal con sus redes familiares transnacionales. En el análisis se teoriza sobre la construcción de un sistema de protección social informal transnacional que protege a dichas trabajadoras-migrantes, dada la ausencia de políticas públicas adecuadas. También, se determinan las desigualdades de género, clase y raza que son reproducidas a través de este contexto. Por último, se discutirá la posibilidad de crear políticas públicas trasnacionales en materia de protección social en la edad adulta que se adapten a las realidades de los hombres y mujeres que se movilizan de país a país en el mundo actual. [less ▲]

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See detailLa ligne et la boucle : une lecture de Michel Strogoff (1876)
Durand, Pascal ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailRural development through the introduction of improved goats: case of Attapeu, Lao PDR
Andres, Ludovic ULg; Nguyen Cong, Oanh; Dinh Van, Tong et al

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See detailLa Chine, première puissance économique mondiale : pays développé?
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

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See detailPetite excursion en Cryptozoologie (Mythes - Cryptides - Canulars)
Dauby, Patrick ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailWhat does Radius stand for? Issues and learning from the creation of an institutional reporting comittee in a university
Hoerner, Céline ULg; Bachelet, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2015, April 29)

The contemporary university has to deal with an important pressure in order to adopt an operating and organisational system from the companies. The university is now encouraged to reconcile efficacy and ... [more ▼]

The contemporary university has to deal with an important pressure in order to adopt an operating and organisational system from the companies. The university is now encouraged to reconcile efficacy and financial viability goals in a competitive context between institutions. On the basis of a case study undertaken in a french--¿speaking Belgian university, we will think about the way dashboards and institutional reporting enable the university to respond to change injunctions, how they constitute a strategic management support, as well as the effects of their implementation in the administrative organisation. We will explain why Radius has been created at the university, its structure and how it works. We will see that its impact has been significant on the institution¿s staff. The creation of Radius, which aroused misgivings from administrations who have lost some of their prerogatives, reflects a shift of the administrative activity, whose part of the power is now concentrated in the hands of the authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctions of binary variables
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailEnfants et pauvreté : de la stigmatisation à l'auto-exclusion.
Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

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See detailEpidemiological aspects and genotypic characterization of strains of Microsporum audouinii isolated in the context of a Belgian National survey on anthropophilic tinea
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; Géron, Bénédicte; Dekkers, Charlotte et al

Poster (2015, April 28)

Objectives The last two years, clinical cases of tinea capitis caused by Microsporum audouinii (M. audouinii), have increased in Belgium. To better understand the emergence of this species in the ... [more ▼]

Objectives The last two years, clinical cases of tinea capitis caused by Microsporum audouinii (M. audouinii), have increased in Belgium. To better understand the emergence of this species in the population, the Belgian National Reference Center (NRC) for dermatophytes launched a national survey in 2013. Epidemiological aspects and genotypic characterization of the strains were included. Methods The study was conducted from March 2013 up to February 2014. All Belgian laboratories were asked to send M. audouinii strains isolated from hair to the NRC with a form to fill in including epidemiological informations. The fungal strains were identified by microscopy or ITS sequencing in case of doubt. The genotypic analysis was performed by the DiversiLab® system (bioMérieux) for DNA fingerprinting and analysis. Epidemiological informations were analyzed with the help of a biostatistician. Results Among the collected isolates, 97 strains have been currently confirmed as M. audouinii. Preliminary analysis of the epidemiological characteristics of the infected population shows that the main age category concerns 5-9 year-old children (84%) with a sex-ratio M/F of 1.95. Data concerning the geographic origin of the family have been obtained in only 45.8% of the cases. It reveals that strains have been mainly isolated from patients with a Belgian nationality (77%) suggesting bias in the data collection. The geographic origin of the remaining group (23%) includes several African countries. The genotypic analysis led to the distinction of 3 genotypic variants of M. audouinii. One of these variants was exclusively recovered from South Belgium (11 strains). The major group was composed of 85 strains, well distributed in different Belgium locations. The last group contains only one strain but this strain was significantly different from the two other variants. Conclusion The automated typing DiversiLab® system proved to be an easy and efficient method to investigate the molecular epidemiology of dermatophytes infections. These preliminary results show that, through Belgium, several groups of isolates co-exist for M. audouinii providing evidence of genetic heterogeneity. At this time all epidemiological informations have not yet been assessed while 35 strains of M. audouinii remain to be analysed genotypically to give definitive conclusions. [less ▲]

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