Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform

moderated by Yelleka de Nooy van Tol

In order to support and accelerate the mainstreaming of AgroEcology in Ethiopia, Tufts University /AKLDP together with AgriProFocus have initiated this Platform for Knowledge exchange on AgroEcology topics during 2016 and 2017. The main reasons are (1) the demand among many different stakeholders for such a programme of knowledge and experience exchange and (2) the wish to accelerate the adoption of AgroEcological practices.

You can register to become a member of this platform via this link: Agroecology Platform Registration Form. Only your name and organisation will appear on the member list below.

For more information, please contact Yelleke de Nooy at ydenooy@agriprofocus.com or Sarah Assefah at sassefa@agriprofocus.com


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ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:
- Conservation Agriculture
- Horticulture
- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
- Best Livestock Practices
- Good Development Practices


Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa. 

For more information or to register, follow this link.

Janine Schoeman Hi Sarah, please post this as an event, that way it shows up in the calender as well. Thank you!

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Sarah Assefa Thanks Janine!

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Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia

Recommendations from the participants

23-25 November 2016 - Budapest


Recognizing the role that agroecology can play in achieving food security and reducing malnutrition in the framework of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, FAO organized the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome in September 2014. Following this International symposium, FAO has taken the initiative of convening multi-stakeholder Symposia at the regional level.

In opening, H.E. José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO highlighted the importance of exploring the transformative potential of agroecology:

“Business as usual is not an option. We have to innovate and transform agriculture. We need to be more productive using less resources. We need to generate less environmental impact. And we have to go beyond sustainable intensification. Increasing the efficiency of farming

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From November 24- 26 we enjoyed a very interesting conference here in Addis Ababa, CHANGING FOOD SYSTEMS IN AFRICA, organised by IFOAM  and AFSA, the Alliance for Food Soceriegnty Africa. The title having a double meaning: food systems are changing worldwide, but also do we need to make the change because of adaptation to climate change and increasing biodiversity.  

During the conference we created the new narrative: 

  • We can feed the world with agroecology; we produce enough food PLUS we have a very positive impact on nutrition, health, biodiversity increase, water saving, prevention of soil erosion and land degradation, adaptation to climate change
  • 70 % of the food in the world is produced by smallholder farmers. When we support them to grow this food more agroecologically we even have a surplus.
  • Agroecology works with family farmers, is person centred and therefore is socially and culturally stabilising. Instead of industrial ag

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Seminar Agroekologi Nusantara

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  29 November 2016, 08:00-16:30
  Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Dramaga

Sebagai ilmu pengetahuan yang dipraktikkan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari oleh jutaan keluarga petani khususnya oleh perempuan petani di seluruh dunia, agroekologi merupakan bentuk produksi pertanian yang proses mengatur dan membangun komunitas untuk menentukan nasib sendiri. Melalui agroekologi, masyarakat bersama-sama mencari solusi untuk menghasilkan pangan yang sehat dan mensyaratkan masyarakat memiliki akses dan kontrol terhadap sumber daya lokal seperti tanah, air dan benih. Tujuan agroekologi adalah untuk mencapai lingkungan yang seimbang dengan hasil yang berkelanjutan, didukung oleh kesuburan tanah, regulasi musuh alami melalui desain diversifikasi agroekosistem dan penggunaan teknologi rendah input.

Oleh karenanya, agroekologi bukanlah praktik pertanian alternatif, namun sebagai gerakan sosial yang dilakukan oleh petani untuk memperjuangkan sumber daya lokalnya agar tetap terpelihara memenuhi pangan mereka dan sekaligus menjaga keseimbangan alam. Agroekologi dapat memberi maka

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Symposium on “Rainwater-Smart Management in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, 1st-2nd February 2017: Call for Papers

The deadline to submit an abstract (of 200-words)  for the Symposium on "Rainwater-Smart Management in sub-Saharan Africa" is October 30, 2016. You may contact Josep de Trincheria at josepmaria.detrincheriagomez@haw-hamburg.de for more information.




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IDEA COMPETITION - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Organic products as game changers in consumer market!

This challenge is designed for innovations in the area of agricultural processing. Submissions should consider product innovations from organic origin for the food consumer market. For example, ideas could be in the area of organic honey products from packaging, food products or equipments using organic materials.

The SEWOH Innovation Slam competition is looking for your innovation in agriculture. Every person or organisation is welcome to submit their idea. The winners will receive up to 120,000 ETB to implement their idea during one year.

How to apply: Participants apply by filling out the application form on: www.iceaddis.com/folio/innovationslam

Apply before: October 16th 2016

For questions, please email competitioniceaddis.com


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We had an excellent finalising workshop of the University of Padua course, today, Friday 23 september 2016.

The purpose of the course was to come up with Sustainable and AgroEcologically compatible Development options in Ethiopian and sub Saharan Rural areas. The participants were all Ethiopian professionals from various organisations, among which Universities of Hawassa, Mekele and Addis Ababa. They have worked in 4 groups during the week and produced very relevant material, which we will share in the AgroEcology Platform. For now, please read the Summary of their work HERE. 

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The Course on Sustainable and Agroecologically Compatible development options in Ethiopia, y by Padua University, started with a great day on AgroEcology. Yelleke de Nooy gave an interesting presentation on the WHY and HOW of agroecology. Sarah Assefa, also of AgriProFocus, organised the inventory of projects on the MAP with Agroecological zones. For a start we already have more than 20 projects! 

The good thing about this map is that we can compare - and learn from each other's interventions - in similar AE zones.  

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Call for Abstracts

Conference title: Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agro-ecology, Food Sovereignty and their Roles in Nutrition and Health.

Venue: Mosaic Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Date: 24-26 November 2016

Organization: Organized by Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for Africa (EOA-I), AfrONet, IFOAM – Organics International and others.

Nature of Conference: A 3-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. Presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs organized by farmers’ groups.

Purpose of the Conference: To build knowledge and generate compelling narratives around agro-ecology as a genuine and holistic alternative to industrial food systems, and to strategically engage key stakeholders, including government actors, to support alternative food systems for better health and nutrition.

Participants: The conference will bring together research a

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Symposium Best Practices Sustainable Agriculture & Livestock

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  01 November 2016 to 03 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016. 

The programme you can find HERE and it is promising! 

The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to ekinsey@echonet.org and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet

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Another forum for exchange on issues of nutrition and agroecology in Ethiopia, and also in other alpine agroecologies in Asia and South America. You can join the conversation HERE, which in Ethiopia is moderated by our good APF partners in agroecology and soil health, ISD.

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Changing Food Systems in Africa

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  24 November 2016 to 26 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

A three-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. Presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs organized by farmers’ groups.

Purpose of the Conference: To build knowledge and generate compelling narratives around agro-ecology as a genuine and holistic alternative to industrial food systems, and to strategically engage key stakeholders, including government actors, to support alternative food systems for better health and nutrition.

 The conference will discuss the following five thematic areas:

1. Food systems (production and process) and policies;

2. Ecological organic agriculture and African agriculture challenges (climate change adaptation, biodiversity, soil health, poverty reduction etc.);

3. Seed systems and food sovereignty;

4. Land access and rights, knowledge and investment capital for smallholder farmers;

5. Agriculture, nutrition and health.

ABSTRACTS: Please

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FARMING MATTERS!

Please find HERE the online English version of the third issue of our Ethiopian Farming Matters "Wegel" magazine on Agriculture, food and health. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

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“One person’s approach is another person’s solution,” “Cross-pollination of conservation agriculture ideas, practices, and approaches from different geographic regions with different experiences of climate helps us learn a variety of ways of dealing with it.” These were some finding during the May 2016 Conservation Agriculture conference in Zimbabwe. Please find a short report HERE.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach to managing agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment.  It is very similar to....

Climate-smart agriculture: Climate-smart agriculture refers to a set of agricultural practices that diversify livelihoods and protect environmental services in order to increase people's capacity to adapt to climate change, while also reducing GHG emissions.

Climate-smart landscape: A climate-smart landscape is characterised by climate-smart prac

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Haramaya University has this year won a competitive World Bank grant amounting to 6,000,000 (six million) US Dollars to establish an African Center of Excellence in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. This is good NEWS for Africa that disproportionately affected by climatic change and food insecurity. For more information
http://www.haramaya.edu.et/haramaya-university-wins-a-competitive-world-bank-grant/

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Climate-friendly practices applied: agroforestry

During the past three decades, agroforestry has become recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use because of its production and environmental benefits.

Agroforestry’s recognition as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy has generated increased attention to its potential as a strategy for biological carbon sequestration. The perceived potential is based on the premise that the integrated systems are more resource-efficient in capturing and utilizing nutrients, light and water than single-species systems, resulting in greater net carbon sequestration.

How do European agroForestry farmers manages?  And what challenegs do they face? 

http://solmacc.eu/climate-friendly-practices/agroforestry/details-on-implementation/


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New research examines smallholder agricultural carbon project implementation

Building local institutional capacity to implement agricultural carbon projects

Participatory action research with Vi Agroforestry in Kenya and ECOTRUST in Uganda

Participatory Action Research spearheaded by EcoAgriculture Partners, working with two smallholder agricultural carbon projects in Uganda and Kenya, has shed much needed light on how to improve local institutional capacity for implementing and managing these types of projects. DOWNLOAD HERE

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EcoAgriculture partners have a regular blog on  Integrated landscape management practices and principles You can now download their FREE Little sustainable landscapes Book at this LINK 

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EcoAgriculture partners have a regular blog on  Integrated landscape management practices and principles You can now download their FREE Little sustainabel landscapes Book at this LINK 

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