- They are easy and inexpensive to take care of.
- They’re a good investment.
- They help keep children healthy.
- They empower women.
The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect-pest which causes major damage to more than 80 crop species, including economically important crops, such as maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, several other vegetable crops and cotton.
It was first officially reported in Nigeria in early 2016 and has been officially confirmed in 11 and suspected in at least 14 other African countries, as of April 2017. Read more here
As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos
TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
Members of this platfo... Read more
The Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP), an initiative of the Government of Zambia financed by the World Bank, will finance and establish irrigated farming developments at multiple sites in Zambia. A procurement process has now begun to select an irrigation manager and commercial farm investor for three priority sites in Chirundu, Mulfira and Chisamba districts.
Read more here , also for contacts at IDSP
A group of women entrepreneurs from the Netherlands will be visiting Tanzania.
The programme includes a learning journey, company visits, a March 8 women conference at the Netherlands embassy, matchmaking and the annual meetup of SAGCOT.
find more info in Dutch here: http://www.womennetherlands.com/#trades
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.
The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.
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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in partnership with University of Dar es Salaam School of Business, the International Foundation for Science (IFS), and Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) invites you to participate in the course “Science and Leadership for Transforming Institutions” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 27 February through 10 March 2017. This course is part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 2015 -2020 Bilateral Capacity Building
Programme for Tanzania and other country programmes.
The overall objective of the course is to increase knowledge and competences in leadership and science to support young scientists in building more effective and robust institutions.
The course aims to give PhD students from African and European countries the opportunity to unders... Read more
The report of the Dairy Learning Labs held between 28 November and 2 December 2016 in Kagera region, Tanzania are available. AgriProFocus likes to thank the organisers for their effort in organising the events and especially in making a Swahili translation of the report.
Find photo impression in the album on our facebook page.
BARNEVELD, September 2016
PTC+ presents two innovative, international products on poultry knowledge and education, a blended learning (E-learning, distance learning) training on poultry management and the Poultry Innovation Lab.
In many areas of Tanzania the natural high concentration of fluoride in water sources cause teeth to color brown and other health problems. Therefore, the removal of fluoride is one of the main objectives. In partnership TNO developed a new technology on solar heat, which was tested in Tanzania last months. The results are encouraging.
this article in the citizen, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016 is about the new development assistance plan for Tanzania. Read the article here http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3294278/-/lef3rc/-/index.html
Find the Development Assistance Plan for Tanzania 2016-2021 via this link
The new livestock purchase method using weighing scales promises to transform NRT Trading's livestock business, as more accurate prices can be paid to pastoralists. This is the first time NRT Trading have ever used a scale at livestock markets.
THE PORTABLE SCALE WILL ENSURE MORE ACCURATE PRICES ARE PAID TO PASTORALISTS, LEADING TO A FAIRER MARKET AND GIVING BETTER INCENTIVES FOR HEALTHY RANGELANDS
NRT Trading's Livestock Manager, Patrick Ekodere, describes the cattle markets as organised chaos. As pastoralists trek their cattle from near and far to the market destination, each is looking to get the best price for his cow. In theory, the aim of the livestock business is for NRT Trading to purchase livestock directly from conservancies, cutting out the need for pastoralists to trek cattle for days to the nearest town market. NRT Trading tries to bu
Joseph Nkole is national coordinator of the Cotton Association of Zambia, which unites cotton farmers. He has stopped by the Cordaid headquarters to express his gratitude for the support that his organization got from Cordaid between 2006 and 2010. “Cordaid has literally planted a seed in Zambia that has led to new jobs, better livelihoods, better nutrition and making villages come alive again.”
Read more in this post at the Cordaid website:
Hi, I share this June 7 blog from Bill Gates about poultry: "It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens."Here’s why:
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The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy is a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing.The aim of the ANH Academy is to foster a global community of interdisciplinary researchers working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
The objectives of the Academy are to:
1. Share innovative research in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health;
2. Stimulate the development and harmonisation of new research;
3. Help strengthen the capacity of the research community to undertake inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research;
4. Facilitate the uptake of robust evidence in policies and programming in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
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