Yelleka de Nooy van Tol

Facilitator Linking & Learning

Addis abeba, Ethiopia

About Me

I am passionate about SOILS and therefore about soiol Health management. Because soils are complex living creatures; when you feed them properly, they will - apart from providing healthy food - retain water and so restore ecosystems and return biodiversity.
Just as important is the notion that, worldwide, a big TRANSITION is going on, to AGRO-ECOLOGY. That is an integrated way of land use, including conservation agriculture, water system management, climate smart technologies and collaboration in an area.
Further, I love living and working in Ethiopia, till the summer of 2016 (if God allows). with my husband we travel a lot to discover the beautiful landscapes, ecosystems, birds, history and culture of this country.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

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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Posted By in EKN-FDOV Learning Events
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

How to deal with the Challenges we face in our food & nutrition security programmes? On Tuesday November 15 we enjoyed a very interesting and effective EKN Learning Event. 

As Jan Willem Nibbering (EKN) said at the start: a challenge is not ’just’ a problem or an obstacle, but something you need to react to.


Four projects shared very openly their challenges and got experience based advice from their peers:

1. SBN- problem with access to inputs, no microfinance available; harvest goes to local money lenders

2. CASCAPE: how NOT to contribute to the 'dependency syndrome', farmers expecting free seeds and per diems for training

3. ICCO/Strategic Partnership Convening & Convincing (SPCC) project: How to involve in a dialogue with the government?


4.GAIN with 3 challenges

1. Health workers are overloaded – how do we deal with that? How to use an overburdened government system

2. Demand creation takes a long time; diet behaviour is a hard thing to change. Production is improving; dive

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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

  The FANTA Project is pleased to share with you the Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda. With support from FANTA, the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries developed these guidelines to strengthen the contribution of agriculture extension and community mobilization to improving household food and nutrition security. Read the guidelines here:
http://www.fantaproject.org/tools/guidelines-integrating-nutrition-agriculture-enterprise-mixes-uganda

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 months 4 weeks ago

COMPETITION FOR INNOVATIVE PROJECTS 

Innovation Slam! 

Please apply before the deadline October 16, with 2 pages text or audio file or video recording; more info at iceaddis.com/folio/innovationslam

The invitation for Innovation Projects by ICE Addis is actually in 4 fields; please see the necessary information by clicking on the link. Winners receive up to 120,000 ETB :

1. Organic products- LINK

2. Market linkages- LINK

3. Entrepreneurial ideas for AFAR

4. Healthy eating -LINK

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 6 months 4 days ago

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. 

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

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.  

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Food security is influenced by a variety of dynamics which together create the preconditions for sustainable food security:

  • Transformation of agriculture production systems,
  • The maintenance of an adequate enabling environment,
  • A food system in which production and consumption are balanced, a
  • A demand-driven food system

 Here is an update on the European Commission’s “Global Food Security 2030 foresight study”. You can read a summary here.

Credit: Joint Research Centre, European Commission. 

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Food security is influenced by a variety of dynamics which together create the preconditions for sustainable food security:

  • Transformation of agriculture production systems,
  • The maintenance of an adequate enabling environment,
  • A food system in which production and consumption are balanced, a
  • A demand-driven food system

 Here is an update on the European Commission’s “Global Food Security 2030 foresight study”. You can read a summary here.

Credit: Joint Research Centre, European Commission. 

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

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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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 7 months 3 days ago

The workshop on postharvest problems and solutions, including small scale food processing, was very successful. More than 40 professionals from Ethiopia and other countries ( New Zealand, Germany, Austria) actively contributed in the exchange of knowledge and information. There were many different stakeholders, from government, advisory services, development programmes, donor agencies, research and AGP technical committee.

The purpose was to learn from each other what is going on in Ethiopia in these important fields, so we can improve nutrition and food security. We learnt a.o. that there is a countrywide programme, led by Fetien Abey, Mekele. And we discussed how we can scale up the good practices we have seen, or apply them in our own projects and programmes.

Very good practices that need countrywide application are the making of flour from taro (with SACE in Wolaita) and making nutritious oil at and animal feed at household level from niger, sesame and other oil-seeds; al

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Anna Denis I like that one preserving tomato

7 months 3 days ago

Fikadu Reta Alemayehu making nutritious oil at and animal feed at household level from niger, sesame and other oil-seeds got lots of potential to be used by small businesses. The solar power for electricity is also highly needed in villages far from center in Ethiopia. I see opportunity for collaboration with SMEs. Thanks for organizing the event

7 months 2 days ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much for sharing pertinent information of the event!

6 months 3 weeks ago

Alem Greiling Processing foods is fundamental to prevention of losses following harvest and to bridge the gap between seasons. It is also crucial to maximizing utilization of the harvest, particularly during droughts and periods of poor production. Processing of food, the industry supports the economy. Industry is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector, it is a major market for farmers and provides the staple finished products for consumers. Food industry supports in the availability of nutritious products.

5 months 1 week ago

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24

Changing Food Systems in Africa

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  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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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

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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7 months 3 weeks ago

ANTENEH MESERET ok

7 months 2 weeks ago

nov
14

Integrated Nutrition Conference 2016 Nairobi, Kenya

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  14 November 2016 to 16 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi

The  conference focuses on collaboration across sectors for optimal nutrition; the role of the private sector; partnership models and the reduction of under-nutrition in developing countries, policies. 

The conference is organised by Catholic Relief Services. Please find the preliminary programme HERE

Registration for INC2016 is now open.Early Bird Registration closes on August 31, 2016

To register for the conference visit, http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/register

For logistical information including hotel accommodations, visa invitation letters, and local transport, please visit http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/logistics



Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Integrated Nutrition Conference 2016, Nairobi Kenya

The two day conference will take place on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM at the Jacaranda Nairobi Hotel, Woodvale Close, Westlands, P.O. Box 14287 - 00800, Nairobi.  

Registration for INC2016 is now open. Early Bird Registration closes on August 31, 2016

To register for the conference visit, http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/register

For logistical information including hotel accommodations, visa invitation letters, and local transport, please visit http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/logistics

Prelimanary programme ( Click to open)

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Request for Case Studies for UN High Level Panel of Experts Nutrition and Food Systems Report

We are in the process of compiling case studies examining the impact of food system policies and programs on food security and nutrition outcomes for the upcoming High Level Panel of Experts report on Nutrition and Food Systems. We are looking for short case studies – with evidence of impact on food security and nutrition outcomes – that focus on the areas described below:

• Different farming systems (agro-ecology, precision agriculture, organic systems, intensive vs extensive livestock industries mixed farming systems, monoculture vs mixed farming systems)
• Animal rearing programs
• Production subsidies
• Investment in R&D for production of nutrient-rich foods
• Fruit and vegetable value chains
• Employment
• Food processing and/or packaging programs or policies
• Investment in infrastructure for producing healthier foo

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

“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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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

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/

Posted By in Soil Health Management
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Here is the soil organic carbon app, an online tool that can help users calculate soil’s capacity for sequestering, or containing, organic carbon: https://wle.cgiar.org/solutions/soil-organic-carbon-app

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 months 4 days ago

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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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 months 4 days ago

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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