The world is becoming increasingly urban. Today, more of us live in cities than in rural areas. It is expected that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s urban areas is a pressing challenge, due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and natural disasters which affect food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.
This seminar will take place in the Impulse building on the campus of Wageningen UR, from 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, including a lunch buffet. Participation is free.
For more information and online registration please visit our website:
http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/... Read more
Climate Change: Why Farming Will Increasingly Become Harder In Uganda
By Taddewo Senyonyi
My farming activities in newly created Kakumiro district (curved out together with Kagadi district from Kibaale district) has made me travel frequently from Kampala to Kakumiro for supervision purposes. However, overtime, I have observed a worrying trend; natural forests which I used to see along the road about 10 years ago, are no more. The rapid increase in population has exerted untold pressure on land so much that the once coveted natural forests have been destroyed. Shockingly, even protected forests have been destroyed by seemingly hopeless Ugandans from various parts of the country as government looks on! My last visit to my coffee and eucalyptus plantations on September 3, 2016 saw me have a burst-up with my neighbours. Why? They had cleared the forest near the River (Katerera) separating us up to its banks! While I left about 200 metres to the River, my fellow farmers didn’t see val... Read more
The impacts of climate change present a new set of challenges in our efforts to reduce poverty and promote social economic development. Changing temperatures, erratic rainfall, floods, landslides and droughts all have significant consequences for the livelihoods, health, food security, infrastructure and development in general, and of recent the effects of a changing climate are evident. There is need therefore, to understand how climate change affects a community – who is vulnerable to the effects, and why, and we need to apply this information in order to design programs that will reduce people’s vulnerabilities to risks.
In order to effectively support sustainable development, development programmes must be able to manage risks posed by both current and f... Read more
We very grateful to bring your kind attention the event of Official EBAFOSA Launch in Tanzania.
The event will take place on undefined
and all stakeholders who have registered as EBAFOSA members will be
invited to participate.
If you have not done so, please register your organization today via our website: www.ebafosa.org
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
Mobilising More (in short: MoMo), a Dutch initiative from ECN, IUCN NL and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, now calls for all entrepeneurs, NGOs, businesses, and innovators to submit their ideas for innovative climate business cases. MoMo aims to mobilise private finance for climate action in developing countries by matching innovative and inspiring ideas with existing and new funding opportunities in both the Netherlands and through international funding mechanisms.
Do you have an inspiring and innovative idea to mobilise private finance for climate change solutions in a developing country, and is your organisation Dutch, then go to www.momo4climate.nl and submit your idea before 1 September 2016. The proposal should be actionable (have a business plan) and have a direct impact (not be a conference or a report).
By submitting you... Read more
16 July 2016
Habitat destruction has reduced the variety of plants and animals to the point that ecological systems could become unable to function properly, with risks for agriculture and human health, say scientists. Most of it is due to (development of) industrial agriculture rather than urbanization.
Read the full Article at the Guardian.com
Picture: Enormous swaths of dry forest in Paraguay’s sparsely populated Chaco Boreal region have been cleared for cattle ranching. Photograph: Planet
When it comes to climate change, very little, if anything, is immune from its effects and one of the world’s most beloved crops is certainly no exception.
Across the world, coffee farmers are threatened by the impact of climate change on their trade, with smallholders facing especially daunting prospects.
The effects may be apparent within the industry, but recent studies have been putting the severity of the issue into focus for consumers. For example, a study last year by theInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture, projected that Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia and Colombia — which combined account for 65 percent of global arabica bean production — will experience “severe los... Read more
The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture is now having its Annual Forum meeting in Rome. All information, the agenda, and background papers and videos are available via this link:
The theme of this year's Annual Forum is Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action.
GACSA’s ambitious future is based upon supporting and inspiring action. Farmers, fishers, foresters, and ranchers are at the center of this action, and therefore GACSA is devoting its Annual Forum to showcasing climate-smart agriculture in action.
The Forum will be a dynamic gathering, where the participants share solutions, discuss challenges, and build partnerships on climate-smart agriculture. We are seeking out action-oriented stakeholders to come to both share and learn at the GACSA Annual Forum.
To directly access the agenda:
http://www.fao.org/gacsa/annual-forum/agenda/en/#c... Read more
According to scientists who subscribe to the 'Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium' (UBBC), this might lead to food shortages and hunger in the country.
They argue that this can be averted if the country adapts the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012.
The bill provides a framework to ensure that the development and use of GM organisms and products do not negatively affect plant, animal and human health, agricultural systems or the environment.
The chairman of UBBC, Dr. Erostus Nsubuga warned that if nothing is done in 10 years, Uganda is going to lose majority of the indigenous crops which majority of people depend on.
He notes that the country needs to embrace biotechnology like Kenya before it is too late.
"Many of our indigenous crops are disappearing due to rampant pests and diseases. That is why we need
Hope College of Business, Science and Technology
3rd Year Student, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development
Dear members of AgriProFocus,
We are Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development students at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. We are searching for a summer internship and possible part time activities during the school year. We would like to find such organizations engaging on environmental science and sustainable development activities in Ethiopia and which are willing to provide us with the internship opportunity.
As our resume indicates, we have good academic results. Also we have been actively participating in different nationwide activities and events, such as the Ethiopian Soil Campaign.
We would be most grateful if any member organization of AgriProFocus Ethiopia host us or indicate us to an organization seeking interns.
For... Read more
I am currently looking for any open opportunity in the field of Market system development; I am an Agribusiness Development professional with 9½ years of a well-built background to offer technical advice, implement, support in agribusiness development in Northern, Eastern and Central Uganda with experience in designing new innovative business models that benefit the poor and increase climate resilience using the M4P approach, support, research, design and manage rural agricultural value chain development programmes, experience in business strategy development, private sector investment identification and pursue private sector partners to invest in a new business idea on purely commercial terms
As summarized by Yelleka de Nooy, our Linking and Learning Facilitator
1. Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture. APF together with the EU Nutrition Core team will start up a new Innovation Community, for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture. This terminology means that we will not only produce enough food, but the food should also be nutritious, to prevent malnutrition and lack of micro nutrients especially in children. Agriculture can contribute a lot to the production of nutritious food, by paying attention to soil and Agroecology and other aspects, which we would like to discuss with you.
The kick off workshop will be held on Wednesday March 9 at the EU office.
This Innovation community (IC) is a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals of different organisations, working on this crosscutting topic.
You are explicitly invited to join if you are working with one of the 4 types of stakeholder organisations: an NGO or donor orga... Read more
Compared to other crops, pulses already have a low food wastage footprint, as illustrated in the chart below. FAO’s Food Wastage Footprint model (FWF) indicates that the contribution of pulses to total food wastage—including the carbon footprint and the blue water footprint—is low in all regions, making them an environmentally-friendly source of key nutrients. Pulses are also highly water efficient, especially in comparison to other sources of protein. For instance, one kilogram of cooked beef requires 10 times as much water than 1 kilogram of daal.
Read more here at the FAO Int Year of the Pulses website:
(article on trust.org)
Pastoralists know markets well, but markets don't know much about pastoralists - and that is one reason it can be hard for businesses to expand into dryland areas in East and West Africa, to offer their goods and services to livestock herders.
Researchers and organisations working to expand income options for pastoralist communities - who are struggling to deal with growing climate change impacts like drought - are gaining a better grasp of these remote rural economies.
But decades of neglect by policymakers and under-development mean it isn't easy for the private sector to open up new markets in the pastoralist regions of northern Kenya or eastern Ethiopia.
"There are high barriers to entry," said Chloe Stull-Lane a consultant with the Kenya Markets Trust, which is helping animal health and insurance companies, among others, expand into pastoralist areas.
One major problem is a lack of education, with herding communities... Read more
On invitation - read below
This session will focus on climate change adaptation and investments in the drylands of Eastern Africa. the topic will be introduced by Ms. Camila Toulmin (IIED). Toulmin is a British economist, former director of IIED and further expert
on the drylands of Africa. Ms. Toulmin’s work combines field research,
policy analysis and advocacy.
(i) to discuss the challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in the Horn of Africa;
(ii) to provide a dialogue platform that feeds into the policy debate and;
(iii) to provide information on the main policy frameworks supporting pastoralism and the good practices and experiences from the field.
CELEP is the Coalition of European Lobbies on Eastern African Pastoralism. The focus is on the recognition of pastoralism as a valuable and viable livelihood system that contributes to the national and reg... Read more
The Global Resilience Partnership announced today funding for eight teams to implement transformative resilience solutions to problems that threaten the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations in countries including Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Philippines and Uganda.
The Challenge is the first project of the Global Resilience Partnership, a public-private initiative convened by The Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Some of the 8 winning teams work in Africa:
•H.E Hon. Given Lubinda, MP & Minister of Agriculture & Livestock, Zambia outlines Zambia’s Diversification strategy to grow its country’s agri sector
•Ecobank to provide demand/supply outlook & trends in soft commodities market
•Zambia Sugar shares a case study on developing outgrowers’ program for sustainable agriculture
•Learn more about the future of bioenergy & value-added investments in Sub-Sahara Africa from Sunbird Bioenergy
•Horizon Plantation share insights on developing commercial fruits & vegetables farm in Ethiopia
•Find out what are the challenges of Agribusiness investment in Zambia from Zambeef Products
•Clarify from financiers how to securing fundings for agri projects. Hear from AfDB, World bank & more!
•AGCO Corp shares their expertise in Modernization & mechanization of farming practice
•Latest update on the use of drones for farmland surveys and crop monitoring from SGS Precision Farming Services
•Learn how to improve so... Read more
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The evolving El Niño, which currently has a probability of occurrence at
above 90% and is likely to be the worst in 30 years, will exacerbate
the current food and nutrition security situation. Parts of Uganda,
Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Kenya are expected to experience
severe flooding while other parts of the region will experience drought
Prolonged severe flooding may lead to outbreaks of Rift Valley Fever, especially in coastal areas of Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania; and other tropical water-borne diseases.
Read more in this article on reliefweb: