Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

Tanzania's effort to cope with climate change. 

As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during a session of the UN Food and Agriculture OrganizationFAO’s executive Council.

While countries are embarking on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions –the actions nations are taking under the Paris Agreement– the event provided an opportunity to learn from countries that have championed climate-smart agriculture in different regions, FAO informed.

Climate-smart agriculture is an approach aimed at transforming food systems. It involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions where

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tac

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 4 months 23 hours ago

Call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) (4th)

Deadline for submission letter of Intent: 28 March 2017

NWO-WOTRO has launched the fourth call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). GCP aims to generate research-based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector development. This fourth GCP call specifically focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture. The call is developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Transdisciplinary proposals can be submitted by teams of researchers and other (public/private) partners from both the Netherlands and from at least one Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC).


The Food & Bu

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks Nicole, I will spread the news.

4 months 5 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

IFC and agribusiness in a changing environment

IFC event on GAFSP and climate smart agriculture, The Hague, Netherlands – 28 October 2016

Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.

RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.

IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challe

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Famory SINABA Merci Nicole pour le rapport

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 months 4 days ago

Climate-smart Agricultural practice applied in Central America

Innovators' Pitch GACSA: several short videos

This video was among those shown during the Innovators' pitch session of the Annual Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016. It shows how the 'CSA prioritization framework' was applied in two Central American territories. In a step-by-step approach, the practices that were most effective were selected for further implementation.

See for the short video (subtitles in English):


Nicole's comment: The video refers to careful assessment of the costs and benefits of particular practices when farmers start using them. That area may be of interest to AgriProFocus members, as it is the basis of the business case of a new (climate-smart) Agricultural practice.

Agencies involved in the video: CATIE (Solutions for Environment and Development), Norway Embassy, CGIAR / CCAFS, TESAC, CIAT

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 months 4 days ago

Urea deep placement

Innovators' Pitch GACSA : several short videos

IFDC presents urea deep placement (UDP), a climate-resilient fertilization method that's boosting yields and incomes for rice farmers in Bangladesh. This video was among those shown during the Innovators' pitch session of the Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 10 months 4 days ago

Sustainable Palm Oil - Indonesia

SNV is taking up the challenge to increase palm oil production and improve smallholder farmers' livelihoods without further fueling the destruction of forests. SNV uses a three-fold approach: tracebility & forest monitoring; inclusive business for smallholder farmers; and working across the landsape.

A short video on this approach is available on YouTube, follow the link below.

The video was also shown during the Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016, as one of the Innovator's pitches.

Link to the YouTube video:


Link to all other information about Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture:


Nicole Metz Important other initiative to promote sustainability of palm oil production: The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil www.rspo.org . SNV Indonesia is among the many members. See how the RSPO works: http://www.rspo.org/certification/how-rspo-certification-works

10 months 4 days ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks for the post, Nicole!

10 months 1 day ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Annual Forum Global Alliance Climate Smart Agriculture 14- 17 June 2016

Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action

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:


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 1 month ago

Dear APF Member, I would like to share this question with you:

Climate change is creating risks and opportunities for agriculture. Risks include yield and price volatility as well as pressure to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. With this respect, the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are promoting “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA), which includes practices that sequester carbon in soils and link it to developing soil carbon markets. On the other hand, manufacturing firms are given a license, which determines the permissible volume of carbon-dioxide emissions in to the atmosphere. 

Though, they seems two contradicting ideas:

How climate friendly they are (climate-smart agriculture =ensuring food security through climate friendly agriculture and Carbon Marketing= ensuring the industry operation by allowing them to buy a license to emit carbon dioxide) to securing climate sustainability?

Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Dear Shiferaw, No contradiction between the two. To check this please click the following link and read: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/mechanisms/clean_development_mechanism/items/2718.php

1 year 1 week ago

Shiferaw Mitiku Thanks Dear Wassie for the URL

11 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz This FAO brief on the role of soils may also be useful as background information: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/news/news-detail/en/c/292555/

11 months 2 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Following my earlier comment, Mr. Shiferaw, thank you for your pertinent question. Technically, the answers provided by the references to UNFCCC and FAO above, may provide some background information. Politically, the possible contradiction you refer you, is certainly relevant: stakeholders participating in solutions to make agriculture more 'climate smart' still have very different interests, different views on solutions, and different strategies to influence decision making. If you are interested, you may want to find partners in the Ethiopia network to further discuss this?

11 months 2 weeks ago

Shiferaw Mitiku Thank You Very much Dear Nicole Metz and it is well appreciated !

11 months 4 days ago


CSA Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  04 November 2015, All Day Event
  Livingstone, Zambia

Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop [Pre-Conference Event]

Climate-Smart Agriculture Workshops focuses on approaches for effective program design of climate-smart agriculture in support of both country and regional agricultural development programmes. Climate-smart agriculture incorporates practices that increase productivity, efficiency, resilience, adaptive capacity, and mitigation potential of production systems.

T: +27 61 409 3909

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National Agricultural and Trade Show 2015

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  06 July 2015 - 09:57 to 13 July 2015 - 04:57

National Agricultural and Trade Show

Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) welcomes you to the 2015 National Agricultural and Trade Show.

The Show will take place from 6th -13th July 2015.

The “Theme” for this year’s show is: “Climate Smart Agriculture for Sustainable Food Security and Wealth Creation”


Celebrating Soil! Celebrating Life!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus International
  26 June 2015 to 27 June 2015 - All Day Event
  Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Amsterdam


The objective of the event is to raise public awareness of the central importance of a living soil. 'Only if we perceive the Earth as a living organism, order will emerge in our global economy' (D.N. Dunlop). The conference will be more than just an exchange of knowledge and commitments; it will be a true celebration of life and its living foundation, the soil. During the conference we will compose and present a Soil Declaration and Action Plan.

Why it is so important

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Soils are the foundation of our human existence, but they are under great threat. At the current rate of degradation, agriculture will not be possible 60 years from now. Every minute, 30 football fields of fertile soil are lost worldwide. We need healthy, living soils for present and future generations.

Living soil is key to biodiversity, responsible water management, carbon sequestration, the regulation of our climate, resilience,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 years 5 months ago

Job Opportunity: SNV Zambia, Climate Smart Agriculture Project Assistant

SNV Zambia is keen to contribute in building resilience to climate changes and shocks in the agriculture value chains by embracing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approaches within its Value Chain development work focus in Zambia.

The organisation is looking for an individual to take up the role of Climate Smart Agriculture Project Assistant to support in implementing the project that aims to work with key partners in the Rice and Soya beans value chain.

View the attached document for details. Deadline for applications: 26th December, 2014.

Posted By in Expert Meeting Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 2 years 5 months ago

Report - AgriProFocus Expert Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture & Value Chains

Now available on this website: the final report of the AgriProFocus Expert meeting Vision 2030: Making current approaches work for sustainable agriculture. How can agro-ecology and other approaches support farmers to feed the world sustainably by 2030? 

During the meeting, participants shared a sense of urgency to support the further greening of agriculture in the context of the combined global food, environmental and climate challenges. It became clear that different approaches to greening agriculture (agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, the landscape approach, etc.) all have their merits. Greening of agriculture needs a multi-scale and multi-stakeholder approach in which public sector, civil society, companies and knowledge institutions all have a role to play, with a special focus on entrepreneurial farmers producing for local and regional food markets. Whereas producers, consumers and

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