AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
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... Read more
Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.
AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.
This guide describes the practical application of FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ model of sustainable crop production intensification to the world’s key food security crops: maize, rice and wheat. With examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it shows how ecosystem-based farming systems are helping smallholder farmers to boost cereal yields, strengthen their livelihoods, reduce pressure on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The guide will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners during the global transition to sustainable food and agriculture.
For a more extensive summary, and to download the publication (PDF), follow this link:
Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.
This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.
This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensificatio... Read more
Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.
Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.
There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.
'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.
Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/made2bmadeagain
Organisations with a special interest in this topic, or with particular experiences they like to share, please share these on this online platform. AgriProFocus included circular economy oriented agribusiness among the key themes of our new strategic plan, so we are interested to link up with you.
Paradoxe ? Les femmes africaines sont très peu représentées dans les politiques relatives à la théorie du genre sur le continent. Un constat que partageaient les différents représentants des institutions gouvernementales du Ghana, de l’Ouganda, du Nigeria, et du Maroc, lors de la table-ronde « Genre et changement climatique » organisée sous le Pavillon Afrique, le 9 novembre 2016, à la COP22.
Selon les chiffres de la BAD, seules 10 % des femmes africaines travaillant dans le secteur agricole bénéficient de prêts octroyés par les banques de leurs pays respectifs, ce qui représente 1 % seulement des crédits agricoles sur l’ensemble du continent. Elles ne sont que 20 % à détenir un compte bancaire formel et à peine 15 % être propriétaires en Afrique subsaharienne. Un bilan préoccupant qu’ont tenu à mettre en exergue les participants à ce panel dédié à la question du genre.
« Il est nécessaire... Read more
The Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) is a charitable company of the A. G. Leventis Group dedicated to the training of farmers in modern and sustainable agricultural practices and rational use of natural resources.
The Foundation has been running agricultural training for youths and farmers since 1987 and currently has six schools in the different agro-ecological zones of Nigeria. The schools located in the FCT, Osun, Ondo, Kaduna, Kano and Gombe states are co-financed by Leventis Foundation and the respective State Governments.
In order to apply, applicant must:
Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.
My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:
- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?
- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?
- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?
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 firstname.lastname@example.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... Read more
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.
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:
Together we will explore opportunities for growth in agriculture and how to create investment friendly environments. We will discover new and innovative farming techniques, acquire skills to negotiate the best investment contracts and manage these investments in a sustainable way.
For more information contact Veronica on email@example.com
Strathmore University Business School is pleased to invite you to participate in our Sustainable Investments in Agriculture (SIA) Program targeting key players and decision makers in the Agriculture sector.
For more information contact Veronica on firstname.lastname@example.org
The course will use a mix of lectures, discussions, group work and field trips to offer background, theoretical foundations, as well as practical approaches for production and market development. Taking the participants’ own rural situation as a starting point, we will analyse the current situation, explore options that are already available for further development and design new systems to produce farm products in a responsible manner.
For more information and online application: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Shortcourses2017/CDIcourse_AIT_2017.htm
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
(Une terre sans arbres c'est comme un peuple sans espoir)
“5 million hectares in the Niger desert has been transformed into a lush landscape, where trees flourish, crops prosper and livestock thrives!” dr.Abasse Tougiane exclaims enthusiastically. “This is an area larger than the Netherlands!” We are present at the lecture about the successful initiative to regreen Niger, given by Abasse and his colleague Toudou Adam at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The room is almost completely full; obviously not only officials of Foreign Affairs, but also scientists, delegates from NGO’s and representatives from the private sector are interested in the subject. The question on everyone’s mind is: “how can this be so successful where an initiative such as the Great Green Wall so sadly failed?”
By Enoth Mbeine
We are increasingly finding ourselves facing converging food and climate challenges at an alarming rate, and globally, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that food insecurity will rise by 15-40 per cent by the year 2050.
Agriculture is immensely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Hence, it is important that smallholder farmers are enabled to build farming practices that make them more resilient to such changes. It is therefore imperative that our agriculture and food system is reformed in a number of ways.
One, to be more resilient to impacts of climate change and other shocks and crises. The latter include escalating food prices, deforestation and depletion of other natural resources.
Two, to be able to contribute less to global climate change.
Three, ensure the right to food of people through appropriate levels of production. This includes distribution and equitable... Read more
L’Agence française de développement (AFD) a élaboré un plan d’action pour opérationnaliser sa stratégie au Sahel pendant la période 2015-2020.1 À travers ce plan, elle développe des propositions pour une action plus lucide, plus ambitieuse et plus adaptée aux contextes sahéliens en pleine mutation. Dans une logique de stabilisation d’ensemble, le document détaille les domaines de priorité d’un engagement renouvelé avec six pays sahéliens : le Burkina Faso, la Mauritanie, le Mali, le Niger, le Sénégal et le Tchad. Il porte une attention particulière aux fragilités : une pauvreté enracinée, une population jeune en pleine expansion, avec peu d’accès à une éducation de qualité et à l’emploi. Trois priorités opérationnelles sont ainsi identifiées : 1) accroître l’activité économique et les opportunités d’emploi pour les jeunes ; 2 ) répondre aux défis démographiques au sens larg... Read more
Acara ini dilakukan pada 14 Mei 2016 di Ballroom XXI Teater Djakarta, Jl HM Thamrin No.9 Jakarta, pukul 08.00-17.00, gratis!
Info lengkap cek http://zone.uwa.edu.au/in-the-zone-2016/
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