The network identified four overarching thematic areas that will guide us in the years 2018-2022: Inclusive agribusiness, Climate smart agribusiness, Circular economy agribusiness and Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. These four themes are also closely aligned with the objectives of the Dutch development agenda regarding food security.
Around its thematic focus the AgriProFocus network will develop and implement network programmes, globally and in the country networks.
Within this thematic focus members in the Netherlands and in country networks have expressed a clear need to target the work of AgriProFocus to specific issues based upon the following criteria:
Zoom in on issues that currently block the development of a vibrant agripreneurs sector, and to opportunities to overcome this.
Choose those issues that various stakeholders encounter, but that no-one can solve individually - so-called ‘wicked problems’ or ‘complex problems’.
The networks joint solutions should be on sharing, co-creating and scaling-up practical action perspectives and business strategies for agripreneurs.
For 2018 AgriProFocus has selected, based on member interest, global ‘burning issues’ per theme. On each issue/opportunity we will facilitate exchange and reflection on results, experiences and lessons learned of members. Every theme will lead to a ‘publication’ (print/video) for members and broader audiences. Our ambition is that these insights spark opportunities for further network activities, using our signature network solutions (Linking, Learning, Leadership) to create joint network programmes.
The primary interface between climate change and agricultural development is through agricultural production, but climate hazards also have impacts on the storage, processing and market access of produce. AgriProFocus members are looking for clear proven concepts (e.g. what is ‘smart’ about climate-smart), building on current practice. Our common agenda (also shared with F&BKP) is practice- and innovation oriented with two priorities:
Business drivers for investing in CSA horticulture. The goal is to gather some of the best CSA solutions and dive into why agri-food SMEs decide to invest (or not) in climate resilience solutions. Through this work, the AgriProFocus network aims to better understand the business drivers for CSA adoption as well as potential (a.o. financial) barriers, from the perspective of SMEs in Africa and Asia. This will help members and the farmers/SMEs they work with to strengthen their work to enhance climate resilience and their disaster preparedness.
Climate Smart Dairy Development. The goal is to generate network insights on opportunities to professionalize and upscale the dairy sector in a climate-smart way (balancing mitigation, adaptation and production objectives). This is to include opportunities for small and medium scale farmers, and factors in the enabling environment: e.g. investment by financial institutions; capitalisation of biodiversity/soils (True Price); and the role of governments at various levels.
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Global Lead Climate Smart Agribusiness and Agriculture: Wim Goris
On November 28th and 29th, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invited youth from AgriProFocus' Youth in Agricultre and Agroecology Networks to learn from project and community experience in implementing climate smart agriculture (CSA) around Doyogena in Southern Ethiopia.
Youth had the opportunity to learn about watershed management, climate smart livestock, and home gardening. Please see the video below to learn about where some of the visiting youth came from, and what they considered to be highlights of their CSA learning visit.
AgriProFocus and the youth that had the opportunity to participate in this learning visit are very grateful for the commitment to youth capacity building and inter-generational learning demonstrated by the CCAFS project and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture projec... Read more
In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
The first stop was Lundazi District, situated 185 kilometers from the Provincial Capital Chipata, and known for being one of the highest producers of maize in the country coming mostly from small- scale farmers in the district.
As morning dawned of 21st November, it was clear that no farmer wanted to be left behind as the venue was flocked with a horde of farmers queuing up to register to be part of the event.
Dubbed “Enhancing Market Access Through Aggregation”, the event attracted 170 farmers drawn from 38 Farmer groups, including exhibitions from 14 companies that signed up to be part of the event. The objective of the ev... Read more
Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency.
1. Farm Pond Planner
For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and... Read more
The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.
How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:
- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions
- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’
- By promoting a favourable international policy climate
- By strengthening local sustainabl... Read more
On 31 October 2018, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I) launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027 at Kilimo Grounds, Nairobi.
The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. The purpose is to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth sustainable agriculture that ensures food security and contributes to national development goals.
The framework focuses on four objectives:
ILRI with support of AgriProFocus is organizing a field visit for staff and partners and also for 50 youth who are interested to learn about climate smart agriculture practice by young farmers. The site is to Doyogena, near the town of Hosena. The ministry of Agriculture will be selecting 25 of the youth participants, and AgriProFocus the other 25. ILRI will cover the costs of youth participation.
Young climate resilience enthusiasts to register to participate if they are interested and available. Participants should be either youthful (between 15 and 35 years of age) and interested to benefit from practical exposure, and connection with other youth interested in agriculture and sustainability.
To apply to participate, please fill out this short online registration form by Wednesday November 21st.
The search for the winners of the 2018 CA Awards per the provided categories is now open, nominators are invited to nominate outstanding individuals or institutions/organization that have made exemplary contributions, in diverse means, to the promotion, adaptation and adoption Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Africa.
This honourable awards scheme is intended to recognize outstanding individuals or institutions/organizations that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from inappropriate and unproductive tillage based systems to highly productive, profitable, sustainable and environmentally sound Conservation Agriculture systems.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, September 30th, 2018. The winner will be unveiled at a high-profile CA Gala Event at the Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture (2ACCA) to be held in October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).
The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.
The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction
Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r... Read more
08/08/2018 - Press release
"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems". This call for change was issued by an international group of experts dubbed the "Milano Group" (see box), whose members have written an article published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
Please find an interesting article in the Addis Standard on conservation agriculture in Ethiopia. The Article is complete with discussion of good practices, a strong business case, and discussion of policy issues.
(Photo of edible cover crop seeds taken from the article itself, by Apollo Habtamu, ILRI)
By Andrew Mefferd
Tomatoes are the most profitable crop on many market farms — if you choose the right varieties. But with thousands of varieties on the market and hundreds of new ones introduced every year, how do you know which ones to grow?
One of the best ways to figure out what varieties to grow on your farm is to look around at the farmers and gardeners in your area and see what they like. Asking what varieties they are not growing and why will help you learn from their mistakes and not waste production space on something that doesn’t work in your area. It’s always worthwhile to keep a little bit of field space devoted to on-farm trialing of new varieties to see if they work before going into production.
Most years at Johnny’s we trial roughly 300 varieties of tomatoes in the field, 50 in the hoophouse, and 10 to 15 different rootstocks for grafted tomatoes. It is a daunting task to evaluate 400 varieties every year and figure out which ones make se... Read more
The Government of Uganda has released its first strategy to deliver on commitments under the Paris Agreement, known as the ‘Uganda Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Partnership Plan’, which aims at combating climate change.
According to the plan, Uganda seeks to mainstream climate resilience across sectors and develop early warning systems and robust monitoring systems by 2020, much earlier than originally planned.
“To reduce its impact on climate change, Uganda has committed to reducing its emissions by 22% come 2030, with actions focused in energy, forestry, and wetlands.” the plan reads in part.
Launching the master plan, the first Deputy Prime Minister General Mosese Ali assured the development partners that Government of Uganda is committed to ensuring that climate change is mitigated due to its devastating impacts to the country’s economy.
Full story here
The European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany have invested 160 billion shillings in promoting climate-smart agriculture in Northern Uganda.
The five and a half year grant support was announced during the opening of the GIZ coordination field office in Gulu town.
It will be implemented by the Civil Society Organisations in Northern Uganda under the Civil Society in Uganda Support Programme-CUSP and Promoting Rural Development in Northern Uganda- PRUDEV.
German Ambassador Albercht Conze, EU Head of Cooperation Cedric Merel, and the Cabinet Minister for Local Government Col. Tom Butime officiated over the ceremony at the office in Gulu Municipality. Merel said that the project is aimed at strengthening the rural economy in selected districts in the region.
Through PRUDEV, the EU and GIZ aim at improving local economic development in Northern Uganda with a strong focus on market intergration through improving skills of agri
The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with CARE International and Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Network (FANRFAN) are organizing a policy dialogue on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Tanzania. This dialogue aims at discussing the impacts of climate change and the progress on its mitigation through climate smart Agriculture (CSA).
Additionally, this event its to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on Tanzanian agriculture and food systems. It builds on the UN Conference on Climate change that was built in Bonn, Germany earlier this year.
Specific objectives of the conference are:
1. To share outputs of the UN Climate change conference with the stakeholders in bid to influence both research and policy agendas at national and regional level
2. To explore more on CSA policies and technologies used in the country
3. To identify CSA policies and technologies relevant to the country
4. To solicit recommendations from stakeholders
PS: This event is by invitat... Read more
HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.
Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.
The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil... Read more
Agriculture has always been deeply dependent on the weather, with farmers needing a steady mixture of sun, warmth, and rains in order to reliably produce the food that all of humanity depends on for survival. Now, these once predictable growing cycles are at risk from climate change, and smallholders like Upendo are on the front lines.
Upendo Malata eyes the dark gray clouds gathering overhead with a feeling of anticipation. Rain is coming, and her one-acre farm in Magulilwa, Tanzania, desperately needed it. The entire previous month was dry -- a strange occurrence during the heart of the rainy season -- but in just the past few days, the skies have started opening up again. Upendo’s maize crops are still maturing, and they may be able to escape permanent damage, as long as the rains continue through the rest of the next month.
Uncertainty is a feeling that Upendo has gotten used to, because it’s the third year in a row that weather problems have threa
Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MBAZARDI) will host a one-day farm clinic with a main practical-based session on May 26 in Mbarara. The clinic whose theme focuses on climate smart farming will conduct talk sessions on topics such as Seeds & varieties, Post-harvest handling, Value addition, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) & Economics.
Farmers attending the clinic will also learn more about grazing methods like zero grazing, rotational grazing and paddocking and free range grazing. Dairy farmers will be shown how to move towards a system that maximises land use and produces milk at a least cost. Intensive dairy production (with or without minimal grazing) is predicted to replace the traditional open grazing systems.
Farmers will also learn how to keep records about all farm operations and events. These may include, but not limited to, purchases, sales, feeding and health and breeding. The records should be as simple as possible for ease of interpret... Read more
When Ugandan farmer Eveline Aryemo first tried the NABE 15 improved bean variety, she did not know that this seed contained superior abilities to not only tolerate drought conditions and diseases common in her farm but also triple yields.
The seed was promoted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) together with partners. A truly “climate-smart” technology, the drought tolerant variety has helped Eveline meet market demands and to farm in challenging climate conditions.
NABE15 cooks faster than most of the other commercial varieties and thus requires less firewood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saves time for women to engage in other activities. When grown in drought-stressed environments it is more productive compared to other varieties, which assures women farmers of a surplus for sale and hence income for home expenses s... Read more