In 2018, we propose to map what type of CSA solutions are currently being adopted by agricultural SMEs in the horticultural value chain in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya. We like to put the spotlight on the farmer entrepreneurs behind the success of these solutions and we want to understand what their key business drivers are. We will do this via interviews, facilitated stakeholder meetings in countries and supporting desk studies.
The outcomes of the mapping will help AgriProFocus in strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation around CSA and in sharing learnings and best practices around climate smart horticulture. As a result of this mapping, the AgriProFocus network aims to support lively learning communities in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia in horticulture. These communities will foster joint learning between members and partners, in order to develop (even) better solutions (services and products) for farmers and other SMEs in the agrifood sector.
Kindly find a lot of news and events about agriculture shared by Agriculture department of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda.
Read more detailed news from the attached newsletter!
Hello, this is an opportunity for Ugandan final year students, recent graduates and mid career professionals in the field of agriculture/horticulture. The Ohio program of the Ohio State University will officially start accepting Ugandan applicants effective this year. Please note that this is an on-job training. You will work and live in the United States for up to 18months. For more info, refer to the University website. For applications, contact me thru email (E. Joshua@royalvanzanten.com (country coordinator)). No applicants WILL be directly admitted.
Agrocares with AgriProFocus Tanzania aim to establish a Community of Practice on soil fertility in Tanzania in order to:
1. Jointly explore solutions to tackle soil challenges efficiently and effectively,
2. Provide a platform through which various actors can explore extensive partnerships
with each other; as well as explore workable solutions to make soil technology
appreciated, more accessible and affordable to farmers,
3. Create a constructive feedback channel on aspects of regulation, research, and
applicability and upgrade of technology to meet the ever-changing soil needs.
The community of practice aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders, for example
from development agencies, farmer representatives, knowledge institutes, Cooperatives,
Government officials, private enterprises and individual farmers and organizations.
Here is a draft program for this event.
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY.
For more information do not hesitate to contact AgriProFocus throug... Read more
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 Programme and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture proj... 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 ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa.
It will consist of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. Such as
- Conservation Agriculture
- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
- Best Livestock Practices
- Good Development Practices
11th February - Check-in and Fellowship
12th - 14th February- Meeting Days
15th February - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out
Find out more information HERE.
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
Arboneth (an abbreviation of Arboretum-Network-Ethiopia) is a network of forestry sector experts and practitioners, hailing mainly from Ethiopian and German universities, but also including other concerned stakeholders such as the development wing of the Orthodox Church and Bread for the World working to strengthen church forests in Ethiopia, forestry sector projects such as GIZ’s Biodiversity and Forestry Program, ILRI, UNESCO the Succo Foundation and Unique-Nabu working on biospehere reserve development, and others, including Agriprofocus which helped to bring in the perspectives on youth engagement in the forestry sector.
At the present time, there is lots of conflict (e.g. in Western Ethiopia in the Guji and Gedo area), and in the urgent interest of peace, there is current talk in the Commission of Environment and Forest about distributing forest land to demonstrating youth. There is a very important question on... Read more
TAHA in association with Stanbic bank is organizing an agribusiness fair in Arusha aimed at showcasing different services and products offered by various financial institutions to the agriculture sector.
This event is open for the public.
For more information please contact TAHA directly
TAHA kwa kushirikiana na benki ya Stanbic inakukaribisha kwenye maonesho ya taasisi za fedha kuhusu fursa na mitaji ya kilimo. Maonesho yatafanyika tarehe 6 na 7 Disemba 2018, kwenye eneo la maegesho ya magari kumbi za AICC Arusha. HAKUNA KIINGILIO WOTE MNAKARIBISHWA.
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:
This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.
What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.
AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.
Contact me for more information !
Food security in times of climate change is the theme of the new Special on Agroberichten Buitenland. In 35 contributions, Dutch agricultural councillors outline the developments in the various countries to make agriculture more robust for climate change, and the role that Dutch companies from the agrofood and horticulture sector and knowledge institutions can play in this.
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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.
Solidaridad shared on their website about their approach to professionalize the dairy industry in Africa and avoid rising carbon emissions as a result of increasing dairy production. The business case for dairy farmers has been calculated in a recent feasibility study in Ethiopia and is currently being implemented in Tanzania. This approach enables dairy farmers in Africa to move from subsistence farming to professional dairy businesses, while using climate-smart production methods. Dairy farmers can mitigate climate change — emissions will be halved compared to the business-as-usual scenario — as well as become an attractive partner for impact investors. Commercial dairy hubs are a key enabler in this concept, providing services and milk collection facilities to farmers.
Read more here (including downloadable pdfs) via this link:
https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/climate-smart-dairy-in-africa-from-subsistence-to-entrepreneurship... Read more
AgriProFocus in partnership with the Kenya Horticultural Council and Nairobi County Government held a food safety stakeholder meeting on behalf of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). The meeting was held on 16th October 2018 at Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi and in attendance were: researchers, private sector actors, development partners as well as public sector actors from county and national government.
SNV and its consortium of partners are currently implementing a project on Market-led Horticulture Programme which has three focus areas namely: – Food safety in fruits and vegetables, Food loss reduction and inclusion of small holder farmers in agricultural value chains.
A lot of studies and reports have been done on food security unfortunately, the implementation of study findings have been poor; the meeting therefore aimed at moving from studies to practice with the aim of piloting a traceability system within Nairobi City Park Market through the findings o... Read more
A delegation of four participants will represent Rwanda in a three-day International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) exhibition scheduled for the 7th - 9th, November, 2018 in Vijhuizen, the Netherlands. The three exhibitors from Bella Flowers, Bloomhills and Floramatt were nominated among key floriculture sector players to attend the exhibition. The participants in this year’s exhibition are facilitated through a joint collaboration of the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the Netherlands and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).
The IFTF is one of the largest and important trade shows in the world. The exhibition provides a platform where the world floriculture industry gets together during a 3-day trade show. Over 3,000 companies and exhibitors from over 115 different countries will attend the exhibition this year. The exhibition will be an excellent oppor... Read more
The counties of Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui and Makueni cover approximately 29% of Kenya’s land area and have a population of over 3 million people. The first three counties are arid while the last two are semi-arid.
Majority of the population in the five counties are vulnerable to the changing climate due to heavy reliance on climate sensitive sectors like agriculture and livestock but also inappropriate planning and implementation of development interventions.
ADA offers a range of policy briefs and backgrounders on their climate work. A recommended site !