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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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
Today I attended this seminar at Wageningen CDI https://agriprofocus.com/post/5be315fe26b72a71f45d4e5d It was part of an international training course on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships. And it was really interesting, especially for us working in coalitions and networks
A presentation by professor Aart DeWulf elaborated on sources of power: resources, legitimacy and authority. Power is present in any coalition where partners represent different stakes. There is also a common interest, an issue that requires joint action. In this action, the stronger partners need the weaker partners, despite the systemic power imbalance. There is power playing within the MSP: framing the problem, shaping the outcome. There is also power over the MSP: who sets the agenda, the rules and manages the information flow.
A second presentation by Geertje Schouten discussed the Round Tables on Palm Oil and Soy. Both are MSPs that started around 2004 and ad... Read more
Join us in sharing your experiences and be inspired to facilitate change processes to address structural power inequities. Also in attendance are 25 professionals from 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America participating in the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation facilitated course on Facilitating multi stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems.
Two key note speakers have been invited. The event will be facilitated and the presentations will be followed by interactions and debate.
|09:00||Welcome and introduction by the organizers|
|09:30||Power in and over cross sector partnerships, Prof. Dr. Art Dewulf, Wageningen University|
|10:45||Deliberative capacity in MSPs, Dr. Greetje Schouten. The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University|
|11:30||Plenary interaction and debate|
Agrodok 29: Pesticides: compounds, use and hazards
Pesticides are still being used and this handbook makes an important contribution to how they can be more safely used. It explains what pesticides are, how they are categorised and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Spraying is discussed, as well as types of sprayers, dosage and how equipment should be maintained. Considerable attention is given to the human and environmental hazards of pesticides and the importance of carefully following directions for use and safety measures. This information is reinforced by the inclusion in an appendix of the FAO International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides.
AgroBrief: Pesticide Poisoning
The AgroBrief Pesticide Poisoning deals with the hazards involved in working with pesticides. It is aimed at farmers who have little access to information on pesticides use. It gives an overview of how to prevent problems as wel... 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 !
Le 11 octobre, Mr Chris Reij a présenté un exposé sur «L'intensification de l'agriculture au Sahel: réduire la pauvreté et s'adapter au changement climatique» lors d'un déjeuner-causerie organisé au ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas.
L'agroforesterie est une pratique fondamentale à faible coût visant à accroître la productivité agricole et à préparer le terrain pour une intensification accrue. Utilisés en combinaison avec la récupération de l'eau, les engrais organiques et les micro-doses d'engrais de bonne qualité permettent d'obtenir des rendements en engrais de grande qualité dans les zones arides. Tel était le message clé de Chris Reij, membre du Global Ressources Institute du World Resources Institute, qui a déclaré que les Pays-Bas devraient tirer parti de l’impact de l’agroforesterie dans le Sahel en offrant aux agriculteurs un accès à de petites quantités d’engrais de qualité.
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The Sustainable Agriculture Lab for Smallholders sponsored by IFAD is a ground-breaking innovation accelerator on environment and climate change designed to support IFAD's effort in developing new innovative instruments to unlock investments in low carbon, climate resilient and profitable smallholder agriculture programs in West and Central Africa. As mentioned above, this partnership was possible thanks to Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) 2, and the generosity of Sweden and NORAD, our two main donors for this phase of the Programme.
The Lab just launched this year’s call for ideas for innovative ideas to develop and implement their innovative solutions that address SDG challenges and the Paris Climate Deal with a special call for best ideas that target sustainable, climate resilient and profitable agriculture for smallholder farmers in West & Central Africa. Deadline to submit an idea is 19 December 2018... Read more
SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain.
In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved:
The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u... Read more
This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently. (98 pages with many cases).
I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
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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will run for four years and is situated in six areas in the North-West of Rwanda with a focus on production and quality improvement of passion fruit, avocado and vegetables. Different project partners (including SNV, Agriterra, Holland Greentech, IDH and Wageningen University and Research – WUR) are collaborating, with each partner taking a core focus on one component.
This study and learning trajectory by Wageningen Livestock Research and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) analyses the way in which national poultry value chains in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda are influenced by the dependency on inputs from and market outlets in other countries in East Africa (EA). The growth of the poultry sector in the various countries has not been equal. This has inevitably led to a situation whereby the poultry sector in some countries depends on the poultry sector in other countries, e.g. for inputs (day old chicks, vaccines) or for market outlets of eggs and poultry meat. This inter dependency is not necessarily always conducive for a more sustainable development of poultry sectors.
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
African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) are pleased to announce that the call for the second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is now open! The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship was initiated in 2017 with support from the Agropolis Fondation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country missions. It seeks to extend the benefits of the AWARD Fellowship to female scientists from francophone Africa and to maximize interactions between English and French speaking African women agricultural scientists.
We invite applications from African women scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo and have completed... Read more
Le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD a été lancé en 2017 avec le soutien de la Fondation Agropolis, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) et l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (the United States Agency for International Development, USAID).
Les femmes scientifiques dans la recherche agricole sont invitées à postuler pour le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD. Les candidates doivent résider en Afrique et mener leur recherche dans les disciplines telles que l’économie agricole, l’ingénierie agricole, l’agronomie, les sciences alimentaires et nutrition, l’éducation, recherche et vulgarisation, l’écologie, la biologie moléculaire, la sélection des plantes/des animaux, la phytotechnie, les sciences animales et systèmes d’élevage, l’entomologie, la gestion des ressources naturelles, la virologie, la science des sols, la pêche... Read more
Access Agriculture is an international NGO which showcases agricultural training videos in local languages. On their site you can see examples of videos, download them or order a DVD copy. The audio tracks can also be downloaded by radio stations.
The video category on ISFM consists of a set of soil fertility management practices that includes improved varieties, the use of fertilizer, organic inputs and knowledge of how to adapt these practices to local conditions. Considerable livelihoods and land use improvements have been achieved through successful scaling up of a number of ISFM practices.
Access Agriculture est une ONG internationale qui présente des vidéos de formation agricole dans les langues locales. Dans leur site web, vous pouvez voir des exemples de vidéos, les télécharger ou en commander une copie sur DVD. Les pistes audio peuvent également être téléchargées pour une utilisation par les stations radio.
Access Agriculture possède des vidéos sur la Gestion Intégrée de la Fertilité du Sol (GIFS) dans la production agricole.
La GIFS consiste en un ensemble de pratiques de gestion de la fertilité des sols comprenant des variétés améliorées, l'utilisation d'engrais, des intrants organiques et des connaissances sur la manière d'adapter ces pratiques aux conditions locales.Des améliorations considérables des moyens d'existence et de l'utilisation des terres ont été réalisée... Read more