Hi all, I found this module in the New Extensionist Learning Kit at the G-FRAS website. The Learning Kit contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for ao individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions.
In order to deliver on their mandates and contribute to positive change, extensionists need a well developed understanding of, and the skills necessary to address critical issues around gender in rural livelihoods. Men and women, young and old, all play vital roles in rural livelihoods, but assumptions are often made about who does what and who makes the decisions. These details of gender and decision making are critical to targeting efforts and helping everyone involved in rural livelihoods and agriculture benefit from innovations and improved technologies.
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I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI.
Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp... Read more
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Based on the successful deliverance of the MSD Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2016, MSD Animal Health and WVA agreed to continue the good collaborations and to launch the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2017 to include 41 scholarships of US 5000$ (of a total of $205,000) to be delivered to selected students from countries in the regions of Latin America (16 grants), Africa (10 grants), North Africa/Middle East (10 grants) and Asia/Oceania (5 grants) by mid-2018.
Read more here: http://www.worldvet.org/news.php?item=347
This article appeared in the Tanzania Daily News, Oct 22.
The State has auctioned 1,115 head of cattle seized for entering the country in contravention to the laws of the land. The event, conducted by Meripalento Brokers at Mgagao, saw cattle said to have originated from Laitoktok, Kajiado County, in Kenya being auctioned. The sale took place after the government sought an order to that effect from the court. A crackdown against cattle that enter the country illegally was ordered by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Luhaga Mpina, recently.
Read about push and pull plants to protect maize crops in the latest issue of African Farming.
As a sideline, they mention the use of sand to protect the young plant (funnel of leaves stage) from the FAW caterpillar. Who has more about this?
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This event highlights cassava value chain developments in Africa. Read summary below.
Full details on this event site: http://www.cmtevents.com/aboutevent.aspx?ev=171017& . Note that conference fee is USD 1295.
Zambia – Zambian Government in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has launched a Cassava Mechanisation and Agro Processing Project (CAMAP), to boost production. This year, Zambian Breweries invested US$ 2.2 million to empower 4,000 small-scale farmers engaged in cassava cultivation in Luapula Province. Plus, a K1.2 million cassava starch processing plant will also start operating in Mansa this September.
Uganda – Cassava production is estimated at 11.3 million tonnes annually in Uganda – mainly from its northern and eastern regions. Projects such as an ethanol extraction factory in Lira District has helped local cassava farmers. Plus, a $248m agricultural project is expected to benefit cassava farmers build capacity –...
What does business and private enterprise have to do with reducing poverty? And how does this compare with more conventional aid? Using a practical example, this short video animation (4 minutes) explains the market systems approach: creating widespread and lasting improvements in access to income, jobs, services and products for people living in poverty.
thank you Andre Vording for referring me to the interesting BEAMexchange website: https://beamexchange.org
To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA
Duties and responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:
CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.
For more information, contact
The University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography would like to engage directly with local businesses, individuals and public institutes in Tanzania, and in particular the Kilimanjaro region, around the broad theme of agricultural and environmental management.
The objective of this 1-day workshop is to initiate an exchange of knowledge on experiences in agricultural practices and environmental management in order to explore innovations for enhancing food production whilst preserving soil and water resources. Specific areas to explore are:
1) Pesticide and fertiliser application, transport within the soil and diffuse pollution of surface water
2) Nutrient quantification and diffuse pollution monitoring technologies
3) Soil physical structure and soil health under different tillage and management practices
4) Soil amendments
These areas are at the core of the University’s expertise focused around the themes of soil health, sediment dynamics and erosion, pl... Read more
The Chatham House Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs is now inviting applications from emerging leaders and practitioners who are citizens of Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique or Tanzania to submit research projects under the topic of ‘Transition experiences and developments in relations between Central and Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa’.
The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests. However, proposals should take into account the broader context of the project, which places particular reference on bilateral relations and cooperation, democratic transitions, institutional capacity-building, and public policy reform.
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The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect-pest which causes major damage to more than 80 crop species, including economically important crops, such as maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, several other vegetable crops and cotton.
It was first officially reported in Nigeria in early 2016 and has been officially confirmed in 11 and suspected in at least 14 other African countries, as of April 2017. Read more here
As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos
TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
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The Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP), an initiative of the Government of Zambia financed by the World Bank, will finance and establish irrigated farming developments at multiple sites in Zambia. A procurement process has now begun to select an irrigation manager and commercial farm investor for three priority sites in Chirundu, Mulfira and Chisamba districts.
Read more here , also for contacts at IDSP
A group of women entrepreneurs from the Netherlands will be visiting Tanzania.
The programme includes a learning journey, company visits, a March 8 women conference at the Netherlands embassy, matchmaking and the annual meetup of SAGCOT.
find more info in Dutch here: http://www.womennetherlands.com/#trades
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.
The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.
The scholarship pr