(article in The Reporter, 19 May 18)
The Ethiopian government has delegated the Office of the Attorney General (AG) to file charges at the International Court of Arbitration against the Dutch Company that patented teff grain.
Getahun Mekuria (PhD, Eng.), minister of Science and Technology (MoST), while presenting his Ministry’s nine-month performance report on Tuesday at the House of People’s Representatives, told Members of Parliament (MPs) that all the efforts to settle the longstanding disputes with the Dutch company – Health and Performance Food International (HPFI) — bore no result.
According to him, Ethiopia has sought justice that would nullify the patent rights over teff grain the company has registered in five countries.
“Over the past nine months, extensive efforts have been carried out to reclaim Ethiopia’s patent right for its teff grain. However, the Ministry has finally come to a decision that there is no any alter... Read more
The high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency in Zambian population, particularly among the young children of rural areas, has been a consistent phenomenon in the country for a while. In response to this, several government’s policies have, since 1998, been formulated to promote increased intake of the vitamin while encouraging healthy food intake. This policy resulted in the establishment of National Pro- Vitamin A Orange Maize Steering Committee (NPASC), an Innovation Platform (IP) formed in 2010 to promote bio-fortification of maize following. Complimentary measures of addressing Vitamin A deficiency among the Zambian population include: (i) Fortification of processed cane sugar; (ii) Production and consumption of orange maize (Pro-vitamin A maize); (iii) Administration of “high” dosage of Vitamin A (medical treatment); (iv) Breeding and production of orange-flesh... Read more
Mali benefits from two rivers enabling at least two cropping seasons through irrigation, thus increasing production and settle population. Large irrigation systems (through dams) are very expensive to implement, while small scale irrigation systems can be implemented at relatively low costs to benefit communities. Adopting and scaling up such technologies could help increase agricultural land capacity and reduce rural poverty. For irrigation to be highly productive improved agronomic management practices should be adopted.
The main constraints are farmers’ organization for inputs supply, water management and stocks storage. Farmers choose irrigation systems based on cost, management and revenues; for vegetable production they prefer Californian irrigation system, while for rice the preference is motor-pump.
The study is conducted in Sikasso, Koulikoro and Mopti regions on small scale irrigation... Read more
This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg.
The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.
Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”.
1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems
2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa
3. The critical role... Read more
The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:
The deadline for the 2nd round of proposals is 30 May. Finalist will be teamed up with a coach within the Dutch financial sector.
MoMo finalists will pitch their business proposals at the Global Impact Investor Forum 2018 in Paris on 30 and 31 October. The best proposal of the MoMo challenge stands to win € 25,000 to further develop the business case.
MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in developing countries with a Dutch link. They are looking forward to receive your proposal. Read more here: http://www.momo4climate.org/news/119-2nd-call-for-proposals-opened
UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of application deadline.
Summary of Position:
AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations including youth and women in rural areas by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.
The Visiting Youth and Gender specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to enhance adolescent... Read more
Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.
The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, run by Nesta on behalf of Feed the Future, in partnership with Land O’Lakes and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, aims to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa combat the invasive, crop-eating pest, fall armyworm.
We are looking for innovators from around the globe to participate. Go to fallarmywormtech.challenges.org to learn more and apply to the prize, which closes on Monday 14 May 2018 (23:59 ET).
Also see this 2m video https://vimeo.com/266649686
East West Seed Company shared its newsletter with a short video stating 5 situations in which pesticides are no use.
The competition 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' (SusTech4Africa), is organised by Belgian organisations Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs, VITO, The African Diaspora Projects Initiative and Thomas More highschool. SusTech4Africa helps (aspiring) entrepreneurs with African roots by developing their idea and transforming it into a complete business plan. During the past weeks, eleven young shoots were intensely accompanied and assisted.
Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.
AgriProFocus member ICCO, together with Kerk in Actie, published a study on Moringa in Myanmar. It explores the food and nutrition security situation of women and children in rural Myanmar. The study presents Moringa, an underutilized tree found throughout the country, as a potential crop that could improve the diets of women and children.
Download the report here (april 2018, 42 pages, English)
There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.
Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.
This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.
The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak
I am not sure whether you could assist me. I am trying to spread the news that there is a proliferation of scam online sites using the poultry sector in South Africa as a means to scam people by advertising chickens, eggs and equipment for sale.
We have heard of a number of people in the SADC region being scammed through these site, therefore it is not a uniquely South African problem and cannot be viewed in isolation. By spreading the word through various channels, I am hoping to create a general awareness of the problem, therefore reducing the market in which these criminals thrive.
If you are not able to assist I do understand as it is a rather obscure request.
Christopher N Mason
Manager: Sustainability and Operations
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The private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals from Dutch organisations. MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in a developing country. The challenge is to send us a proposal that can attract private investors.
MoMo4Climate tests your business case through a panel of financial experts, offers advice to make your case more investable, and awards support to the most promising ideas. This year, the two best proposals of the challenge stand to win € 25,000 to further develop their business cases.
Please visit www.momo4climate.org for more information about proposal criteria, past winners and for submitting your proposal. This year we have three deadlines for submitting a proposal: 31 March, 30 May and 30 July.
MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN NL, NWP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was sta... Read more
SHOW CASE GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE IN EAST AFRICA: Sustainable Agriculture Practices, Irrigation and Cropping, Data & ICT for agri and mAgri solutions, Resilient Agricultural Systems to Address Climate Change, Risk-mitigation Finance & Insurance
Read more : http://csa-africa.aidforum.org/
On earlier invitation only by CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BK. On 6 and 7 February 2018, the GCP projects will be officially launched in Arusha, Tanzania. The projects are expected to achieve impact on the objective of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) which is to promote research-based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in global and regional food security and their impact on local food security, and the role of private sector development. The kick-off meeting is the start of a collaboration between CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BKP. A key focus of this collaboration is on impact, and how to realize the involvement of target groups and the back flowing of results into society, in particular policy and practice.
Read more here: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/unpacking-climate-smart-agriculture-upscaling-east-africa#.WnREaYjOVPY
French here: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr
Prize D4D is a biennial initiative in line with the policy priorities of the Belgian development cooperation to use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development. The combination of both responsibilities, ' Development Cooperation ' and ' Digital Agenda ', in the portfolio or Minister Alexander De Croo offers a range of unique possibilities. One of these opportunities is the Prize D4D.
For more information, the entry rules and other documents, we refer to the Prize D4D website: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en.
Closing of the call for applications: Wednesday February 21, 2018
The innovation fair and the award ceremony will take place at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in the autumn or 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions regarding PrizeD4D.
IUFoST (www.IUFoST.org) presently organizing the 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress from October 23 -27. 2018 in Mumbai, India. To stimulate the young generation’s interested in improving the Food Supply in a sustainable way on a local but also global level a Student Video Competition has been initiated for the >IUFoST ROSE SPIESS AWARD FOR A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY<</p>
We invite students from all scientific areas around the globe to think about possible improvements of the food chain, develop strategies and visualize their ideas in a video, alone or together with friends and colleagues. Details on the Competition are attached, see especially >Information – IUFoST< . The attached information are also accessible in the Internet under >IUFoST Rose Spiess Award< (3 Documents: Information - IUFoST; Form - IUFoST; Proposal Form - IUFoST). The best videos will be awarded, besides the recognition of presenting an important idea to improve the food supply chain the winners will receive e