Sustainable Intensification Revisited
This briefing by IIED revisits the term ‘sustainable intensification’. The paper makes a distinction in what it should be according to the authors — a useful guiding framework for raising agricultural productivity on existing arable land in a sustainable manner; and what it should not be — a paradigm for achieving food security overall. The paper summarises the history of and controversy surrounding the term, its main assumptions and risks, as well as its value for the future.
The key recommendations when implementing sustainable intensification, aimed at decision makers, are: 1) provide incentives to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of crop and livestock production; 2) promote low-cost approaches that farmers can control; 3) promote low-cost approaches that farmers can control; 4) discourage the use of highly productive croplands to grow animal feed; 5) address the energy needs of smallholders while limiting fossil fuel intensity... Read more
The sugarcane industry in Rwanda is facing multiple challenges: shortage of suitable land and severe floods of the Nyaborongo river lead to low productivity and yields. This forces Rwanda to import sugar, which leaves customers dependent on volatile prices. The ‘Sugar: Make It Work’ project aims to strengthen the local Rwandan sugarcane industry. Therefore it develops and implements intervention strategies on water management, precision agriculture, and value chain improvements. PPPLab’s Marleen Brouwer spoke with Steven Gajadin of TechForce Innovations, who is the project coordinator of this award-winning PPP. (...)
Read the full blog by Marleen Brouwer (CDI Wageningen) on the website of PPPLab.
Adapting to climate change needs smart interventions in the way food is produced, but even smarter strategies are needed to holistically redesign the way in which the food system works. Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote, a farmer and distinguished agroecologist from Cuba, has spent the last 20 years working to meet the challenges small-scale farmers face, through agroecological approaches on a large scale.
A blog by Farming First outlines the work of Dr. Fernando Rafael Funes Monzote, nominated for the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Outstanding Career in Agriculture.
La pêche continentale fournit près de 75% de la production halieutique nationale au Bénin. Ce secteur fait face à plusieurs défis dont notamment la croissance de la population, la pollution urbaine et les changements climatiques. Le projet d’amélioration de la résilience de la pêche continentale au Bénin (IRIF) initié par le consortium ACED-LHA-SOW a pour objectif d’améliorer la résilience des communautés de pêcheurs continentaux et des systèmes aquatiques à la surpêche et à la dégradation des eaux. La phase de démarrage du projet se déroulera selon le calendrier suivant :
L’atelier de lancement aura lieu à l’Hôtel du Port à Cotonou et réunira tou... Read more
A new scientific overview study is highlighted in the Dutch & international press today, about the use of a certain type of pesticides (neonicotinoids) and their effects on biodiversity. Worth reading for those with an interest in sustainable agriculture! This study is not only of relevance for European farmers and agribusinesses, policy makers, civil society organisations and scientists, but also to members of in AgriProFocus country networks in Africa and Indonesia: the challenges of using the right agricultural inputs - that do no (long-term) harm to ecosystems - are global in nature.
There is more and more evidence that widespread use of neonicotinoids has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like pollination and natural pest control, as well as on biodiversity.
Public and political attention has focused on whether honey bee colonies are being affected by neonicotinoids. But studying hone... Read more
Medium-sized, mixed family farms to feed the future: A vision for farming in Africa
"Agricultural development programmes have too long focused on semi-subsistence smallholders in an effort to achieve food security. This has not contributed to the African green revolution that is sorely needed to feed the future. We have to aim instead for an agricultural sector based on medium-sized, mixed family farms", argues Melle Leenstra, First Secretary for Economic Development and Food Security at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi.
Mr. Leenstra has published an article on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website, which is worth reading for AgriProFocus network members from Kenya and other countries! Please click on the link below, and feel welcome to post your comments on the article on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
Link to the full article
Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform
In its fifth newsletter, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform proudly presents the newly launched Knowledge Portal, where you will find continually updated references to knowledge items and innovations in Food & Nutrition Security on selected topics. The knowledge presented is expected to be of relevance to AgriProFocus members in different countries; you may select the topics of your interest when visiting the Portal pages. In order to make the continuous updating of the Knowledge Portal an interactive process, you – as a professional in the field – are warmly invited to suggest relevant additional items to be included in it. Please refer us to relevant articles, briefs or reports by contacting us here.
Other items in the fifth newsletter include expert opinions on medium-sized family farming and building resilience for farmers. You will also find reports of our recently organized meetings on fruit & vegetables, global nutrition and th... Read more
NEPAD and FAO launch rural youth project at the 11th CAADP Partnership Platform
25 March 2015, Johannesburg - The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), today launched a 4-year project that aims to create decent employment opportunities for young women and men in rural areas, through the development of rural enterprises in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness along strategic value chains. The USD$ 4 million project is funded by the African Solidarity Trust Fund.
The following study was shared today in the context of the Climate Smart Agriculture research conference.
This study examines the incentives and constraints to adoption of the promoted climate-smart agricultural practices in Kaptumo, Nandi County of Kenya. Findings and insights from this study provides useful knowledge on the dynamics of adoption of the Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices and lessons learnt to further inform extension, projects and up-scaling. The results from this study are valid for the population in the MICCA pilot site and may be generalized to similar areas in Nandi County and other counties in the country, which are characterized by tea-maize-dairy farming system and small land sizes. The study considers wider policy, institutional and social structures and processes that may affect adoption. In addition the assessment also provides fa
Un livre sur l'Agroécologie, récemment publié, que l'on ne peut accéder qu'en version imprimée. Pour plus d'information ou pour commander, voir ce lien.
TITRE: Agroécologie - Enjeux et perspectives. Point de vue du Sud.
VOLUME: Vol.XXI - 2014, n°3
COORD. / AUTEUR Laurent Delcourt
EDITION CETRI, Syllepse
PRIX 13,00 EUR (Frais de port compris)
Youth should be part of an inclusive (agricultural) development policy. This is necessary to secure stable food supplies, and to innovate the agricultural sector. National governments, private parties, donors and development agencies all have their role to play to involve and empower young farmers and entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
Please read a new article by Marleen Brouwer, Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen UR, via the following link: http://seasofchange.net/2015/03/involve-and-empower-young-farmers-and-agro-entrepreneurs-to-secure-the-future-of-our-food/
Africa Celebrates Africa Environment Day and Life of Wangari Maathai - See more via this link
This kind of dates of the political calender may be relevant for the AgriProFocus network to keep in mind when planning cross-country or national activities related to the theme Sustainable Agriculture, in some of our countries.
Do people have suggestions for key dates of international relevance, regarding ecological sustainability, climate, agro-ecology, in the course of 2015? Earlier suggestions were: Earth Day; meetings of the UNFCCC. Please let us all know.
The first Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter of 2015 has been sent out!
In this newsletter the Platform proudly presents the new website section featuring all Food & Business Research projects funded by NWO-WOTRO. Other items of interest include news from various partner networks as well as upcoming events. Of special interest is the article about the Kenyan Horticulture and Food Security Programme, as AgriProFocus Kenya was leading on the knowledge management of this programme in which Solidaridad, SNV and Hivos as well as the Dutch Embassy were key partners.
The next edition will be published by the end of March: please click here to subscribe to the F&BKP newsletter.
By visiting the Platform's website (www.knowledge4food.net) and following the Platform's twitter account you can stay informed of all the developments and opportunities for you to join the Platform and contribute to its Know... Read more
Climate Smart Agriculture rapid appraisal and prioritization tool tested in Tanzania
Using participatory methods, scientists are now working with farmers to understand climate impacts on farming systems and rural livelihoods and to identify locally appropriate climate-smart solutions.
CIAT, SAGKOT and SUA involved.
This is where you can access additional knowledge related to how to improve on food processing, storage, and other post-harvest handling issues. The network is a Dutch initiative that brings together stakeholders from universities, ministries, private sector, civil society.
It is closely collaborating with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform around the theme 'Food Wastage'. See the Platform's website too: Link
Dutch breweries investing in Ethiopia
The Dutch news programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ of Saturday 31st January included an item on Dutch breweries’ investments in Ethiopia. (most text in Dutch, though some English and Amharic)"The project is exactly what the Dutch government wants: combining trade and aid” says one interviewee.
The programme shows the new Ethiopian breweries of Heineken and Bavaria. Ethiopia is a grow market for beer; the two companies have the ambition to contribute to a higher beer consumption per capita. Different stakeholders are interviewed: representatives of the two companies, a representative of ICCO, a representative of the Dutch Embassy (Mr Hans van de Heuvel). The Embassy expects the investments to contribute to food security, generating income for farmers.
In my opinion, the programme could have been more informative if it had addressed challenging issues such as whether barley production com
Food & Business Applied Research Fund
Three projects (Benin 2x, Indonesia 1x) have been granted with a contribution from the Food & Business Applied Research Fund. NWO/WOTRO, the Dutch research agency responsible for managing the grant, has just announced this decision. The awarded ARF research proposals are the result of the first round of the second call for proposals.
Please find more information on the three approved projects here.
Please find the list of ARF projects approved earlier, here.