Tanzania and Zambia are planning a law review to accommodate private investors in the running of their joint railway company, Tazara.
Tazara, which runs from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia, was built in the 1970s with Chinese aid. However it has suffered a cash crunch in recent times, bringing it almost to a halt. Dar es Salaam said a review of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority Act would allow private investors to buy shares in the railway and help boost efficiency.
“We are eager to improve operations so as to boost trade between Tanzania and Zambia, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa,” said deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications Atashasta Nditiye.
In 2016, Tanzania, Zambia and China unveiled a plan to extend the railway to the planned Bagamoyo port — some 75km from Dar es Salaam.
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The map incorporates diverse socio-economic and agro-ecological data so that responders can visualise where the underlying risk of household food insecurity due to Fall Armyworm is highest. The tool consists of a number of layers allowing users to disaggregate risk into its constituent parts. By highlighting potential "hotspots", the tool is intended to assist decision-makers in prioritising and preparing for early action in targeted areas.The tool developed by FAO is part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium.
click for the interactive map below: http://www.fao.org/emergencies/resources/maps/detail/en/c/1110178/
Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System
The FAO e-Agriculture Newsletter issue 6 is focusing on the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) . FAMEWS is a monitoring and education tool that feeds several platforms that are used to make decisions about Fall Armyworm (FAW). The App was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as part of the fight against the Fall Armyworm scourge.
Data are inputted via an app for smartphones, which provide exact locations of the source of the information. Data can be collected on FAW prevalence in fields (infested crop plants) or from pheromone traps that attract adult moths. Data collection is done using FAO’s FAW Guidance Notes and is available in five languages. The app also provides basic background information on FAW and will soon incorporate an Artificially Intelligent Assistant who will provide advice in several languages. Data can be transmitted immediately from the field via telephone or can be saved to the phone
The argument to change diets to save the planet appears regularly in the UK press. A flurry of articles is usually prompted by a new study that ‘proves’ that giving up meat and milk is a good thing. And so it was the case with the publication of an article in Science by J. Poore and T. Nemecek, titled ‘Reducing food’s environmental impact by producers and consumers’. The media bombardment was intense; perhaps even more so than previous rounds (see earlier blog).
This news item reflects on the Science article, which is ao not taking into account pastoralist production from rangelands. As VSF International points out, a one-size-fits-all approach to dietary change potentially excludes 3.1 billion small-scale livestock producers across the world, where multiple opportunities lie for more sustainable livestock production; a point echoed in CELEP’s earlier response to a similar article in The Economist about meat and pastoralism.
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With a target of 25,000 visits and 600 exhibiting companies, VIV Europe is the top quality event for the animal protein industry. Professionals active in the production of poultry meat, eggs, pig meat, fish and dairy all have numerous reasons to meet up at this World Expo from Feed to Food. VIV Europe gathers and promotes every 4 years the latest innovations of the industry in the heart of the Netherlands,.
Opening on Wednesday 20th June and continuing until Friday 22th June, in 2018 VIV Europe will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as a business platform series that has become renowned worldwide for combining excellent professional information with a superb visitor-friendly location...
The modern poultry chain from feeds and breeding to production, processing and consumption will be on show at VIV Europe 2018 in The Netherlands. A central theme has been arranged for this feed-to-food World Expo of animal protein businesses, under the label of ‘Sharing Data = Better Poultry... Read more
ESADA is delighted to announce to you that the 14th Edition of the African Dairy Conference and Exhibition (14th AfDa), will be taking place on 20th – 24th August 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more here: https://www.dairyafrica.com/afda/
- Exhibit: Showcase your products in the presence of key industry stakeholders and decision makers
- Visit: Experience firsthand world class technologies and the latest innovative solutions in dairy
- Conference: Attend powerful, insightful and strategic conference sessions with presentation from world renowned dairy industry leaders
Holland Pavilion ESADA Nairobi
The NABC, in collaboration with SNV, will be organizing the Holland Pavilion at the 14th edition of ESADA's African Dairy Conference & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. For years NABC has facilitated a Holland pavilion at ESADA, positioning the Dutch dairy sector as the suppliers of choice for all those participating. The cost i... Read more
(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).
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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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