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.
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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
LANDac’s Annual International Conference 2018 will take place on 28th and 29th June 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The conference will look at land investments through the lens of mobility. What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people, and on processes of urbanization? And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims?
The 2018 conference takes this land-mobilities nexus as a starting point, focusing on the extent to which land acquisitions trigger the inflow or outflow of particular groups of people – and also yield other mobilities (capital, goods, ideas etc.) and land claims. Given the variety of mobilities, what are good ways forward in land governance? To what extent can land governance contribute to inclusive development – preventing eviction and displacement, while supporting vulnerable groups to settle in safe pla
For Zambia, a country highly dependent on hydropower, lower than expected rainfall over several years led to acute energy shortages and load-shedding of up to 10 hours a day. This was a severe barrier to the country’s economic development.
“Scaling Solar is a game changer for Zambia and other countries facing electricity shortages,” said Philippe Le Houérou, IFC’s CEO. “The successful close of Scaling Solar is proof that we can find innovative ways to reduce risks that encourage private sector investment and deliver affordable renewable energy for countries in Africa and around the world.”
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.
Every module has... Read more
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.
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