SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain.
In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved:
The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u... Read more
This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently. (98 pages with many cases).
I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
The search for the winners of the 2018 CA Awards per the provided categories is now open, nominators are invited to nominate outstanding individuals or institutions/organization that have made exemplary contributions, in diverse means, to the promotion, adaptation and adoption Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Africa.
This honourable awards scheme is intended to recognize outstanding individuals or institutions/organizations that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from inappropriate and unproductive tillage based systems to highly productive, profitable, sustainable and environmentally sound Conservation Agriculture systems.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, September 30th, 2018. The winner will be unveiled at a high-profile CA Gala Event at the Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture (2ACCA) to be held in October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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will run for four years and is situated in six areas in the North-West of Rwanda with a focus on production and quality improvement of passion fruit, avocado and vegetables. Different project partners (including SNV, Agriterra, Holland Greentech, IDH and Wageningen University and Research – WUR) are collaborating, with each partner taking a core focus on one component.
This study and learning trajectory by Wageningen Livestock Research and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) analyses the way in which national poultry value chains in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda are influenced by the dependency on inputs from and market outlets in other countries in East Africa (EA). The growth of the poultry sector in the various countries has not been equal. This has inevitably led to a situation whereby the poultry sector in some countries depends on the poultry sector in other countries, e.g. for inputs (day old chicks, vaccines) or for market outlets of eggs and poultry meat. This inter dependency is not necessarily always conducive for a more sustainable development of poultry sectors.
This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).
The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.
The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction
Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r... Read more
African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) are pleased to announce that the call for the second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is now open! The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship was initiated in 2017 with support from the Agropolis Fondation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country missions. It seeks to extend the benefits of the AWARD Fellowship to female scientists from francophone Africa and to maximize interactions between English and French speaking African women agricultural scientists.
We invite applications from African women scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo and have completed... Read more
Le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD a été lancé en 2017 avec le soutien de la Fondation Agropolis, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) et l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (the United States Agency for International Development, USAID).
Les femmes scientifiques dans la recherche agricole sont invitées à postuler pour le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD. Les candidates doivent résider en Afrique et mener leur recherche dans les disciplines telles que l’économie agricole, l’ingénierie agricole, l’agronomie, les sciences alimentaires et nutrition, l’éducation, recherche et vulgarisation, l’écologie, la biologie moléculaire, la sélection des plantes/des animaux, la phytotechnie, les sciences animales et systèmes d’élevage, l’entomologie, la gestion des ressources naturelles, la virologie, la science des sols, la pêche... Read more
Access Agriculture is an international NGO which showcases agricultural training videos in local languages. On their site you can see examples of videos, download them or order a DVD copy. The audio tracks can also be downloaded by radio stations.
The video category on ISFM consists of a set of soil fertility management practices that includes improved varieties, the use of fertilizer, organic inputs and knowledge of how to adapt these practices to local conditions. Considerable livelihoods and land use improvements have been achieved through successful scaling up of a number of ISFM practices.
Access Agriculture est une ONG internationale qui présente des vidéos de formation agricole dans les langues locales. Dans leur site web, vous pouvez voir des exemples de vidéos, les télécharger ou en commander une copie sur DVD. Les pistes audio peuvent également être téléchargées pour une utilisation par les stations radio.
Access Agriculture possède des vidéos sur la Gestion Intégrée de la Fertilité du Sol (GIFS) dans la production agricole.
La GIFS consiste en un ensemble de pratiques de gestion de la fertilité des sols comprenant des variétés améliorées, l'utilisation d'engrais, des intrants organiques et des connaissances sur la manière d'adapter ces pratiques aux conditions locales.Des améliorations considérables des moyens d'existence et de l'utilisation des terres ont été réalisée... Read more
Entre 2014 et 2017, les partenaires CAPAD, ISABU, ITEC et Wageningen University ont developpe un project de recherche sur le pomme de terre. Le résumé des résultats se trouve ci-dessous
Objectif: La recherche, le développement et le transfert de connaissances impliquant les producteurs dans le cadre d’une attention particulière pour s’assurer que les tubercules de semences de «semences» plantés sont bien germés et évitent les maladies.
Objectif: Contribution à la production de nourriture et de revenus pour les familles d’accueil à petite échelle.
Méthode: Développer et promouvoir des technologies de traitement et des innovations qui contribuent à la sécurité alimentaire et aux besoins commerciaux connexes dans le cadre du MASP de l'ambassade des Pays-Bas. Des recommandations pour une application appropriée de la réglementation sur les pommes de terre de semence seront élaborées.
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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.
Read full article in the East African
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Private-investors-to-run-Tazara/2560-4653978-8bfr1/index.html... Read more
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