agroecology

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2018 at 01:27

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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apr
08

Course: Contemp. approaches to genetic resource conservation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  08 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Large-scale production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources for food and agriculture.

This course provides the latest development in plant genetic resources management strategies including the role of gene banks and on-farm management and relevant international policies that impact food- and nutrition security.

Date: 8 - 26 April 2019
Registration deadline – general: 25 February 2019
Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:

https://www.wur.nl/en/show/Contemporary-approaches-to-genetic-resources-conservation-and-use-1.htm



jul
21

Natani Organic Cafe & Market Opening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 July 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Accross Bole Rd from Millenium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Farm-to-plate healthy food celebration will be held on Saturday the 21st of July as Natani Cafe expands to offer organic dishes, and kicks off a regular organic farmers market on the cafe premises, featuring organic farmers and their produce from Holeta (with ISD) and other organic producers. Map of location available HERE.   Invitation flyer attached. 




jun
01

Emergent Strategy Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 June 2018, 17:45-19:00
  Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC, AAU) Lideta

On Friday May 28th, at the Swedish Pavilion of EiABC, Sarah Assefa will lead an interactive workshop based on the principles of Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown on how we can incorporate natures wisdom into our work to build more sustainable lives. We will learn from ants and trees and skin and starlings lessons such as adaptation, resilience, non-linear change processes, interdependence, etc. We will look for nature’s lessons from our life experiences, and look for ways to apply those lessons in our work to build a more sustainable food systems and cities.

Knowledge of sustainability is not enough for sustainability to be functionally woven into our lifestyles. Realizing sustainable lifestyles requires a movement: personal and interpersonal transformation is required to build sustainable systems. 

Photo credit: wired.com

Event flyer attached




Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 01:42

Stakeholder Workshop on Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is participating in the Official Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document and to jointly plan implementation together with regional governments on 29-30 May 2018 at Rift valley Hotel, Adama.

HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.

Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.

The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil

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oct
09

2 ACCA : Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by  ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:

  • 2ACCA will contribute to catalysing increased action on the uptake and scaling-up of the CA-based climate-smart agriculture systems and practices, in general, and CA systems in particular across Africa. In this way, the outputs of the 2ACCA are expected to be more than just proceedings, but knowledge and information, policy and institutional advice and guidance, and participatory farmer and community engagement to meet defined goals.
  • The congress outcomes include more knowledgeable and informed stakeholder constituencies and institutions to meet Agenda 2063, SDGs, and COP 21 and 22 agreements. Specifically, the Congress will, for many, bring out new knowledge and information on CA systems and practices - Information/data/experiences and lessons - highlighting issues and circumstances that enhance or hinder effective CA dissemination and uptake in diff

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apr
03

FAO Agroecology Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 April 2018 to 05 April 2018 - All Day Event
  Rome

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

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 21 March 2018 at 07:18

Agroecology

Agroecology is an umbrella term for many different practices that have the systems approach in common.

All agroecological practices contribute to a more resilient, coherent and cyclic system for effective use of soil and water, nutrients, seeds, plants, animals, sun, rain, temperature and organic matter. The core of agroecology has to do with increasing capacity for location specificity in practices that influence local agroecological systems.

Climate resilience and circular economy are important issues in agroecology.

In 2018, network members seek to promote integration for sustainable agriculture in the following areas:

- Integrated soil fertility management

- Integrated pest management

- Agrobiodiversity

- Institutional integration

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:27

Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology Course Delivered in Addis Abeba

The Agroecology Platform collaborated with the University of Padova (Italy) and with Catholic University (Ethiopia) to make the 6-day Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology course (Jan 22-27) a success, contributing particularly through expertise of the network members on the first day and by organizing the field visit to a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm on the 6th and final day of the course. On the opening day of the course three Agroecology network members made presentations:

• Dr. Fentahun Mengistu of AKLDP presented What is Agroecology? Issues and Examples from the Ethiopian context

• Dr. Zewdie Kassa of AAU presented on Ethiopian Agrobiodiversity

• Dr. Hailu Araya of Pelum Ethiopia presented recent Research Findings on Agroecological Practices in the Horn of Africa

AgriProFocus organized Agroecology Network member participation and the field visit learning activities. About 35 professionals p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:16

Degraded Land Transformed into a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm

Over the course of 9 years Seblewongel Sedesse has created a productive organic farm and biodiversity sanctuary on 10 hectares of formerly barren and degraded land situated near Holeta, Ethiopia. 

When Seblewongel acquired her land it was covered with gullies, Eucalyptus stumps and no vegetation. Since then, she has rehabilitated the land naturally, by manually removing the Eucalyptus stumps, levelling the gullied land, applying mature chicken and cow manure, and promoting natural regeneration with indigenous plants such as agam and kaga. A new stream has sprung up on her property as a result of her land rehabilitation efforts.

At this time, over 4000 species have been documented in Seblewongel’s botanical garden. Her organic farm produces indigenous varieties of wheat as well as potatoes and teff. She also has livestock - goats and mixed-breed cows - from which she raises organic meat, and makes traditional cheese.

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Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa It is a very nice job!!! I want to visit the Botanical Garden. Would you please attach the google map of the Botanical garden?

4 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thank-you Kflay. Please contact Seblewongel Sedesse at sebleorganic@gmail.com or 0911664588 to visit. Best regards!

4 months 3 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Sara

4 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 19 December 2017 at 08:55

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

Now updated and available for download here.

A practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates. It is a gift of ‘permaculture knowledge’ from Timor Leste to the region.

A complete permaculture guide for anyone to read and apply. Enables sustainable food production and food sovereignty. Facilitates climate resilience, and environmental regeneration. Empowers communities and secures livelihoods. 18 easy to follow chapters, 900+ pages with over 2000 detailed illustrations. More chapters will be added as they become available.


The book chapters are divided into three volumes with the following sub-themes:

  • Volume 1: Permaculture and people
  • Volume 2: House and garden
  • Volume 3: Regenerative agriculture

From WithOnePlanet Climate Change Education.


Alazar Michael Thanks, but where to find ?

6 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa You have to click the link where the word"Here" is in the first line of the article, or go to this page: http://withoneplanet.org.au/permaculture-guidebook/

6 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 December 2017 at 01:31

Field Report: Agricultural Mechanization at Melkasa Agricultural Research Center & Menjar Agroforestry and Rainwater Harvest

This learning trip was hosted by the partners of the Agroecology Platform - AgriProFocus, Canadian Food Grains Bank and AKLDP with the support of GIZ AMTP, and collaboration from Adama Science and Technology University, Farmers and local government authorities of Menjar, and Melkasa Agricultural Research Center. Please find full report attached.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 December 2017 at 03:52

Open call for examples of ‘Innovation for agroecology’

2nd International Symposium on Agroecology

Dear partners and colleagues,

As you may know, FAO is organizing the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology (more information here: https://goo.gl/ic7PTf).

Agroecology depends on the co-creation of local capacities and knowledge –often building on traditional knowledge- that works with complex systems under changing environmental, social and economic conditions. That requires shifting the emphasis from traditional technology transfer approaches to identifying, supporting and strengthening the institutions and processes needed to enable innovative ways of knowledge creation and sharing.

As part of the Symposium, FAO will co-organize and host a ‘Market place on innovation for agroecology’. With the present call, we would like to highlight innovative example actions or processes from a wide range of actors involved in agriculture and food systems in their diversity

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 12 December 2017 at 07:07

A new book is available online:

Everyday experts: how people’s knowledge can transform the food system

It explains how knowledge built up through firsthand experience can help solve the crisis in the food system. It brings together 57 activists, farmers, practitioners, researchers and community organisers from around the world to take a critical look at attempts to improve the dialogue between people whose knowledge has been marginalised in the past and others who are recognised as professional experts.

Using a combination of stories, poems, photos and videos, the contributors demonstrate how people’s knowledge can transform the food system towards greater social and environmental justice. Many of the chapters also explore the challenges of using action and participatory approaches to research. Chapter eight discusses a participatory approach to promoting agroecology.

You can download the entire book (14 MB) or single chapters (listed in attached flyer) on the website: http://www.coven

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 November 2017 at 09:26

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

Scientific article & YouTube video

Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems, but its feasibility is also contested. In this video, FiBL researcher Adrian Müller presents a food systems model that addresses agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture to analyse the role that organic agriculture could play in sustainable food systems. The results show, that a 100% conversion to organic agriculture needs more land than conventional agriculture but reduces Nitrogen-surplus and pesticide use. However, in combination with reductions of food wastage and food-competing feed from arable land, with correspondingly reduced production and consumption of animal products, land use under organic agriculture remains below the reference scenario. Other indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions also improve. Besides focusing on production, sustainable food systems need to

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Paul Marivate I like the discussion 

8 months 1 day ago

NIYONKURU Albert Yes, Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems. Thanks

8 months 1 day ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME That's a nice article @Nicole!Thank you very much for sharing with us!

8 months 15 hours ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI that's   wonderfull.

6 months 2 weeks ago

nov
22

Workshop:Compost Theory and Practice

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2017 - 08:30 to 23 November 2017 - 16:30
  Addis Ababa University EIABC, Lideta, Addis Ababa

Learn all about compost from experts and practitioners. Practically make a compost heap and build your own vermicompost box!  Organized by AAU EIABC Landscape Architecture Department in collaboration with Boku and Hamburg Consult. To register to participate, please fill online registration form available via this LINK developed by AgriProFocus.

UPDATE: The PowerPoint Presentations from this workshop are now available upon request by emailing sassefa@agriprofocus.com.



nov
25

Organic Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.




Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 8 November 2017 at 09:03

Call For Successful Experiences in Scaling-up Agroecology

FAO calls for cases - deadline 13 November

As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:

· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology

· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out

· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)

· Regional balance will be ensured

· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included

· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 01:07

Agroforestry and Rain Water Harvesting Field Visit at Bolo Silase Kebele (Arerti), Menjar

27th October 2017

The Agroecology platform of AgriProFocus Ethiopia hosted a field visit to Menjar area Arerti woreda, BoloSilase kebele.

Bolo Silase kebele of Arerti woreda, has a soil type of silty loam, temperature ranging between 18-33°C. The livelihood of the area is mixed agriculture and livestock Like other parts of the country it is also characterized by rain fed agriculture the cash crops are teff, wheat, chick pea, barley, fruits and onion.

Now-a-day’s climate change is a boundless problem in every corner of the world so the farmers needed to practice soil and water conservation techniques widely. In order to capable of being resilient to environmental shocks they built water harvesting pond and practicing other NRM techniques. In that kebele earthen ponds were built at family level having a capacity of 84 – 129 cubic meter of water and at community level having a capacity of 1,

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Sarah Assefa ASTU seeks support to further research the impact of algae on water conservation in water holding ponds. All farmers in the area are using this algae, and the water beneath it remains cool in temperature. It is unsure how much moisture is saved by the algae presence, and how much water is lost by transpiration through the bodies of the algae. Please contact us if you would like to assist ASTU to further this research! (Sassefa@agriprofocus.com)

8 months 2 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Please find full field report in post from Dec. 14: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5a327d1c26b72a09161f1b21

7 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:17

Dr. Fentahun on Fall Armyworm (FAW) Control in Ethiopia

Agriculture Knowledge Learning Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) Project

26th October 2017

For the Agroecology platform's new Agroecological Weed and Pest Management Working Group, Dr Fentahun from AKLDP presented the overall situation related to the new pest, Fall Army worm (FAW). He also shared a technical brief focusing on the characteristics of the pest, agro-climatic conditions and agro-ecological consistency affecting FAW, and management options and on suggested action points for the FAW in the context of Ethiopia.

Fall Army worm has existed for more than 150 years in Central, Eastern and South America. It is able to attack up to 186 crop species from a wide variety of families. It reproduces quickly and is able to travel far and fast, adult moths flying up to 100 km/day. It was identified in Ethiopia in February 2017, and due to its quick reproductive nature and favorable environmental conditions, it has now present in 8

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Sarah Assefa With regard to Conservation Agriculture, the research has conflicting findings about maintaining crop residues on the soil in addressing FAW: some advocate clean cultivation as a means of controlling the pest, however other publications have findings that do not support this. There is no conclusive finding.

8 months 2 weeks ago