In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.
In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circul... Read more
Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.
Loss of genetic resources has resulted in major concerns about future food and nutrition security. The vulnerability of agricultural systems towards pests, diseases and climate change makes the topic urgent, and has led to the development of a range of conservation strategies. Community Biodiversity Management (CBM) distinguishes itself from other conservation strategies by enhancing social interdependence, collaboration, adaptability and autonomy.
The Course on Sustainable and Agroecologically Compatible development options in Ethiopia, y by Padua University, started with a great day on AgroEcology. Yelleke de Nooy gave an interesting presentation on the WHY and HOW of agroecology. Sarah Assefa, also of AgriProFocus, organised the inventory of projects on the MAP with Agroecological zones. For a start we already have more than 20 projects!
The good thing about this map is that we can compare - and learn from each other's interventions - in similar AE zones.
The University of Padua, Italy, on the initiative of Professor Maurizio Paoletti, organises a Summer School course of one week, in Addis Ababa, for professionals, practitioners and students, interested in the further development of AgroEcology and Biodiversity in Ethiopia.
The course is free and registration is open till September 10. Participants from outside Addis Ababa can lodge in the Italian Cultural Institute if they wish.
Registration at: http://www.dii.unidp.it/corsi/summer-and-winter-schools/
Want to know more about the programme? Ask professor Paoletti at email@example.com
Or Yelleke de Nooy of AgriProFocus, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop on AgroEcology. Jointly organised by AKLDP/Tufts University and AgriProFocus, with Prof.Maurizio Paoletti, from University of Padua. The workshop concludes the Agroecology& Biodiversity Course of that same week and is at the same time a meeting of the Members of the AgroEcology Community of Practice.
Please register HERE
In the framework of EXPO Milano 2015 and of the European Year for Development, and as part of the celebrations of a special 'Agricultural biodiversity, value chains and women’s empowerment' event taking place on the 17th of September 2015 at Palazzo Castiglioni, Milan, Bioversity International and partners invite you to participate in a photo contest to celebrate women feeding the world through agricultural biodiversity.
On June 6 Ethiopia celebrates Earth Day with a lot of activities and booths of Earth- and Sustainable living related organisations. At the same day - in this UN YEAR OF THE SOIL - the Ministry of Agriculture and various partners of civil society, universities and EIAR, will launch the Ethiopian NATIONAL SOIL HEALTH CAMPAIGN. Many activities will take place during the whole year of 20I5, to raise awareness, link and learn, share ideas and experiences and visit demonstration sites. Please see the prelimInary programme attached