biodiversity

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 April 2017 at 03:27

Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 January 2017 at 12:45

Farming for Biodiversity Solutions Competition:

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.

Solution Search is designed to change that. Some innovative solutions have recently emerged that bring farming in harmony with the natural environments that surround. Some have increased the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. This contest seeks to identify, reward and spotlight those successful approaches. In doing so, Solution Search will also increase awareness of biodiversity, its value and the many ways

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Sarah Assefa Thanks for this, Alpha! Would it be possible to add the tags, Agroecology and the country Ethiopia on this post? Our Agroecology Innovation Community would be happy for this update! Best wishes, Sarah

10 months 2 weeks ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Dear Sarah i am not sure how to do that but you could also maybe post it again and add the tags..

10 months 2 weeks ago

Cibarani Cibarani Bonne chance, really engaging!

9 months 3 weeks ago

oct
23

Plant genetic resources and resilient seed systems for susta

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 October 2017 to 10 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Nepal

Fellowship opportunity

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.

To the website: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2017/CDIcourse_PGR_2017.htm

How to apply: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/how-to-apply.htm

More on fellowships: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/scholarships.htm



Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 20 September 2016 at 02:06

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.  

sep
18

Sustainable and AgroEcological  development - Course

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  18 September 2016 - 09:00 to 24 September 2016 - 17:00
  Addis Ababa

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/

or: http://www.biologia.unipd.it/corsi/summer-and-winter-schools

Want to know more about the programme? Ask professor Paoletti at paoletti@bio.unidp.it

Or Yelleke de Nooy of AgriProFocus,  at ydenooy@agriprofocus.com 



sep
23

AgroEcology workshop

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  23 September 2016, All Day Event
  Addis ababa

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



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 25 May 2015 at 10:34

PHOTO CONTEST - Women and Agricultural Biodiversity

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.   

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jun
06

Earth Day + National SOIL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  06 June 2015, All Day Event
  Ghion Hotel Gardens

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