Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 26 December 2018 at 04:45

Calling all youth leaders in biodiversity in the ASEAN region!

Are you already engaging in conservation projects as a volunteer, coordinator, or even founder of an initiative for nature? Take your conservation impact to the next level! Apply now for the fully-funded Youth Biodiversity Leaders fellowship programme by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, in collaboration with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). Receive one year of in-depth training, mentoring, and networking to scale your biodiversity activities.

Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 (GMT+8)

Apply here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 23 May 2018 at 02:54

‘The spice of life: the fundamental role of diversity on the farm and on the plate’ 

Happy #WorldBiodiversityDay! Read the new @hivos and @iied publication supporting diversity in production and #consumption

Brief summary: 

Full paper:

Contact person (author): Seth Cook ( 

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?

10 months 3 weeks ago

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

10 months 3 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Sara

10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 3 January 2018 at 09:36

Launching Rainforest Alliance Certification PT BIOCert Indonesia  

PT BIOCert Indonesia merupakan adalah lembaga inspeksi dan sertifikasi pertanian dan perkebunan organik serta produksi yang ramah lingkungan dan bertanggungjawab secara sosial. BIOCert merupakan anggota dari Cert All (Certification Alliance), yaitu aliansi lembaga sertifikasi pangan organik di Asia Pasifik untuk memberikan layanan inspeksi dan sertifikasi organik untuk pasar nasional, ASEAN, Uni Eropa, Swiss, Amerika Serikat dan Kanada. BIOCert memberikan layanan sertifikasi untuk standar organik SNI, organik EU, organik COR-NOP, sertifikasi UTZ, verifikasi C.A.F.E Practice, dan verifikasi 4C.

Dalam rangka meningkatkan pelayanannya kepada klien, BIOCert Indonesia terus-menerus memperbaiki kualitas layanan serta lingkup layanan yang dimilikinya. Berbagai upaya untuk dapat menyediakan ragam skema layanan sertifikasi di "satu meja" terus dilakukan untuk memastikan kemudahan dan kepuasan klien dalam memperoleh layan

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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

1 year 11 months 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..

1 year 11 months ago

Cibarani Cibarani Bonne chance, really engaging!

1 year 11 months ago


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

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:

How to apply:

More on fellowships:

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.  


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:


Want to know more about the programme? Ask professor Paoletti at

Or Yelleke de Nooy of AgriProFocus,  at 


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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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