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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 January 2019 at 03:39

Options and challenges for organic milk production by East African smallholders

(free download of article  until March 2 , 2019 via link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YNVO6fSi9gLHQ )

This article is co-authored by Gidi Smolders, who as an expert for PUM worked with AgriProFocus in various APF dairy learning labs.  It is an easy to read 11pager with some scenarios for improved crop-livestock interactions.

Highlights

• Outdoor stay and grazing are major challenges to many organic smallholders with cattle.
• Local resource circulation can integrate dairy cattle into certified organic crop production.
• Involvement of communities for feed and grazing a beneficial option for smallholders.
• A secure market is paramount for developing certified organic milk production.
• Certification comprising whole farms is expected to stimulate animal-crop integration.


Go to full article here

Graphical abstract

CLIVE DREW A useless waste of effort. Anything organic has to be first market-led. and the whole supply chain has to be organic, including handling of raw milk and pasteurization and packaging in  dedicated organic facilities. and it can't work dealing with low productivity small scale producers where the majority of the high cost organically produced milk is consumed at the poor household level. On more technical issues, East Africa has ticks and tick-borne diseases plus other parasite and disease problems with no clinical evidence that "organic concoctions" are suitable remedies and may even expose the smallholder to financial ruin if the cow dies, or becomes severely debilitated. Organic pineapple has little value unless it is cull fruits or fruit peelings and cores. It's highly unlikely that cottonseed cake is organic, given the high pesticide use in conventional cotton - although most pesticides would be denatured during mechanical pressing or solvent extraction - but still considered an unacceptable feed source by the organic movement. In my gut feeling, an organic dairy cow would have to be producing a minimum 15 litres/day over a 300 day lactation period, with an intercalving interval of 420 days and organic milk would have to sell at about x2 the price of conventional milk.  

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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:55

High-tech packaging means less food waste

Rabobank, 19 April 2018

New types of packaging can extend the shelf life of produce, helping to combat food waste. Wageningen University & Research is one of the bodies worldwide testing prototypes to see what works best.

How can we reduce food waste through packaging? It’s a question research centers around the world are focused on. The answer is not straightforward, says Dr. Jenneke Heising, who specializes in smart packaging that monitors food quality.

Different packaging materials affect the quality of food differently, she explains. “At Wageningen we are conducting research into new solutions with extra features, like active and intelligent packaging.”

Active packaging: extra protection

Heising: “Active packaging protects food by reducing negative factors. For example, oxygen in the air affects the quality of many products. You can embed oxygen scavengers into the packaging material. These scavengers ensure the oxygen level inside th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 10 July 2018 at 11:55

A change maker turning Garbage to Cabbage

As a child growing up in Tanzania, Azalia William Kyando always dreamed of making a difference. He watched as his hometown of Dar es Salaam quickly became the largest growing city in East Africa and the third largest on the continent. As Kyando grew, the city grew as well, experiencing a level of development and change that has left the metropolis grappling with massive waste.

While studying business and marketing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Kyando and his friends Noah Bendera, Ahad Katera and Latifa Mafunbi, were concerned about the amount of waste being produced by the city and decided to act.

"We spent a lot of time thinking about different options to address the need we had identified while still being able to make a living," Kyando said. "Then we realized that in Tanzania, a country of farmers, 95% of fertilizer is imported into the country."

It was through that realization that Guavay Company Limited was born. Guavay is the first company in

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 April 2018 at 02:42

Rwandan winner of the African Diaspora Projects Initiative 2018

The competition 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' (SusTech4Africa), is organised by Belgian organisations Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs, VITO, The African Diaspora Projects Initiative and Thomas More highschool.  SusTech4Africa helps (aspiring) entrepreneurs with African roots by developing their idea and transforming it into a complete business plan. During the past weeks, eleven young shoots were intensely accompanied and assisted.

Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 January 2018 at 03:08

I'm doing my fourth year Research Project on: Analysis of the post harvest handling of carrots in Nakuru County: A case study of Mau Narok.

I'm looking for documents that could help me put up a meticulous research work. Particularly on these areas:

. Packaging policies for agricultural goods in Kenya.

. Value addition

. Marketing

Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.


Moses Auma.

Egerton.

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Start course:  Lost Harvest and Wasted Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)

Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.

Course objectives Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand the link between primary production, post-harvest management, the supply chain and food security;
  • be familiar with alternative uses of food waste;
  • have insight into the public and private responsibilities in the supply chain for post-harvest handling and food waste management;
  • be able to design solutions for minimising the amount of ‘missing

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 April 2017 at 06:25

Circular economy: a case from Eritrea

Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.

AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.

http://circulatenews.org/2017/04/a-story-of-regeneration-and-reforestation-from-eritrea/

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 25 November 2016 at 03:32

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy (2011)

Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.

There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.

'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/made2bmadeagain

Organisations with a special interest in this topic, or with particular experiences they like to share, please share these on this online platform. AgriProFocus included circular economy oriented agribusiness among the key themes of our new strategic plan, so we are interested to link up with you.


Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT The circular economy is an economic concept that falls within the framework of sustainable development and which is inspired in particular by the notions of green economy, economics of use or economics of functionality, Economy of performance and industrial ecology (which wants the waste of an industry to be recycled in raw material of another industry or the same one). Such an economy operates in a loop, thus dispensing with the notion of waste. Its objective is to produce goods and services while greatly limiting consumption and waste of raw materials, and non-renewable energy sources.

Yes, today it becomes an imperative to review our way of conceiving progress ie development based on the continued use of our. Renewable and non-renewable natural resources. It is no secret today that the developing countries and in particular my country Benin only opts for single-use products / equipment (eg plastic bags and many others). These products / equipment constitute waste which damages our health by incentives, contribute to the drastic decline in the yields of the various speculations (which should not be the case in circular economy). They can be retransformed and reused which is not the case. However, renewable and non-renewable natural resources are gradually being depleted. Developing countries must opt ​​for the circular economy for sustainable progress.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

2 years 1 month ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT L'économie circulaire est un concept économique qui s'inscrit dans le cadre du développement durable et qui s'inspire notamment des notions d'économie verte, d’économie de l'usage ou de l'économie de la fonctionnalité, de l'économie de la performance et de l'écologie industrielle (laquelle veut que le déchet d'une industrie soit recyclé en matière première d'une autre industrie ou de la même). Une telle économie fonctionne en boucle, se passant ainsi de la notion de déchet. Son objectif est de produire des biens et services tout en limitant fortement la consommation et le gaspillage des matières premières, et des sources d'énergies non renouvelables.

Oui, ajourd'hui cela devient un impératif de revoir notre façon de concevoir le progrès c'est à dire le développement qu'on se base sur l'utilisation continue de nos . ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables. Il n'est un secret pour personne aujourd'hui que les pays en voie de développement et en particulier mon pays le Bénin n'opte que pour des produits/équipements à usage unique (Ex: les sachets plastiques et bien d'autres). Ces produits/équipements, constituent des déchets qui en dommage notre santé par des incénérations, contribuent à la baisse drastique des rendements des différents spéculations ( ce qui ne devrait pas être le cas en économie circulaire). Ils peuvent être retransformer et réutiliser ce qui n'est pas  le cas. Or les ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables sont progressivement en épuisement. Les Pays en voie de Développement doivent impérativement optés pour l'économie circulaire pour un progrès durable.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

2 years 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Nicole, you can easily share a video by clicking on the paperclip button below your post and add the link there. Your video will be embedded right away!

2 years 1 month ago

Nicole Metz M. Prosper, Est-ce que Cabinet Global Novat entreprend des activités particulières dans ce domaine de l'économie circulaire?

2 years 1 month ago