Appreciation of the role of aggregation and developing action plans towards its implementation was the focus of a workshop held by Agriterra and facilitated by Agriprofocus in Lundazi and Katete.
The capacity building which was Kicked off with a training workshop in August in Lundazi and Katete, provided an opportunity to deepen and expand farmer engagement with focus on Aggregation of produce.
The workshop brought together participants from leadership positions from over 8 cooperatives that are supported by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) under its Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions project (SILMS). The SILMS project is focused on improving market access of farmers practicing climate smart agriculture interventions.The capacity building programme in aggregation is aimed at enhancing market linkages.
Speaking during the opening of the workshop, AgriProFocus Zambia... Read more
This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently. (98 pages with many cases).
I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
We now know much better than 40 years ago what to do to restore degraded lands in the Sahel to productivity and how to intensify agriculture.
This presentation will look into when and how some technical options emerged, their impact and their potential for scaling. The focus will be on Niger, which has a limited natural resource base and it is strongly affected by climate change. It also holds the world record in demographic growth, it is the second poorest country in the world and it risks being destabilized by incursions from Boko Haram and jihadists from Mali.
What can be achieved in this increasingly complex context?
Speaker: Chris Reij, Senior Fellow Global Restoration Initiative- WRI Date: Thursday 11 October
Time: 12:00 – 14:00 (with lunch)
Location: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rijnstraat 8, The Hague
Registration: please register for this lunch meeting by sending an email to IGG-RSVP@minbuza.nl
Deadline to submit: 16 October 2018.
This call for proposals has been designed to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation. It is made possible thanks to the International Secretariat for Water and the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will enable youth from around the world to access financial support to help implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.
Activities and timeline
Submission deadline: 16 October 2018. All project submissions received in that period will be admissible.
Announcement of the results to the project leaders: 9 November – 2 December 2018.
Showcase of winning projects: COP24 – December 2018
View the full details of the call here.
Download the project template here.
How to apply
To apply, fill out the pro... Read more
The search for the winners of the 2018 CA Awards per the provided categories is now open, nominators are invited to nominate outstanding individuals or institutions/organization that have made exemplary contributions, in diverse means, to the promotion, adaptation and adoption Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Africa.
This honourable awards scheme is intended to recognize outstanding individuals or institutions/organizations that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from inappropriate and unproductive tillage based systems to highly productive, profitable, sustainable and environmentally sound Conservation Agriculture systems.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, September 30th, 2018. The winner will be unveiled at a high-profile CA Gala Event at the Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture (2ACCA) to be held in October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).
The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.
The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction
Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r... Read more
Do you have an idea for climate mitigation or adaptation in Tanzania that has the potential to attract private investors? Join the Mobilising More (MoMo) Challenge and submit your idea before August 31st. The best proposal will win € 25,000 to further develop their business case.
How it works
About MoMo Challenge
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08/08/2018 - Press release
"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems". This call for change was issued by an international group of experts dubbed the "Milano Group" (see box), whose members have written an article published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
The argument to change diets to save the planet appears regularly in the UK press. A flurry of articles is usually prompted by a new study that ‘proves’ that giving up meat and milk is a good thing. And so it was the case with the publication of an article in Science by J. Poore and T. Nemecek, titled ‘Reducing food’s environmental impact by producers and consumers’. The media bombardment was intense; perhaps even more so than previous rounds (see earlier blog).
This news item reflects on the Science article, which is ao not taking into account pastoralist production from rangelands. As VSF International points out, a one-size-fits-all approach to dietary change potentially excludes 3.1 billion small-scale livestock producers across the world, where multiple opportunities lie for more sustainable livestock production; a point echoed in CELEP’s earlier response to a similar article in The Economist about meat and pastoralism.
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Event Date: 25th June – 6th July 2018
Organizer: Foscore Development Center
Every year across the globe, floods cause the loss of a number of lives and considerable damage to properties, which severely sets back the development process. The climate change, global warming, rapid urbanization and socio-economic disparity are making the world, vulnerable to floods. The need to combat the perennial problem of floods and resultant destruction has been a forefront concern for most nations, which calls for a proactive approach to establishing a disaster risk reduction regime for safer and sustainable development.
· Discuss dynamics of flood risk in a changing climate
· Evaluate the extent of flood risk and vulnerability and assess the capacity to response
· Develop comprehensive strategies for flood risk management in a changing climate
· Apply climate smart structural and non-structural measures for flood risk mitig... Read more
This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg.
The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.
Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”.
1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems
2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa
3. The critical role... Read more
The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:
The objective of the just concluded Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.
60 expert speakers shared their insight on how to ensure long-term food security to support socio-economic transformation whilst minimizing environmental impact.
Some of the topics discussed included:
1. A Strategic Approach and Business Model for Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
To all those organisation who with all good intentions think they can solve the problem of Africa: agricultural experts, advisers, policy makers and scientists; their expensive advice is almost always build on scientific insights, but noton what is going on in the villages and the fields in Africa. And that is where the problem lies. The solutions in Africa that have been applied in practice for many years are being overlooked. In my opinion two things are important when it comes to improving agriculture in Africa: 1) not forgetting about local context and 2) being aware that there is also a sequence in interventions. Let me explain this.
From scientific knowledge to practical application of my knowledge
I have worked at the Wageningen University and Research Center for years, the stronghold of technological agriculture. Almost two years ago I got the chance to translate my scientific knowledge into a practical application in Africa... Read more
The deadline for the 2nd round of proposals is 30 May. Finalist will be teamed up with a coach within the Dutch financial sector.
MoMo finalists will pitch their business proposals at the Global Impact Investor Forum 2018 in Paris on 30 and 31 October. The best proposal of the MoMo challenge stands to win € 25,000 to further develop the business case.
MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in developing countries with a Dutch link. They are looking forward to receive your proposal. Read more here: http://www.momo4climate.org/news/119-2nd-call-for-proposals-opened
Build Your Career! Indepth Research Services Africa’s Leading Capacity Building and Management Consultancy Center with its head office in Westland’s Nairobi, Kenya. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of technical training and education services designed for individuals, and organizations working in the AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT, FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD INSTITUTE Through our training workshops, we aim to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of Key policymakers, including senior managers, negotiators, advisors, planners and analysts, to meet the core challenges of growing the agricultural sector as a main engine of national economic development. Kindly have a look at some of our upcoming courses scheduled in May 2018: Agriculture institute helps in the achievement of food secure and better livelihood of small scale farmers by offering various courses in agriculture with the aim of providing training on diverse fields of agriculture with a view to strengthening... Read more
The private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals from Dutch organisations. MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in a developing country. The challenge is to send us a proposal that can attract private investors.
MoMo4Climate tests your business case through a panel of financial experts, offers advice to make your case more investable, and awards support to the most promising ideas. This year, the two best proposals of the challenge stand to win € 25,000 to further develop their business cases.
Please visit www.momo4climate.org for more information about proposal criteria, past winners and for submitting your proposal. This year we have three deadlines for submitting a proposal: 31 March, 30 May and 30 July.
MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN NL, NWP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was sta... Read more
Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance
Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.
The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. Becaus... Read more