Climate

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 12:00

AgriProFocus Zambia and Agriterra kick off Aggregation Capacity Building for Climate Smart Farmers

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

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:24

Gender * Climate sourcebook (FAO, IFAD, WB) 

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).


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business


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

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oct
11

Lunch reading: Agricultural Intensification in the Sahel

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 October 2018, 12:00-14:00
  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague

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



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 October 2018 at 09:55

Call for proposals for youth-led Water and Climate projects. GET SUPPORT!

The Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform is looking for youth-led projects!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 27 September 2018 at 02:27

Call for Nominations  Conservation Agriculture (deadline 30 sept!)


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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eunock1 SOHIZOUN Ça m'intéresse 

3 weeks 3 days ago

Wim Goris then be quick, deadlines expires soon !

3 weeks 3 days ago

eunock1 SOHIZOUN S'il vous plaît, aidez-moi,comment m'inscrire? 

3 weeks 3 days ago

Moshy Janga Thanksgiving

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julius aine thanks giving

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 13 September 2018 at 03:17

IMPACT INVESTING IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRI (Rabobank in Brazil)

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 22 August 2018 at 10:59

Le chef de FAO (José G da Silva) a inauguré le premier citerne en Niger

Le citerne est un systeme de captage  de l'eau de pluie (rainwater harvesting ).  La FAO  a un projet de construire  1 million citernes dans le Sahel


Wim Goris video en francais: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a0MrteNhI0

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 August 2018 at 07:29

Call for Proposal: Mobilising more finance for climate action

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

  • Do you have an idea how to involve the private sector in climate adaptation or mitigation in Tanzania?
  • Go to the website www.momo4climate.org to submit your idea
  • The MoMo Panel, consisting of financial experts, will assess your business case to determine its viability and the potential to mobilise private investments
  • Late 2018 the best ideas will be presented in Tanzania for a live audience of investors that will select the winning proposal
  • The winner will receive a € 25.000 price to strengthen and scale up their business case, with the support of the MoMo Panel
  • Deadline for submitting proposals is 31st of August

About MoMo Challenge

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 August 2018 at 12:38

There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems

08/08/2018 - Press release

Food systems are situated at the crossroads between the many issues and contradictions surrounding sustainable development: food and nutritional security, human and ecosystem health, natural resource renewal, climate change, territorial dynamics, political stability, and social justice. An international group of experts, including researchers from CIRAD, is calling for profound changes in food systems in order to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the UN in 2015, and the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate. The authors propose a four-pillar strategy.


"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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 June 2018 at 11:43

Nutrition and climate change in rangelands

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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Wim Goris another read on this same topic:  https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/news/avoiding-meat-dairy-single-biggest-way-harm-poor-livestock-herders/

4 months 1 day ago

Josef Garvi Well, I think the problem might be more valid in marginal lands of the Sahel than one thinks. Look around the pastoral areas of Niger's Sahel, and it's obvious that the vegetation is under pressure from overgrazing: small shrubs that remain very small, with their leaves growing in dense thickets in response to the heavy grazing. Trees that are denuded of foliage because herders have harvested "le fourrage aérien". If we agree that reforestation is the best cure we have to desertification, then we need to soften the pressure on our trees and shrubs a bit. And the interesting part is that these trees and shrubs are often very good and nutritious food sources too, so we could win both environmentally and nutritionally at the same time by shifting some of the animal husbandry to tree stewardship. The question is not so much whether we should reduce meat consumption or not, as what we should replace it with. If we replace it by tree foods, we will still support small-holders and nomads, and we will still be able to obtain rich quantities of protein. If we switch to imported foods, then it's a disaster indeed.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Wim Goris hello Josef, thanks for sharing your take on this.  Do you know whether this UK discussion is also happening in the francophone countries? Please share sources if you have them.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Josef Garvi It has happened a bit on Facebook. Otherwise, a couple of articles on the subject:https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/nature-environnement/climat/la-viande-et-le-lait-polluent-plus-que-la-salade_124750https://www.terraeco.net/viande-CO2-steack-elevage-methane,60200.html

3 months 1 week ago

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25

Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  25 June 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  The Clarion Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Event Date: 25th June – 6th July 2018

Organizer: Foscore Development Center

Register online to attend

Introduction

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.

Course Objective:

· 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 May 2018 at 04:39

Call for Papers on Conservation Agriculture (deadline 31 May)

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”. 

Sub-themes: 

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

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Wim Goris See event  info here: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5b01a1f226b72a091afa5162

5 months 4 days ago

Anteneh Wondimu Dear Win Goris, I am interesting in these issues and hope will be submitting CA call paper. As you may know the call paper announcement time short to prepare. Please extend submit date.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Wim Goris!

4 months 2 weeks ago

oct
09

2 ACCA : Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by  ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:

  • 2ACCA will contribute to catalysing increased action on the uptake and scaling-up of the CA-based climate-smart agriculture systems and practices, in general, and CA systems in particular across Africa. In this way, the outputs of the 2ACCA are expected to be more than just proceedings, but knowledge and information, policy and institutional advice and guidance, and participatory farmer and community engagement to meet defined goals.
  • The congress outcomes include more knowledgeable and informed stakeholder constituencies and institutions to meet Agenda 2063, SDGs, and COP 21 and 22 agreements. Specifically, the Congress will, for many, bring out new knowledge and information on CA systems and practices - Information/data/experiences and lessons - highlighting issues and circumstances that enhance or hinder effective CA dissemination and uptake in diff

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 May 2018 at 10:30

Highlights from the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit 

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 

2. Innovative Financing Models for Climate Smart Agriculture
Increasing climate adaptation and resilience of agriculture requires investments at different scales to access, adopt and u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice read! Can you also explain a bit what we as AgriProFocus do on Climate Smart Agriculture? What can people expect from our network? Maybe Wim Goris, you can elaborate?

5 months 6 days ago

Shadrack Agaki  Anne Marie Kortleve  Agriprofocus has done some good job  when it come to creating better platform bringing organizations together to enable strategic partnership and collaboration in order for people to  think through how Climate Smart Agriculture can be scaled up in- For me you have created a Mastermind Phenomenon. However with spotlight being directed on the role and place  of youth and women in making CSA achievable and given that the best way to do this is to amplify the success stories of youth in Agriculture, Agriprofocus should deliberately decide to undertake a project profiling successful youth agribusiness  cases and help amplify them.  

5 months 5 days ago

Wim Goris Hi Shadrack, thanks for the compliment: let's agree the network is the mastermind.  AgriProFocus staff attended this CSA conference exactly to link and learn and deepen our network.  In addition to what Hilda summarizes, the conference deliberated on climate & gender in three sessions.  The issue of green house gas reduction got less attention. 

5 months 4 days ago

Wim Goris Actions  already happening  in our network concern climate * dairy,  agroecology,  soil fertility just use the search bar on this online platform.  On the horticulture * climate , we are mapping practices, solutions and barriers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.  That  mapping was  ongoing at the time of the conference, but we got useful insights and links.    

5 months 4 days ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, we are happy to join your discussion. Let also join effort  to fight against climate change. together we can. thanks.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 May 2018 at 09:47

Agricultural innovation in Africa starts with soil analysis

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

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Dean Tashobya Thank you for that article Christy.I always find it challenging that people always want to have a good quality product not knowing that it begins from the starting point-the soil quality.  The harvest will depend on the soil, type and quality, then other players like weather and so on can come in.I have witnessed Ugandan crops grow well in remote parts of China just because of better soil management. Soil management is critical for better agricultural production.

5 months 1 week ago

Benard Sililo How can we get the soil scanner?

5 months 5 days ago

Wim Goris Hi Benard. check this link  http://www.soilcares.com/en/community-hubs/africa/

5 months 4 days ago

Christy van Beek Thank you Wim Goris!

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 May 2018 at 01:27

MoMo4Climate second call for proposals (30 May 2018) 

Winner takes € 25,000

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


Tumukunde Jackson Goodmorning

5 months 1 week ago

Tumukunde Jackson Its been long 

5 months 1 week ago

julius aine its abit cool here in kaliro 

4 months 4 weeks ago

may
01

Training courses in Agriculture in May 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  01 May 2018 - 09:00 to 31 May 2018 - 05:00
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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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 February 2018 at 08:27

MOMO4CLIMATE first call 2018 (31 Mar). The winners take € 25,000

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 February 2018 at 07:11

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

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