climate

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 November 2018 at 05:44

Solidaridad and climate smart dairy 

Solidaridad shared on their website about their approach to professionalize the dairy industry in Africa and avoid rising carbon emissions as a result of increasing dairy production. The business case for dairy farmers has been calculated in a recent feasibility study in Ethiopia and is currently being implemented in Tanzania. This approach enables dairy farmers in Africa to move from subsistence farming to professional dairy businesses, while using climate-smart production methods. Dairy farmers can mitigate climate change — emissions will be halved compared to the business-as-usual scenario — as well as become an attractive partner for impact investors. Commercial dairy hubs are a key enabler in this concept, providing services and milk collection facilities to farmers.  

Read more here (including downloadable pdfs) via this link: 

https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/climate-smart-dairy-in-africa-from-subsistence-to-entrepreneurship

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 26 October 2018 at 02:17

ADA Consortium works on climate in the five ASAL counties of Kenya

The counties of Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui and Makueni cover approximately 29% of Kenya’s land area and have a population of over 3 million people. The first three counties are arid while the last two are semi-arid.

Majority of the population in the five counties are vulnerable to the changing climate due to heavy reliance on climate sensitive sectors like agriculture and livestock but also inappropriate planning and implementation of development interventions.

ADA offers a range of policy briefs and backgrounders on their climate work. A recommended site !

http://www.adaconsortium.org/index.php/ada-resources/publications

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 26 October 2018 at 08:37

Le succès des arbres de ferme au Niger

Le 11 octobre, Mr Chris Reij a présenté un exposé sur «L'intensification de l'agriculture au Sahel: réduire la pauvreté et s'adapter au changement climatique»  lors d'un déjeuner-causerie organisé au ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas.

L'agroforesterie est une pratique fondamentale à faible coût visant à accroître la productivité agricole et à préparer le terrain pour une intensification accrue. Utilisés en combinaison avec la récupération de l'eau, les engrais organiques et les micro-doses d'engrais de bonne qualité permettent d'obtenir des rendements en engrais de grande qualité dans les zones arides. Tel était le message clé de Chris Reij, membre du Global Ressources Institute du World Resources Institute, qui a déclaré que les Pays-Bas devraient tirer parti de l’impact de l’agroforesterie dans le Sahel en offrant aux agriculteurs un accès à de petites quantités d’engrais de qualité.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 22 October 2018 at 08:18

Climate & Agri Call for Ideas (deadline 19 dec 18)

The Sustainable Agriculture Lab for Smallholders sponsored by IFAD is a ground-breaking innovation accelerator on environment and climate change designed to support IFAD's effort in developing new innovative instruments to unlock investments in low carbon, climate resilient and profitable smallholder agriculture programs in West and Central Africa. As mentioned above, this partnership was possible thanks to Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) 2, and the generosity of Sweden and NORAD, our two main donors for this phase of the Programme.

The Lab just launched this year’s call for ideas for innovative ideas to develop and implement their innovative solutions that address SDG challenges and the Paris Climate Deal with a special call for best ideas that target sustainable, climate resilient and profitable agriculture for smallholder farmers in West & Central Africa. Deadline to submit an idea is 19 December 2018

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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.

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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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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

1 week 4 days ago

Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

1 week 4 days ago

Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172949912852267/?fref=nf)

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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 

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Wim Goris then be quick, deadlines expires soon !

1 month 2 weeks ago

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

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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 3 weeks 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.

4 months 2 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.

4 months 2 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

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jun
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

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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 3 weeks 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.

5 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Wim Goris!

5 months 1 week 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

5 months 2 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.

6 months 17 hours ago

Benard Sililo How can we get the soil scanner?

5 months 3 weeks ago

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

5 months 3 weeks ago

Christy van Beek Thank you Wim Goris!

5 months 6 days ago