Agrocares with AgriProFocus Tanzania aim to establish a Community of Practice on soil fertility in Tanzania in order to:
1. Jointly explore solutions to tackle soil challenges efficiently and effectively,
2. Provide a platform through which various actors can explore extensive partnerships
with each other; as well as explore workable solutions to make soil technology
appreciated, more accessible and affordable to farmers,
3. Create a constructive feedback channel on aspects of regulation, research, and
applicability and upgrade of technology to meet the ever-changing soil needs.
The community of practice aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders, for example
from development agencies, farmer representatives, knowledge institutes, Cooperatives,
Government officials, private enterprises and individual farmers and organizations.
Here is a draft program for this event.
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY.
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In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency.
1. Farm Pond Planner
For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and... Read more
Arboneth (an abbreviation of Arboretum-Network-Ethiopia) is a network of forestry sector experts and practitioners, hailing mainly from Ethiopian and German universities, but also including other concerned stakeholders such as the development wing of the Orthodox Church and Bread for the World working to strengthen church forests in Ethiopia, forestry sector projects such as GIZ’s Biodiversity and Forestry Program, ILRI, UNESCO the Succo Foundation and Unique-Nabu working on biospehere reserve development, and others, including Agriprofocus which helped to bring in the perspectives on youth engagement in the forestry sector.
At the present time, there is lots of conflict (e.g. in Western Ethiopia in the Guji and Gedo area), and in the urgent interest of peace, there is current talk in the Commission of Environment and Forest about distributing forest land to demonstrating youth. There is a very important question on... Read more
The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.
How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:
- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions
- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’
- By promoting a favourable international policy climate
- By strengthening local sustainabl... Read more
On 31 October 2018, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I) launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027 at Kilimo Grounds, Nairobi.
The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. The purpose is to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth sustainable agriculture that ensures food security and contributes to national development goals.
The framework focuses on four objectives:
This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.
What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.
AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.
Contact me for more information !
Food security in times of climate change is the theme of the new Special on Agroberichten Buitenland. In 35 contributions, Dutch agricultural councillors outline the developments in the various countries to make agriculture more robust for climate change, and the role that Dutch companies from the agrofood and horticulture sector and knowledge institutions can play in this.
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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... Read more
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 !
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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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... Read more
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
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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