climate

feb
05

Community of Practice on Soil Fertility

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 February 2019, All Day Event
  Gold Crest Hotel, Arusha

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.

Target Audiences

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 December 2018 at 08:15

About the NDC partnership

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 

Wim Goris PS: forgot to mention that the Netherlands (minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs) is co-chair of the NDC partnership, per 2019.

1 month 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 December 2018 at 04:11

Work session on smart water for horticulture


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

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Wim Goris Read about the cool farm tool on: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261832883X?via%3Dihub&utm_source=SFL+Main+Contacts+List&utm_campaign=eceac0c156-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_07_07_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03d98741b6-eceac0c156-324486229

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 December 2018 at 02:45

Youth participate in the 2018 Arboneth Conference, Addis Ababa

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2018 at 01:08

Covenant Plant-Based Proteins 

Globally boosting sustainable production & consumption of plant protein

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

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Helene Ndindabo Tuyisenge Yes,I am firstly greeting to everyone.I believe that,night yield crop production will will make also the contribution of conserving our environment. Environment must be taken into account to reduce the impact of climate change.I also make my request ,university students need to be recognized in this program. We really want to be trained how Agri Pro Focus works.Especially to those who study rural development.I end by saying that projects to be sustainable, there must be an inclusiveness of rural interventions to reduce rural poverty. Thank you

1 month 2 weeks ago

ABDOUL RAZAK ISSAKA thank you for this informative post, it is important for developing countries like Niger to focus on more sustainable alternatives to fight against malnutrition, we must know how to diversify food and vegetable proteins are solutions. with us, we have legumes very rich in these proteins are very unfortunately put in the background.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Richard James Onyai I'm very interested in this program and would like to link up with the Uganda focal point. 

1 month 1 week ago

Nicole Metz Dear all, thank you for your interest in this post. We at AgriProFocus office in Netherlands are actively engaged in network activities and learning around the challenge of making agribusiness work in such a way that it enhances climate resilience. This domain of exploring the potential of increased use of plant-based proteins is part of that agenda. Our team will contact MVO-Nederland to check how we can collaborate further on this, and will keep you informed.    and for further reading, check this paper:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950329318306050?via%3Dihub

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2018 at 04:09

Kenya launches framework to implement climate-smart agriculture

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.

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The framework focuses on four objectives:

  1. Develop a sustainable system for achieving a coordinated, coherent and cooperative governance of climate resilience and low carbon growth in the agricultural sector;
  2. Mainstream CSA to support the transformation of Kenya’s agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and modern industry that contributes to poverty reduction and improved food securi

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nov
27

Exploring Climate Smart Water in Africa's horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2018, 13:30-16:00
  World Horti Centre Naaldwijk

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 !



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 November 2018 at 06:51

AgroSpecial on Food Security in times of Climate Change (in Dutch)

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. 

Filter throught this list and use google translate 

https://www.agroberichtenbuitenland.nl/specials/voedselzekerheid?utm_source=e-mailnieuwsbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Highlights+Landbouwradennetwerk


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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Wim Goris english report here; http://knowledge4food.net/lunch-seminar-agricultural-intensification-in-the-sahel/

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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.

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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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.

2 months 2 weeks 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. 

2 months 2 weeks 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 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Wim Goris then be quick, deadlines expires soon !

3 months 3 weeks ago

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

3 months 3 weeks 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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