Climate change

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 January 2018 at 12:44

Circular Economy : Strategic reasons why we should make it work Globally.

The effort to find global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be urgent in 2018 than it has never been. Given the rapid growth of world population and the shrinking economic fortunes,unsustainable food production coupled with unstable political environment in most developing countries, call for change of habits and strategies in seeking solution to persistent social problems the world faces today is mandatory. The challenges we face have been created and build over time; in deed the world reluctance to solve them accelerated their compound interest, these social evils as Daniel Goleman calls them in his book Focus can be solved but again as Albert Einstein opines “ We cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Hence we need new thinking.

This new thinking in my opinion, just like many other thinkers have indicated lies in embracing Circular

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2017 at 04:40

NEW Policy Brief: Gender equality in climate change adaptation and disaster resilience in Vietnam

Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) are vital to Vietnam’s sustainable development and long-term resilience. The poor and vulnerable, particularly women, children and elderly, experience disproportionate impacts of climate change. To raise awareness and highlight the importance of gender equality in climate and disaster resilience in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, SNV Vietnam jointly initiated and developed a policy brief together with UN Women, UNDP, CARE and Oxfam in Vietnam. In November 2017, SNV introduced the policy brief at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, to highlight the important intersection of climate change, disaster resilience and gender at the global platform.


The policy brief addresses key issues of gender inequality in CCA and DRR with the intention of strengthening gender equality in policies and plans and their implementation. It draws on t

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 19 December 2017 at 08:55

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

Now updated and available for download here.

A practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates. It is a gift of ‘permaculture knowledge’ from Timor Leste to the region.

A complete permaculture guide for anyone to read and apply. Enables sustainable food production and food sovereignty. Facilitates climate resilience, and environmental regeneration. Empowers communities and secures livelihoods. 18 easy to follow chapters, 900+ pages with over 2000 detailed illustrations. More chapters will be added as they become available.


The book chapters are divided into three volumes with the following sub-themes:

  • Volume 1: Permaculture and people
  • Volume 2: House and garden
  • Volume 3: Regenerative agriculture

From WithOnePlanet Climate Change Education.


Alazar Michael Thanks, but where to find ?

3 weeks 6 days ago

Sarah Assefa You have to click the link where the word"Here" is in the first line of the article, or go to this page: http://withoneplanet.org.au/permaculture-guidebook/

3 weeks 6 days ago

sep
17

Short course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018 to 05 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 September 2017 at 08:14

Smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change and determinants of their adaptation decisions in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Abrham Belay, John W. Recha, Teshale Woldeamanuel and John F. Morton

Abstract

Background

The agricultural sector remains the main source of livelihoods for rural communities in Ethiopia, but faces the challenge of changing climate. This study investigated how smallholder farmers perceive climate change, what adaptation strategies they practice, and factors that influence their adaptation decisions. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study, and a multinomial logit model was employed to identify the factors that shape smallholder farmers’ adaptation strategies.

Results

The results show that 90% of farmers have already perceived climate variability, and 85% made attempts to adapt using practices like crop diversification, planting date adjustment, soil and water conservation and management, increasing the intensity of input use, integrating crop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 6 September 2017 at 06:32

Call for Papers

International technical conference on climate change, agricultural trade and food security

15-17 November 2017. FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO), one of the Organization’s flagship publications, addresses the latest developments and trends in global agricultural commodity markets. In its 2018 edition, the report will focus on the role of agricultural trade and trade policies in promoting food security and sustainable agricultural production in the context of climate change.

In preparation for the report, this conference will explore the linkages between climate change, agricultural trade and food security. It will provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners from around the world to come together and exchange ideas on the study and management of the ways in which climate change will affect agricultural production and international agricultural trade.

The main conference language will be English. Simultaneous i

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dec
04

YPARD Myanmar Promotion Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  04 December 2017, All Day Event
  +95

               YPARD- Myanmar Promotional Event

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

Date : 4th December 2017

Place: Yezin Agricultural University(YAU), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Topic discussion: Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

Contents

• Myanmar ranks second in the list of top ten climate hazardous countries in the world

• Climate change (drought, erratic, rainfall, flooding and some climate extreme events) is negatively affecting agricultural crop production, food security and economic growth in Myanmar.

Is CSA a solution?

• CSA is an approach to sustainable agriculture farming in the climate change context

Five CSA Strategies for discussion

1. Improve soil nutrient and management (Conservation Agriculture)

2. Improve water harvesting and irrigation management

3. Improve application of climate change adaptation strat

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sep
18

Smart Water for Agriculture Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 September 2017, 14:00-19:00
  Nairobi

Participation by invitation only!   

AgriProFocus Kenya, on behalf of The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), has organised a lesson sharing session on Smart Water Solutions for agriculture in Kenya. The learning event is anchored around EKN in Kenya-funded programme, Smart Water for Agriculture Programme implemented by a consortium that includes SNV, Meta Meta, Royal Tropical Institute, Aqua for All,  Tropica and Wageningen University. 

The four-year programme aims to increase water productivity, income and food security by developing climate-smart and market-led ‘smart water' solutions to 20,000 farmers in five counties. By using less water and energy to decrease their input costs, these small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers are expected to increase the income and profitability of their farms.

This session is open to stakeholders in the agri-food and water sectors, where we will be exploring potential areas for collaboration through:

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 23 August 2017 at 02:09

Click here for English version

Kesempatan mendapat 25,000 Euro untuk ide bisnismu!

Kali ini ada peluang istimewa untuk entrepreneur Indonesia. Kolaborasi dengan Kedutaan Besar Kerajaan Belanda di Jakarta memungkinkan satu pemenang diseleksi dari proposal proyek yang berlokasi di Indonesa. Peluang menang dari Indonesia lebih besar. Ayo segera kirim idemu!

MoMo4Climate mengundangmu untuk mengirim ide kreatif pada periode ketiga btahun 2017. Kamu ditantang untuk mengirim proposal bisnis inovaif yang mampu menarik investasi swasta untuk mitigasi dan adaptasi perubahan iklim di negara berkembang. Tahun ini, hadiah untuk dua proposal paling menjanjikan adalah 25,000 euro. Lihat www.momo4climate.org lebih lanjut dan kirim proposalmu paling lambat tanggal 17 September 2017.

Apa keuntungan buatmu?

Sejak 2014 kami menerima sekitar seratus proposal bisnis secara total. MoMo4Climate telah membantu beberapa proposal ini untuk melangkah lebih lanjut. Misalnya, hadiah uang memungkinkan Royal IHC, sal

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 19 August 2017 at 04:21

I am a Consultant in Public Health, Counselling Psychology and Wellness, Managing Director of JSR Traders and Agri Bio Developments, a division of Ednel Minerals Marketing Group (T) Limited. Tutor, Online Facilitator, Mentor and Ambassador of People’s Open Access Education Initiative [Peoples-uni http://www.peoples-uni.org/], Manchester Metropolitan University [http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/] and African Changemaker Network [http://africanchangemakers.org]. I am the President of African Union Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly in Africa [EBAFOSA Tanzania Chapter http://www.ebafosa.org/] I designed a Five Year 2017-2021 Action Plan to support Tanzania Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, National Resilience and Food Security Day , National Inter Agency Task Force to monitor and evaluate interventions on adaptation and mitigation of Global Climate Change in Tanzania.JSR Traders executes an innovation that is positioning and branding the Health, Education,Environment, En

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for joining our community Joel! You are more than welcome! I hope this platform will be of use to you. You can easily connect to other users by clicking on the contacts tab in the menu. You can also use the search bar to search for any topic you are interested in. Many members have shared their experiences over the past years, so there is much to find out. If you need any further assistance you can contact our colleagues in Dar es Salaam through tanzania@agriprofocus.com 

5 months 5 days ago

aug
30

Free Webinar - Engaging African youth in agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  30 August 2017, 14:00-15:00
  Online

About the live webinar

This webinar is a culmination of a month long online discussion organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation. The discussion, which commenced on World Youth Skills Day (15th July) and ended on the International Youth Day (12th August) explored the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate.

As a wrap-up to the online discussion, this webinar will discuss novel opportunities for youth, practitioners, policy makers, scientists, technical experts and other stakeholders emerging in the discussion and provide an impetus towards developing a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness within the context of a changing climate. The youth do not have the right skills and opportunities to develop their talents for a prosperous and sustainable

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 31 July 2017 at 12:07

Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?

As agricultural production across the world is increasingly threatened by climate change and overpopulation, some farmers are exploring radical alternatives like agroecology – which might just be the answer to global hunger

By Henrietta Moore (Director of UCL Institute for Global Prosperity)  

You wouldn’t necessarily know it, but right now Africa is facing a food crisis. With Brexit, global terror attacks, the war in Syria and the seemingly endless string of sporting fixtures vying for our collective attention in 2016 so far, the fact that up to 50 million people across east and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger seems to have largely escaped mention.

The continent has been wracked by drought following one of the strongest ever El Niños. And while a natural phenomenon is the immediate cause, however, Africa’s food security has been undermined over recent decades by the rise of mono cropping – the planting of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2017 at 06:08

Ethiopian Coffee Is Being Endangered by Climate Change


According to a recent study by Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in London, the effects of climate change could cause Ethiopian Arabica coffee beans to go extinct before the end of the century. The study finds that the number of locations in Ethiopia naturally suited to growing Arabica is projected to drop anywhere from 68 percent to 99.7 percent—or extinction—by 2080.

Climate change is affecting the conditions Arabica needs to grow. Higher temperatures and lower rainfall in Ethiopia are leading to warmer nights, a shorter rainy season, and significant and increasingly frequent droughts, all of which Ethiopian coffee farmers are noticing hurts coffee production.

The other main coffee species, Robusta, is easier to cultivate, more disease-resistant, and cheaper than Arabica, but it typically has a sharper and more bitter taste and is far less common. Arabica is indigenous to Ethiopia and comprises nearly all the county’s coffee production

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Gizaw Legesse Dear shimeles Desta, Thank you for sharing, please keep it up!!

5 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 26 July 2017 at 01:50

Agroecology: sustainable land use

“… The man begins to assert, as he learns to respect and understand the ground he walks on.” Atahualpa Yupanqui

It is common to consider soil as an inert, lifeless, made only for minerals. But hundreds of species of animals, plants, fungi and bacteria are found inhabiting soil and they play a very important role in the ecological and environmental balance.

The reality we seldom fail to see is desertification is progressing slowly. This process involves the degradation of environment in general and soil degradation in particular due to climate changes but mostly due to human activities. The problem with these degraded soils is a slow recovery and the great effort to reverse this situation.

The full article is found here:

Sarah Assefa Lovely! Please add the first part of the asserted quote! Nice link, I want to learn to better respect the ground that I walk on, the ground that feeds me!

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 June 2017 at 11:39

How dairy farmers can mitigate & adapt to climate change

Watch how dairy farmers in South-West Uganda are innovating their farming practices to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.   


Anne Marie Kortleve HI Jacob, the link does not work for me and I'm curious to see. Can you add the correct YouTube-link? Thnx!

7 months 2 weeks ago

Jacob Olanya Hello Anne Marie Kortleve, It seems we had a problem with the network but its now up.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 June 2017 at 01:56

Call for Papers -  Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa", Nairobi, Kenya, 16-18 Oct 2017

The book “Climate Change Adaptation and Droughts Resilience in Africa: building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer, which since its creation in 2008 has become the world´s leading book series on climate change management.

The symposium is being organized by Strathmore University in Kenya, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). 

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental and non-gover

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Nicole Metz 7th - 9th November 2017: Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa, Nairobi, KenyaNote that the date has changed, apparently. See leaflet with information here:https://www.haw-hamburg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/FakLS/07Forschung/FTZ-ALS/Veranstaltungen/_PDF/Nairobi.Symposium.Flyer.pdf

4 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 April 2017 at 05:09

Earth Day 2017 - Planting and Silent Chat with Nature 

We commemorated this year's Earth Day by revitalising Karura forest's glory by planting over 150 trees with our members. This year's international day whose theme was  "Environmental and Climate Literacy"  is a relevant theme for the network, because a literate society is able to make informed choices to reduce the impacts of climate change by taking care of the earth. 

Youth in conservation 

This day was also crucial to reflect as a country on climate commitments by engaging in activities that will replenish our beautiful country. It was an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in agroforestry, land restoration, and afforestation and reforestation projects. Planting trees and enhancing forest cover is critical work because it has the potential to restore land, benefit local communities, and combat climate change. In fact, poverty is linked to deforestation, and without tackling sectors like agriculture a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 6 April 2017 at 04:45

A new network and fresh perspectives on Nuffic Alumni food security event Yangon

On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.

All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGO’s, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.

On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.

Critical questions to the government

The aft

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Wim Goris thanks for the update. will you circulate presentations too?

9 months 3 weeks ago

Bente Meindertsma Yes, we sent around the presentations to all the participants. If you're interested, I can share them with you too. 

9 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 21 February 2017 at 08:50

Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 21 February 2017 at 08:50

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for Da

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mar
21

Annual Agricultural Exhibition and Career expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  21 March 2017 to 23 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Makerere University, Kampala(Freedom square)

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) presents the biggest, most exciting and highly educative farmer event of the year. Come exhibit, network, market your product, share, learn new technologies etc. at the Annual Agricultural Exhibition and Career expo March 21st-23rd At the heart of Makerere University (Freedom square) guided by the theme *"The role of small holder farmers and the youth in agricultural transformation amidst changing climate and growing population"*.

Key Guests; Minister of youth and Children, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Executive director Enterprise Uganda, the Chief of party USAID feed the future YLA, MD CURAD LTD, Principal CAES and all lecturers of the college, Chairperson National Youth council, The country director AgriProFocus, MUCCRI Coordinator etc.

You are all invited for this exhibition with a facilitation fee of;

 150,000 UGX for a stall for three days (2m by 1m table, 3 chairs)

 700,0

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