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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!!

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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:

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!

2 months 1 week ago

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

2 months 1 week 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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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?

4 months 2 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. 

4 months 1 week 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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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 February 2017 at 06:55

Uganda: Address Challenges of Rain-Fed Agriculture With Practical Solutions

By David Ossiya

Last year, I ventured into commercial farming and invested a considerable amount of money which unfortunately I lost due to a prolonged drought. The year 2016 was tough for farmers countrywide as the rains did not fall when they should have and certainly not in the amounts expected. In Soroti where I was, we had very little rain while in Busoga where a friend was growing the exact same crops as I was, they had too much rain resulting in flooding and water logging. Climate change is both a global and national problem and our policy makers must accept that our agro-based economy can no longer rely on purely rain-fed agriculture. That would be playing Russian roulette with the elements. The odds of success are just not in our favour.

Come along President Museveni advising and demonstrating to farmers how to irrigate their gardens using a bicycle and jerrycan to fetch water. The President was widely criticise

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 November 2016 at 07:50

INVITATION TO THE NATIONAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIVE MEETING TO REVIEW AND INPUT IN THE UGANDA STRATEGIC PROGRAMME FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE; 1ST DECEMBER 2016 AT HOTEL AFRICANA

The government of Uganda under the leadership of the Ministry of Water and Environment is in the process of developing a national Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). The SPCR reflects the choice of Ugandan stakeholders to adopt a programmatic approach to mainstream climate change adaptation into national and local plans and strategies, with a particular focus on strengthening the resilience of rural and urban communities and their socio-economic infrastructure, as well as building the capacity of national institutions and empowering non state actors to be fully engaged in the process. A team from MWE has been engaged in national and regional level consultations on the SPCR process of which some of you might have been part of.

In order to further extend the opportunity for stakeholders' engagemen

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Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Richard, can you also put as an event, so it will be added to the calendar automatically? Thanks!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 November 2016 at 11:06

“Store Hay for dry Season” – President Advises Dairy Farmers

President Yoweri Museveni has strongly advised dairy farmers in the country to ensure proper feeding of their animals during dry seasons by cutting and storing grass that sprouts during the rainy season. The stored grass, he said, can be used in form of hay to feed their herds at the height of the dry spells to ensure more milk yields and improved quality of the animals.

“I have called you today to talk about 2 serious issues that can disorganize dairy farmers; under-feeding cattle during dry seasons and rearing cows without doing calculations,” he said.
The President made the remarks last evening at a meeting he convened at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district. The meeting drew cattle farmers from the cattle corridor in the country.

While thanking dairy farmers for shifting from keeping cattle in a traditional way to commercial farming, the President urged them to maintain the production of milk to satisfy the ava

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 November 2016 at 10:39

Agrictechug is growing big 

We are looking for supporters,funding to help our rural farmers

Reach us on +256779282748/757488185

Email justineokello48@gmail.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 November 2016 at 10:28

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We starting a project for seedlings as youth thus we are requesting for wellwishers ,supporters,funding and donor and also we looking foreword to agribusiness group to help our rural farmers with good market ,and ways to improve the quality of their products yes support us

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 November 2016 at 11:26

Have you ever heard of Climate Smart Agriculture?

Here is why its the new trend to go as farmers in developing worlds.

With global food security, climate change, population growth among others now being one of the world's major concern, there's need for farmers to meet the worlds food demand. Agricultural practices that are sustainable to climate change and shortage of land among others. With the growing population and need for more land for various human development activities, Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate (according to FAO). Some of the practices of Climate Smart Agriculture include integrated practicesAgricultural producers can use energy more efficiently as well as reduce their dependency on non-renewable energy sources. Well-planned agricultural systems can also produce energy sustainably without c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 November 2016 at 08:53

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launches a new tool for climate finance in the Dairy Sector

The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions - a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote investment in smallholder operations.

FAO's new Smallholder dairy methodology, tackles two major challenges facing agriculture today: the need to make agriculture more productive by increasing yields, while at the same time cutting agriculture's carbon footprint. By opening up new sources of finance, the methodology addresses the critical question of how to finance the necessary transition to a greener livestock sector.

The new methodology for the first time clearly identifies areas within dairy production where greenhouse emissions can be curbed – for example, by changi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2016 at 08:17

Ethiopia: Results of Climate Change On Smallholder Farmers

By Lyndal Rowlands

Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.

"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.

The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.

The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared to f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 October 2016 at 05:03

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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JACOB OGONDA Great!!!

9 months 3 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

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Short Course on Wetlands, Water, and Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  05 June 2017 to 23 June 2017 - All Day Event
  The Netherlands

Course

Wetlands, integrated water resources management and food security

Promoting the value of wetlands for conservation, food security and climate change resilience

Food security, water management and climate change call for a cross cutting and inclusive approach involving all relevant stakeholders and sectors. This requires persons who, next to technical knowledge, possess other skills such as facilitation, conflict management and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to advocate the important role of wetlands in integrated water resources management.

The course is based on the premise that stewards understand what integrated water resources management is, what wetlands are, the different types of wetlands, what services they provide and the role of the RAMSAR Convention. To be able to act as a water steward and to advocate for wetlands, you will also need to know how to facilitate multi-stakeholder proce

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