The Agroecology Platform collaborated with the University of Padova (Italy) and with Catholic University (Ethiopia) to make the 6-day Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology course (Jan 22-27) a success, contributing particularly through expertise of the network members on the first day and by organizing the field visit to a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm on the 6th and final day of the course. On the opening day of the course three Agroecology network members made presentations:
• Dr. Fentahun Mengistu of AKLDP presented What is Agroecology? Issues and Examples from the Ethiopian context
• Dr. Zewdie Kassa of AAU presented on Ethiopian Agrobiodiversity
• Dr. Hailu Araya of Pelum Ethiopia presented recent Research Findings on Agroecological Practices in the Horn of Africa
AgriProFocus organized Agroecology Network member participation and the field visit learning activities. About 35 professionals p... Read more
I have read through a report prepared after SNV’s Smart water for Agriculture (SWA) learning event that took place on 18 September 2017 in Nairobi Kenya; it is clear new technologies in water harvesting, storage, and usage would lead to transformation of lives. This new knowledge and technologies if embraced would lead to eradication of poverty and ensure food security.
In the report one thing is evident – change of tact in SWA programs is necessary if we have to achieve SDGs No. 1,2 &13 . According to National irrigation Board (NIB) in Kenya, The government is re-looking into policies that have existed on irrigation, which have not borne fruits with intention of instituting changes. In fact the government is now seeking to empower and encourage private sector as strategic partners to take a bigger role in spearheading smart Water Agriculture technologies and practices.
Given that Agriculture is a devolved function in Ken... Read more
The Annual Regional BDS Conference is your premier thought leadership platform and marketplace on matters business development in Eastern Africa and beyond. For the last 12 years development practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy makers meet at the BDS Conference to reflect on growth of markets, emerging opportunities and progress towards realization of development goals in the Eastern African region. Over the years the conference has grown into a platform where participants forge partnerships, share lessons and successes and contribute to development policy in the region. The conference is organized by the Business Development Donor Coordination Group which is a congregation of donors and development agencies working in the areas of business and market development.
The objectives of the conference are:
1. Develop a community of practice and in market systems development
2. Facilitate learning, collaboration and joint action for organisations providing business development serv... Read more
This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:
++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?
++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?
++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?
Read more in this concept paper.
In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.
Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours... Read more
(or "CA" for short) include minimum
tillage, use of cover crops, crop rotations and associations, and use of crop residues to
build soil fertility and health.
On June 2 in Addis Abeba, 17 presentations sharing practical CA experience and research from 5 regions in Ethiopia were made, interactive and participatory question and answer sessions where held with panelists, and demonstrations of mechanization for CA in Ethiopia were displayed. The Soil Fertility Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources announced the status of their visionary work to integrate CA into extension policy.
CA successes and challenges identified by practitioners and researchers were discussed. Solutions for dilemmas such as integrating livestock with CA, use of herbicides in weed management, etc. were debated.
Proceedings from this event are attached.
This event was organized by three partners of the Agroecology Pla... Read more
Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and
international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in
the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not
surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to
climate change and extreme weather events. Media reports indicate the
rate of malnutrition is above emergency levels in some areas while other
parts of the country have serious acute malnutrition levels.
The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy (KCSAS) has been developed to guide investments and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities guaranteeing productivity and food security, while addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The overall objective of the strategy is to build resilience and minimize emissions from agricultural farming systems for enhanced food and nutritional security and improved livel... Read more
Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.
Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.
My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:
- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?
- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?
- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?
The deadline to submit an abstract (of 200-words) for the Symposium on "Rainwater-Smart Management in sub-Saharan Africa" is October 30, 2016. You may contact Josep de Trincheria at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“One person’s approach is another person’s solution,” “Cross-pollination of conservation agriculture ideas, practices, and approaches from different geographic regions with different experiences of climate helps us learn a variety of ways of dealing with it.” These were some finding during the May 2016 Conservation Agriculture conference in Zimbabwe. Please find a short report HERE.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach to managing agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment. It is very similar to....
Climate-smart agriculture: Climate-smart agriculture refers to a set of agricultural practices that diversify livelihoods and protect environmental services in order to increase people's capacity to adapt to climate change, while also reducing GHG emissions.
Climate-smart landscape: A climate-smart landscape is characterised by climate-smart practic... Read more
Haramaya University has this year won a competitive World Bank grant amounting to 6,000,000 (six million) US Dollars to establish an African Center of Excellence in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. This is good NEWS for Africa that disproportionately affected by climatic change and food insecurity. For more information
Dear APF Member, I would like to share this question with you:
Climate change is creating risks and opportunities for agriculture. Risks include yield and price volatility as well as pressure to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. With this respect, the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are promoting “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA), which includes practices that sequester carbon in soils and link it to developing soil carbon markets. On the other hand, manufacturing firms are given a license, which determines the permissible volume of carbon-dioxide emissions in to the atmosphere.
Though, they seems two contradicting ideas:
How climate friendly they are (climate-smart agriculture =ensuring food security through climate friendly agriculture and Carbon Marketing= ensuring the industry operation by allowing them to buy a license to emit carbon dioxide) to securing climate sustainability?
Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop [Pre-Conference Event]
Climate-Smart Agriculture Workshops focuses on approaches for effective program design of climate-smart agriculture in support of both country and regional agricultural development programmes. Climate-smart agriculture incorporates practices that increase productivity, efficiency, resilience, adaptive capacity, and mitigation potential of production systems.
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Bénin : foire paysan sur l’agriculture familiale dans un contexte de changement de climat.
Le coordinateur du réseau AgriProFocus au Benin, M. Marcel Djihoun, vient de m’informer que le réseau béninois prépare quelques activités très concrètes dans le domaine de l’agriculture durable.
En octobre 2015, une foire spéciale sera organisée, sur les filières agricoles, vue de l’angle changement climatique. La foire créera une plateforme de partage sur les pratiques innovatrices comme le développement des semences adaptées, les cultures à cycle courte, les techniques pour améliorer la fertilité des sols, des améliorations ‘durables’ dans plusieurs parts des filières, etc. Elle sera aussi une espace de rencontre entre les acteurs de la chaine de valeur: paysans et paysannes, autres entreprises, coopératives, fournisseurs de services.
A la veille de la foire, il y aura une visite de terrain pour connaitre les acquis et les défis des producteurs et productrices eux-mêmes. Cec... Read more
The following study was shared today in the context of the Climate Smart Agriculture research conference.
This study examines the incentives and constraints to adoption of the promoted climate-smart agricultural practices in Kaptumo, Nandi County of Kenya. Findings and insights from this study provides useful knowledge on the dynamics of adoption of the Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices and lessons learnt to further inform extension, projects and up-scaling. The results from this study are valid for the population in the MICCA pilot site and may be generalized to similar areas in Nandi County and other counties in the country, which are characterized by tea-maize-dairy farming system and small land sizes. The study considers wider policy, institutional and social structures and processes that may affect adoption. In addition the assessment also provides fa