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 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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The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), with support from Biodiversity International and Climate Change Agricultural and Food Security (CCFAS), has built a community seed bank in Hoima district, Uganda. The facility that cost sh55m, will be used for preserving indigenous seeds, so as to make them available to farmers who may need to grow a particular variety.
Dr. Ambrose Agona, the director general of NARO, said the seed bank demonstrates their commitment to conserving biodiversity. He was speaking during the launch of the seed bank in Kibaire village, Kyabigambire sub-county. The seed bank is located about 13km from Hoima town.
... Read moreDr Sylester Dickson Baguma, the director of research at Bulindi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (BUZARDI), said the seed bank would ensure that a variety of seeds is conserved for posterity. He said farmers would benefit from the seed bank by crossing their varieties with those in the facility to gener
This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg.
The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.
Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”.
1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems
2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa
3. The critical role... Read more
The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:
Analysis: Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Development
The writer thinks achieving sustainable development in developing countries like Ethiopia calls for the adoption of a set of diversified Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) practices. The analysis continues:
"Since the Ethiopian economy is mainly dependent on the productivity of smallholder farmers, this makes SAI, which is an increase in agricultural production per unit of inputs, the order of the day.
According to, Dr. Tagel Gebrehiwot of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), tripling food demand from 2010-2050 is going to become a major challenge in Africa. Ethiopia's domestic demand for cereals in 2050 will be 2.62 times higher than was in 2010.
Referring to the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy of Ethiopia, Tagel says agricultural land will need to expand by 3.9 percent per year in order to achieve the growth targets set for the agricultural sector from 2010-2030.
Under the Business as... Read more
Value addition can come in many forms. In South Africa, with the Wildlands Trees for Life Programme, community-based tree seedling growers (many of whom are youth) trade their seedlings for food, water tanks, and small business loans. Read more here.
Attention: "Surviving tree project" team from the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Network, that has been studying tree seedling value chains in Ethiopia - this may be of interest!
To sustain something means to maintain for an undetermined length of time. In reference to agriculture, it takes on the additional loaded meaning of conservation, preservation and safety. Consumers want to feel good about the food they eat, and the idea of sustainable farming gives them security and less guilt when they purchase food in the store. It gives them a comfortable position from which they live and feed their family. Sustainability is personal, emotional and eternal in its perception power.
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Une nouvelle technique de conservation de la tomate a vu le jour au Burundi. Il s'agit de la conservation de la tomate par la cendre, une méthode pas chère pour de petits exploitants agricoles!!!!
À l’Est du Burundi, les tomates sont en abondance pendant la période d’août et septembre. Cependant, les producteurs et les productrices ont du mal à conserver leurs tomates pour les vendre plus tard. Une grande quantité de tomates pourrissent.
Après de nombreux essaie ,M Vital NDUWIMANA producteur de Tomates a découvert une méthode de conservation de la Tomate écologique et qui ne coûte rien. Découvrir son histoire ici.
Dear Members and Partners,
You are cordially invited to attend the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day, to be held on Friday 2nd of December 2016 in AZZEMAN Hotel, Addis Ababa.
As you may recall, at the end of every year we organize this Annual Network Day to bring together our members and partners for exciting and fruitful activities:
Un ouvrage technique et pratique sur la conservation des grains de céréales post-récolte en zone tropicale.
The Conservation Agreements Private Partnership Platform (CAPPP) invites applicants to submit Letters of Intent to assess the feasibility of implementing conservation agreements. The feasibility analysis will follow the process and requirements specified in the Conservation Agreement Field Guide. Budget available per feasibility analysis is between $10,000 and $20,000, and the feasibility analysis report is expected to be ready in less than six months. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent in English to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15, 2016, using the form available here. For additional information on the geographies and selection criteria, please refer to theCAPPP operations manual. The CAPPP is an initiative financed by the GEF, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency.
Understanding Conservation Agriculture: A manual for implementation/ Taarifa juu ya Kilimo Hifadhi: Mwongozo wa utekelezaji;
The SWADE sustainable land management project in collaboration with
the network for Improved Management of Agricultural Water in East and Southern Africa have prepared a Conservation Agriculture (CA) manual for implementation. Through its simple and straight forward narration, the manual has put forth the following;
- Principles of CA
- A CA Calendar for farmers to follow
- CA options including; The hand hoe, advantages of basins and use of the ripper
- Benefits of CA
- Meeting challenges of CA,
Moreover, in its annexes, the manual ha included a CA training curriculum, and record keeping books for hand hoe farmers and for farmers with Limited draught animal access.
To read the manual, click on the attached pdf document.
Moreover, the CCAP project which is jointly implemented by MJUMITA, MVIWATA, TFCG, Action Aid and Toam have prepared a Swahili training manual on CA... Read more
VACANCY – CONSERVATION ENTERPRISE OFFICER
For more than 50 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been a key player in African Conservation and sustainable development. AWF is seeking a high performing and motivated individual to support its conservation enterprise activities in Kenya by responding to community requests and reviewing reports from partners. This role will also entail monitoring enterprise activities and organizing events with and for partners. The successful candidate must demonstrate some experience, knowledge and understanding of enterprise activities at community as well as private sector level and working with government departments in the devolved governance system in Kenya. This position will report to the Program Manager, Conservation Enterprise. This is a three month temporary position and wil... Read more