The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.
In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B... Read more
There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.
Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.
This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.
The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak
Fall Army worm larvae can affect many crops including maize, rice sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. By end of January 2018, it was reported that all Sub Saharan Africa countries except Djibouti, Eritrea and Lesotho were affected with FAW infestation and expected to spread further in the rest of the continent. The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) took a leading role in convening partners towards developing a comprehensive guide towards tackle this challenge.
The guide summarizes the important technical information about the worm and describes in details on how to integrate FAW management in a farmer Field School(FFS) where it focuses on providing resources and ideas on how to integrate FAW management in FFS.
Some of the key guidelines and advice to effectively and sustainably manage FAW include:
SHOW CASE GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE IN EAST AFRICA: Sustainable Agriculture Practices, Irrigation and Cropping, Data & ICT for agri and mAgri solutions, Resilient Agricultural Systems to Address Climate Change, Risk-mitigation Finance & Insurance
Read more : http://csa-africa.aidforum.org/
On earlier invitation only by CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BK. On 6 and 7 February 2018, the GCP projects will be officially launched in Arusha, Tanzania. The projects are expected to achieve impact on the objective of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) which is to promote research-based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in global and regional food security and their impact on local food security, and the role of private sector development. The kick-off meeting is the start of a collaboration between CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BKP. A key focus of this collaboration is on impact, and how to realize the involvement of target groups and the back flowing of results into society, in particular policy and practice.
Read more here: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/unpacking-climate-smart-agriculture-upscaling-east-africa#.WnREaYjOVPY
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands.
The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.
Download the programme here.
If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: firstname.lastname@example.org
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).
The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.
If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester email@example.com
Zuid-Afrika bijeenkomst 25 januari en Scoping Report Climate Smart Agriculture
Op 25 januari organiseren NWP, RVO.nl, Verbos Business Development en de UvW een gecombineerde bijeenkomst in het kader van het Partners voor Water programma en de Water en AgriFood Nexus in Zuid-Afrika. Tevens zal de landbouwraad, Jack Vera aanwezig zijn en zijn visie met u delen. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst kijken we terug op de activiteiten van het Zuid-Afrikaplatform in 2017 en bereiden we ons voor op de daaruit voortgekomen acties. Zo hebben het bezoek van Minister Mokonyane aan de Amsterdam International Water Week, het City of the Future evenement in Durban en de Economische Missie in Kaapstad, gezorgd voor een goede positionering van de Nederlandse water sector in Zuid-Afrika in 2017.
Registeren voor deze bijeenkomst kan tot dinsdag 23 januari via deze link. Hier vindt u ook de details over de locatie en tijd.
In 2018 wordt in juni de WISA conferentie (water) in Kaapstad georganiseerd en in augustus staat de... Read more
REPORT AND ANALYSIS OF UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE 2017 (COP23), BONN GERMANY.
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The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Bonn, Germany from 6th to 17th November 2017 under the Fiji Presidency to build upon the pledge of action established at COP22 Marrakech, and to emphasize the need for solid progress toward a 1.5-degree Celsius scenario, the goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change (COP21 Paris).
The African Group emphasize that agriculture plays the central role in the economic and social development of its people, since the mentioned priorities for Africa and its communities in Pre-2020 Climate Action are to: ensure food security; eradicate poverty and enhance soci... Read more
2nd International Symposium on Agroecology
Dear partners and colleagues,
As you may know, FAO is organizing the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology (more information here: https://goo.gl/ic7PTf).
Agroecology depends on the co-creation of local capacities and knowledge –often building on traditional knowledge- that works with complex systems under changing environmental, social and economic conditions. That requires shifting the emphasis from traditional technology transfer approaches to identifying, supporting and strengthening the institutions and processes needed to enable innovative ways of knowledge creation and sharing.
As part of the Symposium, FAO will co-organize and host a ‘Market place on innovation for agroecology’. With the present call, we would like to highlight innovative example actions or processes from a wide range of actors involved in agriculture and food systems in their diversity
There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.
The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters.
Helping more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, adapt to climate change must go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures into nationa... Read more
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 - smart agriculture (CSA) seeks to support countries in securing the necessary policies as well as the technical and financial conditions.These enables the countries to:
-sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes;
-build both the resilience and the capacity of agricultural and food systems to adapt to climate change;
-seek opportunities to reduce and remove green house gasses (GHG) in order to meet their national food security and development goals.
Good CSA models exist with lessons learnt but most have not been shared hence limiting the ability for partnership and scale up.
The Successful Models of Investing in CSA forum during the APF Network Day 2017 fostered sharing and le... Read more
"Your network determines your net worth". This statement should be the guiding mantra for agriculture enthusiasts who seek to ensure Zero hunger Sustainable Development Goal is achieved. If we are to achieve food security in Africa it then behooves us to employ every tactic and techniques to make sure better knowledge and skills reach those who matter – small scale farmers!
During the AgriProFocus Network day held in Safari Park on the 15th of November, several things stood out for me and this I think if diffused to the lowest ranks we would experience exponential growth in agricultural sector in the world. Below are some of the issues:
Given the role I was playing I had an opportunity to interact with majority of delegates. What was clear from my interaction is the passion with which people shared what they are doing in their small ways to improve both their lives and that of their clients was invigo... Read more
In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:
- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted
- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches
- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security
- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector
- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector
- Global Database on city and regional food policies
- Dutch Development Results in p... Read more
Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.
Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.
A short description of the eight projects which have receiv... Read more
26th October 2017
For the Agroecology platform's new Agroecological Weed and Pest Management Working Group, Dr Fentahun from AKLDP presented the overall situation related to the new pest, Fall Army worm (FAW). He also shared a technical brief focusing on the characteristics of the pest, agro-climatic conditions and agro-ecological consistency affecting FAW, and management options and on suggested action points for the FAW in the context of Ethiopia.
Fall Army worm has existed for more than 150 years in Central, Eastern and South America. It is able to attack up to 186 crop species from a wide variety of families. It reproduces quickly and is able to travel far and fast, adult moths flying up to 100 km/day. It was identified in Ethiopia in February 2017, and due to its quick reproductive nature and favorable environmental conditions, it has now present in 8... Read more
26th October 2017
For the agroecology platform facilitated by AgriProFocus, Dr George Deichert from GIZ SLM made a presentation differentiating between Agroecology, CSA, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Modern Agriculture and other forms of agriculture. He focused on CSA and outlined a framework for rating the degree to which activities can be considered climate smart.
CSA (like agroecology) is defined as more based on principles rather than directive recommendations as per Conventional and Modern Agriculture. The three CSA pillars are adaptation, mitigation and production. GIZ developed guidelines to assess the degree of climate smartness of activities by scoring a range of economic and environmental parameters. It is important to note that sometimes production is weighted so heavily that activities termed as “climate smart” may not actually have true adaptation aspect: increase in productivity (a... 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
Read about push and pull plants to protect maize crops in the latest issue of African Farming.
As a sideline, they mention the use of sand to protect the young plant (funnel of leaves stage) from the FAW caterpillar. Who has more about this?
3 pages in this link:
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