networkDay2017

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 November 2017 at 09:22

Taking Lead on SDG 13; Climate Action: Reflections from the APF Network Day 2017

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2017 at 01:40

What are the successful models of investing in climate smart agriculture?

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.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2017 at 09:25

Enhancing food security and business opportunities through food waste and loss reduction in a changing climate: Reflections from the Network Day 2017

According to 2011 FAO Global Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) report, a third of all food produced in the world of human consumption never reach the consumer's table.These amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted evey year.

The Food Waste and Loss session brought on board various stakeholders who shared their insights that helped to draft an ACTION PLAN.The following were the represented stakeholders: Practitioners with a change maker attitude; Policymakers who can twist policies in a sustainable and inclusive way; Businesses that turn waste into value; Businesses that offer value chain systems; Innovators with innovative solutions to Food Loss and Waste (FLW); Entrepreneurs that can scale-up tested and applicable innovations to make money while addressing Food Loss and Waste.

The session began on a high note with Dr.Jane Ambuko f

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Peter Kangacha Interesting read this one. Hopefully, we can have a policy approach to food loss initiative such that wastage is reduced through awareness creation on utilization of especially horticultural commodities that do not necessarily meet "cosmetic Specification". 

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Jemimah Nyangasi Great insights there! Thank you Peter Kangacha

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Peter Kangacha https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/home/topics/waste-not-want-not/forecast-and-promo-failures-driving-waste-warns-tacon/560504.articleThey are simply saying that food waste is so ingrained in the supply chain that decisions of especially retail chains contribute to a great percentage of the waste. Such decisions as last minute cancellation of orders and change of cosmetic standards are quite so rampant among retailers since no policy exists to curtail it. This is being said by the groceries adjudicator, the same office that should reign in on retail chains to be responsive as reduce food wastage. Too bad that these decisions affect the often less able producers in developing countries, exacerbating the cycle of poverty and unwarranted inequalities. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 November 2017 at 08:22

Essence of a Network: Lessons from Kenya AgriProFocus Network Day 2017

"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:

Contagious Passion

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

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Dorina Prech Shadrack, many thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts and reflections on the network day. Your support during this time was truly appreciated. 

3 weeks 3 days ago

Jemimah Nyangasi This is so insinghtful! Thank you Shadrack for sharing.It was indeed a great pleasure working with you.I look forward to further engagements.

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