Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems, but its feasibility is also contested. In this video, FiBL researcher Adrian Müller presents a food systems model that addresses agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture to analyse the role that organic agriculture could play in sustainable food systems. The results show, that a 100% conversion to organic agriculture needs more land than conventional agriculture but reduces Nitrogen-surplus and pesticide use. However, in combination with reductions of food wastage and food-competing feed from arable land, with correspondingly reduced production and consumption of animal products, land use under organic agriculture remains below the reference scenario. Other indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions also improve. Besides focusing on production, sustainable food systems need to... Read more
Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.
Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:
Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)
YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi... Read more
On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.
This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.
During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.
This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why a... Read more
No Tree, No Bee, No Honey, No Money
I am Jony in organic honey business working with rural unemployed youth in natural forest area. The my pilot project of developing sustainable supply chain was among top ten finalists from 338 projects as part of the Solutions Search competition.
Can you help by clicking on the link below and voting for my entry "Apis Agribusiness" ? I would be mega grateful if you also ask your friends to do the same. The more votes I get, the more likely to win. The vote will end on July 7.
Dengan membangun sistem kontrol internal (ICS) gula kelapa organik Jatirogo, 1.554 petani anggota memiliki posisi tawar leih kuat dalam pemasaran gula kelapanya. Sistem ini telah sukses mengekspor gula semut organik ke berbagai negara. Setelah memperoleh sertifikasi internasional (EU, regulation, NOP-USDA, dan JAS) KSU Jatirogo berkolaborasi dengan perusahaan ekspor mampu mengekspor gula semut organik ke berbagai negara seperti Amerika Serikat, Australia, Eropa dan Asia.
Banyak orang mempertanyakan kemampuan petani mengekspor produknya. Dengan mengorganisasi diri untuk memproduksi secara organik, petani gula kelapa organik dari pegunungan Menoreh membuktikan kemampuannya mengekspor gula semut. Sejak 2011, mereka juga telah mampu membiayai sertifikasi internasional secara mandiri tanpa bantuan donor. Baca kisah mereka lebih lengkap di http://orgprints.org/24320/2/24320.pdf
Kenya Urban Farmers Network is a project of DanTony real Estate www.dantonyrealestate.com. Our experienced urban farmers make gardening simple, fun, and rewarding for people in Nairobi and other counties across the country.
We believe in local, organic, and sustainably-grown food you can feel proud of eating and sharing with your friends and family. Our best urban farming and backyard gardening products include raised beds, self-watering containers, hanging planters, and a lot of garden accessories.
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BIOFACH 2017 offers outstanding presentation possiblities for new products, innovations and trends, high media focus and to cultivate personal contacts with regional and global players. Additionally. Germany is a strategic market for Tanzanian products taking into consideration the preference to become a part of world leading trade for organic sector.
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AgriProFocus Indonesia terhubung dengan Lewi Cuaca di Workshop Nasional Pengembangan Industri Kecil Gula Kelapa dan Aren, Desember tahun lalu. Lewi, begitu ia biasa disapa, adalah CEO PT Profil Mitra Abadi (PMA) yang memiliki banyak mitra penderes nira di Purwokerto dan sekitarnya. Lewat PT PMA, Lewi mengekspor produk-produk premium Indonesia ke Eropa seperti gula semut kelapa, chips singkong, kacang lurik Flores, buah naga kering, kacang mete, selai kacang yang semuanya organik. AgriProFocus Indonesia mewawancarai Lewi untuk mengetahui bagaimana ia terjun ke bisnis premium , setelah sekian lama bekerja di perusahaan multinasional.
Mengapa Anda memutuskan untuk menjalankan usaha sendiri padahal sudah punya posisi yang mapan di Perusahaan?
Saya memutuskan keluar dari perusahaan ketika saya merasa bisa melakukan pekerjaan lebih baik. Saat itu saya pikir saya lebih pintar dari siapapun di perusahaa... Read more
Arrowroots are typical wetland crops. They need a soil full of moisture. That’s why they are grown mostly in swampy areas. But they can easily grow without a swamp, even in semi-arid areas as Simon Wachieni in Thika, Kenya demonstrates.
Well managed moist-soil can be retained in an artificial but organic way. ‘All you need is polyetheen foil and a good soil’, Wachieni explains. ‘And of course water.’ But not too much, as the foil preserves the water.
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The venue of the exhibition is Mulindi Ground Show at Kigali-Rwanda, at 10 minutes from the Kigali International Airport. The exhibition will be held on July 31 to August 3, 2015, the best time to visit Rwanda. The timings for the exhibition are from 9:00 in the morning till 8:00 in the evening.
This exhibition will surely benefit the visitors who want organic products and also policy markers, operators, donors, exporters, importers, researchers, processors, investors in organic sector from Africa, Europe, America, Oceania and Asia.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact
Dear AgriProFocus Member,
Thank you for your interest in certified organic and Fair for Life Social and Fair Trade farming practices.
We will be holding a one day introduction training on Wednesday May 13th from 9am to 5pm at our Jakana Foods factory to review your eligibility for becoming NOP and EU organic certified and Fair For Life (FFL) certified under Jakana Foods Ltd certification.
1) Have at least 1 to 20+ acres of land which you would commit to farming under strict organic certification rules. If any chemicals used in last 3 years, it will require a conversion period. At first, we prefer to concentrate in Kayunga/Luwero/Mukono Districts based on the location of our driers, but we are open to other locations.
2) Commitment to follow social and fair trade practices, including environmental protection, under the FFL certification rules.
3) Products required: M2 Pineapple, dodo "salad" mango, yellow/orange-flesh(not red) papaya, jackfruit, an... Read more
Aart van den Bos is sharing a 7p summary of the “100% Organic Egypt” study conducted by Soil & More in 2012. It aimed to find out which agricultural system – organic or “business as usual” - will be more sustainable in the long run with regards to both, ecological and economic performance. The tools and standards used in this study are:
• The carbon footprint was calculated using the Cool Farm Tool which was developed by the Sustainable Food Lab and is supported by Unilever.
• Calculations of water footprints were carried out according to the standards of the Water Footprint Network.• To determine the farm economics part, actual costs of agricultural inputs for producing one tonne of crop were used, taking into consideration government subsidies, water tax and carbon tax but excluding subsidies on seeds and pesticides.
Help farmers in Machakos County, Kenya access organic fertilisers that can help them achieve transformations like the one below on their farms. Join the #WandaRevolution and help farmers in Machakos increase their yields, boosts their incomes and harvest food of higher nutritional quantities!
To all that may help us,
we are looking for Lodges and Restaurants interested in our organic products.
Our farmers produce a good range of varieties, among those:
Avocado, banana, beetroot,cabbages (red & green), carrot, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, various herbs, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms (fresh oyster), onion (red & white), papaya, potato, pumpkin, roquette, rhubarb, green peppers, tomato, turnips.
Everything is organically grown following the principles of the bio-intensive agriculture. Fertilization is done through green manures, animal manure, enriched compost, bio slurry from bio digestion (where available)
Crop protection is done through application of natural pesticides, either commercial or produced at the farms.
If someone is interested, or knows someone that might be, you can contact me at the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for any support.
The African Organic Agriculture Training Manual aims at delivering best farming practices to farmers, farmer groups, extension workers and trainers in Africa. Among many others, some of the topics covered in the manual include; Soil fertility management, Pest, Disease and Weed management and Crop management. Enjoy reading the manual HERE.
Mwongozo huu wa mafunzo ya kilimo-hai, umelenga kutoa mafunzo bora kwa wakulima, vikundi vya wakulima, wataalamu wa kilimo na wakufunzi Afrika. Baadhi ya mafunzo yaliyomo ndani ya mwongozo huu ni pamoja na maelezo juu ya usimamizi wa rutuba ya udongo, wadudu, magonjwa na magugu, kupanda pamoja na mengine mengi. Ili kujisomea muongozo huu, Ingia HAPA.
Uganda, the pearl of Africa, has taken important steps in transforming conventional agricultural production into an organic farming system, with significant benefits for its economy, society and the environment. Organic Agriculture (OA) is defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as a holistic production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It prohibits the use of synthetic inputs, such as drugs, fertilizers and pesticides. An Agribusiness Expert in Uganda shared with our reporter the future of organic agriculture in the Uganda.
Be part of the debate on Organic Farming - Thursday, 18th December 2014
You are invited to attend a half day workshop to debate on ’’Organic Farming practices’’ in Rwanda. This will be held on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at SNV Office from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The ’’Agro-Ecological practices Innovation Community’’ (one of our nine innovation communities active in 2014) has conducted a study on ’’The assessment of Agro-Ecological practices situation in Rwanda’’.
It is in this regards that Agri-ProFocus Rwanda is organizing this debate with the objective of sharing results of the study. In this workshop, we will listen to experiences from different partners involved in both the organic and the conventional agriculture sectors in Rwanda.
We believe that this is a great opportunity to discuss ways of improving this sector which presents many opportunities.
You can confirm your participation in this workshop, by writing an e-mail to apf.agrihub.rwanda... Read more