This conference takes place tomorrow 1 Dec 2017 in the Netherlands and will be attended by approx. 120 guests, of which about 30-35 are from Africa and Asia. The guests are representatives of GCP and ARF research consortia, involved in these research initiatives touching upon a range of specific topics related to Food and Nutrition Security and to agri-food sector development. (see http://knowledge4food.net/research-projects/ ) and representatives from policy, civil society and private sector.
The conference will be used to discuss interim findings of research with Dutch policy makers and a broader multi-stakeholder community.
The concept notes for the different sessions are worth reading also if you don't attend yourself. You may download them through the links below:
Session 1 – Innovations for food security: concept note
Session 2 – Nutrition and consumpti... Read more
New Mobile App for Crop disease.
Watch the video below to learn about the App that diagnose Cassava diseases in the field and alerts rural farm. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with collaborating with Penn State and Google to create a smartphone app for automatic and live cassava disease diagnosis.
The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.
If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.
AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p... Read more
The International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) in partnership with Campbell Collaboration and Sokoine University of Agriculture prepared a two day training workshop with a theme of "Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses".
This workshop will took place at Sokoine University of Agriculture, and aim to promote demand of and the use of evaluation by national governments, researchers, policy makers and academia to inform and shape policy processes and practices, and development programmes.
Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses explore variety of questions, what is the extent of a problem? Which risk and protective factors are associated with specific condition? etc. The course will be delivered in terms of lectures, group discussion and computer exercises.Read more
To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA
Duties and responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:
Assistant Professor Dawit Dalga had been working on researching the pest, and he said the new chemical was tested on farmlands in 14 villages and proved successful. The pest is locally being called the "strange American pest" because it made its way into Africa from the Americas.
Summary (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)
This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper... Read more
Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.
By Andualem Sisay Gesesse
As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.
“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.
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The University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography would like to engage directly with local businesses, individuals and public institutes in Tanzania, and in particular the Kilimanjaro region, around the broad theme of agricultural and environmental management.
The objective of this 1-day workshop is to initiate an exchange of knowledge on experiences in agricultural practices and environmental management in order to explore innovations for enhancing food production whilst preserving soil and water resources. Specific areas to explore are:
1) Pesticide and fertiliser application, transport within the soil and diffuse pollution of surface water
2) Nutrient quantification and diffuse pollution monitoring technologies
3) Soil physical structure and soil health under different tillage and management practices
4) Soil amendments
These areas are at the core of the University’s expertise focused around the themes of soil health, sediment dynamics and erosion, pl... Read more
In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):
(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)
Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda
Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)
Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
Enhanci... Read more
ICRA course: Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security , from 30 October to 17 November 2017, in The Netherlands.
Lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education attend this course. Development of labour market responsive curricula is an important aspect.
After attending one participant said, “Since I apply methods from ICRA’s course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.
How can you benefit from the course? Listen to what our Alumni have to say here.
Pay before 25 July and we offer a 10 % reduction on the tuition fee.
(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
The Chatham House Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs is now inviting applications from emerging leaders and practitioners who are citizens of Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique or Tanzania to submit research projects under the topic of ‘Transition experiences and developments in relations between Central and Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa’.
The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests. However, proposals should take into account the broader context of the project, which places particular reference on bilateral relations and cooperation, democratic transitions, institutional capacity-building, and public policy reform.
For more... Read more
Conservation Agriculture Workshop Objectives
· To share conservation agriculture research and experience from 5 regions in Ethiopia.
· Interactive and participatory conservation agriculture learning among stakeholders.
· Networking for supportive relationship building to enhance conservation agriculture practice and scaling efforts.
have invited practitioners from different regions to share their
experiences implementing conservation agriculture. We have also invited
researchers to share their research findings. Demonstrations of
conservation agriculture inputs (tools and cover crop seeds, etc. will
be on display. Posters regarding conservation agriculture research and
activities are welcome.
The morning is dedicated to practical experience sharing by conservation agriculture practitioners in Ethiopia. The afternoon consists of conservation agriculture research presentations and round table discussi
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
Members of this platform... Read more
Many farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to formal credit and turn to costly coping strategies to make ends meet between harvests, including reduced food consumption, informal borrowing, short-term work on other farms, and selling off assets like livestock. Providing credit, either in the form of food or cash, could allow farming families to increase their food security and agricultural output, as farmers would not be forced to find off-farm income to feed their families between harvests, and would therefore be able to spend additional time applying fertilizer, weeding, or harvesting the crop, which may increase yields. In the long run, this gain in productivity might increase incomes by more than farmers could earn through casual labor.
In Zambia, most of the smallholder farmers depend of the inputs provided by the government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which has provide to be inadequa... Read more
Malnutrition is a serious problem in the world today. Developing countries are mainly affected by under nutrition while developed countries are mostly faced by the challenge of over nutrition. Malnutrition all in all affects development of a nation by diminishing human capital .
In most countries, malnutrition is as a result of insufficient advocacy strategies, inadequate resources, absence of nutrition donor agencies and lack of effective coordination in the sector. However, in Zambia, the coming on board of many non governmental organizations to support the nutrition sector, the sector has taken a new shift.
There is a lot of nutrition education taking place and identification of the most nutritious foods for human consumption. This has led into the introduction of new foods such as spirulina.
Spirulina is a food supplement (micro-algae) which appears blue green in colour. It contains nutrients ( vitami... Read more
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ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.
ICRA is a member of the AgriProFocus and Agrinatura networks.... Read more
The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:
- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture
- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition
- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security
- Applied Research Fund (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders
Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.
For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website www.knowledge4food.net. An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to follow us on Twitter... Read more