Agriculture is a science, art, practice and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies. However, all farming generally relies on techniques to expand and maintain the lands suitable for raising domesticated species. Agriculture is the only culture on the earth which doesn't have an alternative. Which is why a research project on the Agribusiness community in Uganda has been launched under the theme: "Progress and Impact of AGRI-QUEST"
The AGRI-QUEST project was premised on the foundation that despite the benefits of embracing ethical behaviour and quality standards in agri-businesses to strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for accelerated transformation, value chain actors (VCAs) in Uganda do not exhibit sufficient competence in e... Read more
The baseline studies of the EOWE programme show that the success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets.
Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme developed a contextualised Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy in order to create more equal income and business opportunities and a socially enabling environment for women entrepreneurship in agricultural value chains.
The household dialogue sessions also facilitate
Selected blind persons and those with visual impairment in Pabbo sub-county, Amuru district have been trained in beekeeping and supplied with bee hives as a means to help them become self-sufficient.
Consy Grace Adong said they trained the people on how to invest in beekeeping as a business to help them earn a living. The 16 beneficiaries were selected from Pabbo sub-county and each got four local bee hives made from palm trees.
Adong said they decided to train and equip the blind with assistance from Hive Uganda because they are neglected persons in society.
We are trying to train them and prove to them that they are able to earn a living through beekeeping, she said.
Francis Okello Oloya, a blind person who was training the beneficiaries, himself a beneficiary and master trainer for the blind people in Pabbo, said the project is disability friendly and can be managed by all people with disability. He said if properly managed, the beneficiaries... Read more
This newsletter includes interesting articles on the following issues:
- Dutch Food Security Policy Evaluation (2012-2016) was published by IOB and discussed in a multistakeholder dialogue in The Netherlands on 31 May. Blogs with outcomes of that dialogue, as well as links to the full Evaluation report can be found here. http://knowledge4food.net/iob-dialogue-summary-outcomes/
- Youth and Agripreneurship workshop, including the Youth caravan and Youth market, which the Platform co-organized together with AgriProFocus during the foodFIRST conference on 1 June.
- Studies on the Learning Platforms for land-based investments (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda)
- Final report of a study on Agribusiness-Based Advisory Services by KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the F&BKP, which was discussed during a workshop on June 19.
- Report explaining the Food Systems Approach (by Wageningen University Economic Research, commissioned by Ministry of Agricultu... Read more
Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.
This course challenges NRM professionals to adopt an integrative landscape perspective, building bridges between the public and the private sector, and develop innovative governance mechanisms at the landscape level, for more inclusive spatial decision making.
Date: 01 - 12 April 2019
Registration deadline – general: 18 February 2019
Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowships: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
F... Read more
There are only 4 weeks left until TEAM UP 2018 Catalysing Change takes place at Glaziers Hall (London) and tickets are selling fast! To reserve your place for the world’s top tea and sustainability conference brought to you by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, and Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) please click here.
On Friday May 28th, at the Swedish Pavilion of EiABC, Sarah Assefa will lead an interactive workshop based on the principles of Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown on how we can incorporate natures wisdom into our work to build more sustainable lives. We will learn from ants and trees and skin and starlings lessons such as adaptation, resilience, non-linear change processes, interdependence, etc. We will look for nature’s lessons from our life experiences, and look for ways to apply those lessons in our work to build a more sustainable food systems and cities.
Knowledge of sustainability is not enough for sustainability to be functionally woven into our lifestyles. Realizing sustainable lifestyles requires a movement: personal and interpersonal transformation is required to build sustainable systems.
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Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.
How are cities coping with feeding their populations?
Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.
The online discussion will include topics such as:
• Urban farming
• Nutritional value and food miles
• Food deserts and processed food
• Urban food security and policy
This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.
The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:
• Hunger & Obesity
• Food & Fuel
• Starvation & Waste
Applications are open until May 31, 2018!
Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).
• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst... Read more
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 30th April – 04th May 2018
Community food security is the condition which exists when all of the members of a community have access in close proximity; to adequate amounts of nutritious, culturally appropriate food at all times, from sources that are environmentally sound and just. Food security policies are developed to nurture the development of a food secure state in which all of its citizens are hunger-free, healthy and benefit from the food systems that impact their lives. The policies also affirms the commitment to supporting sustainable food systems that provide people with high quality food, employment, and that also contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.
This five day training programme shall enlighten the participants on food p... Read more
The Annual Regional BDS Conference is your premier thought leadership platform and marketplace on matters business development in Eastern Africa and beyond. For the last 12 years development practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy makers meet at the BDS Conference to reflect on growth of markets, emerging opportunities and progress towards realization of development goals in the Eastern African region. Over the years the conference has grown into a platform where participants forge partnerships, share lessons and successes and contribute to development policy in the region. The conference is organized by the Business Development Donor Coordination Group which is a congregation of donors and development agencies working in the areas of business and market development.
The objectives of the conference are:
1. Develop a community of practice and in market systems development
2. Facilitate learning, collaboration and joint action for organisations providing business development serv... Read more
SoilCares interviewed professor Johan Bouma, a renowned soil scientist, about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world and how SoilCares can contribute to it.
SoilCares talks about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world with retired Professor Johan Bouma, a Dutch soil scientists with vast experience working for Wageningen University and Research Centre. He shares his views on soil’s role in attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how SoilCares can relate to this and contribute to making the world more sustainable.
Professor Bouma, can you elaborate on the importance of soil in creating a more sustainable world?
Johan Bouma: "The concept of a sustainable world was first articulated in 1987 in the Brundtland Report. Nobody is against a sustainable world, of course, but in the past it was difficult to make it clear what a sustainable world really would entail and how to make it operational. I think the acceptance
J'ai le plaisir de partager avec vous une publication sur " les politiques commerciales en Afrique subsaharienne avec comme études de cas le Bénin, l'Ethiopie et la Zambie". Cette étude s'est appesantie sur la cohérence entre les politiques commerciales et les politiques agricoles et en quoi ces politiques affectent le développement agricole et rural. Aussi, l'étude a-t-elle touché les aspects tels que les accords commerciaux régionaux et internationaux signer par ces pays et en quoi ces accords pourraient restreindre leur aptitude à mener à bien leurs politiques de développement agricole .
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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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This unique global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to key development issues. Special attention for 2017 is being given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals. Crucial issues around land – ownership rights, governance and management – will also be highlighted, along with the continuing challenges around climate change, and the need to address poverty in all its forms.
The Awards will also continue to underline innovative and financially viable solutions that help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards include a prize for food and water security, with an additional emphasis on land governance.
The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial private... Read more
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.
Dear Ugandans, we are looking for eco-entrepreneurs who want to find solutions for one of the main challenges in Uganda: Sustainable agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism. If you want to receive support to turn your idea into reality apply now with your team for the SAG-SEED Starter Months 2016 in Kampala, Uganda! Deadline: 1 May, more information: www.seed.uno/support/starter
Perubahan iklim secara nyata memberikan dampak kepada seluruh masyarakat baik diperkotaan maupun di pedesaan. Karenanya semua pihak memiliki tanggungjawab yang sama untuk mengatasinya. Salah satunya adalah dengan melakukan urban farming sebagai upaya mengurangi emisi dengan mendekatkan sumber pangan ke meja makan.
Menyikapi hal ini KRKP bekerjasama dengan OXFAM akan mengadakan Talkshow: We Grow! Empowering Youth Through The Sustainable Urban Farming sebagai bagian dari rangkaian kegiatan Climate Change Education Expo.
Talkshow ini bertujuan untuk memberikan informasi dan gambaran pada generasi muda mengenai model pertanian di perkotaan yang berkelanjutan, serta menawarkan softskill tentang cara bertanam di lahan terbatas dalam konteks pertanian di perkotaan.
Untuk konfirmasi kehadiran dapat menghubungi CP. Widya (085364473739) via sms/wa/line. Terima kasih.
Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain
My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org). Today I share with you a recent report (attached) produced by Feedback entitled Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain.
Feedback have been investigating food waste in Kenya for the last three years, however the most recent visit occurred in December when we met many exporters and farmers to better understand the social and economic impacts of food waste in this supply chain. We got a lot of support from AgriProFocus Kenya to interact with the exporters and farmers.
The main results from the research concluded that:
· All of the farmers and exporters interviewed for this report expressed having experienced problems with food being rejected on the grounds of cosmetic specifications.
· All farmers interviewed had experienced financial... Read more
Food Water Shelter(FWS) is very happy to offer you its first Permaculture Design Course(PDC) in 2015.We'd love you to have to join us in Arusha as from 22nd June 2015 to 3rd July 2015 as we host our 7th PDC.
This is an incredible 10 day course that provides you with concepts and skills in improving self-reliance and sustainability.Our courses have been attended by over 140 students from 27 different countries,from East Africa to Europe,India to Chile,the USA to Australia.Whether you are a gardener or a small scale farmer,live in the city or in the country,support your family or the whole community,this course offers so much.
For those of you who don't know what Permaculture has to offer please visit www.foodwatershelter.org.au/pdc-courses to read a summary of what will be taught in the two weeks,and how the learnt content can help you.your family and your community.
For this course we are excited to bring together a teaching team led by Nicolas Syano of Kenya and a num... Read more