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 email@example.com 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
I received this 10p article by Breeman, Dijkman and Termeer 2015 and like to share.
You can read it in 2 ways. The authors focus on analysing the multistakeholder approach of this 'wicked problem'. In the analysis they use five governance capabilities.
You can also read it to learn about the history and the role of the Global Agenda on Sustainable Livestock, the case used here. For more information go to http://www.livestockdialogue.org/
The article itself via this link at Springer
Sustainable Intensification Revisited
This briefing by IIED revisits the term ‘sustainable intensification’. The paper makes a distinction in what it should be according to the authors — a useful guiding framework for raising agricultural productivity on existing arable land in a sustainable manner; and what it should not be — a paradigm for achieving food security overall. The paper summarises the history of and controversy surrounding the term, its main assumptions and risks, as well as its value for the future.
The key recommendations when implementing sustainable intensification, aimed at decision makers, are: 1) provide incentives to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of crop and livestock production; 2) promote low-cost approaches that farmers can control; 3) promote low-cost approaches that farmers can control; 4) discourage the use of highly productive croplands to grow animal feed; 5) address the energy needs of smallholders while limiting fossil fuel intensity... Read more
Report - AgriProFocus Expert Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture & Value Chains
Now available on this website: the final report of the AgriProFocus Expert meeting “Vision 2030: Making current approaches work for sustainable agriculture. How can agro-ecology and other approaches support farmers to feed the world sustainably by 2030?”
During the meeting, participants shared a sense of urgency to support the further greening of agriculture in the context of the combined global food, environmental and climate challenges. It became clear that different approaches to greening agriculture (agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, the landscape approach, etc.) all have their merits. Greening of agriculture needs a multi-scale and multi-stakeholder approach in which public sector, civil society, companies and knowledge institutions all have a role to play, with a special focus on entrepreneurial farmers producing for local and regional food markets. Whereas producers, consumers and other pr... Read more