The SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems hosted a virtual, e-conference on fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa from October 22 to 26, 2018. Fall armyworm is an agricultural pest native to the Americas but introduced to Africa in 2015 or 2016. In the 3-4 years since its introduction, it has spread across the entire continent and is responsible for maize yield losses ranging from 20-50%. This is especially challenging for smallholder farmers, where yield declines result in lost income and hunger, and who often lack the knowledge or financial resources to recognize and respond to new pest species.
A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective respo... Read more
What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed in another Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.
Drivers of youth migration
Many factors can play a role in the decision to migrate. A growing number of people are forced to leave their homes (e.g. because of natural disaster, climate change or conflict). An even larger number of people migrate because they perceive there ar... Read more
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) launches the Pitch AgriHack 2018. The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”. The competition is open to both male and female founders and co-founders of e-agri startups offering digital services to the agricultural sector. Applicants must be aged between 18 to 35 years and need to be nationals and residents of African, Caribbean or Pacific countries. 50% of finalists will be women founders or co-founders of startups. Up to nine winning companies will receive a cash prize of up to € 15 thousand each. The deadline for registration is 21 May 2018.
#Pitch AgriHack will:
 provide a business training boot camp to selected start-ups
 conduct a pitching competition
 offer grants and facilitate a
Bunyoro Social Centtre enterprises Ltd, is a private company registered in Uganda, dealing in agri-tourism and with corporate social response on education and promotes all aspects in multi-sect-oral ventures for share equal opportunities and gender sensitivity.
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Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) closely with small scale farmers on organic farming and stakeholders like universities, companies and governmental extension officers. Its holistic approach establishes an Innovation Platform, where dissemination, research, application and networking are the main pillars.
Two exciting opportunities with this dynamic and fast-growing organisation awaits the right
candidates. This is a busy, high-volume but friendly environment that will suit organised and
professional persons with, passion for sustainable agriculture, community development, a great
eye for detail and plenty of team spirit.
- The communication manager will be responsible for conveying Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) its internal and external messages. He/she will draft written materials, prepare presentations and communicate with employees and stakeholders.
Now updated and available for download here.
A practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates. It is a gift of ‘permaculture knowledge’ from Timor Leste to the region.A complete permaculture guide for anyone to read and apply. Enables sustainable food production and food sovereignty. Facilitates climate resilience, and environmental regeneration. Empowers communities and secures livelihoods. 18 easy to follow chapters, 900+ pages with over 2000 detailed illustrations. More chapters will be added as they become available.
The book chapters are divided into three volumes with the following sub-themes:
From WithOnePlanet Climate Change Education.
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
As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:
· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology
· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out
· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)
· Regional balance will be ensured
· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included
· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices... Read more
The United Nation Youth forum will be helding a platform about the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities #YOUTH2030.
Speaking of sustainable and resilient rural and urban communities takes us back to agriculture production and the use of land resources sustainably, therefore The ECOSOC is a good forum and opportunity for youth to engage, learn, discuss and present different matters of concern for youth.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum of United Nation will be held on 30-31 January 2018, and will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and to discuss the policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development.
To read more about the ECOSOC and know... Read more
26th October 2017
For the agroecology platform facilitated by AgriProFocus, Dr George Deichert from GIZ SLM made a presentation differentiating between Agroecology, CSA, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Modern Agriculture and other forms of agriculture. He focused on CSA and outlined a framework for rating the degree to which activities can be considered climate smart.
CSA (like agroecology) is defined as more based on principles rather than directive recommendations as per Conventional and Modern Agriculture. The three CSA pillars are adaptation, mitigation and production. GIZ developed guidelines to assess the degree of climate smartness of activities by scoring a range of economic and environmental parameters. It is important to note that sometimes production is weighted so heavily that activities termed as “climate smart” may not actually have true adaptation aspect: increase in productivity (a... Read more
Wageningen Economic Research en True Price hebben - in opdracht van het ministerie van Economische Zaken - een methodiek ontwikkeld waarmee positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten van de productie en consumptie van voedsel in beeld kan worden gebracht. Doel is bedrijven en consumenten hiermee meer mogelijkheden te geven beslissingen te nemen die bijdragen aan een duurzamere voedselketen.
“Elk voedselproduct heeft altijd positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten. Afwegingen van consumenten en bedrijven zijn alleen mogelijk indien deze effecten meegewogen kunnen worden. Dat doel is met deze studie weer een stap dichterbij.” Willy Baltussen, onderzoeker WUR.
Het rapport is op 10 oktober besproken tijdens een seminar van het Ministerie van Economis... Read more
A new Borrel is planned! (Borrel = social drinks)
The social enterprise 'Green Banana Food Company' invites you to discuss and brainstorm on their business case during an exclusive tasting event!
Again we have interesting and challenging case questions for you. This time we meet up with the social enterprise Green Banana Food Company (GBFC). GBFC is making the traditional Italian pasta healthier, more nutritious, and gluten-free by using green bananas, a fusion of other pulses, legumes and vegetables, all while positively impacting small-scale farmers in Uganda.
Sign up for the event here: http://bit.ly/2wZ36wU
Extra feature: It will be an exclusive tasting event of GBFC's products. Be quick, only limited places available!
How can you help GBFC grow? 3 business case questions will be discussed:
1) Entry market channels
What market channels are suitable to sell GBFC's products? What is the best entry strategy?
2) Brand development (storytelling)
Tailoring main messages to customers why they should buy GBFC's products.
3)... Read more
Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.
Article by Keesstra, S. D., Bouma, J., Wallinga, J., Tittonell, P., Smith, P., Cerdà, A., Montanarella, L., Quinton, J. N., Pachepsky, Y., van der Putten, W. H., Bardgett, R. D., Moolenaar, S., Mol, G., Jansen, B., and Fresco, L. O. Published 2016
This article was quoted today, at the start of the start of the Wageningen Soil Conference 2017, see blog post by chair Jacob Wallinga through this link:
Abstract. In this forum paper we discuss how soil scientists can help to reach the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the most effective manner. Soil science, as a land-related discipline, has important links to several of the SDGs, which are demonstrated through the functions of soils and the ecosystem services that are linked to those functions (see graphical abst... Read more
Indonesia’s agriculture was included among the top 25 countries in the Food Sustainability Index (FSI). The FSI, released by the UKs Economist Intelligent Unit (EIU) as well as Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), shows Indonesia to be at the 21st position out of 133 countries.
Research on FSI is composed of 58 indicators covering four aspects, namely the overall production, sustainable agriculture, food loss and waste, as well as nutritional challenges. Overall, Indonesia is ranked 21st after Brazil and above the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. In sustainable agriculture category Indonesia is ranked 16th after Argentina and above China, Ethiopia, United States, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and India.
In this category, Indones... Read more
This report will aim to increase knowledge, awareness and discussions about investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture among farmers’ organization, NGOs, institutions and investors working in agriculture, especially in developing countries. Also provides facts about the current situation for the investments in and support for small-scale sustainable agriculture.
Most of about 800 million people suffering from hunger and extreme poverty are peasants and their families. An estimated 2 billion of the world’s poorest people live in households in developing countries and depend on agriculture in some form for their livelihoods. Small-scale food producers – farmers – provide the food to the majority of the world population. They also constitute the largest group of “economic active people”. Small-scale farmers are facing many challenges, not only financial resources and... Read more
Konsep ekonomi sirkuler sebenarnya telah dilakukan sejak lama di Indonesia, khususnya pada industri besar dan menengah, namun belakangan ini perencanaan pembangunan ekonomi kurang memperhatikannya. Perusahaan-perusahaan pabrik kertas dan perkebunan besar termasuk diantara usaha ekonomi yang melaksanakan konsep ini. Pada skala ekonomi yang lebih kecil dalam bidang pertanian, kerjasama antara perusahaan besar dengan pertanian rakyat sudah berlangsung dengan baik, memberikan keuntungan ekonomi, memperbaiki kualitas lingkungan dan menjanjikan persaingan yang kompetitif. Masyarakat sebenarnya sudah menerapkan konsep ekonomi sirkuler pada sistem usahatani terintegrasi yang mereka lakukan, namun perkembangannya masih kurang memuaskan.
Faktor-faktor yang terkait dengan kelembagaan sangat berperan dalam mempromosikan... Read more
Agriculture is a critical sector to many developing
economies such as Tanzania. The sector provides food, income and bio resources
that sustain societies.
Circular economy principles can offer many opportunities for growth of this
In definition, Circular Economy mode of production the manner in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, there is extraction of maximum value from them whilst in use and finally there is the recovering and regenerating of products and materials at the end of each service life. It is in contrast to a ‘linear economy’ which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.
In this discussion we aim at exploring the role of circular economy in agriculture by answering this question:
What do you think is the role of circular economy in sustainable agriculture production?
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To ensure you stay updated on new publications in the field of Food & Nutrition Security, you can now subscribe to the topics of your interest on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal.
The Knowledge Portal provides you with selected references to knowledge and innovations in the field of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS). Items such as reports, briefs, toolkits and articles are shared in the Portal. Selection criteria for the Portal are defined in the Guidelines, indicating that items should offer innovative insights to FNS professionals, deepen current knowledge and be aimed at poverty reduction. The Knowledge Portal is updated with relevant knowledge items on a regular basis, divided into 6 main topics which consist of several sub-topics. Under the sub-topics annotated references can be found on subjects like nutrition security, urbanizat... Read more
AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle... Read more