sustainable agriculture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 hours ago

Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

Why investing in small scale agriculture?

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 climate change.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 July 2017 at 07:44

Mengenal Ekonomi Sirkuler di Indonesia

Penelitian Faktor yang Mempengaruhi Promosi Ekonomi Sirkular di Indonesia untuk Kebangkitan Kerjasama Agribisnis oleh Sahat M. Pasaribu

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:39

ONLINE DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES CIRCULAR ECONOMY MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

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 sector.

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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Hilda Okoth An example from Tanzania that is using the circular economy approach is the Hakika Organic fertilizer produced from poorly disposed organic waste from food markets and residential areas. I would like to invite  Azalia William to share with us more about their approach on produce this 100% organic fertilizer and what role he sees of this approach in producing other products for agriculture production

2 weeks 4 days ago

Marianga Baltazari Circular economy is about decoupling growth from resource consumption and maximising the positive environmental, economic and social effects. Its about designing products that are easier to reuse or recycle. Its about making sure that every product is biodegradable or fully recyclable. With the circular economy waste is eliminated from production and making sure any waste is recovered as a valuable resource whether its heat, slurry, nutrients, organic materials etc. This therefore involves engaging the end users throughout the product's life cycle and hence gaining competitive advantage. 

1 week 6 days ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you for your contribution. You have shed more light on what circular economy really is. My next question to you would be what then is the role of circular economy in agriculture production? Do you have examples from Tanzania that are already working in with this model? Or what examples in other parts of the world that can be adopted to Tanzania so we can enjoy the benefits of the circular economy model?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 June 2017 at 01:28

Stay informed on the latest Food & Nutrition Security publications!

Use the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2017 at 01:38

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


Pitches

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

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 April 2017 at 06:25

Circular economy: a case from Eritrea

Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.

AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.

http://circulatenews.org/2017/04/a-story-of-regeneration-and-reforestation-from-eritrea/

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 13 March 2017 at 08:53

Save and Grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat

A guide to sustainable cereal production (FAO)

This guide describes the practical application of FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ model of sustainable crop production intensification to the world’s key food security crops: maize, rice and wheat. With examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it shows how ecosystem-based farming systems are helping smallholder farmers to boost cereal yields, strengthen their livelihoods, reduce pressure on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The guide will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners during the global transition to sustainable food and agriculture.

For a more extensive summary, and to download the publication (PDF), follow this link:

http://www.fao.org/publications/save-and-grow/maize-rice-wheat/en/

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Horticulture Conference 2015 - Kigali - Rwanda
Posted 9 March 2017 at 03:08

FAO-e-discussion (6 to 27 March 2017)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems

Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensification

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Innocent Chamisa Thanks for sharing Nicole

4 months 1 week ago

Innocent Chamisa Further to this -continuation Save & Grow Series - You can participate in the on going Global e-Forum  here :                                                                                                                                     https://dgroups.org/fao/scpi-hortcrops. 

Welcome to the online discussion forum on sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) of horticulture based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers.)

How can we produce more with less?

With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the practitioners who apply sustainable horticultural practices - to exchange their experiences, new findings and challenges faced. FAO recently launched three “Save and Grow” guidebooks accessible at http://www.fao.org/ag/save-and-grow/ that explain principles of an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable crop production intensification.

Future generations will rely more and more on resilient food supply systems because of known challenges such as a growing world population, urbanization, land degradation, and climate change. We need to find ways to produce more from the same area of land while conserving natural resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services.

You can participate by sending your contributions to the proposed discussion questions to:

SCPI-Hortcrops@dgroups.org.
Alternatively, you can share your contributions directly on the discussion board.The message will reach all members and will be automatically stored on the platform.




4 months 1 week ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

3 months 3 weeks ago

Innocent Chamisa Fortunatus , looking forward to your contributions, in case any  difficulties..., please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 January 2017 at 12:45

Farming for Biodiversity Solutions Competition:

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.

Solution Search is designed to change that. Some innovative solutions have recently emerged that bring farming in harmony with the natural environments that surround. Some have increased the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. This contest seeks to identify, reward and spotlight those successful approaches. In doing so, Solution Search will also increase awareness of biodiversity, its value and the many ways

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Sarah Assefa Thanks for this, Alpha! Would it be possible to add the tags, Agroecology and the country Ethiopia on this post? Our Agroecology Innovation Community would be happy for this update! Best wishes, Sarah

5 months 3 weeks ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Dear Sarah i am not sure how to do that but you could also maybe post it again and add the tags..

5 months 3 weeks ago

Cibarani Cibarani Bonne chance, really engaging!

5 months 5 days ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 25 November 2016 at 03:32

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy (2011)

Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.

There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.

'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/made2bmadeagain

Organisations with a special interest in this topic, or with particular experiences they like to share, please share these on this online platform. AgriProFocus included circular economy oriented agribusiness among the key themes of our new strategic plan, so we are interested to link up with you.


Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT The circular economy is an economic concept that falls within the framework of sustainable development and which is inspired in particular by the notions of green economy, economics of use or economics of functionality, Economy of performance and industrial ecology (which wants the waste of an industry to be recycled in raw material of another industry or the same one). Such an economy operates in a loop, thus dispensing with the notion of waste. Its objective is to produce goods and services while greatly limiting consumption and waste of raw materials, and non-renewable energy sources.

Yes, today it becomes an imperative to review our way of conceiving progress ie development based on the continued use of our. Renewable and non-renewable natural resources. It is no secret today that the developing countries and in particular my country Benin only opts for single-use products / equipment (eg plastic bags and many others). These products / equipment constitute waste which damages our health by incentives, contribute to the drastic decline in the yields of the various speculations (which should not be the case in circular economy). They can be retransformed and reused which is not the case. However, renewable and non-renewable natural resources are gradually being depleted. Developing countries must opt ​​for the circular economy for sustainable progress.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

8 months 3 hours ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT L'économie circulaire est un concept économique qui s'inscrit dans le cadre du développement durable et qui s'inspire notamment des notions d'économie verte, d’économie de l'usage ou de l'économie de la fonctionnalité, de l'économie de la performance et de l'écologie industrielle (laquelle veut que le déchet d'une industrie soit recyclé en matière première d'une autre industrie ou de la même). Une telle économie fonctionne en boucle, se passant ainsi de la notion de déchet. Son objectif est de produire des biens et services tout en limitant fortement la consommation et le gaspillage des matières premières, et des sources d'énergies non renouvelables.

Oui, ajourd'hui cela devient un impératif de revoir notre façon de concevoir le progrès c'est à dire le développement qu'on se base sur l'utilisation continue de nos . ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables. Il n'est un secret pour personne aujourd'hui que les pays en voie de développement et en particulier mon pays le Bénin n'opte que pour des produits/équipements à usage unique (Ex: les sachets plastiques et bien d'autres). Ces produits/équipements, constituent des déchets qui en dommage notre santé par des incénérations, contribuent à la baisse drastique des rendements des différents spéculations ( ce qui ne devrait pas être le cas en économie circulaire). Ils peuvent être retransformer et réutiliser ce qui n'est pas  le cas. Or les ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables sont progressivement en épuisement. Les Pays en voie de Développement doivent impérativement optés pour l'économie circulaire pour un progrès durable.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

8 months 3 hours ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Nicole, you can easily share a video by clicking on the paperclip button below your post and add the link there. Your video will be embedded right away!

7 months 4 weeks ago

Nicole Metz M. Prosper, Est-ce que Cabinet Global Novat entreprend des activités particulières dans ce domaine de l'économie circulaire?

7 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 14 November 2016 at 01:13

Associer les femmes à la lutte contre le changement climatique

Paradoxe ? Les femmes africaines sont très peu représentées dans les politiques relatives à la théorie du genre sur le continent. Un constat que partageaient les différents représentants des institutions gouvernementales du Ghana, de l’Ouganda, du Nigeria, et du Maroc, lors de la table-ronde « Genre et changement climatique » organisée sous le Pavillon Afrique, le 9 novembre 2016, à la COP22.

Selon les chiffres de la BAD, seules 10 % des femmes africaines travaillant dans le secteur agricole bénéficient de prêts octroyés par les banques de leurs pays respectifs, ce qui représente 1 % seulement des crédits agricoles sur l’ensemble du continent. Elles ne sont que 20 % à détenir un compte bancaire formel et à peine 15 % être propriétaires en Afrique subsaharienne. Un bilan préoccupant qu’ont tenu à mettre en exergue les participants à ce panel dédié à la question du genre.

« Il est nécessaire de

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:10

APPLY: Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) One-Year Training Programme in Modern and Sustainable Agriculture (Fully Funded)

The Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) is a charitable company of the A. G. Leventis Group dedicated to the training of farmers in modern and sustainable agricultural practices and rational use of natural resources.

The Foundation has been running agricultural training for youths and farmers since 1987 and currently has six schools in the different agro-ecological zones of Nigeria. The schools located in the FCT, Osun, Ondo, Kaduna, Kano and Gombe states are co-financed by Leventis Foundation and the respective State Governments.

WORTH

  • Tuition and boarding (including feeding) is provided free of charge for successful candidates throughout the duration of the course.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to apply, applicant must:

  • Be physically fit
  • Have the ability to read and write in English (evidence of minimum of junior secondary school may be required)
  • Be between age 18 and 35 years
  • Have pass both written and or

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Alexis NDAYAMBAJE It is a great opportunity to Nigerian youth and trusted contribution to make a positive chance in agriculture sector. 

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 October 2016 at 12:34

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change

Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food-- showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:

- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?

- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?

- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?

Thank you!


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Symposium Best Practices Sustainable Agriculture & Livestock

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  01 November 2016 to 03 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016. 

The programme you can find HERE and it is promising! 

The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to ekinsey@echonet.org and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Su

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 25 July 2016 at 10:10


Urea deep placement

Innovators' Pitch GACSA : several short videos

IFDC presents urea deep placement (UDP), a climate-resilient fertilization method that's boosting yields and incomes for rice farmers in Bangladesh. This video was among those shown during the Innovators' pitch session of the Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_mMpPGoNyc&feature=youtu.be

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 25 July 2016 at 09:52

Sustainable Palm Oil - Indonesia

SNV is taking up the challenge to increase palm oil production and improve smallholder farmers' livelihoods without further fueling the destruction of forests. SNV uses a three-fold approach: tracebility & forest monitoring; inclusive business for smallholder farmers; and working across the landsape.

A short video on this approach is available on YouTube, follow the link below.

The video was also shown during the Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016, as one of the Innovator's pitches.

Link to the YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8bEXrxtvio&feature=youtu.be

Link to all other information about Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture:

http://www.fao.org/gacsa/en/


Nicole Metz Important other initiative to promote sustainability of palm oil production: The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil www.rspo.org . SNV Indonesia is among the many members. See how the RSPO works: http://www.rspo.org/certification/how-rspo-certification-works

12 months 4 days ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks for the post, Nicole!

12 months 1 day ago

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SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 August 2016 - 07:30 to 19 August 2016 - 17:00
  +254

Strathmore University Business School is pleased to invite you to participate in our Sustainable Investments in Agriculture (SIA) Program targeting key players and decision makers in the Agriculture sector. 

Together we will explore opportunities for growth in agriculture and how to create investment friendly environments. We will discover new and innovative farming techniques, acquire skills to negotiate the best investment contracts and manage these investments in a sustainable way.

Module I: 17th to 19th August, Strathmore Business School
Module II: 26th to 30th September, Israel


For more information contact Veronica on vmuniu@strathmore.edu




Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 8 July 2016 at 06:07

SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

Module I: 17th to 19th August, Strathmore Business School
Module II: 26th to 30th September, Israel


Strathmore University Business School is pleased to invite you to participate in our Sustainable Investments in Agriculture (SIA) Program targeting key players and decision makers in the Agriculture sector.

Together we will explore opportunities for growth in agriculture and how to create investment friendly environments. We will discover new and innovative farming techniques, acquire skills to negotiate the best investment contracts and manage these investments in a sustainable way.


For more information contact Veronica on vmuniu@strathmore.edu

Janine Schoeman Hi Veronica, thank you for sharing! When you publish it as an event it will also be visible in the calendar. Kind Regards Janine

1 year 2 weeks ago

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Agriculture in transition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 April 2017 to 14 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Fellowship opportunity

The course will use a mix of lectures, discussions, group work and field trips to offer background, theoretical foundations, as well as practical approaches for production and market development. Taking the participants’ own rural situation as a starting point, we will analyse the current situation, explore options that are already available for further development and design new systems to produce farm products in a responsible manner.

For more information and online application: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Shortcourses2017/CDIcourse_AIT_2017.htm

How to apply: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/how-to-apply.htm

More information on fellowships: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/scholarships.htm



Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 15 June 2016 at 09:40

Annual Forum Global Alliance Climate Smart Agriculture 14- 17 June 2016

Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action


The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture is now having its Annual Forum meeting in Rome. All information, the agenda, and background papers and videos are available via this link:

http://www.fao.org/gacsa/annual-forum/en

The theme of this year's Annual Forum is Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action.

GACSA’s ambitious future is based upon supporting and inspiring action. Farmers, fishers, foresters, and ranchers are at the center of this action, and therefore GACSA is devoting its Annual Forum to showcasing climate-smart agriculture in action.

The Forum will be a dynamic gathering, where the participants share solutions, discuss challenges, and build partnerships on climate-smart agriculture. We are seeking out action-oriented stakeholders to come to both share and learn at the GACSA Annual Forum.


To directly access the agenda:

http://www.fao.org/gacsa/annual-forum/agenda/en/#c443248

To foll

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