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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58c2ca460b34d915e2e9155e

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 9 August 2017 at 03:47

Applications have opened for Hivos Residency Program at Impact Hub Jakarta!

Are you a social entrepreneur? Do you have an organization or a business and are you looking to make sustainable social impact? The Hivos Southeast Asia Residency Program might just be for you!

The program will recruit two fellows whose business ideas focus in addressing renewable energy or sustainable food issues. Within a 3-month period (September – November), the fellows will be closely mentored by Hivos Southeast Asia and Impact Hub Jakarta professionals as well as able to enjoy free access to a coworking space, networking opportunities, events, and trainings. A tailor-made Sustainable Social Impact guideline support is also developed to help shape and develop initiatives of those fellows into sustainable ventures

If you are working on solutions in renewable energy or sustainable food issues, learn more and apply before 21 August via here

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hi Queen, thanks for your post! Its very interesting opportunity, will spread it out whitin our network. Keep posting :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 July 2017 at 10:32

Feeding Dar es Salaam: a symbiotic food system perspective

PhD Thesis by Marc C.A. Wegerif


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

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How to ensure access to food for all in a urbanising world

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  08 December 2016, 09:00-14:00
  Wageningen

Seminar: How to ensure access to good food for all in a rapidly urbanising world

The world is becoming increasingly urban. Today, more of us live in cities than in rural areas. It is expected that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s urban areas is a pressing challenge, due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and natural disasters which affect food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.

This seminar will take place in the Impulse building on the campus of Wageningen UR, from 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, including a lunch buffet. Participation is free.

For more information and online registration please visit our website:

http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/shor

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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 12 August 2016 at 09:56

Riverside agriculture associated with disease threatens dietary diversity

Many of the urban vegetables supplied to consumers in Addis are grown on the banks of polluted rivers. It is no surprise that vegetables grown on the river banks are associated with water born disease.

Dietary diversity is already a big challenge in Ethiopia. The current “Atit” (acute diarrhea also recognized as cholera by some health professionals) outbreak has resulted in a massive public health awareness campaign to reduce infection through sanitation and care in vegetable consumption. This blogger is worried that associating vegetables with illness will further challenge work to increase dietary diversity. The long term solution to this challenge in healthy nutrition is to clean up our riparian habitats. Read more here.

"We are sick because our rivers are sick."

Posted By in Dairy - Worldwide
Posted 23 April 2015 at 08:49

Interesting research paper!

Production characteristics and gender roles in dairy farming in peri-urban areas of Eastern and Central Africa.

Article #122 in Livestock Research for Rural Development, Volume 24. (Njarui DMG, Kabirizi JM, Itabari JK, Gatheru M, Nakiganda A, Mugerwa S; 2012)

Inger Janssen Hi Nicole, do you have the link to the article as well?

2 years 5 months ago

Nicole Metz Sorry!! Please find the link here: http://www.asareca.org/content/production-characteristics-and-gender-roles-dairy-farming-peri-urban-areas-eastern-and

2 years 5 months ago

Inger Janssen Thanks Nicole, I've made the link clickable in your original post as well.

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 27 January 2015 at 09:47

FAO launches new training handbook for farmer field schools:

'On-farm practices for the safe use of waste water in urban and peri-urban horticulture'

This training handbook, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production.

The best practices described in this handbook were designed and field-tested as part of a Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Phase 1 project under the coordination of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the International Water Management Institute(IWMI)

More information about the handbook can be found here

Or download the guide here.

Lisette van Benthum There was a problem with the links in the message above. Please find the links here; more information: http://wle.cgiar.org/blog/2012/10/01/fao-launches-new-training-handbook-for-farmer-field-schools/ The handbook can be found here; http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3041e/i3041e.pdf

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 January 2015 at 03:13

dear all,

I am looking for recent research initiatives and/or reports on:

- urban agriculture, and/or on:
- the impact of urbanisation on agriculture and food security.

Could you send me some suggestions or links to relevant websites?

owomukama matthew visit www.inachee.com

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