In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.
In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circul... Read more
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant informat... Read more
Today, the world is marking the World Water Day whose theme is “Why Waste Water?” It is a time to reflect on how we are saving water as actors in the agriculture sector, which is considered one of the greatest users of water.
It is no doubt that access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is an important part of the millennium development goals (MDGs). According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation should be reduced in half by 2015. In fact, water and wastewater treatment is significant for the realization of the MDGs. For example, goal 1 (to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) is related to water treatment because the access to safe drinking water can save the time and cost to collect daily water, thus people may have more time to work and to get food.
MDG Goal 2 aims to achieve universal primary education. Some children cannot go to... Read more
By mid March 2017, a third call for proposals will be announced for the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) facility. To inform all relevant stakeholders and support the setup of public-private partnerships for G4AW, Netherlands Space Office and AgriProFocus will organize a workshop in Yangon. If you are interested to join this workshop, please contact Bente Meindertsma by sending an email to email@example.com.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, businesses and transmission operators, developing space for food security. Please find more information here.
From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service o... Read more
Some of the 14 topics presented may include:
- Biochar and water filters
- Seed banking and seed saving
- Integrated agriculture options for sustainable land use
Presented in both English and Birmese.
Registration fee: $110, including workshop, meals and basic accomodation.
For more information or to register please contact:
Expats: Echoasia@echonet.org, or register at echocommunity.org
Myanmar nationals: CSSDD at Myanmar Babtist Convention, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Global Water Partnership
We are looking for young activists to join forces for water & climate!
Five awards of €1,000 each are available for youth-led projects which are based on thewhite paper recommendations made at COP 21.
The aim of the competition is to support youth in leading and organising water management activities, as well as to develop capacity and skills.
We want young people to share concrete actions that are being done at the national and regional level and provide youth with an incentive to continue best practices in water and climate change, already in place. With the competition, we would like to contribute to expanding the momentum gained since COP 21 in terms of moving the recommendations from talk to action.
Are you a scientist, entrepreneur, or a passionate problem solver interested in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries? Do you have a piloted innovation or technology that you seek to share with others, highlight before experts, publicize, and accelerate?
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa has officially opened the Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development 4th Global Call for Innovations.
Through this competition, Securing Water for Food anticipates disbursing $7.5 million USD in award funding.
Individual awards are expected to be between $100,000 USD and $2 million USD depending on the type of funding requested. The period of performance for individual awards is up to three years; the actua... Read more
In many areas of Tanzania the natural high concentration of fluoride in water sources cause teeth to color brown and other health problems. Therefore, the removal of fluoride is one of the main objectives. In partnership TNO developed a new technology on solar heat, which was tested in Tanzania last months. The results are encouraging.
Indonesia dan Belanda melakukan aktivitas bersama untuk menjawab tantangan air di indonesia. Majalah yang terlampir di bawah ini memuat beberapa persoalan air di Indonesia yang mungkin jadi minat anggota jaringan:
Air untuk Pangan dan Ekosistem
Tantangan yang dihadapi Indonesia di area pertanian dan perairan sangat berkaitan erat. Keamanan dan ketahanan pangan telah menjadi persoalan Indonesia sampai saat ini , negara yang pernah menjadi eksportir beras terbesar di Asia kini menjadi negara yang sangat bergantung pada impor beras. Indonesia berpotensi meraih kembali kedaulatan pangan dengan meningkatkan produksi pangan dalam empat tahun mendatang. Namun, pertumbuhan industri dan produksi pertanian akan mengancam ketersediaan air bersih bagi penduduk Indonesia. Di saat yang sama, masalah irigasi saat ini menghambat peningkatan sektor pertanian dan akuakultur.
Kerjasama antara Indonesia dan Belanda bertujuan... Read more
Attached to this message you will a digitl magazine presenting the joint activities of Indonesia and The Netherlands to face some of the Water Challenges in Indonesia. The magazine is available in english only. Among the articles featured a number could be of interest to members of are network:
The challenges facing Indonesia in the areas of agriculture and water are closely connected to each other. Food security and resilience have been an issue for Indonesia for some time now; once a major rice exporter in Asia, the country now relies quite heavily on rice imports. Indonesia can potentially regain selfsufficiency in food production within the next four years. However, the growth of both industry and agricultural production will place further strain on the availability of clean water for Indonesia’s population, while current irrigation problems limit the immed... Read more
The EBA project aims to inform and encourage policy decisions that support inclusive participation in agricultural value chains and foster an environment that is conducive to agribusinesses. It provides objective measures of laws and regulations that impact the enabling environment for agribusiness markets, shaping incentives for players to enter and operate efficiently in the agribusiness value chain. The ultimate aim is to promote smart regulations that foster efficient regulatory processes that support thriving agribusinesses while ensuring safety and quality control.
Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016: Comparing regulatory good practices provides a tool for policymakers to identify and analyze legal barriers for the business of agriculture and to quantify transaction costs of dealing with government regulations. The report presents the main results for 40 countries, for the first time using indicator scores to sh... Read more
The organizing team of WEPEX (Water, Electricity and Renewable Energy Expo) have a great pleasure to introduce you to WEPEX Expo slated for 2 - 4 February, 2016 at the KICC , Nairobi, Kenya.
The event brings together experts in the Water, Electricity and Renewable energy sectors to showcase the latest technologies and share knowledge on the issues in the sectors.
The main aim of writing to you is therefore to:
Invite you to participate and explore opportunities to network with international and local business delegations looking for business partners, distributors, agents, and co-operations with local companies in the Water, Electricity and Renewable Energy sectors.
Invite you to grace WEPEX official opening on 2nd February 2016 starting from 09:30hrs at the KICC and network with other invited stakeholders in the sector.
Offer your company a platform to showcase and launch any new company products in the market.
The WEPEX Trade Fair is organized by ikapamedia East Africa Ltd based in Kenya in... Read more
This Issue of Farming Matters reveals how family farming based on agroecology is key to better water management. These pages document stories of farmers that have created their own solutions together with others, by building upon traditional practices or by adapting and creating new techniques. Moreover, local experiences are connected to regional, national and global contexts with stories about innovative water governance and struggles for water justice and water rights.
Lisa Bachmann is one of our new CowSignals master trainers. She did research on water intake by calves. She found that calves, even with unlimited access to milk, drink 0.8 liters of water in the first two weeks. Lisa's advise: give calves access to water directly after birth. This also stimulates food intake!
Read full blog with video here>>
Are you a young professional in the Water and/or IT sector in Rwanda? And do you want to work together on your greatest ideas and innovative solutions for Rwandan water problems? Then we want you to apply!
Via Water is offering a 5 day workshop near Kigali from 13-17 July 2015, in which you and your team will work on innovative IT solutions for water issues in Rwanda. The most promising solution(s) will receive tailor made prizes in order to further develop their idea.
For more information, check out this website: http://viawater.nl/en/home/happening-now
Deadline for registration: June 8th!
AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a successful workshop on behalf of Securing Water for Food (SWFF) partners. SWFF is an initiative of USAID, SIDA and Dutch ministry of foreign affairs. The aim of SWFF is to source and accelerate innovations that enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution.
The SWFF workshop was attended by 61 participants drawn from; academia, research, irrigation products developers, irrigation product dealers, development sector as well as consumers of irrigation products. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Ku McMahan the team leader for SWFF at USAID.
The facilitator took the participants through the application procedure and requirements. He also answered questions from audience.
At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed to review their application before the deadline of submission.
Please find Dr. Ku McMahan pres... Read more
Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled: ‘Responsible Life-sciences Innovations for Development in the Digital Age’
For each of the five case studies below they are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.
• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;
• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;
• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;
• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife manageme... Read more
Are you a potential innovator interested in the water or agriculture sectors at local and regional level? ‘Securing Water for Food’ (SWFF) would like to connect with you to discuss our program and encourage increased numbers of high quality applications to our third call.
SWFF is an initiative of USAID, SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SWFF partners in conjunction with AgriProFocus Kenya will be hosting a SWFF workshop on the 15th of May 2015. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the SWFF third call for proposals and disseminate the call requirements.
The goal of SWFF is to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution. Areas of interest: Water Efficiency and Reusing Waste water, Water Capture and Storage and Salinity and Salt Water Intrusion.
Who can participate?
You can join our workshop if you are a pot... Read more