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The award-winning event, Agritech Expo Zambia, is presented by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and returns to Chisamba for the fourth edition from 27-29 April 2017. “Zambia is an exciting market to explore, not just for South African suppliers to the agriculture sector, but also for South African farmers” says Liam Beckett, commercial director for the upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia. Agritech Expo Zambia is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.
Forest products critical to fight hunger – including insects / New study highlights role of insects for food and feed consumption
ROME, Italy, May 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May).
Civil society organisations from the SADC region, and around the world have condemned the SADC draft Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders’ Rights) as spelling disaster for small farmers and food security in the region. These groups, representing millions of farmers in Africa and around the world have submitted their concerns to the SADC Secretariat. They are calling for the rejection of the Protocol and urgent consultations with farmers, farmer movements and civil society before it’s too late.
Madagascar needs more than $41 million to end locust plague / Half of the country infested by locusts – food production seriously at risk
ROME, Italy, March 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Madagascar needs more than $22 million of emergency funding by June to start fighting a severe locust plague that threatens the country’s next cropping seasons and the food security of more than half the country’s population, FAO said today. The agency underlined, however, that a three-year strategy is needed – requiring an additional $19 million.
Standard Bank South Africa’s agricultural division is hosting a series of provincial roadshows in South Africa aimed at engaging major role players and sector leaders in discussions about generating growth in their region.
Agricultural investment opportunities, best practices & innovations define CMT’s 3rd Commercial Farm Africa Summit
Centre for Management Technology today launches the 3rd Commercial Farm Africa Summit to take place on March 19-20 in Accra, Ghana. Endorsed by Ghanaian Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MOFA) and supported by Private Enterprise Foundation, the 2-day summit addresses rising agricultural investment opportunities in the region, spotlighting on funding, best practices, infrastructure and innovations challenges.
“Smallholders are a vast and under-utilized resource;
these are the people we work with – whether smallholders, pastoralists or herders – not just to increase productivity, but to nurture the land, to improve their businesses and strengthen market access.”
– Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Executive Summary v
List of tables, boxes, figures and diagrams ix
1. Introduction 1
2. Conceptualising Fairtrade in agricultural commodities and climate change 1
2.1 Introducing Fairtrade 1
2.2 Climate science, impact models and trends 1
2.3 Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity and Resilience 3
2.4 Stakeholder climate knowledge 5
2.5 Climate change impacts on smallholder agriculture 5
2.6 Agricultural innovation systems 6
2.7 Types of adaptation responses 7
2.8 Conceptualising agricultural adaptation 7
3. The effects of climate on selected Fairtrade crops 10
3.1 Plant responses to increases in CO2 10
3.2 Changes in temperature 11
3.3 Changes in precipitation 11
3.4 Implications for crop production 11
3.4.1 Rice 11
3.4.2 Cotton 12
3.4.3 Vegetables 13
3.4.4 Coffee 14
3.4.5 Cocoa 15
3.4.6 Tea 15
3.4.7 Banana 16
3.4.8 Sugar cane 17
3.5 Summarising the evidence 17
4. Assessing the projected climate change impacts on key Fairtrade countries 18
4.1 Projected climate change impacts 18
4.2 Example country case studies 22
4.2.1 Kenya 22
4.2.2 Mali 23
4.2.3 Dominican Republic 24
5. Reviewing the evidence on the impacts of climate change on global trade in
Fairtrade commodities 25
6. Identifying possible adaptation strategies for Fairtrade 25
6.1 Farm level changes 25
6.1.1 Cropping adaptations 25
6.1.2 Improving the effectiveness of pest, disease and weed management practices 26
6.1.3 Plant breeding 26
6.1.4 Irrigation and improved water harvesting and management 26
6.1.5 Soil conservation 26
6.1.6 Diversifi cation of the farming system 26
6.2 Policy and institutional changes 28
6.2.1 Build up climate knowledge of producer groups 28
6.2.2 Encourage all producer groups and enterprises to integrate climate
considerations in their planning and impact assessment 29
6.2.3 Support participatory adaptation processes at community level 29
6.2.4 Provision of fi nancial support for transition 30
6.2.5 Improve on-going access to weather information 30
6.2.6 Contingency planning and crop insurance 30
6.2.7 Agricultural learning, extension and innovation 30
6.2.8 Improving ecosystem stewardship 31
6.2.9 Payments for ecosystem services and climate fi nance 31
6.2.10 Changing the content of standards 32
6.2.11 Livelihood Diversifi cation and Migration 32
6.2.12 Estate agriculture and hired labour 33
7. Conclusions 34
1. Development barriers, promoters and climate change dimensions 43
2. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Africa 44
3. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Caribbean/Central America and Asia 45
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Smallholders to benefit from carbon finance: Fairtrade and Gold Standard collaboration opens up new opportunities for farming communities in developing countries
Fairtrade International and The Gold Standard Foundation have announced a ground-breaking agreement to incorporate Fairtrade principles into Gold Standard carbon projects, with the first credits expected by the end of 2013. Through Fairtrade’s extensive network of farmer communities, thousands more smallholders in developing countries will be able to access the carbon market and receive much needed finance to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
by Wallace Mawire
Working with government and partners, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up efforts to deliver food assistance tomore than 3.5million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa. Among the worst affectedcountries are Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Communities already struggling to feed their families are now bracing for the onset of the so-called hunger season that traditionally lasts from December until harvest time in March, according to a WFP spokesperson.
by Wallace Mawire
The European Commission has signed in Zanzibar (Tanzania) a cooperation agreement with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to improve the protection of traditional agricultural products (geographical indications or “GIs”) in Africa, according to the African Press Organisation (APO).
THIES, Senegal, Nov., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A team of experts from IBM (NYSE: IBM) presented recommendations to the City of Thies to grow the economic sector through measures to bolster entrepreneurialism, agricultural exports, and education.