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Agritech Expo Zambia to Spur Agriculture in South Africa

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. read more

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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).
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NEW SEED LEGISLATION SPELLS DISASTER FOR SMALL FARMERS IN AFRICA

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. read more

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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. read more

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Standard Bank South Africa’s agri conferences bring provincial role players together

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. read more

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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. read more

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Trending: Smallholders and investors to work together for better technologies and best practices

 

“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 read more

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Climate Change, Agricultural Adaptation and Fairtrade

Contents
Executive Summary v
Acknowledgements viii
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
References 38
Annexes 43
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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Financial Times And Citi Name Community Cooker Foundation The Global Winner At 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

College Possible, GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, JCDecaux – Velib’ honoured in Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure read more

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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

Doha, Qatar

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. read more

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HUNGER SEASON BITES ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA AS MILLIONS FACE PROSPECT OF FOOD SHORTAGES

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. read more

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EC signs pact to protect traditional African agricultural products

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). read more

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Zimbabwe’s sugar industry on recovery path

by Wallace Mawire Zimbabwe’s sugar industry is reported to be on a recovery, growth and expansion phase currently employing 18 000 people and creating sustainable value for all stakeholders. Tongaat Hulett Hippo Valley Estates Ltd CEO, Sydney Mtsambiwa says sugar production has already increased from 259 000 tons in 2009/10 to an expected 460 000 tons in 2012 with the company expecting to produce between 225 000 and 242 000 tons this season.The industry had previously faced a downturn under the controversial land reform programme launched in Zimbabwe in 2000. “A central part of this recovery has been the re-establishment of cane growing by improving agricultural yields on company-farmed estates and substantially developing indigenous private cane growers,” Mtsambiwa said. In the current season, 611 indigenous private growers, farming 11 138 hectares and employing 5 569 people are expected to supply 772 000 tons of cane generating $50 million in revenue. Mtsambiwa says the continued recovery of the Zimbabwe sugar industry is underpinned by the accelerated private grower sugar cane rehabilitation programme initiated in 2010/11 under the Sustainable Rural Farming Communities (SusCo) project. As part of the company’s on-going cane re-establishment programme, a total of 1 364 hectares of company-farmed estates have been ploughed out and replanted in the six months to 30 September 2012. “The industry’s domestic and export sales volumes in the first half of the year totalled 247 741 tons compared to 215 117 tons for the same period in 2011/12. Local market demand for sugar has remained firm,” Mtsambiwa said. He added that Zimbabwe, with Tongaat Hulett’s assistance has the potential to further develop indigenous private cane farmers substantially. “Based on current market dynamics, these indigenous private cane farmer developments could generate annual revenue of $150 million and employ 12 000 people,” he said.

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IBM Helps Senegalese City of Thies Plan for Economic Growth

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. read more

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