Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, June 13, 2019

he Pan-African Soybean Trials:

13 June 2019. Webinar: The Pan-African Soybean Trials: Addressing Seed Availability Across 14 Countries and 50+ Locations with 40+ Varieties

In this latest webinar from the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), researchers from the U.S. and Africa will describe how the consortium is solving the seed availability issue in Africa through the Pan-African Soybean Trial Program, a transparent, fast-track approach currently underway in 14 countries across Africa in over 50 locations.
  • Dr. Brian Diers (SIL, University of Illinois), 
  • Dr. Godfree Chigeza (IITA, Zambia),
  • and Florence Kamwana (DARS, Malawi), 
  • along with PAT Program Manager Michelle da Fonseca Santos (SIL, University of Illinois), 
They outlined the goals of the trials, provide variety test results from Malawi, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Uganda and discussed the variety release process. Learn more about this innovative program, how to get involved, and see results from the first two years of trials.

Video forthcoming

Report of the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force

13 June 2019. Bucharest, Romania. The 8th edition of the Digital Assembly took place in Bucharest, Romania. The event, co-organised by the Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, brought together representatives of EU Member States with stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society.

Discussions focused on what is needed to accelerate the digital transformation and ensure that the EU remains globally competitive. Three key initiatives were featured: 
  1. A joint declaration by several Member States to work together to build a quantum communication infrastructure (QCI); 
  2. The adoption of the final report by the European Union – African Union Digital Economy Task Force with policy recommendations and concrete actions to strengthen cooperation on digital issues between the two continents;
    The DETF is one of the task forces established as part of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs launched by President Juncker in his 2018 State of the Union Address. For more information about the report see here
  3. A new investment facility to scale up digital start-ups in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
The European Union-African Union Digital Economy Task Force (EU-AU DETF) provides a platform of partnership for the private sector, donors, international organisations, financial institutions and civil society based on a shared understanding of how an already fast evolving African digital transformation can achieve cross-border integration, and bring benefits to all citizens. During 6 months, the EU-AU DETF developed a shared vision, a set of common agreed principles and a list of policy recommendations and actions focusing on four main objectives.  

In the report, African and European experts propose a series of policy recommendations and concrete actions to develop the digital economy and society on the African continent.

The DETF draws policy recommendations and proposes concrete actions to address the principal barriers faced by the African continent as it seeks to develop the digital economy and society. For this purpose, the DETF set out four main goals also identified as priorities in the EU’s Digital4development policy:
  1. Accelerating universal access to affordable broadband.
  2. Guaranteeing essential skills for all to enable citizens to thrive in the digital age.
  3. Improving the business environment and facilitating access to finance and business support services to boost digitally enabled entrepreneurship.
  4. Accelerating the adoption of eServices and the further development of the digital economy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Technology-related productivity gains in crucial sectors (i.e. financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government) in Africa are predicted to reach between US$ 148bn and US$ 318bn by 2025" (pages 7)
"Virtual reality can increase access of youths in remote areas to quality Vocational and Educational Training (VET); smallholder agriculture can benefit from market information and early warning systems"(pages 7)
The report was adopted today by European Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Neven Mimica, and Minister of Communications of Ghana, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, at the Digital Assembly in Bucharest. A preliminary version of the report was presented in May.

Digital Economy Task Force Members
  • Ms Janet Bih, Founder of Tassah Academy, Cameroon
  • Ms Doreen Bogdan, ITU
  • H.R.H. Princess Abzeita Djigma, Chair of the H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation, Special Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso, Resource Mobilisation for SDG's and Climate Change
  • Mr Jérémy Doutté, Co-CEO E-commerce, Jumia Group, Nigeria
  • Mr Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, Managing Director Commercial Bank CIB of Egypt
  • Mr Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Ms Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Mr Mats Granryd, Dir Gen of GSMA / London
  • Ms Boutheina Guermazi, Director for Digital Development, World Bank
  • H.E. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Niger, Director General / CEO of the National Agency for the Information Society (ANSI)
  • Mr Marek Helm, Vice-President for GCC and Middle East , Nortal
  • Ms Christine Leurquin, Vice-President, Institutional Relations and Communications at SES S.A.
  • Mr Anouar Maarouf, Minister of Communication and Technology, Tunisia
  • Mr Bruno Mettling, President, Orange Middle East and Africa
  • Mr Günter Nooke, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), Rwanda
  • Mr Michael Pittelkow, General Manager, Public Services, Africa, SAP
  • Mr Siim Sikkut, Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia
  • Mr Jon Stever, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Impact hub Kigali, Rwanda
  • Mr Lacina Kone, Smart Africa
  • Mr Marc Vancoppenolle, VP & Global Head of Government Relations, Nokia
  • Mr Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa
  • Mr Jean Van Wetter, Director General, Enabel
Related PAEPARD blogpost
12-13 June 2019. The Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar #aginnovation
aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders(policy-makers, development partners, UN system, public and private sector, research and academia).

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CGIAR Events at EAT Forum

12-13 June 2019. Stockholm, SwedenEAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019.

11 June
Side Session: Putting biodiversity back into food: Managing risks in food systems using the Agrobiodiversity Index
Blue Food Assessment (BFA) Workshop – Putting aquatic production at the heart of global food systems Micheal Philips, Director, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, WorldFish
Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish
12 June
13 June
Setting a new global agricultural innovation agenda: consultation on the CGIAR 2030 plan. 
11:40am – 12:20pm Plenary: The race to save each other: Biodiversity, humans and food 
14 June
Side Session: Road testing healthy diets: Perspectives from the Global South

European Investment Bank launches agriculture financing programme in Kenya

13 June 2019. Nairobi. European Investment Bank has launched a new EUR 50 million (Ksh. 5.7 billion) agriculture sector financing programme. The Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility was launched by the bank in Nairobi today and it is supported by the European Union.

The new initiative represents the first dedicated support for long-term investment by agriculture companies in Africa backed by the European Investment Bank, the world’s largest international public bank. The scheme is designed to tackle specific investment gaps currently hindering expansion in the sector.

  • Sh5.7 billion will be lent out on a long-tenure basis of seven years on a collateral-free basis and will be managed by Equity Group
  • A further Sh962 million is to be dished out in two equal halves, one as a loan managed by Equity Bank and another as a grant to be given to successful applicants by the facilitator Self Help Africa.
This means fresh produce suppliers to local retail chains as well as agro-processors handling export contracts will have activities reviewed together with their financial history to determine their worth when applying for the loans.
“The European Investment Bank is pleased to launch our first dedicated support for long-term investment in African agriculture here in Nairobi. Working with Equity Bank across country the new Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility will help agriculture companies to modernise and harness the full economic, employment and export potential of agriculture as well as expand business with local smallholders. As the EU Bank, the EIB is pleased to strengthen our close cooperation with Kenyan partners and the European Union Delegation to ensure that agricultural investment can increase under an exciting new scheme that acts as a model for our engagement across Africa.”  EIB regional representative for East Africa Catherine Collin
Under the new financing programme agricultural companies across Kenya will be able to access Kenya Shilling loans with maturities of up to 7 years, longer than commonly available in the market. This is expected to help companies to expand, upgrade and modernise their equipment thereby improving productivity, and strengthening integration of smallholders into the agricultural value chain.

The new initiative is designed to increase investment activity by agricultural companies and by making available funding in Kenya Shillings will mitigate against exposure to foreign exchange risks that currently hinder agriculture investment.

The impact of the new Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility will be strengthened by a dedicated technical assistance programme. This will improve financial assessment and monitoring of long-term agriculture investment by local banks.

The new European Investment Bank financing scheme will be supported by a EUR 10 million grant under European Union’s Kenya AgriFI programme. This will cover currency-hedging costs and technical assistance.

SCAR Conference 2019

12 June 2019SCAR Conference 2019 «CONTRIBUTING TO SHAPE THE FUTURE».

Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (SCAR Secretariat) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, with the support of the H2020 CASA project.

The SCAR Conference brought together SCAR delegates, SCAR Steering Group members, SCAR Strategic and Collaborative Working Groups’ Chairs and Co-chairs and members, and JPI representatives, and European Commission officials to jointly work on the contribution of SCAR to shape the future.

The objective of the Conference was to reflect on SCAR's functioning in the coming year, reflect on the role and impact of SCAR in the EU’s future Horizon Europe Programme, synergies with CAP and policies on research and innovation, how SCAR could assist in speeding up R&I impact at EU and national level, as well as to discuss possible working groups addressing new challenges.

A meeting showcasing a number of the 29 Horizon 2020 Thematic Networks preceded the Conference on 11 June afternoon.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Announcement: 2nd International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture

17 June, 2019.  Rome, Italy. FAO, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, is organizing the 2nd International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture “Counting crops and drops: let’s grow the future together”.

The seminar will present and discuss tools, policies and best practices to support countries and farmers to be better prepared and resilient to drought. It will showcase how water resources assessment and monitoring, through the use of novel technologies, can reduce the vulnerability of rural communities.

The event is aimed at representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs, academic and research institutes, and the private sector.

Objectives of the seminar:
  • Showcase and share knowledge on novel technologies and best practices to increase farmers resilience to drought.
  • Promote multi-stakeholder partnership and capacity building for integrated management practices for both drought preparedness and addressing land degradation in agriculture.
  • Promote enabling environments to support accessibility of farmers to actionable information for improved resilience and sustainability.
  • Demonstrate WaPOR, FAO’s portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data.
Extracts of the programme:
  • Opening address, Bekhit Mohamed Bekhit, Minister's Assistant of Transboundary Water, Studies and Research Improvement, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Opening address by Moderator, H.E. Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO
"Water resources assessment: counting the drops, making them count"
  • Introductory remarks by Moderator, Jippe Hoogeveen, Senior Land and Water Officer, Land and Water Division, FAO
  • The present and future of earth observation for agriculture - Benjamin Koetz, Exploitation Engineer, European Space Agency
  • Launch of the Water Productivity Open-access Portal version 2.0 - Livia Peiser, Land and Water Officer, Land and Water Division, FAO
  • Plant Village application and WaPOR - David Hughes, Associate Professor, Penn State University
Outcomes of the Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days 2019
  • Jean-Marc Faurès, Regional Programme Leader, Regional Office for Near East and North Africa, FAO
Improved policies and practices for drought resilience
  • National drought plans and integrated drought management - Daniel Tsegai, UNCCD
  • Saline agriculture: country experience - Arjen de Vos, Director Operations Saline Agriculture, Saline Farming
  • Kenya’s way forward in addressing drought - Paul Kimeu, Manager, Drought Resilience, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya
  • Drought policies and practices in Egypt - Ismail Abdelgalil Ismail Hussein, Former Chair of Desert Research Center, Cairo, Egypt
"Strengthening farmers' resilience to drought: from the sky to the ground"
  • Satellite data for seasonal monitoring at World Food Programme (WFP) - Rogerio Bonifacio, Geospatial Analysis Unit, WFP
  •  Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) - Mario Zappacosta, Senior Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO
  • Waterwatch Cooperative - Ad Bastiaansen, Chairman, Waterwatch Cooperative
  • Fostering communities' knowledge for better drought - forest management in dryland - Fidaa Haddad, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FAO

EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019

12-13 June 2019. Stockholm, SwedenEAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019.

EAT Stockholm Food Forum is a carefully curated event, open to up to 1000 delegates by invitation only. This results in a gathering of top global thought leaders from science, politics, business, civil society and beyond.

Session on Science based targets for a healthy diet

Keynote presentation Video @ 1:15:00



Extracts of the programme

11 June
Workshop on Investing in Nutritious, Sustainable Foods in Emerging Markets
Hosted by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and EAT.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the EAT organized a half-day workshop that brought together a subset of vital actors around the area of financing for nutrition, with a focus on emerging markets. These include high-impact food entrepreneurs, key players in the investment community, private sector leaders, and policy actors from government, civil society and international organizations.

Putting biodiversity back into food – Managing risks in food systems using the Agrobiodiversity Index
Hosted by Bioversity International.
Shrinking biodiversity narrows farmers’ options to manage agricultural risks, and reduces our access to diverse diets. The event will discuss the role of biodiversity for sustainable, healthy and resilient food systems, and present the first Agrobiodiversity Index Report 2019: Risk and Resilience. This report includes country results from Australia, China, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa and USA, the first run of this new tool for decision-makers and investors to measure agrobiodiversity in food systems.
  • Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director, EAT;
  • Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General, Bioversity International and CEO of the Alliance with CIAT;
  • Dorothy Shaver, Global Sustainability Lead and Dietitian, Knorr/Unilever;
  • Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, EU DEVCO
  • Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation
12 June
Just Transition: Lesson’s from Africa’s most mature multi-stakeholder dialogue platform
South Africa’s food system appears highly efficient but in reality, historic injustices and deep inequalities persist. For the past decade the Southern Africa Food Lab has navigated these divisions, curating processes aimed at surfacing conflicts and generating stretch collaborations. The outcomes, even when seemly misfires, have opened pathways to righting the system.

Food Transformation for All: What can business do to build resilience?
Hosted by: Global Resilience Partnership.
Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and its partners have been assessing what it takes to deliver resilient food and agriculture systems in vulnerable and fragile states. Speakers will highlight how business can integrate resilience in food value chains benefiting markets and communities in the least developed countries. During interactive sessions, participants identified the actions they can contribute towards equitable food system transformation.
  • Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Advisory Council Member, GRP
  • David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD and co-facilitator for Nature-based Solutions Workstream, UN SG Climate Action Summit
  • Assan N’gombe, Resilience Officer, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Theo del Jager, President, World Farmers’ Organisation
  • Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Representative 
Acting on EAT-Lancet: Science-Based Targets in Practice
The EAT-Lancet Commission provided the first set of global scientific targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production. Translating these global targets into science-based targets (SBTS) is what will make them actionable. Business, cities, and countries all play a role. Much work has already been done in setting SBTs to achieve the Paris Agreement, but SBTs for the food system are lacking.

This session explored the importance of setting SBTs in achieving health and environmental goals, and will highlight various stakeholders’ work at the beginning of the process of setting SBTs that can guide us in transforming the global food system.

Food Security in the UAE
Sustainable Diets and Sustainable Farming: The Double-Action Opportunities
Shifts in diets shall only occur if the food environments also change. This includes changes in production patterns, towards diversified, agroecological farming systems, and local food systems. The opportunity is that more plant-based diets, prioritizing locally produced and minimally processed foods, are better for the health both of eaters and of the ecosystems. We need to move away from the current vicious cycle of industrial agriculture and industrially processed foods, towards a virtuous cycle in which supply and demand converge towards sustainability objectives. As illustrated by the EU Common Food Policy project of IPES-Food, a systems-wide approach, in which governance supports cross-sectorial and coordinated action, is a condition for this revolution to occur.
Urban Food Systems Resilience
Bringing the planetary health diet to life will not happen without dedicated efforts in the urban context. Cities are influential for multiple reasons: they are home to growing percentages of the global population and are concentrations of resources, innovation and consumption habits. Ensuring cities are able to provide healthy diets to their residents while supporting sustainable food production requires decisive action on resilience planning, spatial strategies and policy design. This panel showcased examples of actions that increase the health, sustainability, and resilience of urban food systems – including circular economy and design approaches.
Transforming Agriculture: Restoring Hope
While agriculture is now the primary cause of land degradation and loss of biodiversity, it can be our best bet for combating climate change, conserving biodiversity, and improving both quality and quantity of food production. What does it take to do this without placing undue burdens on farmers and farming communities? What changes are needed in producer actions, policy support, and consumer behaviors to actuate this transformation?

13 June
Setting a new global agricultural innovation agenda: consultation on the CGIAR 2030 plan.
Hosted by: CGIAR System Organization.
The task before us is momentous: a sustainable food systems revolution – as urgent as the agricultural revolution that launched the CGIAR, yet exponentially more complex. Most of the world eats too little, too much, or the wrong type food – at an unsustainable cost to environment and human health. This important consultation will seek inputs to CGIAR’s research agenda, delivery models, and partnerships needed to deliver on the SDGs.
Redesigning Our Tomorrow: Regional Food Policies
A global food systems transformation requires transformational efforts at all levels of society from small, local communities to the levels of municipalities, cities, states, nations and whole regions. This panel features leaders and experts spanning the rural to the urban and continental spheres who will speak to the importance of regional food policies in (re)designing the food systems of the future and how, based on past experience and best practices, these theories and maps of change can be adapted and disseminated in other global contexts.
  • Corinna Hawkes (Moderator) Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London
  • Vytenis Adriukaitis Commissioner, European Commission
  • Sue Pritchard Director, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko Governor, Nairobi City County, Kenya
  • Line Gordon Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
14 June
Road testing healthy diets: Perspectives from the Global South
Hosted by: CGIAR
This session will provide an entry point to examine the EAT-Lancet recommendations from a low- and medium-income countries perspective where most food is grown by small-scale producers. It will look at gender-equitable approaches to the sustainable intensification of small-scale farming, expanding access to markets and the implications of the global diet on health and nutrition outcomes in societies characterized by rapid urbanization and population growth.

Screened film at the conference








Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar

12-13 June 2019. The Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar  #aginnovation
aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders(policy-makers, development partners, UN system, public and private sector, research and academia).

It identifies the challenges that the digital transformation brings to agriculture and rural systems, and explore pathways for assessing both the risk and opportunities from the digital transformation along the value chains and in rural areas; and the need for a strategy to increase digital maturity in agriculture.

Agriculture is being transformed with digital technologies, ubiquity, portability and mobility anywhere and at any time (smartphones, Internet of Things, cloud-based services), smart and prediction technology (analytics and artificial intelligence) as well as interconnected data-driven systems (distributed data layer, blockchain, etc.).

This has been increasingly improving production and productivity, ensuring faster time to market, operating a streamlined supply chain and reducing operational costs. However, there are potential drawbacks: 
  • cybersecurity and data protection, 
  • labour replacement and re-education, 
  • digital divide and 
  • the risk of increasing the concentration in the private sector.
Extracts of the programme:
12 June
STRENGTHENING SMALLHOLDERS BY BRIDGING THE RURAL DIGITAL DIVIDE
  • Digital agriculture and rural areas—practices in ChinaKe Tang, Director General of Department of Market and Informatization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs P.R. China
  • Making ICT work for smallholders: IFAD perspective ; Thouraya Triki, Director of Sustainable
    Products, Markets and Institutions, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
  • Benefits and risks of digitalization for the poor and smallholders Maximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO
  • Digital4Development strategy in EU support to sustainable agricultureChristophe Larose(see picture) Head, Sector of Sustainable Agriculture from EU- European Commission – DG International Cooperation and Development Video @1:06:00 
    “The Africa-Europe Digital Economy Task Force will present it report tomorrow 13 June in Bucharest”The EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force was launched on 18th December 2018 in Vienna
POLICIES AND STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL AGRICULTURE: THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (CONNECTIVITY, LITERACY, REGULATION)
  • Digital agriculture: how the international community can help ; Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-European Union (CTA)
e-evolution of APMA
  • Archil Bukia, Deputy Director, Agricultural Projects Management Agency (APMA), Georgia
  • William Beam, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, US
  • Daniel Azevedo(see picture) Director, Trade Division and Digital Agriculture Department, Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisation & General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives (COPA-COGECA)
13 June
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION – RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SECTOR: THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTORS
  • His Excellency Kip Tom, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to FAO, IFAD and WFP, United States - Closing the digital divide 
  • Srinivasu Pappula, Chief Scientist and Global Head Digital Farming Initiatives of Tata Consultancy Service, India - Transforming rural economies with PRIDE(TM)
  • Mouhsine Lakhdissi(see picture) Co-CEO of AGRIDATA, Morocco - Transforming rural economies with PRIDE(TM)
  • Bernhard Yvetot, Vice-President, International Strategy, Orange Group Strategy Division, France - Orange eAgriculture solutions in Africa
INNOVATION LABS AND G-20: ADDRESSING THE 2030 AGENDA
  • Engel Hessel, (see picture) Commissioner for Digitalisation and Director for Digital Innovation at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
    Exchanging Ideas for the Digital Future of Agriculture -What Structures do We Need?
  • Song Wang, Division Director of Department of Market and Informatization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, P.R. China
    Information Technology for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Bernhard Kowatsch, Head, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator#Disrupt
    Hunger and the WFP Innovation Accelerator
  • Jean-Philippe Dop, Deputy Director-General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
    The challenges of digitalization and animal health global approach to address the 2030 agendaWorld Animal Health Information Database (WAHID) Interface: A comprehensive range of information is available from:
  • immediate notifications and follow-up reports submitted by Country / Territory Members notifying exceptional epidemiological events current in their territory
  • six-monthly reports stating the health status of OIE-listed diseases in each Country / Territory.
  • annual reports providing health information and information on the veterinary staff, laboratories and vaccines, etc.

DIGITAL INNOVATION TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE: DEVELOPING AGROMETEOROLOGICAL AND AGRO-CLIMATOLOGICAL CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
  • Michele Bernardi, Senior Consultant in Agrometeorology and Early Warning Systems, Italy Connecting the dots… time is now
  • Srinivasan Arunachalam, JMR InfoTech CEO, India
  • Arif Satria, Rector, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia -
    Earth observation to increase water productivity (Water Productivity Assessment - WAPOR)
  • Livia Peiser, Technical Officer, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO
DIGITAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM – BUILDING CAPACITY AND PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP LOCAL-LED YOUTH ENTERPRISES
  • Marco Gualtieri, Founder and Chairman, Seeds and Chips, Italy
  • Tom Anyonge, Lead Technical Specialist on Youth at the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD
  • Alex Ntale, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda ICT Chamber, Rwanda Agricultural extension – youth interface towards digital agriculture transformation
  • Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, Agricultural Extension Officer (Systems), FAO
29 May 2019. In the run-up to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and to further explore the role of ICTs in youth-led agriculture and agribusiness, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, in partnership with the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network, held a month-long online discussion on the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa Platform.

The webinar, "The Digital Revolution: Engaging Youth in Agriculture through ICTs" explored ICTs and their role in connecting young people to the agriculture sector.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Global Nutrition: An Opportunity for U.S. Foreign Policy and Business

11 June 2019. The CSIS Global Food Security Project organised a discussion on the opportunity for U.S. foreign policy and business to improve global nutrition with Dr. Lawrence Haddad.

He is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and was awarded the 2018 World Food Prize for his exemplary leadership in maternal and child nutrition and efforts to significantly reduce childhood stunting.




The current state of all three forms of malnutrition—underweight, overweight or obese, and micronutrient deficiency—is unacceptable. With one in three people experiencing malnutrition, every country faces the damaging effects malnutrition has on country-level prosperity and security.

Although the current food system faces many challenges today, the private sector must be part of the solution to decrease malnutrition.
  • Industry can play a more integral role in making nutrient-dense food more affordable and available to all populations; this means maximizing profits and prioritizing food and nutrition security and health. 
  • U.S. policymakers should build an environment that fosters public-private engagement, fortifies accountability, and shares decision-making.
This event was made possible by the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Symposium on The Future of Food

10-11 June 2019. While undernutrition persists, we are witnessing an unprecedented rise in obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including in low- and middle-income countries. What is wrong with our food systems? How will we feed a growing and urbanizing world population with natural resources that are limited and are being depleted?

FAO convened a 2-day symposium on The Future of Food, brought together academics, researchers, policymakers, representatives from civil society and private sector, parliamentarians and government agencies to discuss these questions (and many more) and to explore pathways to a sustainable future of food and healthy diets for all.

Extracts of the programme:

10 June 2019
Seminar on Microbiome discoveries
  • fascinating seminar presented by Rob Knight (see picture), Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, (USA)
    "We need to preserve the microbiome diversity similar to what Crop Trust with seed banks to preserve the bio diversity" 
"There's a causal relationship of 
ultra-processed foods on
weight and NCDs. 

We have to discuss about under researched
areas with potential impact 

for low and middle income countries".
Panel 1: Research, Knowledge Gaps and Needs for Sustainable Foood Systems and Healthy Diets 
Large data gaps persist regarding exactly what people eat and drink. Therefore, improving the quality and quantity of data on food intake among different categories of the population is a priority.
  • Keynote: Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO 
  • Rob Knight, Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA 
  • Carlos Monteiro (see picture), Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, University of São Paulo 
  • Sara Roversi, Founder, Future of Food Institute 
  • Chilean Senator @guidogirardi
    "NCDs is the wrong term because these
    diseases are definitely transmitted through
     the food companies, advertising.
    It is a violation of child rights.
    We shouldn’t call these things food."
  • Grace Marquis, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, Canada
11 June 2019
Panel 2: Governance of food systems
This session will examine mechanisms that already exist or can be put in place to ensure that governments, private sector and civil society hold themselves accountable for the quality and effectiveness of food system policy, action and investment including the measurement of their impact.
  • Keynote: Senator Guido Girardi, author of the Chilean Nutritional Labelling and Advertising Law, Senate of the Republic of Chile
  •  Patrick Mink, Co-Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the One Planet (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Switzerland 
  • Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority 
  • Rickard Bjerselius, Head of Team Risk-Benefit Management And Environment, Swedish National Food Agency 
  • Visith Chavasit, Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand 
  • Marion Nestle:“Restricting commercial influences
    on food policy would have a triple duty action
    on obesity, undernutrition and climate change”
  • Stefano Prato, Managing Director and Editor, Society for International Development
The growing gap between the point of production and consumption has led to a decline in consumer
Marion Nestle: "Elephant in the room is the food industry’s
influence on food choice. It’s invisible!"
trust in food and a desire for increased regulation. As people lose the connection with farmers, they lose the valuable relationships that offer a connection to their food. This session will explore how to build consumer confidence in food systems.

  • Keynote: Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of “Food Politics”
  • Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy, World Obesity Federation 
  • Simona Castaldi, Research Project Manager, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition 
  • Amos Laar, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana 
  • Justin Macmullan, Advocacy Director, Management Team Member, Consumers International 
  • Sharada Keats, Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
In the quest for healthy diets, the Mediterranean Diet represents a dietary pattern to learn from in terms of sustainable production and consumption. This session’s discussions will revolve around how to preserve the principles of the Mediterranean Diet as an intangible food systems heritage, and how to ensure this heritage is preserved by current and future generations.
  • Keynote: Farah Naja, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet: from Analysis to Food Systems Intervention 
  • Plácido Plaza, Secretary General of CIHEAM 
  • Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General (video message) 
  • Gaetana Ferri, Director General for Food Hygiene, Safety and Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Italy 
The private sector – in all segments of the food system, and of all sizes – is an important stakeholder in supporting healthy food environments. Governments have a key role to play in setting appropriate standards and guidelines, and in creating an environment that provides incentives to the private sector to make nutrient-rich, safe and affordable foods more accessible. Civil society and academia also contribute importantly by raising consumer awareness, transmitting knowledge and changing dominant food cultural and social norms towards healthy eating by making, for example, some foods more socially desirable.
  • Keynote: Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Director of Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, John Hopkins University, US
  • Tom Arnold, Chair of Task Force on Rural Africa established by the European Commission
    “On 7 March 2019, this task force presented its report with recommendations, grouped along four strategic areas for action”
    The  African Union - European Union agriculture ministerial conference of 21 June will discuss the recommendations to contribute to African job creation and to the development of its agricultural sector.
  • Luigi Scordamaglia, Managing Director of INALCA and President of Filiera Italia 
  • Bela Gil, Chef, Author, TV show host and Food Activist 
  • Alison Cairns (see picture), Director, Food Systems Transformation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development 
  • David Salt, Professor of Genome Enabled Biology, University of Nottingham, UK
    See also PAEPARD blogpost: 
    Global-local knowledge systems for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland

Monday, June 10, 2019

Using banana Leaves instead of plastic packaging

Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative. 

Thailand earned praise for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week. The novel idea, caught the attention of Vietnamese supermarkets.

Big supermarket chains in Vietnam, such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co.op, and Big C, have all started to
follow in the Thai store’s footsteps by experimenting with banana leaves as a packaging alternative in their stores as well. A representative from the Lotte Mart chain shared that they are still in the testing phase but are planning to replace plastic with leaves nationwide very soon. Aside from wrapping vegetables and fruits, the grocery chain intends to also use the leaves for fresh meat products.

Customers have since been applauding the effort.
“When I see vegetables wrapped in these beautiful banana leaves I’m more willing to buy in larger quantities. I think this initiative will help locals be more aware of protecting the environment.”
The use of leaves as packaging is a welcome addition to the numerous other efforts establishments in Vietnam are experimenting with to reduce plastic waste. Big C, for instance, already offers biodegradable bags made with corn powder in its stores. With Vietnam ranking number four in the world for the biggest amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean, such efforts are of the utmost importance.

Related:
How to make biodegradable 'plastic' from cactus juice

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Proceedings of International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers published

This book represents the proceedings of the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which took place at FAO headquarters, 21-23 November 2018.

FAO convened the symposium to provide inspiration for innovation actors and decision makers to unlock the potential of innovation to drive socio-economic growth, ensure food and nutrition security, alleviate poverty, improve resilience to changing environments and thereby achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proceedings provide a record of the main highlights of the symposium, including the opening plenary session; high-level ministerial segment; innovation fair, with 20 success stories of agricultural innovation; and six highly interactive parallel sessions and two special events dedicated to youth and to chefs and family farmers. It was attended by 540 participants, including 286 delegates from 92 member countries.

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Investing in safe trade opens up opportunities

7 June 2019. STDF 2018 Annual Report - Investing in safe trade opens up opportunities.

The STDF 2018 Annual Report has been published on 7 June, the first World Food Safety Day. The publication highlights how investing in safe trade, from food safety to animal and plant health, opens up opportunities for small-scale farmers, processors, traders and governments in developing countries to meet international standards and secure local livelihoods.

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The report sets out how STDF’s knowledge platform and projects worldwide champion the Sustainable Development Goals on zero hunger, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, and global partnerships.
  • Find out how a regional Total Diet Study is delivering the data to improve food safety in West Africa and how partnerships are driving Latin America’s regional safe trade in animal feed.
  • See how new collaborative approaches are breaking down barriers at the border in COMESA, and how new projects and PPGs will promote sustainable agriculture and safe trade in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Learn how STDF work on building public-private partnerships is shaping the global food safety dialogue, and how STDF solutions connect border agencies to facilitate safe trade.
The 2018 report also features STDF’s latest knowledge resources and projects across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean that are working to meet international standards for food safety, animal and plant health, helping to promote income generation, champion gender equality, protect the environment, and reduce inequalities.

Thanks to the 13 donors supporting the STDF, a total of 12 new projects and PPGs were approved for funding in 2018, following record levels of applications received worldwide. 70% of the resources will benefit least developed countries and other low-income countries.

For over 15 years the STDF global partnership has worked at national, regional and international level on the most pressing SPS challenges developing countries face to trade safely. The 2018 Annual Report showcases how STDF work is valued on a global scale, and the opportunities that exist to continue to drive sustainable impact in the period ahead.

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Farmers Under PELUM Launch Organic Actors Platform

30 May 2019. Farmers under Partipatory Ecological Land Use Management (Pelum) Association have launched ecological organic agriculture actors platform. The symposium was organised under the theme:Advancing multi stakeholder responsiveness towards scaling up Agroecology in Uganda.

The platform will be tasked to advance and share knowledge about sustainable farming practices and techniques so as to address climate change impacts.

“Uganda chapter will be used to advocate for sustainable farming practices country wide. Uganda lacks good Agroecology professionals therefore the new Agroecology actors playform will retool stakeholders to practice good sustainable farming system”Stella Lutalo Pelum Country Director 

Dr.David Amudavi Executive Director Biovision Africa Trust called for enactment of legislation and policy on ecological organic agriculture in Uganda to enhance training, research and farming practices.

Pelum is a regional network of over 220 Civil Society Organisations in 12 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working on land use management.

  • Country chapters include Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda. Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, south Africa, Ethiopia and Swaziland.
  • The association also works to improve the livelihoods of small holder farmers and sustainability of farming communities by fostering ecological land use management.

Related PAEPARD blogpost: Agroecology Infopool website 
2 - 4 April 2019. Cairo, Egypt "Boosting the Role and Potential of Organic Farming in Africa".

39 participants from Africa and Europe met in Sekem, Egypt with the purpose to exchange and strategize organic development and spreading knowledge about organic farming in Africa.

Friday, June 7, 2019

FARA Participates in Ghana-Israel Agritech Summit


The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), participated in a one-day GHrow-IL (Ghana Grows with Israel) Agribusiness Innovation and Technology Summit at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday 4th June, 2019.
The GHrow-IL Summit which aimed at brokering businesses between the Ghanaian entrepreneurs and Israeli organizations for effective exchange of technologies, brought together top-notch Israeli Agritech organizations, farmers, research institutions and private Ghanaian agri-businesses to discuss how participants could collaborate in improving agricultural production in a sustainable way.

Moderating the second panel session of the summit which focused on innovative solutions for monitoring of farms for higher yields and efficiency, Dr. Wole Fatunbi, Lead Specialist, Innovation Systems and Partnerships at FARA, underscored the need for a quick adoption and adaptation of appropriate technologies for the development of Africa’s agriculture. Dr. Fatunbi indicated that,
“while technologies abound in the developed world, the different technologies need to be adapted and the most appropriate ones be promoted to support the development trajectory of Africa’s agriculture”.
He added that Ghana has been on the path of progress in its agriculture in the last decade and the observed political will is unprecedented.
“The stage seems to be set for the next level in the development of Ghanaian agriculture, but this will not happen without the appropriate technologies”.
The summit showcased key Israel agricultural technologies around, irrigation, water management, greenhouse, hydroponics, soils and nutrient management, poultry sciences among others.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

AR4D Funding Opportunities - June 2019


A G R I C U L T U R AL 
Research


Nuffic invites applications for Joint Proposals on Food and Nutrition in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The Nuffic’s Orange Knowledge Programme aims to strengthen professionals and organisations through education and training. Proposed projects must contribute to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, and ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all. Applicants must be Dutch or from one of the participating countries: Bangladesh‌, Benin, Burundi‌, Colombia‌, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia‌, Kenya‌, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda‌, South Africa‌, Tanzania, Uganda‌, and Vietnam‌. Maximum funding per collaboration project is €1.4 million. The deadline for Ethiopia is 01 July 2019, and for Bangladesh is 08 July 2019. 

  • Call: Section 1 – Management of Water 2019 Topic 1.1.1 Sustainable groundwater management in water-stressed Mediterranean areas- Deadline Stage 2 Full proposals - 16th July, 2019
  • Call: Section 1 – Farming Systems 2019 - Topic 1.2.1 Conserving water and soil in Mediterranean dry-farming, smallholder agriculture Deadline Stage 2 Full proposals - 16th July, 2019
  • Call: Section 1 – Farming Systems 2019 - Topic 1.2.2 Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture Deadline Stage 2 Full proposals - 16th July, 2019
  • Call: Section 1 – Agro-food Value Chain 2019 Topic 1.3.1 Implementation of analytical tools and digital technology to achieve traceability, authenticity control of traditional Mediterranean      foods. Deadline Stage 2 Full proposals - 16th July, 2019
  • Call: Section 1 – Nexus 2019 RIA Topic 1.4.1 Assessing social, technical and economic benefits of a cross-sectoral governance of the Water-Ecosystems-Food Nexus Stage 2 Full proposals - 16th July, 2019
  • Call: Section 2 – Multi-topic 2019 - Transnational call funded by Participating States
  • Deadline Stage 2 Full proposals – 4th September, 2019

GAFSP announces its next call for proposals in the Public Sector Window for programs and projects that strengthen agriculture and lessen food insecurity in low-income countries. GAFSP intends to fund 4-6 proposals for a total of at least US$100 million. Applications (English and French) are limited to 24 countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and South Asia. For the first time, GAFSP is providing technical assistance for proposal preparation. Application for proposal preparation assistance have to be submitted by 15 April 2019. The closing date for full applications is 10 September 2019.

The CFC calls for proposals that advance commodity development in its member countries. Funding is targeted mainly to for-profit organizations and social enterprises for production, value chains, and marketing across a wide group of commodities (agricultural crops, tree crops, timber, bamboo and rattan, minerals, and others). This 15th call for proposals has a deadline on 15 October 2019.


Agribusiness


The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and partners seek innovators to design a tool that can support public finance decisions based on an integrated approach for the management of agriculture sector risks. The tool should help to prioritize investments in resilience and preparedness to reduce agriculture losses, poverty and food insecurity. All approaches should be scalable to regions or countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The winner(s) will participate in a 2-day expert workshop in London (June 2019) and receive up to US$300 thousand to develop their proposed tool. The call for applications closes 17 June 2019.

The D-Prize funds pilot projects that more widely distribute relatively low-cost products and services in the fight against poverty. The current challenges include social enterprises for innovations in specified themes of agriculture; energy; and several other categories. The D-Prize will award up to US$20 thousand to social enterprises that are successful in their pilot phases. Eligibility to compete extends to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world, and of any age or background. The D-Prize invites concept notes before 12 May 2019 (early deadline); 02 June 2019 (regular deadline); or 23 June 2019 (limited extension).

The Pollination Project (TPP) offers start-up grants of up to US$1 thousand to compassion-driven visionaries in who need seed capital to get started. Currently, TPP makes grants for community projects in Kenya and Uganda. Topics for projects include education, clean water, afforestation, and many others. The deadlines for applications are 15 April and 01 August 2019.

The Business Partnership Facility awards subsidies to support and develop private sector involvement in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries. The projects submitted under this call must contribute to achieving at least one clearly identified SDG. Funding of up to €200 thousand is available. Partnerships must comprise of actors from the private sector, civil society, academia and/or the public sector, with least one organisation from the for-profit private sector. The application deadline is 09 September 2019.

BBSRC seeks collaborative research projects involving collaborative research with at least one company and one research-base partner through the ‘Stand-alone’ LINK scheme. Case Studies from the LINKS scheme include the themes of agriculture, sustainable energy and climate change. Applicants from industry and academia can request a maximum of £1 million per project. Projects must be based in the UK, however, where a suitable company cannot be found in the UK, an overseas company may be used. Applications must be submitted by 02 October 2019. 

Dining for Women makes grants to non-profit  organizations that support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries. Thematic areas include access to clean water and sanitation, food security, and education, among other themes. Applicants may request between US$35 thousand to US$50 thousand. Eligibility extends to US 5.01(c)3 corporations or international organisations with a fiscal sponsor which is a US 5.01(c)3 corporation. Dining for Women has two annual grant cycles. The submission deadlines for 2019 are 24 April and 24 October 2019.

The Rescued Tools Foundation (Stichting Gered Gereedschap) collects and refurbishes discarded tools and small items of equipment in the Netherlands for the benefit of recipients in Sub-Saharan Africa. The priority countries are Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Ghana. The Foundation favors projects that offer opportunities for women, marginalized groups, co-operatives, and ecological awareness and environmental protection. Organizations that meet the Foundation’s criteria for assistance can fill out an application form. 

Misereor is the international development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany. Its mission is to fight hunger, disease, poverty, and other forms of human suffering in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Issues and themes include climate change and justice; food security and agriculture; access to land; energy for the poor; and extractive industries. Misereor posts guidelines in multiple languages regarding how to request funding support. Applications can be sent at any time.


Bio-diversity, Environment, Climate change

Earthwatch supports scientific field projects in topics of ecosystems and biodiversity in several world regions. Applicants to lead these field projects must have a PhD and can be of any nationality. Earthwatch invites projects that have a strong rationale for using non-specialists (volunteers) to aid with data collection, scientific observation, or other research tasks. Annual budgets range between US$20 thousand to US$80 thousand. Program themes include among others collaborative ecological research; ecological restoration; global conservation priorities; ocean ecosystems; and sustainable agriculture and forestry. The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 09 June 2019.

The British Council announces workshops that convene UK researchers with partners in other countries. Among the workshops that have deadlines beyond the date of this posting are: Brazil, Food fraud prevention using Blockchain technology (deadline 30 May 2019); China, Low-Carbon Heating and Cooling Technologies (deadline 31 May 2019); Brazil, UK-Brazil workshop on financing urban climate-resilient development (deadline 16 June 2019); Israel, Nanoscience, Neuroscience, Agri Science, Water Science, Cyber and Antimicrobial Resistance (deadline 16 June 2019). The site lists additional workshops in additional subject areas.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in collaboration with the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program, invites youth ages 18-30 to submit videos about projects or campaigns that showcase actions on climate change. The three categories are (1) Nature-based solutions for food and human health (2) Cities and local action to combat climate change, and (3) Balancing use of land for people and ecosystems. The videos will be posted on a web page, and the winners of the competition will have their expenses paid to attend and participate in the COP25 in Chile (December 2019) as youth reporters. The deadline for video submissions is 27 July 2019. 

The Embassy of Japan in Uganda provides financial assistance to non-profit, development-oriented organizations in support of community development projects in Uganda. Any projects geared towards grassroots assistance are eligible for financing, including water and sanitation, disaster relief, and agricultural development. The grant amount per project is generally under 10 million yen (approx. US$100thousand). Potential recipients are international or local NGOs, community based organizations, educational institutions and local governments. The Embassy receives concept papers anytime throughout the year, but the selection process is conducted twice a year. The next deadline is 31 July 2019.

The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund seeks to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. Priority areas are “green” education; access to clean energy and water in underserved areas; and the development of innovative and sustainable technologies. In support of these objectives, the Fund donates solar modules and systems. Applications may also include a request for a grant (US$10 thousand to US$15 thousand) to help with project support. The next deadlines for proposals are 01 May, 01 August and 01 November. 

Danida Market Development Partnerships promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Focusing on SDG 8, the main objective is to promote sustainable local economic growth and employment in developing countries in agriculture, energy, and other sectors. Applications are invited from consortia that include a business partner and an administrative partner, and possibly including additional partners from civil society, government, universities, etc. The program is available in Denmark’s priority countries for development assistance, and in selected other countries below the World Bank limit of lower-middle income countries that have a Danish representation. DMDP has a budget of DKK 100 million in 2019 for 10-12 partnerships. Danida’s support to the partnership project may cover up to 75% of total project costs. The deadline for concept notes is 09 August 2019. 

UN Women offers free online courses across many subject areas through the global online platform for training for gender equality. Courses include the  ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Gender Equality’ which is directed to government representatives and public servants, officials from the UN System and other international organizations, Civil Society Organizations representatives, academics and general public. Many of the courses are free to take part. Deadline for the Sustainable Development and Gender Equality course is 31 December 2019.


Fellowships/scholarships/grants

The program Scientific Exchanges is aimed at researchers who want to host their own scientific event in Switzerland; invite colleagues from abroad for a research visit to Switzerland; or visit their colleagues in another country. For events, an important criterion is the participation of women speakers and young researchers. Applicants for scientific exchanges must be employed in Switzerland, and applications must be submitted at least four months before the event or visit. 

The Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF) accepts concept notes aimed at strengthening and supporting community philanthropy approaches. Projects may focus on mobilizing local resources and/or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change. (Note: This may include on or more categories of the Terra Viva Grant directory, including environmental programs.) Grants will be in the range of US$7 thousand to US$20 thousand. Eligibility extends to CPOs based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean. Eligible applicants are welcome to submit a concept note anytime.

Grant making supports socially progressive projects in the UK and developing countries. Grants include some for environment, natural resources, and related areas. The Network does not accept unsolicited funding applications. However, the Network is willing to receive project ideas from outside of its membership via its Project Noticeboard. 

RUFORUM’s program for Graduate Training Assistantships (GTA) grants support for 325 PhD training opportunities during the next four years. The GTA aims to improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD academic staff in RUFORUM’s member universities by facilitating cross-university PhD studies and teaching. Applicants need to be nominated for PhD training by his/her university. RUFORUM Secretariat assists in facilitating placement of the nominated staff to universities with the appropriate fields of the required training. The GTA accepts rolling applications (no deadline).

The International Foundation makes grants in subject areas that include agriculture, water and sanitation, environment, and several others. Grants are to nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organizations in the USA. Most grant recipients are small and medium NGOs in the USA engaged in international development assistance. Grants are up to US$25 thousand for projects of one year. There are no calendar deadlines for applications.

ENGIE Africa is currently seeking applications from innovators and startups who are developing new technologies and service-based solutions to improve reliable access to energy and clean water in urban Sub-Saharan Africa.ENGIE Africa is a long-term partner for Africa’s growing energy needs. It has over 50 years of experience on the continent and employs 3,000 people of which 98% are Africans.  ENGIE now has over 3,000 MW of energy capacity; it is a leader in energy services and provides clean off-grid electricity to more than 2 million people. Africa’s business context is particular and needs new models and technologies which are tailored to its specific needs.In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity and 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. ENGIE Africa recognizes the enormous potential of off-grid solutions and aspires to give access to off-grid green electricity to 30 million people by 2025, but also to improve the access to reliable power to those connected to the grid. Concerning the access to clean water, it is estimated that 17% of the urban sub-Saharan population does not have access to a sanitary source of water. Deadline: 6 June 2019.

The European Commission seeks to improve the livelihoods for smallholder farmers and small-scale fishers to develop a competitive and environmentally-sustainable cocoa sector and climate-resilient aquaculture value chain in Liberia. Applicants may request up to €4 million unter this call (varying by activity). Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations registered in the APC region or the European Union. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 07 June 2019.

SingularityU invites applications for the MENA Global Impact Challenge to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Middle East and North Africa. Thematic areas include sustainable energy, climate-secure agriculture, and others. The winner of this challenge will be selected at a final pitch event and receive a full scholarship to attend SU’s Global Startup Program (GSP). The challenge is open to residents and citizens of the MENA region. Application deadline is 07 June 2019. 

The RMTI University offers scholarships for international students undertaking a degree at the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Health. Courses in the Science department include environmental science, food science, biological sciences, among others. Eligible candidates must be citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore that achieve a minimum of 70% average in their highest level of education award. The scholarship total value is AU$10 thousand. The deadline for applications is 14 June 2019 (Semester 2 2019), and 15 January 2020 (Semester 1 2020).

The goal of the Seed Money Grants is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchange between researchers from Swiss and Latin American institutions in all disciplines. The call objectives are to develop joint project proposals to be submitted to large funding agencies in Latin America, Switzerland, and Europe, or to combine already existing and independently funded projects in Switzerland and the partner countries in order to create long lasting cooperation. Grants amounts vary between CHF10 thousand and CHF25 thousand. The deadline for submissions is 16 June 2019.

The IUSSTF invites Indian Women Scientists, Engineers & Technologists to apply for the “Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM” (2nd Batch) to undertake international collaborative research in the USA. Proposed thematic areas of work include agricultural sciences, life sciences and seven others. Eligibility extends to Indian women (aged 21-35 years) currently pursuing Ph.D. degree. Unemployed Women applicants who have completed Ph.D./M.D/M.S are also eligible. The deadline for submission is 17 June 2019.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) supports the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. Scholarships are awarded across many subjects, including climate resilience and life sciences. Eligibility extends to  citizen of (or hold refugee status in) a Commonwealth country other than the country hosting the award. Scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses (stipend) for duration of award, return economy flight, one-off arrival allowance and research support grant (on request). The application deadline is 26 June 2019.

Applications are open for the World Bank/ACE II Masters Fellowships for African female scientists. Priority areas include agriculture, among others. Selected fellows will receive financial support that covers tuition fees, living expenses, research, and travel. Eligibility extends to female nationals under 35 years from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, or Burundi. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2019.

India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) offers postdoc fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than India) to pursue postdoctoral research at CSIR’s laboratories and institutes. The duration of the fellowships is six to twelve months. Subject areas range across the physical and natural sciences, including agricultural sciences. CSIR will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance. The application deadline is 30 June 2019.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari), Italyhas launched the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA), a capacity development component of its  Holistic Empowerment for Livelihoods Program (HELP), which  aims to produce a new generation of fit-for-purpose workforce to re-engineer African agri-food sector to provide the change factor for rapid agricultural transformation in the next 10 years.
ARIFA is based on Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach.  Under the program, suitably qualified Africans will be trained in   ARIFA- affiliated universities and centers of Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in ARIFA affiliated countries including, but not limited to Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Italy and the Netherlands.
By this inaugural call, FARA and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari), Italy, invite applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates for fully funded training at MSc level and Advanced Short Courses in Agricultural Research and Innovation.
The call for applications have been opened and available online. Please visit  Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA): Inaugural Call for Application for all the details. For the purpose of this call, only candidates from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are illegible to apply. Deadline: June 30 2019.

The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development program for young social entrepreneurs who remain in their workplaces. Each fellow is offered mentoring; resources for leadership assessment; a peer network; and financial support. Past fellows represent enterprises for agriculture; environment; solar energy; and other green development. The program is open to applications worldwide. Candidates should be under age 40. The application deadline (Phase 1) is 30 June 2019.

ACIAR awards the John Dillon Fellowships to agricultural scientists or economists from our partner countries and Australia. The fellowships aim to support the professional development of outstanding mid-career agricultural scientists, economists and researchers. Key features of the program are: a 4-6 week residential stay in Australia, a 1-week hosting period with an Australian organisation, formal training, program of visits to engage with various Australian institutions, and exposure to relevant researchers, industry experts and professionals. ACIAR funds fifteen individual John Dillon fellowships. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.


FARA is currently implementing the Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) compact of the Technologies for Africa Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme in African countries funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). TAAT has emerged as a framework to foster the development of Agriculture on the continent through the scaling of proven technologies. The CDTO technology scaling instrument is the agricultural Innovation Platform (IP), established agribusinesses and other multi-stakeholders’ platforms (MSP). The deadline for submission of all proposals is June 30, 2019.

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation supports special projects and programs in the areas of conservation, food, and health in low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. Eligibility extends to NGOs, community-based organizations and academic institutions. There is no maximum grant size. The average grant is approx. US$20 thousand. Grants exceeding US$30 thousand are rarely awarded. The application deadline for concept notes is 01 July 2019.

The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) is aimed at assisting Beninese community groups to develop lasting, self-sustaining projects with focus on development concerns, including sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and access to clean water and sanitation. Small grants of up to US$10 thousand are made to local community-based groups or organizations. The deadline to submit proposals is 01 July 2019.

The Monsanto Fund makes grants to strengthen agricultural communities in several countries around the world. Grants of US$25 thousand and more are available to tax-exempt charitable organizations for activities and projects that address farmers’ education and training; food security; community water and sanitation; and other local needs. Monsanto’s international grants are administered at the country level. The Fund presents a list of eligible countries. Monsanto accepts international applications during two periods each year. The first period ranges from 01 January through 28 February. The second period ranges from 01 July through 31 August.

TWAS offers postdoc fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia. The duration of the fellowships is 12 months to 3 years. Subject areas range across the physical and natural sciences, including agricultural sciences. TWAS-USM will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance. The application deadline is 15 July 2019.

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), invite applications for the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships. The programs are open to to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences such as agriculture, biology, and others. The application deadline is 15 July 2019.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. The World Food Programme seeks great ideas and bold solutions to solve hunger globally. The Innovation Accelerator offers financial support, training and access to WFP partners and technical experts. Selected teams get an opportunity to develop their projects and receive up to US$ 100 thousand. Applications for the 2019 Cohort III have to be submitted by 31 July 2019.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, funds journalists from around Africa to attend the workshop ‘Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development’. The programme aim is to enable journalists to tell the story of rural development.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali in September 2019. Eligibility extends to full-time journalists from across Africa. Bursaries include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment. The geographical scope focuses on regions (specified on the website) in Central America; South America, and West Africa. Maximum grant size is US$10 thousand. Most grants are US$3 thousand to US$8 thousand. The deadlines for submission of LOIs and proposals are 25 March 2019 and 09 August 2019. 

The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative offers grants to advance the leadership of young individuals working for or affiliated with environmental civil society organizations in developing and emerging countries. JWH especially encourages the nomination of young women and local community leaders. Grants range from €2,500 to €7,000 each. The next nomination deadline is 01 September 2019.

The flagship Master in Food Systems programme is EIT Food's unique offering to develop top talent for the food sector. The programme is based on a combination of essential skills to become effective innovators and entrepreneurs in the food sector along with key technical skills that are tailored to the individual career pathway for each student. The approach of the programme is unique in how students can select study pathways from a wide range of profiles at different European Universities to suit their career ambitions. The programme will start in September 2019.

In Europe’s research program Horizon 2020, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and re-integration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked there. It also develops or helps to re-start the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants in the EU; their overseas territories; countries associated to Horizon 2020; and most developing countries are eligible for consideration. The closing date for applications is 11 September 2019.

The University of Essex invites applications from African students who self fund their postgraduate studies. The university offers a scholarship of £4 thousand to African students that will be paid as a discount on the tuition fee. Available courses include biological sciences, marine biology, and biochemistry, among many others. Applicants that meet all the eligibility criteria and firmly accept the offer of their place by 13 September 2019 will automatically be awarded this scholarship (please read the instructions carefully). 

The Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications from U.S. scholars for research, teaching, and creative arts in an international context. Eligibility criteria include U.S. citizenship and a PhD or equivalent professional degree. The available openings include several in the developing world in subjects related to agriculture, environmental and biological sciences, geography, and others. The deadline for applications is 16 September 2019.

Online Turf offers £500 for full time education of an agricultural or horticultural subject field. Eligibility extends to students enrolled full time in an agricultural or horticultural course in university or college. The scholarship is not restricted to any nationality, but applicants must study and reside in the U.K. The submission deadline is 30 September 2019.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program supports non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the U.S. for experienced professionals from countries that are undergoing development or political transition. Fellows are hosted at universities in the USA. Program fields include agriculture and rural development; natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change; and many others. Applications are made through the U.S. Embassies or Binational Fulbright Commissions in eligible countries, with varying deadlines. The embassies and commissions submit their nominations before 01 October to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC.

ETH Zurich makes competitive grants in two programs sponsored by its World Food System Center. They are: (i) Sustainability in Food Value Chains (Cooperative Research Program); and (ii) Organic Production Systems for Food Security (Mercator Research Program). Principal Investigators must be current members of the World Food System Center. Co-applicants can be from other research institutions in Switzerland or other countries. The deadline for proposals is 01 November 2019.

The RGS-IBG makes grants for geographical research, fieldwork, and teaching that include several awards with deadlines in November. The application deadline is 10 November for the Journey of a Lifetime Award. The deadline is 23 November for the Ralph Brown Expedition Award; Thesiger-Oman International Research Fellowships; Walters Kundert Fellowship; Dudley Stamp Memorial Award; Rob Potter Award; Postgraduate Research Awards; and Geographical Club Award. The deadline is 30 November for the Neville Shulman Challenge Award.

DAAD co-fund research grants for qualified applicants from Brazil. The aim of the programme is to s to promote research projects within the context of doctoral studies. The programme accepts doctoral candidates at universities in Brazil, who have been awarded a domestic scholarship from CAPES (Co-funder). Subject areas include natural sciences and agriculture. The domestic doctoral scholarships will be paid by CAPES during the research stay in Germany, and DAAD will co-fund a monthly payment of €650, health, accident and personal liability insurance cover, and travel allowance. The application deadline is 02 December 2019.

Mobility grants allow researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships for collaborations between institutions. Mobility grants can be awarded to young scientists who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience. Activities may include field work and/or an internship in relation to the applicant’s research project. The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research. Priority countries under this call are: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Mobility visit should have a minimum duration of 4 weeks and not exceed CHF 5 thousand. Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2019. 


AWARDS and O T H E R

The iF Social Impact Prize aims to publish and support design projects that contribute to solving urgent challenges and help to improve living conditions in the developing world. Solutions should already be established and help to solve well known issues in any category of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The best projects will share a cash prize of €50 thousand in total. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations, companies and foundations. There is no deadline and projects can be submitted on a continuous basis. The winners will be decided after 05 June and 20 November each year.

The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for the Borlaug Field Award. The Award (US$10 thousand) recognizes science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under age 40 in the challenge to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The deadline for nominations is 15 June 2019.

The annual St Andrews Prize for the Environment recognizes significant contributions to environmental conservation in the developing world. The subject areas include human-animal conflicts; water and biodiversity; sanitation; air quality; solar power; food supply; waste and recycling; environmental justice; and others. Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams, and community groups. Research projects will not be considered. The Prize consists of an award of US$100 thousand and a medal. Awards of US$25 thousand are presented to each of two other finalists. The deadline for applications is 21 June 2019. 

Crenov8 Consulting seeks innovative ideas and enterprises with projects and methods to improve the agriculture value chain across Africa. The competition is aimed at early stage Agric entrepreneurs from all sectors of the agriculture ecosystem. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Dubai to participate and exhibit in the MTFC grand finale and pitch their idea for the top prize of US$5 thousand. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. 

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards invite nominations of individuals ages 18 to 35 anywhere in the world who have initiatives, products, or services that address sustainability challenges in three categories. The categories are ‘improve people’s health and well-being’; ‘improve the health of the planet’; and ‘contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world’. Unilever will recognise up to eight winners in 2019, each of whom will be awarded a cash prize in addition to one-to-one mentoring support for a year. The overall winner will receive the “HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize” of €50 thousand, the remaining winners will each receive a €8.5 thousand cash award. The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2019. 

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program to mobilize youth-led innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Young entrepreneurs (age 15-35) from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects. Winners of the competition will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin in October 2019 and will receive international recognition. The deadline for entries is 31 July 2019.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award to young promising researchers from abroad in recognition of outstanding academic achievements. The award is designed to enable them to embark on academic careers in Germany by establishing their own junior research groups at research institutions in Germany. The award winner is entitled to funds of up to € 1.65 million which may be used to cover all research expenses (including the necessary equipment and material, personnel, travel expenses, etc.). The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

The Society of Chemical Industry awards travel bursaries to young PhD students. There are various schemes available, some related to agriculture and life sciences.  Applicants will have preference if they wish to travel outside their country of residence, especially if they wish to work in a laboratory abroad. Next deadline cycle for the AJ Banks Award (Food science), and the Messel Award (Chemical science including all life sciences) is 31 October 2019.

Nominations are open for the 2019 Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) International Prize. The Subject of the 2019 Prince Talal International Prize is “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”. Projects should highlight best practices which aim to improve the living conditions of the poor and disadvantaged with particular emphasis on women and children. (Note: This may include one or more categories of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.) The winners receive between US$400 thousand and US$100 thousand (depending on their category). Eligibility extends to UN Development Agencies, NGOs, government ministries, public institutions, social business enterprises and individuals. There are no geographical restrictions. Nominations are accepted until 30 November 2019.