Crops are already seeing losses from heat and drought. Can genetic diversity – a return to foods’ origins – help combat the climate challenges ahead?
Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Enabling Ethical Food Supply Chains to become Sustainable and Climate-Resilient using Blockchain Technology
Enabling Ethical Food Supply Chains to become Sustainable and Climate-Resilient using Blockchain Technology: TraceX Technologies in India
TraceX technologies is an Agri-tech startup that harnesses the power of blockchain technology to build clean, transparent, and traceable supply chains across the food and agriculture ecosystem. In this webinar, the speakers will talk about the journey of TraceX, its mission and vision, and how TraceX’s blockchain traceability solutions empower the stakeholders in the supply chain to follow sustainable climate-resilient practices in the entire journey from the farm to fork across different value chains. The webinar will also highlight how TraceX proposes to harness the power of Web3 technologies and build an extensive distributed autonomous supply chain network for food and agriculture businesses and extend its offerings to encompass carbon offsets and climate action goals of companies.
- Chair: Parmesh Shah, Global Lead, Data-Driven Digital Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
- Srivatsa Sreenivasarao, Co-Founder, TraceX Technologies
- Anil Nadig, Co-Founder, TraceX Technologies
- Manu Bharadwaj, VP Growth and Strategy, TraceX Technologies
- Brighu Ravi, Head of International Business, TraceX Technologies
- Nitin Gupta, Vice President, Olam Agro India
- Adam Struve, Global Sector Lead, Agricultural Inputs and Supporting Technology, IFC
28-29 April 2022. ONLINE MEDIA SEMINAR. GLOBAL LANDSCAPES FORUM: BUILDING A GREEN, HEALTHY AND RESILIENT FUTURE WITH FORESTS
- The online seminar, is organized by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) alongside the XV World Forestry Congress.
- This opportunity is open for all journalists from around the world with a passion for learning and raising awareness about the essential role of forests in the global sustainable agenda.
- David Shukman played a leading role in the BBC’s coverage of the environment with reports regularly featured on flagship TV and radio programmes and the BBC website for nearly twenty years.
- n Forestry.
As part of Agrilinks’ Policy Month, the African Union, USAID, Feed the Future Policy LINK, and AKADEMIYA2063 are jointly convening a multi-stakeholder webinar to explore the impact of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme’s Biennial Review (BR) as well as to unpack some of the early policy implications emerging from the 3rd BR report.Launched last month, the report included self-reported data from 51 of the African Union’s 55 Member States and captures progress across 49 indicators tracking performance on agricultural transformation. The report, titled“Accelerating CAADP Implementation for a Resilient African Food System,” aims to support evidence-based reflection and adaptive implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration.
The launch of the 3rd BR report signals the start of a year-long process of enhanced agricultural policy advocacy, dialogue, and engagement at the national, regional, and continental levels. The ensuing policy dialogue will be led by the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), AU Member States, Non-State Actors and other CAADP stakeholders. These discussions will cut across a wide range of thematic and sectoral policy issues driving agricultural growth and development – issues that we will begin to explore at this webinar.
- Alexious Butler Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator USAID
- James Oehmke Acting Director, Office of Policy, Analysis and Engagement USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
- Godfrey Bahiigwa Director of Agriculture and Rural Development African Union Commission
- Augustin Wambo Yamdjeu Director, Knowledge Systems AKADEMIYA2063
- Samuel Benin Deputy Division Director, Africa Regional Office International Food Policy Research Institute
- Robert Ouma Regional Director Policy LINK
- Sean Jones Mission Director USAID/Ethiopia
- Ms. Neema K. Lugangira Member of Parliament, Chair of the Parliamentary Caucus on Food Safety Government of Tanzania
- Ms. Constance Ogadimma Okeke Project Manager, Public Finance for Agriculture ActionAid International
- Andrew Agyei-Holmes Ghana-based Research Fellow Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
- Simplice Nouala Head of Division for Agriculture and Food Security African Union Commission’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
- Providence Mavubi Director of Industry and Agriculture The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
A copy of the working document of the Innovation Agenda is accessible right on the online survey page (after the Introductory Paragraph), also in French (soon in Portuguese and Arabic).
- results and lessons learnt of the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership pilot project,
- opinions of the AU-EU Advisory Group on R&I ,
- discussions that took place at the EU-AU R&I Ministerial 2020,
- and the pilot mapping exercise of projects of the EU-AU R&I Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture ,
- as well as progress of the R&I Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE), including on climate resilience and adaptation.
- The identification of gaps and needs in the field of digitalisation that resulted in the key recommendations of the AU-EU Digital Economy Task Force and initiatives like the D4DHub were also taken into account.
- Public Health,
- Green Transition (encompassing Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy);
- Innovation & Technology
- Capacities for Science
"Differences in the capacities between AU and EU innovation players (universities, research institutions, incubators, accelerators, investors, venture capitalists, private equity firms, governments), and approaches, combining capacity empowerment and enabling environment upgrading, need to be taken into account, together with respecting principles of a just transition approach." (page 26)
- Need to strengthen existing R&I funding instruments, and promote the establishment of new, flexible funding programmes at bilateral, regional and international levels, while also diversifying funding partners.
- Need for financial support to scaling up R&I project outcomes, and transform them into successful entrepreneurial ventures, like start-ups, and related infrastructure, normally requiring important investments (also from FNSSA mapping study, and upcoming from CCSE)).
- Need private capital and corporations to play their important role in maintaining an innovation ecosystem (e.g. by attracting early stage and corporate investors to local innovation ecosystems to support the growth and expansion of spin-off companies or absorb generated IP through licensing).
- DualCassava: Dual-resistant cassava for climate resilience, economic development and increased food security of smallholders in eastern and southern Africa (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- Crop and Soil Health Improvement for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification towards Economic Transformation in West Africa (Funded through “DG INTPA”)
- UPSCALERS: Upscaling Site-Specific Climate-smart Agriculture and Land use practices to Enhance Regional Production Systems in West-Africa (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- Promote sustainable management of Tuta absoluta, an invasive pest of Solanaceous vegetables for food and nutritional security in East Africa (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- PASUSI: Participatory Pathways to Sustainable Intensification. Innovation platforms to integrate leguminous crops and inoculants into small-scale agriculture and local value chains (Funded through “ERA-NET Cofund, LEAP-Agri”)
- EcoAfrica: ECOlogical intensification pathways for the future of crop-livestock integration in AFRICAn agriculture (Funded through DG INTPA)
- MAB Chicken: Marker-assisted breeding of selected native chickens in Mozambique and Uganda (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- EatSANE: Education and Training for Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition in East Africa (Funded through “ERA-NET Cofund, LEAP-Agri”)
- Enhancing nutritional quality of plantain food products through improved access to endophyte primed and high pro vitamin A plantain cultivars under integrated soil fertility management practices in Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- SafeFish: Development of bacteriophage cocktails as disease biocontrol agents for improved aquaculture productivity, food and nutrition safety in Ghana and Uganda (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- AFRICA-MILK: Promote ecological intensification and inclusive value chains for sustainable African milk sourcing (Funded through “ERA-NET Cofund, LEAP-Agri”)
- SPEAR (Empowering small-scale farmers): towards the SDGs through participative, innovative and sustainable livestock and poultry value chains (Funded through “ERA-NET Cofund, LEAP-Agri”)
- Enhancing the nutrition and health of smallholder farmers in East Africa through increased productivity of biofortified common bean and improved postharvest handling (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
- Implementation of Agroforestry Systems in S. Tomé and Príncipe and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) in Angola and S. Tomé and Príncipe to improve income-generation and food security (Funded through “African Union Research Grant II”)
Monday, April 25, 2022
The world’s food production and distribution systems are deeply flawed: unsustainable agricultural practices continue to destroy forests, degrade land and intensify climate change, while over two billion people experience some type of malnutrition. The recent Global Assessment Reports by IPCC, UNCCD and IPBES, and the outcomes of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit draw attention to the call for a transformative change in food systems. However, there is less agreement on how this change should be accomplished considering local and national expectations and aspirations, and global commitments.
Recognizing that the inherent complexity in achieving sustainable outcomes is often a deterrent to action, FAO developed the 10 Elements of Agroecology as an analytical framework to support the design of differentiated paths for agriculture and food systems transformation.This webinar, co-hosted by FAO’s Forestry and Plant Production and Protection Divisions focused agroforestry and its role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, nutrition security and biodiversity conservation as well as the importance of managing trade-offs and enabling conditions to overcome the main barriers to sustainable implementation and scaling up.
- Tiina Vähänen Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO - Welcome address Edmundo Barrios - Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO
- Ronnakorn Triraganon - Senior Strategic Advisor RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests - Keynote on the 10 elements of agroecology and how they apply to agroforestry
- Amina Maalim - National Forestry Research Institute, Kenya (KEFRI)
- Luis Orozco Aguilar - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)
- Ravi Prabhu - Director of Innovation, Investment and Impact, CIFOR-ICRAF, India
- Elaine Springgay - Forestry Division, FAO
- Jingyuan Xia - Director, Plant Protection and Production Division, FAO - Closing remarks
- Ulrich Apel - Global Environment Facility (GEF) - MODERATOR
There are global efforts to finance climate-smart agriculture but The Climate Policy Initiative reveals that current global climate finance flows are nowhere near the estimated $4.5 – $5 trillion needed annually. Additionally, of the $560 billion available for global climate finance, only 1.5% is provided for small-scale agriculture.
Furthermore, some regions are lagging others. According to a recently-launched ISF report, agri-SMEs in developing countries do not have sufficient funding and there’s a $106 billion financing gap in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. [ see: CASA (2022) The state of the agri-SME sector – Bridging the finance gap # 67 p. + PAEPARD blogpost]
Climate-smart agriculture investors and ecosystem enablers:
Sustainable Food Ventures (SFV)SFV is a rolling fund that backs early-stage startups developing sustainable food products. Key in its portfolio of over 30 are startups whose products are plant-based, cell-based and recombinant.
- VeggieVictory is Nigeria’s first plant-based food tech company bringing people a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle through plant-based meats and meals. Since 2013, Veggie Victory has been surprising Lagosians with veganized Nigerian culinary delicacies. Vchunks is VeggieVictory’s retail product offering a 100% plant-based meat substitute with the typical chewy mouth feel of beef or chicken. With its meat-like texture, Vchunks can be cooked in any meals:
soups, stews, rice, noodles, shawarma or even as asun, suya, kilishi and nkwobi.
- Mzansi Meat. Cultivated meat has the potential to counter the impact of intensive agriculture by using considerably less land and water, making production less costly.
Aceli AfricaLaunched in 2020, Aceli Africa is a market incentive facility that seeks to mobilize $600 million in capital from the private sector to lend to East Africa’s SMEs. Its loans are incentivized to target SMEs that practice climate-smart agriculture and sustain the environment, as well as creating economic opportunities for women and youth and contributing to food security and nutrition in Africa.
The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF)The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund is a $58 million impact fund that makes equity investments in African early-stage agribusinesses. ARAF Fund primarily aims to build smallholder farmers’ climate resilience by funding agribusinesses that can help farmers identify weather events and bounce back from climate change effects.
The fund is backed by an array of institutions that promote sustainable development including PROPARCO, FMO, Green Climate Fund, the Soros Economic Development Fund, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Global Social Impact, IKEA Foundation among others.
O-Farms AcceleratorO-Farms is an Africa-focused SME accelerator that’s backed by Village Capital and Bopinc in partnership with IKEA Foundation. It was founded in 2021 with the mandate to support circular agribusiness. When practiced on a large scale, circular agribusiness has been proven to reduce the number of external inputs needed in farming and the overall ecological footprint of agriculture.
While O-Farms is focusing on Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia for its first cohort, it plans to work with 40 startups across East Africa by 2023
SEED AcceleratorSeed accelerator is one of the prominent emerging market accelerators supporting startups for sustainable development and a green economy. Seed was founded in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg by UN Environment, UNDP and IUCN.
conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, called hybrids because they combine maize lines selected to express important traits over several generations. Alongside other CGIAR Research Centers, CIMMYT continues to innovate with accelerated breeding approaches to benefit smallholder farmers.
- CGIAR’s Climate-Smart Villages and Valleys (launched in 2009), span the global South and effectively bridge the gap between innovation, research and farmers living with the climate crisis at their doorsteps.
- CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) impressive legacy — in research, influencing policy and informing $3.5 billion of climate-smart investments, among many achievements — is now being built upon by a new CGIAR portfolio of initiatives. Several initiatives focus on building systemic resilience against climate and scaling up climate action started by CCAFS that will contribute to a net-zero carbon future.
- Innovations were adopted because they addressed local needs and were culturally appropriate. These include the uptake of new varieties of wheat, maize, rice and beans developed by CGIAR Research Centers. Taste, color, texture, cooking time and market demand are critical to the success of new varieties. Being drought-resistant or flood-tolerant is not enough.
- Local Technical Agroclimatic Committees, another CCAFS innovation is currently implemented in 11 countries across Latin America, effectively delivers weather information in agrarian communities across the tropics.
- The first prong is to establish a conducive policy and institutional environment for novel climate solutions.
- The second prong is to catalyse climate innovation by piloting new technologies, business models, financing instruments and practices to establish proof of concept.
- The third prong is to use scarce public resources to de-risk early investments that will establish a commercial track record for new climate solutions and crowd-in private finance.
- The final prong of GCF’s approach is to accelerate the widespread adoption of commercially proven climate solutions by enhancing the capacity of domestic financial institutions to originate and access capital markets to finance climate investments.
Friday, April 22, 2022
- Vanessa Nakate, Founder, Rise Up Climate Movement
- Jamia Jowers, Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
22 April 2022. Earth Day Livestream – Nature in the Race to Zero
EARTHDAY.ORG, together with its partners, is organizing the Earth Day Climate Action Summit. We need to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century learn about some key solutions that will help us deliver the greenhouse gas reductions needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
20 April 2022. 14:30–16:30 | VIRTUAL, CEST. The Increasing Imperative for Resilient Food Systems in Times of Crisis: What Can Donors Do?
The white paper offers a menu of seven action areas for donors:
- Strengthen coordination among donors and other actors to support national pathways for food systems transformation;
- Mobilize responsible investment in food systems from the public and private sectors;
- Promote engagement of private sector actors and value chain innovation for sustainable development;
- Support policy innovation;
- Invest in research and data systems;
- Strengthen governance for food systems transformation; and
- Strengthen universal social protection mechanisms, disaster preparedness and emergency relief programmes.
- IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2021 is focused on rural livelihoods in the context of food systems transformation. The report promotes equitable livelihoods for rural people, who are front and centre in transforming food systems, alongside the need to improve nutrition and protect the environment. The global need for more nutritious food, ecosystem services and a low-carbon economy also offers the potential for new and innovative livelihood opportunities.
- The Rural Development Report 2021 was prepared by IFAD working in close collaboration with Wageningen University over a two-year period. It also presents novel results of a global quantitative modelling exercise that simulated the impacts of various types of transformative changes on a range of environmental, social, economic and nutritional indicators.
- In 2018, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in partnership with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) launched the project “Water–Energy–Food–Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus: Analysing solutions for security supply”. The WEFE Nexus aims to increase water, energy, food security without compromising ecosystems services. Its components are present in 14 of the 17SDGs and are therefore highly relevant in terms of working towards their implementation.
- This publication compiles a number of case studies with the aim of highlighting the importance and benefits of the WEFE Nexus approach for development cooperation. It identifies pathways for a more integrated and sustainable use of resources that goes beyond traditional sector-specific development silos. Addressing the Water–Energy–Food–Ecosystems Nexus to achieve the SDGsWEFE Nexus components are present in14 of the 17 SDGs“Since wars begin in the minds of men and
- What are the investments needed to achieve a green, resilient and sustainable future?
- How can we unlock private finance for climate action?
- How are countries stepping up to the challenge?
- David R. Malpass President, World Bank Group
- Sri Mulyani Indrawati Minister of Finance, Indonesia
- Makhtar Diop Managing Director, IFC
- Rania Al-Mashat Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
- Rhian-Mari Thomas Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute
- Yves Perrier Chairman of the Board, Amundi
- Mari Pangestu Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
- Nicholas Stern IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics
- Auguste Kouamé Country Director for the Republic of Turkey, World Bank
- Hania Dawood Manager, Climate Business Development and Strategy, IFC
- Host Meriem Gray Communications Lead, Sustainable Development, World Bank
- project-based investments,
- financial sector reform,
- fiscal policy,
- sectoral policies,
- trade policy,
- innovation and technology transfer,
- carbon markets,
- and climate intelligence.
During the ASAP accelerator program, the 16 companies will work with industry experts, investors, and ecosystem partners to develop the networks and tools they need to attract investment, grow their businesses, and increase their climate adaptation impacts. More information can be found here.
Brian Parham, ASAP Program Director at Lightsmith.ASAP is a grant-funded initiative led by The Lightsmith Group, in partnership with Village Capital, and with the support of the Global Environment Facility’s Special Climate Change Fund. Additional support is provided by Conservation International and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The cohort is composed of:
water information that can help farmers increase production while minimizing inputs. This enables farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions due to climate change. Builds resilience to: extreme weather events and weather volatility that affect crop yields and farmer incomes. (Agriculture, Risk Analytics/Management)
AfricaAgromyx (Ghana) helps smallholder farmers reduce food waste and generate additional income by turning non-marketable post-harvest crops into shelf-stable and nutritious food products. Reducing post-harvest food losses helps to build a more resilient agricultural system and global food supply chain. Builds resilience to: drought, heat stress, and extreme weather events that reduce crop yields, harm farmer incomes, and increase food insecurity. (Agriculture/Food Waste)
For more information, reach out to Ben Wrobel at Village Capital or Brian Parham at Lightsmith.
About the Partners
- Village Capital helps entrepreneurs bring big ideas from vision to scale. So far, VC has supported more than 1,400 early-stage startups and invested in more than 110 program graduates.
- The Lightsmith Group is an investment firm investing in companies that address critical societal needs. For more information, please see: www.lightsmithgp.com and for the ASAP project, please see: www.climateasap.org.
- Slot 1 - Absolute Water, Agtuall, Congretype, Freezelink, Hiraya Water, Komunidad Global, Ship60, Worldtech Consult.
- Slot 2 - Agromyx, Aumsat, Cadel Consulting, Crop2X, EF Polymer, Kitovu Technology, Rwanda Bio Solution, Zr3i