Accelerating collaboration for sustainable agriculture

Accelerating collaboration for sustainable agriculture

The art of doing starts with an action says my logic professor during the start of his lectures. He often mentioned that we need to think global but act local. I never truly understood this statement until I attended the Global Soil Week 2019 conference.

The conference attracted different partners and players who converged in Nairobi at ICRAF Campus to talk about care and concern for soil. The conversation started from a brief history as to why the plight of soil was neglected and yet, how important it is in the achievement of many global goals.

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The missing middle: how enabling environments will translate global commitments into local action

The missing middle: how enabling environments will translate global commitments into local action

Delegates at Global Soil Week 2019 push for effective land governance, local governance structures, extension services and finance and markets to ensure sustainable and climate resilient agriculture. For Africa’s development agenda to succeed, enabling environments are needed that encourage inclusive and sustainable rural development, with special attention and dedication to the climate crisis. Inclusive investments in sustainable land management will ensure food security for smallholders.

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Secure Land Rights Key in Sustainable Land Management

Secure Land Rights Key in Sustainable Land Management

During the last week of May, scientists, researchers, development partners and government officials from various African countries gathered at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Gigiri for the Global Soil Week. The conference organized by TMG Research- a German applied research organization under the theme of ‘Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Africa, analyzed successful cases in the continent and how they could be upscaled. Of particular interest was the conditions under which the projects were successful.

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Agriculture: The Price of our Thrift

Agriculture: The Price of our Thrift

Sometimes courageous solutions come from the unexpected. The government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has announced the abolition of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. As early as 2024, farmers are to use only biological methods to make their land fertile and combat pests. Six million farmers must learn Zero Budget Natural Farming by then.

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TMG on Kenyan News: The Chamwada Report - Land Leasing in Kenya

TMG on Kenyan News: The Chamwada Report - Land Leasing in Kenya

In Kenya, a majority of rural households depend directly or indirectly on agriculture, mainly through subsistence farming. But pressure on land is increasing in rural areas, as demand for settlement space, area to produce food and grow cash crops is growing resulting in land scarcity. In Kakamega, Kenya’s second most populous county after Nairobi, the average land size per family currently sits at just 1.5 acres.

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COMMENT on G7 Charlevoix Summit Declaration – “Advancing Gender Equality and Women´s Empowerment” & “Innovative Financing for Development”

COMMENT on G7 Charlevoix Summit Declaration – “Advancing Gender Equality and Women´s Empowerment” & “Innovative Financing for Development”

Key Messages

Ø  Securing access to land as one of the key pre-conditions to ensure women´s economic empowerment and gender equality & sustainable development.

Ø  Striving for women empowerment, we need to go beyond targeting “female headed households” (and ensure all women can benefit from agricultural services)

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