Evènement digital de la jeunesse: Contribuez au sommet de l’Union africaine

AgroDev

En 2003, les chefs d’Etats africains ont pris l’engagement de redynamiser le secteur agricole sur le continent à travers l’allocation de 10% de leur budget au secteur agricole et un taux de croissance de l’agriculture de 6% l’an. Dix ans après, seulement 8 pays sur les 54 ont respecté cet engagement pendant que plus de 240 millions de personnes souffrent encore de la malnutrition sur le continent. Cette situation interpelle la conscience de tous les acteurs impliqués dans le développement et la lutte contre la pauvreté et la faim.

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Les 12 meilleurs blogs des Prix YoBloCo dévoilés !

Africa Family Farming Workshops

Le jury a pris sa décision et les lauréats des Prix YoBloCo ont été sélectionnés. Le CTA (Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rural ACP-UE) et ses partenaires aux YoBloCo Awards ont eu le plaisir d’annoncer ce matin les 12 meilleurs participants ! Les neuf gagnants seront annoncés lors de la cérémonie de la remise des prix du concours, durant la Conférence internationale du CTA sur le financement des chaînes de valeur agricoles « Fin4Ag »http://www.fin4ag.org/fr, qui se tiendra à Nairobi, au Kenya du 14 au 18 juillet 2014. Tous les douze meilleurs participants, en plus de 03 autres candidats fortement encouragés, seront invités à la conférence.

Notre Blog est parmi les 12 sélectionnés ! Cela n’aurait vraiment pas été possible sans la motivation impulsée par les YoBloCo Awards, vos avis, vos contributions, mais aussi et surtout vos encouragements via vos commentaires et l’évaluation publique! L’occasion qui…

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Agroecosystems: the future of sustainable farming

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

Managing-Water-and-Agroecosystems-for-Food-SecurityA new book launched last month at World Water Week in Stockholm sets out the challenges the world faces in feeding a growing population in the face of severe resource constraints and climate change. Authors of the book, the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), emphasise the importance of adopting a new way of farming, viewing farms as interfaces between achieving global food security and environmental protection or in other words as agroecosystems.

With a focus on water, the book details the importance of ecosystem services for the direct provision of food and as the ecological foundation upon which agriculture rests. In a recent UK government report ecosystem services were estimated to benefit the UK economy by as much as £1.6 billion per year with pollinators contributing some 13% of the country’s annual income from farming. Not only…

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Four ways with pesticides

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

Pesticides graphic-1Pesticides, substances designed to prevent, destroy or mitigate any pest, are beneficial in many ways. They protect crops from infestation, allowing for higher and more stable yields, and they protect humans from insect attack, crucial in the fight against insect-transmitted diseases such as malaria. But they also pose serious threats to the environment and to human health. In response to the concerns over the impact of pesticides on bee populations, for example, the European Union, earlier this year, issued a partial ban on neonicotinoids.

A new special issue of Science, The Pesticide Paradox, through a series of papers, explores the benefits and impacts of pesticides and discusses what more can be done to track pesticide use, reduce our reliance and its impact, and find alternatives.

Track their use and evaluate their impacts

Understanding how and where pesticides are used and what hazards they pose is the first…

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Innovation in the agriculture, forestry and other land uses sector could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

SmithA new paper by Smith et al published in Global Change Biology asks the question, How much land-based greenhouse gas mitigation can be achieved without compromising food security and environmental goals?Authors attempt to answer this question by modelling the potential of supply- and demand-side mitigation options available in the Agriculture, Forestry and other land uses sector, as well as their impacts on one another and on food security.

On the supply side such practices as alternative uses for biomass, and land sparing, have the potential to reduce emissions by 1.5 to 4.3 Gt CO2 equivalent per year at carbon prices of between $20 and $100. For 2011, the International Energy Agency estimated annual emissions as 31.6 Gt CO2 equivalent. Seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of the AFOLU sector while at the same time increasing food production, is a core aim of sustainable intensification, which advocates…

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A landscape approach to reconcile competing land uses

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

LandscapeA “landscape approach” to rural development is gaining in traction in international policy and now a new set of guidelines published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds light on the practicalities of implementing resource management plans across whole landscapes.

The idea behind the landscape approach is that multiple benefits from and pressures on an area can be balanced. Resource extraction, agriculture, conservation, and activities contributing to local livelihoods are all considered in an integrated manner. For each landscape there are multiple users and uses, each of which impact on each other. For example, chemicals used on agricultural land may run off into waterways, impacting the habitats of aquatic species and fish catch. As Terry Sunderland, a principal scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research and co-author of the paper published in PNAS, states, “People do not live in sectors or in departments, they live holistically. It is…

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We are changing the world of tomorrow…today! at the #TFFSummit

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