icipe is seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist to fill the position of Head of Capacity Building and Institutional Development Unit. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, education allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation and return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Qualified candidates from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
RIKOLTO, FAO and YPARD proposed to jointly organize a forum for young farmers in West Africa on the business opportunities offered by sustainable agriculture and urban food systems in the region. The forum was held in Saly, Senegal, from 21 to 25 October 2019, is the second in a series of forums, the first of which was held in March 2019 in Uganda for young people from East Africa.
There were 36 participants, all engaged in formal or informal agricultural/food activities, from Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. They were selected by YPARD from 350 applications. The selected young people come from various sectors: production, agri-food and agri-business, post-harvest logistics, seed production, marketing and digital services.
This document represents the proceedings of a Continental Youth Workshop convened by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) at its secretariat in Accra, Ghana from 2 to 4 May 2019, as the Capacity Development and Technology Outreach Enabler Compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT). The workshop was convened to initiate the process of developing a set of guidelines on strategic engagement and capacity development of youth, focused on agripreneurship and scaling of technologies for increased productivity.
While in principle, gender mainstreaming or analysis is extremely necessary in the planning and execution of climate interventions, the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) argues that, there is over reliance on WOMEN to the detriment of other components of Gender that is, MEN, GIRLS AND BOYS. Ghanas climate change policy states that vulnerable groups, such as the disabled, the aged, children, youth and women, are particularly affected as they have poorer coping mechanisms. Indeed it acknowledged that, the youth form a significant proportion of the population of Ghana and live with the impacts of climate change much longer. As such, the youth are key stakeholders in the climate change process. Inspite of such recognition, the policy makes no concrete provision in tackling the effect of climate change on the youth. A study on the impact of climate change on women in three districts was conducted which confirmed that, although women undertake 85% of Ghanas food distribution, they have difficulties in accessing land, land tenure security and formal financial services. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to cite studies conducted on the impact of climate change on young people in Ghana.
Climate change is undeniably affecting all aspects of human life. While efforts are been made at all levels to address its adverse impacts, the poor and vulnerable such as women, girls, boys, aged, people with disability and the aged tend to suffer most due to their poor coping abilities.
This study systematically reviews the peer-reviewed literature on livestock production and food security in urbanizing environments of developing countries to synthesize the existing evidence and identify priorities for future research.
Agriculture plays an important role in the economies of African countries. Recently, the picture of imports versus exports for agro-based sectors has been uneven with reports of more imports than exports on the continent. In this article, Raymond Erick Zvavanyange and Irvine Vusani Makuyana address issues focused on the agro-economy in Africa. The new agro-economy opportunities warrant intense study of agriculture trends and developments with a view to improve decision making and ensure preparedness for times of the present and times of the future.
When faced with problems such as climate change where will the human species turn to in order to comprehend how the Earths climate system functions and impacts on food and agriculture? The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (1992) defines climate change as a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. There subsist valid arguments and counterarguments on climate change. The times periods show that global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have increased markedly as a result of human activities since 1750 and now far exceed pre-industrial levels. Climatic changes also impact on Zimbabwe, and make the call for innovation (s) in climate change, agriculture and food security. Furthermore, the UNFCCC (1992) observes that, [T] he ultimate objective of the Convention and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Parties may adopt is to achieve, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. This article puts innovation (s) at the centre of climate change, agriculture, and food security in Zimbabwe. By putting into context the concept of opposing forces to innovation within Zimbabwe, the article, broadly advocates for dissection, in an apolitical and
In response to Zimbabwes request, the CTCN collaborated with Zimbabwean NDE, the UNEP-DTU Partnership, and other key national counterparts including the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate; the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development; and Zimbabwes universities and agriculture colleges, to develop the Climate-Smart Agriculture Manual for Agriculture Education in Zimbabwe. This manual will be complemented by a capacity building process, including training of trainers, which will enable broader dissemination to agriculture students and extension workers across the country. We are deeply grateful to all of our partners for their work and for Zimbabwes tireless involvement and support in the undertaking of this initiative.
The use of this manual is expected to transform the countrys agriculture sector into a sustainable production system by maximising the climate opportunities and reducing climate change-related risks on the agriculture sector.