Category “Education”

Zambia: Improving Agro Practice to End Chronic Malnutrition

MALNUTRITION has been a long-standing problem and is one of the leading causes of death among children in Zambia. This ailment affects many children under the age of five and has serious health implications to survivors of the scourge.

Statistics indicate that this country records one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world and that about half of local children are stunted, while one in five is underweight.

It is also evident according to medical results that survivors of chronic malnutrition do not always return to their full strength after any nutritional interventions.

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Liberia: For Liberia’s Developing Agricultural Sector – New Agriculture Diploma Expected to Increase the Supply of Valuable Skills

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program has developed Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture.

In September 2014, the National Diploma for Agriculture will go into effect at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Excellence in Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa County Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute.

The National Diploma for Agriculture (NDA) is an innovative, skills-focused two-year Vocational Diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.

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Tanzania: Partners Keen to Empower Millions of Farmers

GROWERS associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen farmers’ participation in the design and implementation of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).

The growers associations included Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), the SAGCOT Centre Ltd and Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA).

According to SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Chief Executive Officer Mr Geoffrey Kirenga, the agreement symbolises the partnership approach that is required to ensure that investments in the corridor were inclusive, engage and benefit farmers.

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Nigeria: Firm Set to Establish Fish Farming School

Bnot Harel Nigeria Limited, an Israeli company, which deals with agriculture integration solutions, said it has concluded plans to open a school in Lagos, where fish farmers from various parts of the country will be trained regularly on fish farming.

The Lagos Regional Manager of the company, Ofir Segal, revealed this in an interview with our reporter on Tuesday during the opening ceremony of the 28th National Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) in Abuja.

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East Africa: EAC International Symposium and Exhibition On Agricultural Development Concludes in Kampala

Uganda — The first-ever EAC International Symposium and Exhibition on Agricultural Development designed to critically assess agricultural development in the region during the 50 years since all the EAC Partner States earned independence ended at Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

A 5-day November 2013 Symposium was collaboratively organized by the EAC Secretariat, Kilimo Trust, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Uganda’s Ministries of East African Community Affairs (MEACA- Uganda), and that of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF- Uganda).

Addressing High Level Round Table session of the symposium, the Speaker of East African Legislative Assembly Rt. Hon Margaret Nantongo Zziwa said that the assessment of agriculture development in the region takes places at a time when the continent’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is marking ten years of implementation and only two years away from the target 2015 for EAC to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Rwanda: Agriculture ICT Competition Underway

Information and Communication Technology solution developers are tussling it out at kLab, Rwanda’s first innovation hub, on the best ways ICT can empower the agriculture sector. This is part of the ongoing conference in Kigali convened to deliberate on ways agriculture can leverage ICT to enhance marketing.

The competition, dubbed “ICT4ag” (ICT for agriculture), seeks to promote application of technology in the agriculture sector with an emphasis on value chain, advocacy and policy development.

The challenges the developers are tasked with include coming up with solutions for the bidirectional sharing of information between farmers and extension officers and devising a solution that would enable farmers to access finance with ease. The participants comprise nine groups from Uganda, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

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Africa: ICT4ag13 – ICT Can Help Youth Return to Farms, Solve Africa’s Agricultural Challenges

The ICT for Agriculture 2013(ICT4ag13) conference officially opened on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference looks at ways in which technology can provide solutions to problems plaguing the agriculture sector in addition to making farming more efficient. Organised by Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), ICT4ag13 focuses on Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Speaking at the opening, CTA Executive Director, Michael Hailu, says that agriculture in Africa employs 65 percent of the labour force and contributes to 62 percent of the gross domestic product. The sector has however faced issues including low productivity, high energy needed in production, poor or hardly available extension services and high input prices.

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