Category “Education”

Ethiopia: Making Ethiopia a Hub for Agricultural Research

Mahamoud el-Solh (Ph.D) is the director general of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), an organization dedicated to investing in agricultural research with a special focus on enhancing productivity in dry areas.

Founded in 1977 in Syria after securing one thousand hectares of land from the Syrian government, ICARDA established its headquarters there. Thus far, Iran, Syria and Lebanon have been focal countries for its research. However, North African, South and West Asian countries have also been selected for ICARDA’s activities. Recently, it has also strengthened its presence in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa following the establishment of its regional research centers in India and Ethiopia. Nevertheless, the organization has a history of working with this country. Prior to setting up its office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has collaborated with the organization for around thirty years. Henok Reta of the Reporter caught up with the director-general while he visited the capital for the launching of the regional office. Excerpts:

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Gambia: TCP Project Manager On Significance of Farmer Field School

In today’s edition we will bring you the recent concluded training of agricultural extension workers across the country on farmers field school training held at the Wellingara Model Horticultural Centre. The importance attaches to capacity building on FFS and its impact on the farming community in improving agricultural productivity.

Kutubo Sanyang, the project manager of the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP), project funded through the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), lamented on the significance attached to this Technical Cooperation Pogram project called TCP.

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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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