Second round of potato farming in Nyandarua (photo)


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Online portal will track African agriculture investments

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

AgInvest, a new web portal that will track resource allocation to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by governments, development partners and other stakeholders is set to be released in 2013.  The announcement was made by Joseph Karugia, the coordinator of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System, Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA), at a one day meeting held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Monday 15 July, 2013, to review the beta version of AgInvest.

“Tracking and mapping agriculture investments includes documenting their spatial distribution. This means getting to know where the investments are taking place physically and using that knowledge to guide decisions on future investments,” Karugia said.

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AgriBusiness Congress East Africa 22-23 January 2014

AgriBusiness Congress East Africa will bring together key public & private stakeholders, from across the East African agricultural sector, to encourage collaboration and drive innovation to develop East African Agriculture to position the region to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the growth of this sector.

This two day interactive forum organised by Spintelligent will bring regional and international stakeholders together to examine critical issues surrounding regional trade, harmonisation of standards, import & export legislation, the role of the private sector, and infrastructure development.

By attending, you will benefit from case studies from technical experts and forge new relationships with potential partners looking to advance their position in East Africa.

Issues to be examined include:

  • The role of agriculture in the region & strategies to improve competitiveness
  • Infrastructure development for an enabling agribusiness sector
  • Access to finance and implementation of investment funds
  • Promotion of inter-regional trade and export o Harmonization on standards o Customs, levies and duties
  • Case studies, highlighting best practice and sharing of technical expertise
  • Increasing inclusion of more small scale farmers into the commercial net
  • How to enhance co-operation to advance the overall environment for agricultural business
  • The role of the private sector

Read more about the event  here

Kenya National ICT Resources

Kenya National ICT Resources

ICT4D @ Tulane

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African Potato Association Conference kicks of at Naivasha Kenya

9th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association 30th June-4th July 2013

APAThe African Potato Association (APA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya, the National Potato Council of Kenya, and the International Potato Center are hosting the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association (APA) conference, which will be held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Kenya from the 30th of June through to the 4th of July 2013.

The meeting will have 3 specific objectives:

First, it is an opportunity for scientists from within and outside of the continent to review the progress of potato and sweetpotato research in Africa.

Second, the forum enables scientists to engage with other stakeholders (development agents, input dealers, innovative farmers, etc.) who also participate through exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions.

Third, out of this sharing of knowledge and learning, we anticipate that new public-public and public-private sector partnerships will emerge.

The conference will contain the following major themes:

  1. Appropriate policies for germplasm exchange, food and nutrition security, and trade in Africa
  2. Getting seed systems moving
  3. Major advances in breeding and crop management
  4. Innovations in postharvest management, processing technologies, marketing systems and  technology transfer
  5. New evidence concerning nutritional value and changing behaviours


Re-thinking Food Security in Africa: New Paradigms, New approaches convened by SID EastAfrica June 12-13 2013

Stake holders from the agriculture sector are this week convening in Nairobi for a symposium on food security in Africa.

The meeting,  organized by  Society for International Development (SID) with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.  aims at promoting, reflecting and conversing on the seemingly elusive challenge of attaining food security in the continent.  The major focus areas that will be discussed are: Ideology, The African farmer, Technology, Gender dynamics, youth and food aid. The study areas listed above are intended to answer some of the questions frequently asked regarding the inability of the continent to ensure food security for its citizens.

Read more about the symposium on ypard blog

USAID: Transfer of Agricultural Innovation from India to Africa

The U.S. Agency for International Development in India (USAID-Delhi) invites applications for the India-Africa Agricultural Innovation Bridge Program. The program will make grants to transfer proven Indian agriculture innovations to Liberia, Kenya, and Malawi. Eligibility for grants extends to Indian nonprofit organizations, as well as to Indian business organizations willing to forego profits. Universities and research organizations in India are among the eligible groups.

Gangnam Style Parody- (The farmers way)

South Korean rapper Psy’s, Gangnam Style has become the most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 885m views.

There have been so many parody songs of this single released on 15th July 2012 but the one that got my eye this morning is Farmer style (Gangnam style), A parody music video by The Peterson Farm Bros (Greg, Nathan, and Kendal Peterson) that promotes agriculture!

Here are the lyrics to the Parody

We are the Peterson Farm Bros, and we’re farming and we grow it
We love agriculture, and we want the world to know it
Farming is a way of life with many different flavors
Being stewards of the gifts God gave us

Out here on the farm,
We’re running green John Deere Tractors
Out here on the farm,
We work in many weather factors
Out here on the farm,
We’re working hard to raise your food
Out here on the farm. On the family farm.

Agriculture, is so important to me, (and should be to you) HAY!
It feeds the world and will never ever cease to be, We need to eat!
We all need farmers to provide us with our food, food, food, food!

Workin’ farmer style.
Farmer Style
Work, work, work, work, working farmer style

Haaaaaaay, for my cattle
Work, work, work, work, working farmer style
Haaaaaaay, from the field
Work, work, work, work

Farmers are working harder than you might imagine
But that is just because we have a job that is our passion
We will work sunup to sundown time and time again
As if working for the Lord and not for men

Out here on the farm
We get away from lights of cities
Out here on the farm
The countryside is nice and pretty
Out here on the farm.
We work together as a family.
Out here on the farm. On the family farm.

Agriculture, is so important to me, (and should be to you) HEY!
It feeds the world and will never ever cease to be, We need to eat!
We all need farmers to provide us with our food, food, food, food!

Workin’ farmer style

Hay, hay, hay, hay
Is what we feed our cattle
So they grow big and strong
And then become the food that keeps us living nice and long.
Our crops like corn and wheat
Help make diets complete
Without the farmers working
We would all be starving
You know what I’m saying?

Workin’ farmer style

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, thank the farmers!
Hey, for your food!

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