Rising to the Challenge! 2015 AWARD Fellowship Winners Set to Impact Smallholders in the Year of Women’s Empowerment
70 outstanding African women agricultural scientists from 11 countries have been chosen as the winners of the 2015 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development – AWARD fellowship in NAIROBI, Kenya.
“Agricultural research and development in Mozambique is an important tool for increasing production, and consequently reducing household malnutrition and poverty, particularly in children and women,” says Olivia Narciso Pedro, a lecturer and researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. “My vision for agriculture-led growth in Mozambique is to design alternatives to mitigate loss of genetic diversity, and ensure conservation of species, while improving household food security.”
AWARD Fellows share a common vision: they want to translate their research and knowledge into tangible action, tangible action that will benefit smallholder farmers—especially laudable in 2015, the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.
After waiting for three years for rain, Al Baydha Project finally got a second test of its water system, and the results were fantastic. As we increase the tree cover, we will decrease evaporation, increase wind break, shade cover, soil biota, and the soil’s capacity to absorb water. Thus we can reverse the cycle of desertification and replace it with a cycle of regeneration, until the land can support fruit trees, grazing animals, honeybees, and other desert produce.
From the 10 to the 15 of June 2015, in order to voice the Civil Society into the international debates of land degradation, CARI, its networks and partners are taking the initiative of organising an International Forum of Civil Society : Desertif’actions 2015.
Arid zones cover approximately 41%of the Earth’s surface and, despite their adverse weather conditions, are densely populated. These geographical areas may be marred by numerous problems, yet they are rich in natural and cultural resources. The challenge of the future is to make water available to all people, a goal needed to ensure an adequate agricultural production in these regions of the world.
At Expo Milano 2015 the theme of leveraging water resources will be addressed in the Arid Zones Cluster, a place that recreates the mysterious atmosphere of the desert and acts as a space for sharing experiences and designing innovative solutions that make the most of every drop of water that Nature offers our Planet.
A Flower in the Desert
The transformation of the desert into an oasis through technology and partnership between peoples is not an impossible dream. The Great Green Wall project, for example, involves the creation of a “belt” of trees across Africa and, in particular, the southern end of the Sahara desert. A similar case study is the Acacia Project, a program of reforestation in Senegal: the idea is to plant acacia trees to stop the desert, to restore soil fertility and produce gum arabic, a raw material that is very much in demand on the international market.
Desertification is the Greatest Environmental Challenge of Our Time. The Investigation is Found on Exponet
In 2010, former Executive Secretary of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Luc Gnacadja said that desertification and land degradation are “the greatest environmental challenge of our time” and “a threat to global well-being.” Today, the situation seems somewhat improved, although a half billion people still suffer the negative effects of land degradation.
The World Day on June 17 , initiated in 1994, aims to sensitize public opinion, governments and global organizations on the negative effects of irresponsible exploitation of natural resources (water, agriculture and forestry) and to promote projects to combat the advance of deserts.
The Strategy for CGIAR’s next ten years is evolving with every voice
BY NADIA MANNING-THOMAS
The CGIAR’s strategy for the next ten years-the Strategy and Results Framework(SRF)- has seen great evolution and change in its development over the past months, and it is benefiting from the many voices that have been heard.
With less than a week to go (until 27th February 2015) in the Second Phase of Consultation on the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) there has been an overwhelming sentiment from participants in the various channels of the consultation that the SRF has made significant advances towards articulating an innovative and impactful roadmap for CGIAR work over the next ten years. Valuable inputs-including from Phase 1 of the SRF Consultation (see results here)- have provided useful ideas to populate the SRF,- and the second phase of consultation is already providing more valuable suggestions on how to strengthen the way the SRF articulates an effective roadmap for agricultural research for development.
So what did people have to say?
With around 50 people- 60% from non-CGIAR entities and 40% women- actively contributing their ideas, some of the big questions that came up about the SRF were: