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RESOURCES
Light interim evaluation of the Africa-EU Research and Innovation partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
February 1 2018 by INKOA

This report presents the results of a light interim evaluation of the first 1.5 years of the Africa-EU research and innovation (R&I) partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The evaluation responds to a request from the April 2016 meeting of senior officials of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) for a report on the progress made in the FNSSA R&I partnership to the November 2017 Africa-EU Summit.

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Accelerating Seed Potato Production By Using Rapid Multiplication Systems in Ethiopia
January 17 2018 by INKOA

Ethiopia is one of the major potato producing countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa region where potato is the fastest expanding food crop. The natural environment in Ethiopia is very suitable for year round production of potato using rain-fed and irrigated systems. However, the actual potato yield in the country ranges between 8-10 t/ha, which is slightly below the average for Africa. Shortage of good quality seed has been recognized as the single most important factor limiting potato production in the developing countries including Ethiopia. 

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RECENT NEWS
British potato seed produces strong yields in Kenyan trialsFebruary 14 2018

Four varieties of British potato seed sent to Africa have performed strongly at three Kenyan trial sites, with yields similar to the UK. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) have been working together to open the Kenyan market to GB seed. A bilateral agreement was signed by the Scottish and Kenyan governments late in 2016.

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Government of Rwanda plans to sell Nyabihu potato factory to boost productionJanuary 12 2018

The Government is in the process of privatising the Nyabihu District-based potato processing plant amid tight market and low production capacity, The New Times has learnt.

The decision comes as part of efforts to turn around the factory production capacity, which is currently low, according to government officials familiar with the situation.

The factory lacks proper management to optimise its productivity and its products have failed to penetrate the local market, officials said. 

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Open access publishing platform launched for African ScientistsDecember 18 2017

In partnership with F1000, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is launching a publication platform, AAS Open Research, to enable AAS funded and affiliated researchers to publish without barriers and immediately. It will launch in early 2018. AAS Open Research will showcase African research on the global stage in an innovative and transparent way.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
From 22/03/2018 to 22/03/2018London, United Kingdom

Sustainability Summit 2018 will take place on March 22nd 2018 in London. Hear from the chief executives of Sainsbury's, E.ON and Nespresso plus speakers from the European Commission, Google, Greenpeace, Maersk Line and more.

From 09/04/2018 to 20/04/2018Campus WUR, The Netherlands

This course aims to offer a systems thinking and systems dynamics approach on agriculture as well as skills and tools to design innovative, resilient and sustainable food systems. It looks at how to balance between producing food, managing natural resources, dealing with uncertainty and providing an livelihood base for the rural population. It will move beyond the technical realm looking also at the role and involvement of public, private and civil stakeholders for inclusion of social, environmental, economic, and political aspects.

From 17/04/2018 to 17/04/2018Abu Dhabi, UAE

rotecting the environment is a global priority and it is as urgent in the Middle East and North Africa region as it is anywhere else in the world. Dramatic economic growth has at times been detrimental to the fragile natural environment. There is a rising call for a change in mindset, advancing the notion that the economy and the environment go hand in hand. This event will convene business leaders, policymakers, scientists, academics, and investors, to offer them concrete strategies and ideas to help them to prepare for the future, and scale up their efforts towards ensuring sustainability. How can regional policymakers apply lessons learnt across the globe to their country’s sustainability plans? What must business leaders do to scale up action from responsibility to leadership? What role does the financial industry have to play in encouraging green investment? What research is needed to stimulate eco-innovation, and how can scientific evidence and models facilitate better decision making? We will be discussing these topics and many more during the forum.

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