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RESOURCES
E-Agriculture in action: Drones for agriculture
April 10 2018 by INKOA

This publication is the second in the series titled E-agriculture in action (2016), launched by FAO and ITU, and builds on the previous FAO publications that highlight the use of ICT for agriculture such as Mobile technologies for agriculture and rural development (2012), Information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development (2013) and Success stories on information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development (2015).

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Bringing Climate Smart Agriculture to Scale:Experiences from the Water Productivity Project in East and Central Africa
March 21 2018 by INKOA

Since 2010, six research organizations in the region have implemented a regional project that sought to combat food insecurity, poverty and climate change by up-scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies across farms and landscapes using the Climate Smart Landscape (CSL) approach. Several CSA technologies were evaluated and promoted across landscapes using this approach with remarkable success.

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RECENT NEWS
African Union Research Grant Programme- 2018 Open Call for ProposalsMarch 1 2018

The African Union Commission, with the support of the European Union, has launched the 2018 Open Call for Proposals of the 2nd Phase of the African Union Research Grant on February 23, 2018.

This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS
From 22/05/2018 to 24/05/2018Frankfurt, Germany

The second edition of Innovate4Climate, the leading annual platform for deal-making and dialogue on climate action and innovation, will be held in Frankfurt on May 22-24, 2018.

From 27/05/2018 to 31/05/2018Cusco

That triennial event is organized by the non-profit World Potato Congress (WPC) Inc., which is dedicated to supporting the global growth and development of the potato. The designation of Peru as host country marks the first time that the Congress will be held in Latin America.

From 25/06/2018 to 27/06/2018South Africa

The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Africa 2018-Transforming Africa’s development through innovation, youth and technology, co-organised with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will bring regional leaders together to find a coherent approach to advancing and accelerating the rate of development, addressing inequalities, improving energy access, food security and new ways to create fair and decent employment. 

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