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Spirit Newsletter nº23 / October 2017

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the leaflet Success stories from the African Union Research Grants Programme which provides a glimpse of a selection of the joint Africa-EU initiatives in FNSSA, sponsored by the first phase of the AURG.

Moreover, a team of scientists has developed a mobile phone application which uses artificial intelligence to accurately identify crop diseases in the field. The app also delivers the latest advice to manage all major diseases and pests that affect root, tuber and banana crops, and helps farmers identify the nearest agricultural extension support for the farmers.

New topics were added to our LinkedIn group this month. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

Next 28th-29th November, the 5th EU-Africa Summit will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The central theme for the Summit will be 'Youth', which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.


Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Biosorption of heavy metals: a case study using potato peel waste
October 17 2017 by INKOA

Potato peel waste (PPW) from food processing was used for removing As3+, Pb2+, and Hg2+ heavy metals from water. The response surface methodology (RSM) and the central composite design (CCD) were employed for determining optimal conditions for heavy metal removal. The statistical analysis indicates that the effect of pH is the most significant parameter. The optimal condition for achieving the maximum removal was obtained for removing different metals using RSM. Desorption study indicates its good reusability within three recycling steps.

Evaluation and selection of true potato (Solanum tuberosum) seed families in North-Central plains of India
October 17 2017 by INKOA

Segregating progenies from 19 crosses of potato (Solanum tuberosumL.) developed at the International Potato Center (CIP), Peru were tested during 2008-2013 for adaptation and yield attributes in the sub-tropical plains of India i.e. Modipuram, Uttar Pradesh. The progenitors of the crosses showed early foliage maturity, tolerance to biotic stresses and processing attributes. In initial clonal generations, selection was based on desirable tuber attributes and tuber yield components. Clones showing viral symptoms, producing long stolons, irregular tuber shape, russetting, cracking or deep eyes were eliminated. From the initial population of 17,300 true seeds, 13 advanced clones of five crosses were subjected to evaluation in replicated trials and nine better performing clones were selected. Critical evaluation of these nine clones resulted in the identification of five promising clones (305069.701, 305111.701, 305138.702, 397186.703 and 397186.704) with high tuber yield (43 to 50 t/ha) and desirable tuber attributes. These advanced clones hold promise of becoming new potato cultivars and may be used in breeding programmes aiming at high productivity in the region for improving the livelihood of farmers.

Success stories from the African Union Research Grants Programme
October 9 2017 by INKOA

Success stories from the African Union Research Grants programme on Africa-Europe collaboration in research and innovation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

This booklet provides a glimpse of a selection of the joint Africa-EU initiatives in FNSSA, sponsored by the first phase of the AURG. Although the projects featured here were approved before the FNSSA priority emerged, they have been conducted in the spirit of the Africa-EU partnership in STI and they are illustrative of just how effectively Africa and Europe collaborate to address our shared interests.

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NEWS

EVENTS

New app diagnoses crop diseases and notifies farmers

October 13 2017

A team of scientists has developed a mobile phone application which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately identify crop diseases in the field. The app also delivers the latest advice to manage all major diseases and pests that affect root, tuber and banana crops, and helps farmers identify the nearest agricultural extension support for the farmers. The project which is being implemented by a global network of scientists is part of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR) research programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB).

Rwandan farmers welcome new deal to boost potato production

October 20 2017

The newly signed deal between the International Potato Centre (CIP) and BlackPace Africa Group to advance potato production in Africa, including Rwanda, is a timely intervention that will help improve production, farmers have said. Commenting on the agreement that was signed last week, Jean Damascene Ntawushobora, the president of Irish Potato Farmers’ Union (IABINYA) in Nyabihu District, said farmers still need high yield varieties that are suitable for the different soil types across the country. “We are planting Irish potato varieties developed by former Agricultural Research Centre while others are imported from neighbouring countries such as Uganda and DR Congo. Therefore, any research and initiatives that focus on improving potato varieties is welcome,” he told The New Times in a telephone interview on Monday.

The Path Towards Sustainability In Africa

October 9 2017

As international development groups continue to aid nations in the African continent, economic and political stability has been easier to achieve. With this stability being realized, a new shift in focus towards sustainability seems to be transpiring. So far, this sustainability has centered around farming. Farming throughout Africa is widely considered to be the next logical frontier as sustainable development continues in the continent. Fortunately, throughout the continent, there is an abundance of natural resources which have yet to be fully taken advantage of. 

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Africa-EU Summit 2017

From 28/11/2017 to 29/11/2017 — Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

The 5th EU-Africa Summit is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 28-29 November 2017. The central theme for the Summit will be 'Youth', which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.

The Summit is supported by the Maltese Presidency who notes that it “will present an excellent opportunity to further strengthen [Ivory Coast and Europe’s] partnership to address common challenges and opportunities.”

EU-Africa Business Forum

From 27/11/2017 to 27/11/2017 — Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum will be held on 27 November 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, host country of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit of Heads of State and Government.

The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan concludes a series of business-related events held in Africa and Europe in the course of 2017 in preparation to the 5th African Union-European Union Summit.

At the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum, business leaders from Africa and Europe will have the opportunity to raise their voice and convey their vision to political leaders of both continents.

Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa

From 07/11/2017 to 09/11/2017 — Nairobi, Kenya

The “Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa” is being organized by Strathmore University in Kenya, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental and non-governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects focusing on drought prevention, management and resilience in Africa.

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