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Spirit Newsletter nº26 / March 2018

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last trimester, we launched new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the article Bringing Climate Smart Agriculture to Scale: Experiences from the Water Productivity Project in East and Central Africa which proves that the potential for Climate Smart Landscape (CSL) in the region is huge and if exploited could significantly improve their economies, lives and environment.

Moreover, the African Union Commission, with the support of the European Union, has launched the 2018 Open Call for Proposals of the second phase of the African Union Research Grant. The call supports research on Food, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

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

Next 27th-31st May, the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the XXVIII Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) Congresswill come together in the historic city of Cusco, Peru. More than 800 scientists and potato industry representatives are expected to attend the 10th WPC and share interests, innovations and useful information for the global development and growth of the potato.


Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

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.

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.

Novel Combined Freeze-Drying and Instant Controlled Pressure Drop Drying for Restructured Carrot-Potato Chips: Optimized by Response Surface Method
March 13 2018 by INKOA

Combined freeze-drying and instant controlled pressure drop process (FD-DIC) for restructured carrot-potato chips was developed and its processing conditions were optimized using response surface methodology (RSM) with the purpose of improving the quality of products and reducing energy consumption. Three critical variables including the amount of carrot, the moisture content of the partially dried product before DIC treatment, and equilibrium temperature of DIC for the restructured chips were considered. 

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NEWS

EVENTS

African Union Research Grant Programme- 2018 Open Call for Proposals

March 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.

British potato seed produces strong yields in Kenyan trials

February 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.

Government of Rwanda plans to sell Nyabihu potato factory to boost production

January 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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10th World Potato Congress

From 27/05/2018 to 31/05/2018 — Cusco

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.

Green Business Summit 2018: Aligning the environment and the economy

From 17/04/2018 to 17/04/2018 — Abu 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.

International Short course: Resilient and sustainable food systems for a food secure future

From 09/04/2018 to 20/04/2018 — Campus 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.

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