e-News November 2013 – Wastewater reuse in agriculture

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.31.20 AMToilets, farms and food security: The links, risks and opportunities 

On November 19, 2013 the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon launched World Toilet Day. The U.N. General Assembly declared November 19 as World Toilet Day in 2001, and the UN plans to launch an initiative soon to end open defecation. Considering that a third of the population around the world lack toilets (around 2.5 billion!) and that over 800,000 children die each year from preventable diarrheal diseases, this is clearly a global crisis. But the big question is what does this have to do with food security and agriculture? It turns out to be a lot more than most people realize.

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Sustainable Use of Wetlands: Symposium Call for Papers

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BACKGROUND
Wetlands are dynamic and productive ecosystems that support the livelihoods of millions of rural people in the world through their ecosystem functions and services. They also act as basis for a rich cultural tradition. In addition, they contribute to important ecosystem processes on a larger scale through their biogeochemical functions and their impact on the hydrological cycle and climate.

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Invitation: OSISA BROWN BAG ON FOOD SECURITY 27 NOVEMBER 2013

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Food insecurity presents threats that impede the development of open societies in Southern Africa. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that 95 million people in SADC are under nourished with the largest numbers being in the DRC, Madagascar, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique. These levels of hunger and malnutrition violate basic human rights and dignity.

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National Irrigation Dialogue: Mozambique

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) of Southern Africa, the Ministry of Agriculture Mozambique and the National Irrigation Institute co-hosted a one day workshop in Mozambique as part of the national dialogue on agricultural water management. The event contributed to information and knowledge sharing among stakeholders to inform decision-making, investment options, policy design and implementation related particularly to irrigation. Participants also jointly identified knowledge gaps in agricultural water management and irrigation that require further research toward ensuring future research is useful to practice. The event was supported by IMAWESA, the network for Improved Management of Agricultural Water in East and Southern Africa.

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IMAWESA Learning Alliance: Final synthesis workshop

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The Improved Management of Agricultural Water in Eastern and Southern Africa (IMAWESA’s) two-year learning alliance on strengthening community engagement through facilitation of Water Users Associations (WUAs) concluded on the last week of October 2013 with a workshop to synthesize experiences and lessons learned. The workshop was held from 28th to 31st October, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. 

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Multifunctional Roads: For access, water harvesting and drainage

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One way in which poor communities are marginalized is lack of access- to public services, markets and employment opportunities- due to a lack of good roads. Many a time, the problem is the frequent damage to existing roads (rather than absence of roads).

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Agriculture Fast Track Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications from African Agri-Business Operators

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Tunis, 7 November 2013 – The Agriculture Fast Track Fund, a new multi-donor trust fund, managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), designed to boost investment in Africa’s agricultural sector, is now accepting applications for new grants.

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Rural-Urban Drift in African Countries Concerns IFAD’s Top Official

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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) director for West and Central Africa has raised eyebrows on the entrenched seemingly unending phenomenon of rural-urban migration among African youths, calling on the continent’s youth folk in rural communities to stay in their localities and engage in agriculture.

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IFAD Honoured With 2013 Momentum for Change Award for Climate Finance for Smallholder Farmers

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Rome — The International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD’s) Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) has won a 2013 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities award.

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Crawford Fund Scholarship

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The Crawford Fund is a non-government organization that promotes and supports agricultural research designed to benefit developing countries.

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