News and Activities
Launch of participatory guarantee systems in Bangladesh
Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are local quality assurance initiatives that certify agricultural producers based on the active participation of stakeholders. Built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge-exchange, PGS are serving thousands of small organic farmers and produce consumers all over the world. The popularity of PGS is growing every year, for example, in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, India, Philippines and Zimbabwe among many others. The International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) encourages and supports the development of PGS as an alternative and complementary tool to third-party certification.
From extreme poverty to human dignity – NETZ shares positive impact of project in Bangladesh and India
Aiming to enhance the food and nutrition security of the poorest sections of the population in hard-to-reach areas in Bangladesh and India, NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice, a charitable and independent organization registered in Germany and Bangladesh, and its eight partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are implementing the 'Sustainable Technology Transfer to Enhance Productivity of Ultra Poor (STEP UP) project in the two countries since December 2011.
Olam Prize for innovation in food security
This year, global agri-business Olam International partners with Agropolis Fondation in launching the inaugural Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, which will be judged and awarded in conjunction with the Louis Malassis prizes.
SATNET interregional visits conclude in Thailand
The series of recently concluded interregional study tours for smallholder value-chain actors represented an alternative approach by SATNET to share and upscale sustainable technologies and farm-level innovations across countries. The last of the five visits organized by SATNET Asia took place from 23 to 26 September 2014 in Thailand.
South Asian smallholder value-chain actors learn about participatory approaches to sustainable agriculture and organic farming in India
The fourth SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value-Chain Actors focused on South Asia and took place in India from 1 to 7 September 2014. It brought together participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, representing farmers’ associations, village community groups, NGO agricultural extension workers and government agencies.
Innovative production, marketing and community participation – key themes of third SATNET study tour in Nepal
The third in the series of SATNET Intraregional Visits for Smallholder Value-Chain Actors focused on South Asia and was organized in Nepal in partnership with International Development Enterprises (iDE) Nepal from 18 to 23 August 2014. Eighteen participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, representing progressive farmers, village community leaders and extension workers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), observed and learned about integrated pest management (IPM), climate-resilient agriculture and post-harvest practices and issues in Nepal.
South-East Asian farmer representatives learn about good sustainable agriculture technologies and practices in Cambodia
From 4 to 9 August 2014, twenty-one smallholder farming community representatives from four South-East Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Myanmar, took part in a study tour in Cambodia to learn about good sustainable agriculture practices and technologies that can improve the food and livelihood security of their own communities.
First SATNET intraregional visit takes farming community stakeholders to Thailand
The first of the five SATNET intraregional visits for smallholder farming community representatives from South-East Asia took place from 20 to 25 July 2014 in Thailand. The 20 participants were lead farmers, grassroots civil society representatives and government officials from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Indonesia and Myanmar. Many of them travelled outside their countries for the first time on the visit to learn about good practices in sustainable agriculture and interact with local farmer champions in another country.
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Call for Research and Implementation collaboration with Southeast-Asia on climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials issues
The objective of the SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN partnership call is to support existing bi-regional or bilateral R&D projects developing promising, innovative technologies or ideas with market potential. The support takes the form of a mobility grant for European researchers to travel to ASEAN-countries or vice-versa, and/or within the regions in order to collaborate on the said technologies or ideas. Researchers could get further support if they need in the implementation of their research results.
SATNET Asia national programme on Bangladesh agricultural technology innovation system - Opportunities and challenges
APCTT (Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology) is organizing a SATNET Asia National Programme on Bangladesh Agricultural Innovation System – Opportunities and Challenges during September 2-3, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in partnership with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council.
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Press Statement: South-East Asian farming community stakeholders on sustainable agriculture study tour in Cambodia
Twenty-one smallholder farming community representatives from four South-East Asian countries started a six-day educational journey in Cambodia today to learn about good practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture that can improve the food and livelihood security of their own communities.
European Union Ambassador to Cambodia visits Annâdya project
On 9 and 10 July 2014, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Cambodia, H.E. Jean-Francois Cautain visited the EU-funded Annâdya project implemented by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in partnership with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC). The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. BY Sokunthea, Project Manager at the EU Delegation in Cambodia and several journalists.
Road to a food-secure South Asia: SATNET training on reducing post-harvest loss
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9 billion and demand for food to increase by 60 per cent. However, about one-third of global food production, a staggering 1.3 billion tons, goes waste every year. Post-harvest losses occur all along the food production chain – harvest and handling; storage and processing; and packing and transportation. A comprehensive strategy to reduce post-harvest loss is needed to ensure adequate food supply for the growing world population.
South-East Asian farming community stakeholders to learn about sustainable agricultural practices on study tours to Cambodia and Thailand
On 20 July 2014, twenty smallholder farming community representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar will set out on a six-day educational journey to Thailand to learn about good practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture. The initiative, to be followed by a similar visit in Cambodia from 4 to 9 August 2014, will be a valuable opportunity for participants to observe sustainable agricultural practices at first hand, interact with local farmer champions and later, to promote the adoption of these practices in their own communities.