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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.
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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.
Enhancing gene bank and seed production management in Indonesia through improved skills
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Indonesian Vegetable Research Institute (IVEGRI) of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, successfully concluded a series of in-country training courses for Indonesian partners. The training course on Vegetable Genebank Management and Seed Production Systems took place from 16 to 19 June 2014 at Lembang, Bandung in Indonesia. Eighteen participants from seven provinces attended the training.
Pest management – the most misunderstood issue in agriculture
Pest management remains the most misunderstood issue in agriculture. In most cases, pesticides are used as an immediate response to pest problems without proper judgment. They have become an integral part of many production systems, serving as an essential input for crop production. The indiscriminate use of pesticides, however, has had serious impact on the agroecosystem and human health. Over 98 per cent of sprayed insecticides and 95 per cent of herbicides reach a destination other than the target species (Wikipedia). Pesticides directly affect soil health, killing millions of microorganisms that help improve soil biology. Pesticides also affect human health through direct exposure during application, water contamination and consumption of products that use pesticides. Many health hazards related to pesticides are serious and have long-term consequences.
Socioeconomic field study on the sustainability of Jeevatu
Sarah Crestin-Billet, a junior consultant for the Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim, Germany, recently completed a short-term field mission in Nepal to investigate the use by farmers of Jeevatu – an organic microbial inoculant developed and promoted by the Nepalese Farming Institute (NFI). It aims to prevent and control pests and diseases, including bacterial, viral and fungal, in vegetables, cereals, flowers and fruit trees, and to improve the growth of the plant, the yield and the quality of the fruits (vitamin content and peel thickness).
Training on vegetable gene bank management and seed production systems in Indonesia
The inadequate availability of quality seeds has been identified by farmers and their local organizations as the main constraint to establishing a sustainable vegetable production system. To help address the issue, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, in partnership with the Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute (IVegRI) and the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, is organizing a four-day training on vegetable gene bank management and seed production systems.
Training programme on post-harvest technologies for increasing shelf life of agricultural products, 18-20 June 2014, Puducherry, India
About one-third of global food production goes waste every year – a staggering 1.3 billion tons. Post-harvest loss occurs all along the food production chain, from harvest and handling, to storage and processing, to packing and transportation. A comprehensive strategy to reduce post-harvest loss is needed to ensure adequate food supply for the growing world population.
Training on biological control of agricultural pests and diseases, 3-5 June 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Over the past few decades, excessive use of chemical pesticides in agriculture has resulted in environmental damage, ecological imbalance, and pesticide residues in food, soil and ground water as well as adverse impacts on human and animal health. Integrated pest management (IPM), particularly biological control of insect pests and agricultural crop diseases, offers a promising alternative to synthetic pesticides. Biological control is environment-friendly and effective against a broad range of insect pests and relatively easy to adopt.
Training on food safety and quality assurance for agricultural trade facilitation, 1-2 June 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Food production and distribution systems are becoming more interdependent, integrated and globalized. At the same time, food and agricultural products are vulnerable to contamination and other safety hazards at every stage of the farm-to-fork food supply chain, ranging from production and harvesting to processing, storage and distribution. The growing volume of international trade in agricultural products could lead to rapid transmission of food hazards. However, small-scale farmers may lack the resources to comply with increasingly strict international food safety standards, particularly traceability requirements. Given the importance of quality checks in protecting consumers, ensuring food safety and minimizing reputational risks and liability, it is vital to empower and integrate small-scale agricultural producers in the food supply chain for trade facilitation.