There are many traditional crops which in the past years have become almost absent from the markets, and have been increasingly marginalized by research and development; named neglected and underutilized species (NUS) in the scientific jargon, these have however in many cases nutritional profiles which are far superior to the nutritional profile of major crops (as potatoes, rise, maize). They also present a resilient advantage, needing less water, and showing resistance to drought.
In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Dr. Stefano Padulosi - senior scientist at "Bioversity International" – talks about the advantages the NUS can have for developing countries. He presents a project that aims at promoting traditional crops, by working with all the actors across the value chain, including the demand side. The project wants to raise the awareness of the user community on the nutritional values of these species, and finally raise the demand - seen as a key factor for the commercialization of the final product.
On 15th May 2013, Stefano Padulosi held a presentation on “Promoting agrobiodiversity: leveraging GI potentials in the use of underutilized species” as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
To find out more and watch his presentation: bit.ly/YM9Q94
Step into life in Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. As they take part in the participatory mapping exercise, witness the pride the Unionites feel about their home as they talk about what the island has to offer. Their concern and sadness can also be seen as they bring to light a changing way of life due to climate change and questionable planning decisions, which have had a severe impact on their environment.
This participatory mapping exercise, led by Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SusGren), a local NGO, with support from TNC and CTA, is the second of its kind in the Caribbean under the theme ‘working with people and nature to find solutions to climate change’.
The locals have already started to adapt to their changing environment and it is clear that while they want to take advantage of employment opportunities offered by tourism, they are concerned with the future. This mapping process allowed them to come together with one voice to develop a plan of action for sustainable development underpinning the future of their island. The first step in this process has already been identified: reclaiming the degrading marina.
The film has been produced with funding provided by CTA. Director: Jess Phillimore
À l’occasion de la table ronde sur "L'agriculture durable comme un moyen d’augmenter la résilience, la vision des agriculteurs de l’ouest de l’Afrique", qui a eu lieu le 13 Juin à Bruxelles, le bureau local de CTA a abordé le thème de l’agriculture résiliente et le rôle des organisations des paysannes comme le Hub Rural avec Abdoulaye Seye, Expert financement du développement rural du Hub Rural, une plateforme qui collabore avec la Communauté économique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO) sur le development d’une politique agricole dans la région.
2013 marks 50 years of existence of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and ten years since the creation of the EIB’s ACP Investment Facility. Since 2003, the facility has allocated funds in total value of 3,4 bn for 205 projects, out of which 85% went to SMEs. The majority of beneficiaries are from the energy sector.
Our video guest of the week - Heike Reuttgers from the EIB - talks about the characteristics of the facility and about the plans of the EIB to take a more proactive approach in agricultural investments, especially in the field of food security.
Resilience has three key elements: anticipation of shocks, adaptation, and integration - this is the view of the General Secretary of the Network of farmers’ and producers organization in West Africa (ROPPA), Kalilou Sylle, as presented in an interview with CTA Brussels on 13th June 2013
The General Secretary of ROPPA was present in Brussels on 13th June on the occasion of the roundtable conference on "Sustainable Agriculture as a means to increase resilience: the vision of West African farmers and producers", organized by the European Commission, the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), and SOS Faim.
At this event, the representatives of the farmers' organizations presented several initiatives and experiences in sustainable intensification of production in Senegal, Niger and Burkina Faso, aspects of rice marketing in Benin and Gambia, along with examples of financing in Togo and Mali.
Read more about it: bit.ly/12byz3W
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