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    Conservation, Food, & Health Foundation Grant
    The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.   The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.  It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas. The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.   Conservation Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that: help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversity train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training Food Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems.  Areas of interest include projects that: promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries; test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries. Health The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals.  It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care.  It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that: improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose. In general, the foundation will support: Non-governmental organizations (NGO) Nonprofit organizations Civil society organizations Community-based organizations Colleges, universities and academic institutions The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies,  humanitarian aid organizations, other foundations or churches.   For more information or to apply isit the CFH Foundation website.
    By: Derek Tobias
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    Virtual Panel Discussion
    AP is excited to be hosting a virtual panel discussion regarding “The Role of Youth in Building Resilient Agri-Food Systems in Africa” this Thursday, October 21st at 8:30am-10:00 EDT. This discussion will be hosted with the help of The World Food Prize Foundation. The session will discuss evidence-based and pragmatic approaches that could foster productive youth engagements supportive of resilient agri-food systems in Africa. A panel of experts drawn from MSU and AAP partner institutions, Foundations and youth leaders will share insights highlighting the relevance of the agri-food system to youth livelihoods, the role youth could play to foster a resilient agri-food system, and salient trends, barriers and promising entry points for policy that could equip African youth with the skills, space and resources to effectively contribute to a productive and resilient agri-food system. Building a sustained and resilient agri-food system in Africa is an intergenerational mandate which demands the active engagement of African youth, and AAP is proud to be a part of this progress.   This side event is organized by Michigan State University’s Alliance for African Partnership under the auspices of the African Youth Transformation Platform, a collaborative and cross-disciplinary platform that seeks to transform the lives of African youth and their communities through research, capacity building, and advocacy that enhances youth development outcomes.   To register/learn more: https://msu.zoom.us/.../register/WN_iguFgRtBTYyhZi8hiZaCmA
    By: Raquel Acosta
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  • USAID Feed The Future (FTF): Promoting Innovative and Resilient Agriculture Market Systems (PREMIER)
    USAID Feed The Future (FTF): Promoting Innovative and Resilient Agriculture Market Systems (PREMIER) program, a project to stimulate systemic change by addressing the root causes of poor agriculture system performance, targeting leverage points for catalytic change and working through market actors to facilitate technical and financial assistance to broaden and deepen market engagement, thus increasing incomes and creating employment opportunities, especially for youth and women.   This project will support producers and SMEs in agriculture to increase their profitability, access to markets and financial services using a market systems development approach, while increasing their resilience to climate change along the Nacala Corridor, which is located across Nampula Province in northern Mozambique, and stretches into northern Zambezia, southern Niassa, and southwestern Cabo Delgado provinces.   For more information or to apply visit the grants.gov website.
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • Farm credit giving Omoro and Amuru women farmers a lifeline
    OMORO – Dero-she capital, a local community-based organization (CBO) is helping more than 170 rural women in Amuru and Omoro districts to profitably engage in agriculture by extending farm credit to them.   Instead of cash, the organization gives farmers credit in form of services like ploughing and inputs or farm implements like seeds and hand hoes.   Innocent Piloya, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dero-she capital told theCooperator that most times, rural women have agribusiness ideas but lack support to implement them.   “What we do is lend them support like hire a tractor to plough land for them, give them seeds and hand hoes to engage in farming. We also help them look for market for the crops. We then recover the money after they have sold off their harvest,” Piloya said. “Our organization does not give actual credit to the farmers because the money can end up being diverted elsewhere once received. Much as a farmer may want a hoe or seeds, they might have more urgent needs like transport or treatment so they could end up using the money for a different purpose,” she explained.   Piloya explained further that, before the farm credit is extended to the women, they are trained on good agronomic practices and business skills to help them transform from subsistence to commercial farming before they are given the farm credit.   Continue reading on The Cooperator News website
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • Agri4D 2021 conference "Food Systems for New Realities"
    The Agri4D 2021 conference "Food Systems for New Realities" will take place at SLU (virtually) on 28-30 September. The Agri4D conference has been Organised by SLU Global at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Agri4D will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to engage actively with the challenges of food systems with a focus on low-income contexts in a globalised world. The conference aims to be a platform to take stock of the current knowledge frontier, connect science to policymaking and practice, and spark new collaborations.     For more information please visit: https://www.slu.se/en/collaboration/international/slu-global/agri4d-conference/.      To register:   Agri4D - Agricultural Research for Development Conference 2021 (akademikonferens.se) 
    By: Raquel Acosta
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  • 2021 Africa Agriculture Status Report
    AAP would like to highlight MSU Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the AAP/GYAN Youth Transformation Platform Kwame Yeboah’s recent collaboration with colleagues from @Making Cents International and the @Bureau of Integrated Rural Development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, to author Chapter 8 of the report: "Capturing the Synergies Between Youth Livelihoods and Resilient Agri-food Systems". During this meeting, Kwame Yeboah and AAP partners discussed many issues facing agri-food system development in Africa. Some of these topics included:    Building sustained and resilient agri-food systems in Africa.  The impacts of youth livelihoods in Africa that are intricately intertwined with the performance of the agri-food systems.  How to foster youth engagement.  Address policies that facilitate youth access to productive resources.  Harnessing youth potential for resilient agri-food systems.  AAP recognizes the significance of the Africa Agricultural Status Report and continues to share our support for Assistant Professor Kwame Yeboah’s work on these vital topics. 
    By: Raquel Acosta
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  • The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech
    The inaugural Milken-Motsepe Prize focuses on accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2: no poverty and zero hunger. The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech is a global competition for innovative solutions to increase economic value to farmers, from seed to sale. Registration is open to anyone.Winning teams will increase net economic value to small and medium-sized farms by: Developing innovative technology solutions for any stage of the food system, from seed to sale Designing a viable business model Increasing farm productivity and/or decreasing post-harvest loss Registration is free and open to anyone, with a $1 million grand prize available for the winning team, and $1 million in additional prizes.     For more information or to apply, please visit the Milken-Motsepe Prize webpage.
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • UN Food Systems Summit High Level Side Event Delivering on the African Agenda in Building Resilient
    During the 2021 AGRF Summit 6-10 September, six African presidents joined by 8,000 delegates aligned with the African common position on building resilient food systems. Their shared vision will help achieve a transformation to improve livelihoods, defeat hunger and tackle malnutrition. To highlight the national pathways and partner actions, on September 21 from 6–7:30 PM  (EAT) AGRA and the AGRF will host “Delivering on the African Agenda in Building Resilient Food Systems” a side event ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit. It will address African challenges and solutions in the transition to resilient food systems. Following the declaration (https://agrf.org/summit#summit-declaration) of the AGRF, it will consider what must be done to turn political ambition into reality.  The event will be moderated by William Asiko, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Region Office. Provisional speakers include: H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Chair AGRF Partners Group and Chair AGRA Board Jim Barnhart, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID Ms. Evangelista Chekera, CEO Passion Poultry Hon. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Republic of Kenya Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, Pan-Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) H.E. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Ghana H.E. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission Jai Shroff, UPL Limited CEO Rodger Voorhies, President, Global Growth and Opportunity Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Please join us on September 21 at 6pm EAT (Nairobi time).   Click here to register for the event.
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum
    The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM), in collaboration with the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and AFRIQOM, will be hosting the first virtual edition of the East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum on Thursday, 28 October 2021.   The event has been themed “Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Finance Fertilizer in the Agribusiness Value Chain”, and will facilitate the identification of opportunities for building and fostering partnerships with sectorial stakeholders in order to enhance access to finance and agricultural productivity in East and Southern Africa.   The East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum will bring together regional member countries, regional and international development and commercial financial institutions, farmers, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.   The goal will be for participants to deliberate on potential solutions to existing bottlenecks to fertilizer financing. Delegates will also discuss ways to scale up funding in the region by leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative and other existing success stories.   Click here to register for the event
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • AGRF 2021 Summit: Agricultural Transformation for Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems
    AAP is excited to announce the “Agricultural Transformation for Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems” session at The AGRF Pre-Summit event on Monday, September 6th. AGRF and its partners organized a three-day summit, September 7-10 around the theme of “Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems,” and this will be just one of the many important discussions occurring. The AGRF 2021 Summit is a defining moment in highlighting and unlocking the  policy, and financial commitments and innovations the continent has made and that it continues to work towards achieving. AAP recognizes the importance of these sustainable development goals and is looking forward to the participation of our colleagues throughout the Summit.   Register for this year’s summit:  https://agrf.org/
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    AGRF 2021 Summit
    AAP Africa Office Associate Director, Isaac Minde, will be moderating the “Youth and Agri-food System’s Resilience in Africa” session at The AGRF Summit Pre-Day event on Sept. 6th.  AGRF and its partners organized a three-day summit, September 7-10 around the theme of “Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems”. The AGRF 2021 Summit is a defining moment in highlighting and unlocking the  policy, and financial commitments and innovations the continent has made and that it continues to work towards achieving. AAP recognizes the importance of these sustainable development goals and is looking forward to the participation of our colleagues throughout the Summit.     Register for this year’s summit: https://bit.ly/3xVWZp2 
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    [RUFORUM Press Release] Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference
    Kampala 17 August 2021: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference that will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Benin in partnership with the University of Abomey Calavi, University of Parakou and the National University of Agriculture, from the 06th – 10th December, 2021 at Palais des Congres de Cotonou, Benin. The Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference will run under the theme “Operationalising Higher Education for Innovation, Industrialisation, Inclusion and Sustainable Economic Development in Africa: A Call for Action”   The conference will bring together participants from across Africa and the world to discuss how African universities are working toward improving their mandates of training, research and outreach, to produce innovations and entrepreneurial youth that meet the demands in the global competitive market. The participants will be drawn from Universities, Civil Society Organizations-CSOs, National and International Research Organizations, Development Partners, Governments, Continental and Regional Organizations, African Union Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Non-Governmental Organizations, the Private sector, farmers & farmer representatives, emerging & early career researchers, and young entrepreneurs from especially Benin and other West African countries. Universities, private sector actors and young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations, products and services. Due to the restrictions and risks associated with the COVID-19, African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference is being organized using a blended approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual meetings. RUFORUM will recognise farmers that have made significant contribution to agricultural transformation in Benin as a way of supporting national advancement and transformation of agriculture. RUFORUM shall also recognise scientists and other actors that have made significant contribution and supported the advancement of excellence in research and higher education for the development of Africa. Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Benin will be recognised to promote the contribution of the youth to the economic development of Africa and to provide youth with the forum to demonstrate their innovations. The Conference will be preceded by several virtual side events including: Scientific Data Management training for Post-Graduate Students Using R Programming Language, Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Training, Social media training for students, Interdisciplinary Training for Early Career Scientists & doctoral students, and a business & entrepreneurship training for Young Innovators and entrepreneurs. This year, because of the COVID-19 restrictions and risks associated with travel during this period, it will not be possible for all delegates to travel to Benin to participate. Therefore, some delegates will be requested to participate virtually through an online platform. We have therefore designed the attendance Questionnaire for RUFORUM Triennial Conference 2021 to enable the organizers know your preference in terms of traveling to Benin or attending the event face to face or virtually. We will also be happy to get essential information about you to enable effective planning. This questionnaire is expected to take not more than 7 minutes of your time.   Learn more: https://ruforum.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/press-release-seventh-african-higher-education-week-and-ruforum-triennial-conference/?utm_source=RUFORUM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d18db56afe-RUFORUM+Weekly+-+Vol.3+No.25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&ct=t()&goal=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&mc_cid=d18db56afe&mc_eid=d95cf18a8d 
    By: Madeleine Futter
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