Hivos International

Agriculture

What are the possibilities of using new digital technologies alongside radio to help ensure that agricultural development projects are farmer-centred, and meet the needs of the rural citizens they intend to serve? This research assesses Farm Radio International’s Listening Post – a model that combines radio and digital technologies with the aim of collecting and aggregating farmer feedback to aid decision-making and adaptive project implementation.

El biogás que se genera del estiércol del ganado, los cerdos y los búfalos (y otros excrementos como por ejemplo el humano), junto con el subproducto conocido como biol, puede ser una solución a la falta de acceso a servicios energéticos modernos, la pobreza, el cambio climático y los problemas relacionados con la fertilidad del suelo. 

Le biogaz produit à partir déjections de bovins, de porcs et de buffles (et d’autres excréments, par ex. les déjections humaines), avec son sous-produit, l’effluent , peuvent constituer une solution aux problèmes liés à l’accès limité aux services énergétiques modernes, à la pauvreté, ainsi qu’au changement climatique et à la fertilité des sols.

Il s’agit d’une source d’approvisionnement en énergie, simple et abordable, facile à manipuler et à entretenir. En effet, c’est l’option la moins onéreuse à ce jour en ce qui concerne la fourniture d’énergie aux ménages en milieu rural.

Biogas produced from cattle, pig and buffalo dung (and other excrement, e.g. human), together with the by-product bioslurry, can be a solution to poor access to modern energy services, poverty, climate change, and soil fertility problems. 

Zambian agricultural production is focused on one staple cereal: maize. Maize makes up the major part of the national diet, while nutrient-rich foods such as legumes, animal-source foods, fruit and vegetables are eaten in small quantities, particularly amongst the poorest families.Many Zambians live with food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of poor diets: seasonal hunger affects countless families; a significant proportion of children suffer from stunted growth; and overweight and attendant diseases are increasing in adults.

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change.

This report reflects on the results of a three years knowledge programme of Hivos, Oxfam Novib, civil society organisations and academics from around the world. It reveals stories of change - changes within people and changes within the programmes of their organisations - related to agricultural biodiversity.   

The knowledge programme supported the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) in India to conduct a pilot study on nutritional and therapeutic properties of indigenous paddy varieties. The project yielded insights into the integration of diverse knowledge sources as an innovative approach to promote the conservation, development and use of agricultural biodiversity and its potential for scaling up.

Rural youth today, farmers tomorrow?

The Knowledge Programme on ‘Small producers agency in globalised markets’ released this first Working Paper during the First Provocative Seminar and the Hivos Conference on Knowledge and Change. This paper looks at some of the big dilemmas confronting small-scale producers. It revisits five decades of changes in policies, behavior and practices and highlights some areas of debate that have changed in light of the 2007-2008 global food crisis.

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