August 17, 2015 Leave a comment
Ten plant clinics have been set up in Bangladesh to provide practical advice to farmers who have crop problems.
Knowledge to improve food security
July 10, 2015 Leave a comment
On Tuesday, June 3rd, Land O’Lakes held another in a series of Farmer Field Day training events at one of their signature Answer Plot® sites, known locally as Yankho Plot™ sites in Malawi. This farmer training event was held in Salima district, Malawi, on a plot planted with several varieties of rice. On this day, farmers got to see Kilombero and Funwe rice plants right before harvest and to hear from Lead Farmers (who had been trained by Land O’Lakes staff) and Ministry of Agriculture field extension agents, all about the characteristics of these two new strains of these two rice varieties. In addition, farmers were taken through rice trials done on site in collaboration with the GOM Ministry of Agriculture, the CCARDESA (Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for South Africa) and the World Bank. Under this USDA-funded Food for progress project, Land O’Lakes uses the Yankho Plot™ sites as learning platforms where complementary information is given out about goat production, animal welfare, best animal feed practices and animal health. In addition, Land O’Lakes nutrition staff work hand-in-hand with MOA Nutritionists and staff from the GOM Ministry of Health to share nutritional information and to conduct cooking demonstrations for all farmer field day participants. At this special field day event, more than 150 USDA-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) handbooks were distributed by Land O’Lakes to the female heads of community-based Nutrition Groups in order to assist with their community education efforts. Land O’Lakes also invited many agricultural suppliers and service organizations in order to facilitate farmers networking with other sources of information, services and products. For example, Demeter Agriculture Limited and CABI Plantwise had tables on which they displayed their helpful information and where staff were ready to talk about their services for helping farmers be better producers. More than 350 male and female farmers from Salima District participated in the Farmer Field Day training event.
June 8, 2015 Leave a comment
The FAO has published its annual report on global hunger statistics. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 declares that the number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million – 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, despite a global population increase of 1.9 billion people. The full report can be accessed here: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015
The report has many statistics and charts that support the key messages. Many of the charts give a good visualisation of the numbers. However, I noticed a couple of pie charts that didn’t make it particularly easy to identify the differences between regions (image on the right).
Below is a slopegraph that depicts the change in the regional distribution of hunger between 1990-92 and 2014-16. This makes it a lot easier to compare the change, rather than the viewer having to compare between two pie charts.
Immediately, differences between regions start to jump out at you. Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced hunger and achieved the Millennium Development Goal 1c target (“Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger”). Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa now account for larger shares of global undernourishment, with numbers of undernourished having only slightly reduced in Southern Asia, and having increased in Sub-Saharan Africa, since 1990-92. All of the in-depth data and analyses can be found in the report: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015
June 5, 2015 Leave a comment
This week in Douala, Cameroon, the General Assembly of the African Union’s InterAfrican Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC) gave the thumbs up to IAPSC’s new strategic plan. IAPSC Director Dr Jean Gerard Mezui M’Ella thanked all the organisation’s partners who had assisted in the preparation of the plan, especially FAO’s Regional Office for Africa for funding the work. Titled “For Better Plant Health in Africa” [pdf], the plan identifies four key impact areas, and names a number of partners, including CABI, whose support will be important in its operationalization.
Following on from earlier discussions with IAPSC, CABI Africa’s Roger Day made a presentation on “A Plant Health Management System (PHIS) for IASPC”, corresponding to output 2.3 of the strategy. The ideas were well received by the General Assembly, which immediately appointed a small task force to develop a proposal as a basis for mobilising resources. The General Assembly also adopted a resolution saying it “Welcomes the cooperation between CABI and IASPC on Plant Health Information Systems, and urges them to develop further the ideas for putting in place an effective PHIS, and calls upon international partners to avail financial and technical resources for implementing such an important project”.
May 29, 2015 Leave a comment
Representatives for agricultural development from South and West Asia came together for a two-day conference in Bhurban, Pakistan in April to discuss country plans for Plantwise activities. Decision-makers from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and UK, met to share ideas and knowledge of their plant health systems. Read more of this post
April 21, 2015 2 Comments
This blog post is different to those you might usually read on the Plantwise blog. It is a little tour behind the scenes of the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, telling you about how we design features for our website and mobile. Let us know if you’re interested in hearing more about how we develop the Knowledge Bank, either in the comments below or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Plantwise Knowledge Bank team provides tools and content both online and offline to assist in the development of fully functioning plant health systems in developing countries. Over the past couple of years, much of our IT development has focussed on the Plantwise Online Management System (POMS), a secure website that countries can use to record administrative information relating to their plant health system, track progress towards annual targets, and store, view and analyse data from plant clinics.
April 17, 2015 Leave a comment