Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:28

An estimate of 500,000 tons of cooking oil waste is produced annually in Egypt from various sources. This waste that is produced by food factories, restaurants, and hotels is not managed efficiently by these entities to be reused to their benefit. Conventionally, it is sold to waste collectors, who normally filter it and sell it back into the food industry, to soap companies, or export it to be used in the Biofuels industry abroad. Around 90 percent of households drop their used cooking oil in the drain. The draining systems of the houses get contaminated and the polluted water cannot be treated to use again.

Tagaddod (Arabic for ‘renewal’), a renewable Energy and Waste Management start-up established in 2013, introduced a new idea of turning used cooking oil to Biodiesel (a green fuel that is used in conventional diesel engines, which can directly substitute for or extend supplies of traditional petroleum diesel). It is a process of filtering the oil and adding chemical additives until getting the final product, which is biodiesel. The conversion process takes around three hours and produces two products, which are biodiesel and glycerin.

In December 2014, the team started engineering, procurement, and construction of the current production facility and was able successfully complete its first Biodiesel and Glycerol order in April 2015. In October 2015, Tagaddod’s production facility was granted the International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC).

The current production line was designed, manufactured, and assembled, locally by Tagaddod’s engineers and experts, and is capable of producing up to 300 tons per month from any type of waste vegetable oil, and it can be modified to receive any grade of feedstock quality.

Biodiesel from the Tagaddod production facility is sold in the market. Travco Group, one of the leading tourism firms in Egypt uses Tagaddod’s biodiesel in its hotels’ vehicles, machinery and generators.

Tagaddod aspires to be the leading supplier of green energy, made from renewable resources - the wind, the sun, natural underground heat and clean fuels - to all businesses and households. Tagaddod’s current and medium term focus are exporting biodiesel to the European market. By 2020, the company aims to produce 5,000 tons per month, and operate another Green Diesel factory with the same capacity.  

Prizes: Tagaddod has received an award from the Egyptian government’s General Authority for Investment (GAFI), for the company most likely to go international and has successfully completed a seed round led by Flat6Labs and has also received angel investment by Cairo Angels.

Partners: Sawari Ventures, Cairo Angels

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:20

In Egypt, number of individuals that are in need of short or long term non-hospital health care is increasing. Working family members rarely are available, have the time, or have the necessary skills to provide the required health services and care at home. All this brings the need for training home health care providers (HHCP). It is estimated that about 400,000 elderly people are in need of some kind of assisted living to be able to continue living at their homes. If only 10% of those can afford to hire a caregiver, there would be a need to train at least 40000 care providers in the near future to meet that demand.

In 2004, Care with Love, a registered organization (# 5241 / 2003), translated this need into Home Health Care Program assistance to the elderly and others who are homebound by creating a new professional niche: home healthcare. It selects smart, compassionate recruits and teaches them, motivates them, and gives them a respectable job and an important chance to contribute positively to those in their care. It creates jobs without burdening the government, provides a desperately needed service at an affordable cost, and sets a professional and compassionate tone for caregiving. 

HHCPs provide services in:

  • Assisted living (Personal hygiene, Eating, Assistance with mobility, and Social support);
  • Home Health Care (Measuring vital signs, dispensing medications, wound care, catheter care, and tube feeding).

The program is open to young people, both men and women between ages 17-35 interested in becoming HHCP on selection basis. The selection process is based on the level of interest as well as ability. Fluency in Arabic reading and writing is a requirement, in addition to passing the entrance exam. 

To become certified HHCP the young people, should complete a training of HHCP for four months long. The training curriculum is a well-balanced mixture of theory in the classroom, lab training where the trainees are coached to acquire and practice needed basic skills, and practical field experience at health institutions where they apply what they learned and can gain confidence and hands-on experience. 

Prior to certification, Care with love arranges one-month internships with seasoned home healthcare providers who offer guidance, close and supportive supervision, and evaluation. In fact, evaluation by more senior providers and by clients is an ongoing part of Care with love’s effort, not only to ensure mastery of technique but also to monitor and provide helpful feedback on maturity, personal growth, and adjustment. Following completion of the course, students take an exam, and the 80 percent who pass don graduation robes and attend a formal ceremony recognizing their achievement. 

To support and spread this new profession, Care with Love arranges partnerships with private hospitals to offer both an institutional shelter to home healthcare providers and secure employee benefits like insurance. It has arranged for health institutions where the graduates will work to cover the cost of training or offer loans to students, payable in installments following graduation. It has secured an offer from the Ministry of Health to provide an institutional shelter for home health providers, granting them full insurance and employment benefits as hospital employees.  

Care with Love also provides institutional health care provider training for multiple types of facilities. Institutions that provide specialized health care services often rely on Care with Love to train their staff. This includes polyclinics, orphanages, and other care centers.

The achievements of Care with Love:

  • To date, all graduates have been employed and are earning a good income;
  • The first graduates received degrees in 1997;
  • There are now 936 certified home healthcare professionals serving homebound clients primarily in the greater Cairo area, with a few working in other areas: Alexandria and the North coast. 

Partner: The center for Geriatric Services (a non- profit organization of the synod of the Nile in partnership with the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services), an NGO and Alsalam Hospital. 

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:11

Governorate: Qena

According to the Survey of Young People in Egypt (2011) 6.9% of young people aged 10-29 have never been to school. While this percentage may seem small, it constitutes 2.1 million Egyptian young people aged 10-29, and every year thousands of young people, especially girls, still fail to enter school. The percentage of females aged 10 to 29 who have never attended school (11.0%) is four times more than that of males (3.0%) in the same age group.  

In 2012, (ENID/El Nidaa) was a five-year initiative to develop viable and sustainable skill development and employment opportunities in South Upper Egypt, where levels of poverty and unemployment are high. It operates as a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project under the umbrella of Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation. 

ENID works to address these gender challenges in its integrated approach to development. Moreover, there are significant constraints face women to access to labor market such as the mismatch between skills acquired in schooling and what the labor market requires. Lack of a suitable work environment for female employees could be another constraint for female job seekers.

The project currently focuses in Upper Egypt and in Qena, in particular, where the poverty rate is 58%, one of the highest in the country, where 34.5% of the population is illiterate and where 13.5% are without jobs. The purpose for ENID programs is to provide sustainable and successful project models for replication and ownership by the local communities. Innovation in ENID’s approach rests on introducing best practice interventions.

Its methodology is based on action-oriented research that identifies sectors and products with growth opportunities and scalability, both local and nation-wide. It implements and adopts business and entrepreneurship models that have shown success elsewhere in the world, such as cluster promotion, the ‘one village one product’ skill model, and asset transfer. Creating best practice models that are scalable, with the potential for replication by local communities and supported by themselves, with private or government partnerships, is critical to the ENID mission.   

ENID activities are divided into four domains which have been identified and defined based on an in-depth situation analysis of the needs of the region and villages in particular. The domains are as follows:  

  • Upgrading basic and public services in rural Upper Egypt: which consists of literacy training, a broadly defined life-skills curriculum, and, for the first time in rural Upper Egypt, sports activities to enhance leadership and team-building skills and prepare girls for integration into formal schooling.
  • Promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and Entrepreneurship (One Village One Product Model): it’s a model from Japan and handicraft development experience from India, together with local solutions adapted to the specific context cooperating with local partners like universities, research institutes, and government offices to link jobs, skills training, food security and services.
  • Sustainable agriculture development and off-farm incomes: through establishing and operating Integrated Fish- Agriculture-Livestock Pilot Farms in Qena, adopted Pilot Project for Clean Farming and Recycling of Agricultural Residues in Qena, developing and Operate Dairy Processing Plants in two Districts in Qena, developing and operating Milk Processing Units for the Household Level in Qena, and establishing and operating Poultry Backyard Production System in Qena.

Achievements:

  • In January 2016, ENID became a Foundation to be able to ensure long term sustainability.
  • Till November 2016, the project has directly benefited over 4,400 people in various manufacturing, agriculture and skills development based on the needs of the local communities. Furthermore, the project has contributed to linking the field-level best practices to local and national policies through its policy work and advocacy.
  • ENID’s Sustainable Agricultural Development component had set the targets of creating at least 890 direct employability skills training opportunities (33% for women), and at least 470 direct job opportunities (68% for women). To date, ENID’s Sustainable Agricultural Development component has managed to exceed its targets, creating more than 700 employment opportunities and more than 2600 training opportunities to farmers and local staff in Upper Egypt.
  • As of December 2014, ENID was implementing activities in over 35 villages throughout Qena and Upper Egypt and has trained a total of 2,135 beneficiaries in areas of services, skills and agriculture. Furthermore, it has provided some 573 jobs for people in Upper Egypt, among which 69% were for women. The total number of targeted jobs across all domains is 1316. 

Partners: 

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ministry of International Cooperation, Sawiris Foundation, The Big Heart Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Sida, Coca-Cola Foundation, The Italian Development Cooperation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), and UN Women.

Contact details:
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:16

Aquaculture is a major industry in Egypt and vulnerable to a wide range of factors, including water pollution.

In 2013, the Conative Labs (a technology start-up based in Egypt), developed Nilebot a system that measures the effects of pollution in real time and transmits that data to farmers so they can be more proactive to find solutions. The solution helps fish farms to raise the productivity, achieve higher feed conversion ratio and growth rates, facilitate management and monitoring the fish farm and ensure the quality of farmed fish for human consumption.

Nilebot measures, records and sends the parameters that affect the condition of the water to a personal account that can be used on a Smart phone, Tablet or laptop at any time and from anywhere. In case of any sudden change in water quality and exceeding the safe ranges of any parameter of the parameters such as the concentration of dissolved oxygen, Nilebot sends a warning text message (SMS) to a mobile phone to make sure that a quick response will be taken to solve this problem. 

Nilebot can be used with all kinds of farms (fish – shrimp) and in different environments (salty water-fresh water).

The solution helped to reduce operating costs of the fish farm by saving 33% of the fish feed and also to decrease the rate of pumping oxygen in average for 4-6 hours.

The solution received the following awards:

  • Injaz Egypt 2015: 2nd place.
  • Eitesal Best Entrepreneurial Project in ICT sector (2015)
  • Orange Developer Challenge (2015): Nilebote won the first place in Egypt and the second place in worldwide.
  • Cairo Maker Hackthon (2015): Nilebote won the first place.
  • Sha3`al (2015): Nilebot was one of the winning projects.

Partners: GAFI, GAFRD, Ministry Of State For Environmental Affairs, Bedaya Egypt, orange, Egypt Innovate, Nahdet El Mahrousa, Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, EBNI Incubator, Aquatics.

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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Friday, 15 September 2017 09:33

Pomegranate is a fruit tree species that grows like a shrub due to its natural sucker. In Turkey and other countries many orchards are planted with the distance between 4 and 6 meters. The gardeners there are trained to multiple trunk system, according which pomegranate grows naturally like a bush. The traditional technique requires support system (such as a trellising) to prevent the incidence of the branches of pomegranate plants, which means the increasing of the initial orchard facility cost. Such system causes problems in efficiency of crop management like productivity, fruit quality, orchard mechanization and management of diseases and insects.

An innovative solution of single trunking and pruning of pomegranates has being developed and implemented by the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute since 2005 for the purpose of sustainable orchard management. In a new system, pruning system globe-shaped with narrow angles and four main branches is applied, thus, forming pomegranate plant to a single trunked tree. As a result, the plant can stand without leaning of branches with the appropriate pruning technique without any trellis installation. This is a principle difference between the solution and the old system.

The implementation of the solution does not any specific material such as metal support system and connection wires. Pruning team should be trained in the appropriate branch cutting and routing.

The solution led to the benefit of:

  • Eliminating high investment costs of approximately USD 10.000 per hectare needed for the traditional technique with the trellising systems;
  • Increase of production quality due to more efficient orchard maintenance work;
  • Increase of pomegranate yield by approximately 40%;
  • Double reduction of pomegranate production costs such as labor fee and orchard mechanization from USD 0.2 to USD 0.1, despite of increase in quality and quantity of production.

With the recommended systemic adaption and application, it is possible to create a more sustainable orchard management system, the main components of which are also orchard mechanization, management of diseases and insects.

Achievements: 80 percent of 1200 pomegranate farmers in the Aegean region of Turkey benefit from applying the solution.

Partners: The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey.

Budget: No need to special budget to implement the solution, only a training is needed for farmers and pruning teams.

Contact information:
Turkey, Aegean Agricultural Research Institute, Menemen, Izmir,
Contact person: Erol Kucuk (PhD) Andac. Cavdar (Msc),
Phone: +905308849362; +905055730650
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Friday, 08 September 2017 03:19

The traditional tissue culture technique, a widely used method for the mass production of fruit tree rootstocks, consists of 5 stages: development of shoots from explants, tillering, shoot elongation, rooting to a medium and the external adaption media. It’s costly as involves laboratory infrastructure investment costs, labor, chemical consumables and energy costs. in order to reduce the cost of production, in 2016 the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute developed a solution on rooting the rootless plant directly into the external adaption media in tissue culture propagation.

The solution is a tissue culture technique, where the rootless plantlets in the elongation medium is taken directly to the external adaption media (in greenhouse-containing 85-90% moist air) instead of the rooting medium. The solution is to run in the external adaption media where the cost of rooting is lower than that of rooting application in laboratories. By eliminated a stage, where the rootless plantlets in the elongation medium is taken to the rooting medium, the time for production within the laboratory is shortened while saving labor, chemical consumables and energy; the amount of production per unit area is increased.

Benefits and advantages of the solution:

  • reducing investment costs for laboratory production by 20%.
  • reducing production cost by 30%.
  • shortening of the production period by 30%.
  • increasing of the plant production per unit of area by 30%.
  • lab area requirement less by 30%.
  • labor requirement less by 20%
  • chemical consumables requirement less by 30%.
  • Energy-saving by 15%.

Achievements: 3 companies that produce rootstocks by tissue culture, including Bademli biotechnology laboratory, started implementing the solution and reduced the cost of nursery plant production by an average of 15%.

Partners: The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, the private farmers and companies.

Contact information:
Turkey, Aegean Agricultural Research Institute, Menemen, İzmir, Turkey
Contact person: Andac Cavdar (Msc) Erol Kucuk (PhD),
Telephone: +905055730650, +905308849362
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With increasing country interest in climate action and environmental sustainability, policy-makers require information about the social, economic and employment implications of greening policies. Acquiring this information requires thorough empirical assessment; many countries lack technical capacity and expertise to conduct assessments with appropriate methodologies and quantitative tools. 

The Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN) – a network of institutions and experts on the application of models for quantitative measurements and policy analysis, was initiated to help build capacity for assessments and policy analysis particularly in developing and low income countries. 

GAIN was initiated in 2013 by the ILO in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR with the aim to provide a common pool of expertise at both institutional and individual level, in order to enable national governments to access and utilize a research and advisory capacity for country- level assessments and subsequent policy making. GAIN seeks to support the development and strengthening of institutional capacity in the countries by providing direct technical support to local institutions and by connecting them to other policy research institutions around the world. 

The two specific objectives of GAIN are as follows: 

  1. To build and improve knowledge on quantitative and analytical methodologies and tools relevant for the assessment of employment, social and economic dimensions of greening policies, including Input-Output tables, Social Accounting Matrixes, Computable General Equilibrium models, System Dynamic models, surveys and other assessment approaches.
  2. To share knowledge and build the capacity of national institutions to be able to carry out assessments in their own countries, or support other countries where expertise is lacking, thereby promoting a pooling of expertise and South-South and triangular cooperation in research.  

GAIN holds international conferences and workshops on a bi-annual basis. Between these conferences, the Network operates through video-conferencing and webinars as well as through email exchanges. Network members willing to discuss a particular assessment underway or completed may invite other Network members to a dedicated session for peer review and comments. The ILO Green Jobs Programme currently serves as Secretariat of the Network and facilitates the organisation of such dedicated webinars. 

GAIN is in the process of developing a green jobs assessment training package to serve as a hands-on manual for relevant policy-makers and researchers to strengthen and enhance national capacity. The first draft of the training package was presented and discussed at the second International GAIN Conference, which took place in April 2015 at the ILO in Geneva.

GAIN is open to all institutions and experts sharing common views and interest on measuring economic and social implications of transitions to low carbon and greener economies, and recognising the importance of rigorous and credible assessment methodologies and tools. Participation in the Network is free of charge.

Partners: See the current GAIN list of partners here.

Contact: 
Mr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme
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Tel: +41 22 799 7247 

Mr Marek Harsdorff, Green Jobs Specialist, Green Jobs Programme
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:39

The Elman Peace and Human Rights Center are a Canadian registered NGO based in Mogadishu Somalia. It was established by Fartuun Adan in honor of her late husband Elman Ali Ahmed who was a peace activist. His daughter Ilwad Elman now runs a programme to rehabilitate and integrate former Al Shabab Fighters, including children, back into Society.

In recent years, Al-Shabaab has suffered major setbacks in Somalia, losing territory and support. Splinter factions have emerge, further disintegrating a once powerful group. Ideological differences within the group, the sustained military campaigns by the Somali National Armed Forces and AU forces as well as the decline in support from communities has led to an increased number of combatants defecting from Al-Shabaab. While defections have increased, Al-Shabaab’s appeal has wanted but not entirely dissipated. Hundreds of youth are still drawn to its appeal within the country and beyond within the Somali Diaspora. A bigger number live in fear within communities that reluctantly let them in and brand them as outcasts, they face continuous threats and extortion from a myriad of actors and live in extreme poverty. A bigger group of fighters remain engaged in Al-Shabaab, despite realizing the group’s misplaced claims and false ideology. It’s a pragmatic reluctance driven by their uncertainty of what awaits on the other side and a lack of visible success stories of their peers who have disengaged and have been reinserted and reintegrated successfully into society with opportunities to rebuild their lives.

Through the “Drop the Gun, Pick Up the Pen” initiative, a pioneering intervention developed by the organization’s founder and name sake in the early 90’s, the center has been successful in disarming, rehabilitating and reintegrating thousands of young women and men who were being co-opted into clan militias by the warlords and Al-Shabaab, and reinserting them back into their societies with non-violent behaviours and alternative livelihoods.

Potential defectors are discouraged from disengaged even if they no longer adhere to Al-Shabaab’s ideology, objectives or methods, because they do not believe communities will accept them or they that will receive fair treatment from the security services. By changing communities and security services attitudes towards disengaged combatants – re-humanising them, showing that in the long run the risk of not reintegrating is greater than the risk of reintegrating and creating tangible opportunities for them to positively contribute to society; Potential defectors will be more confident about life after Al-Shabaab. Ultimately, a successful reintegration program is the strongest counter narrative and a disengaged combatant who has gone through the full process of the disengagement to reintegration into society; Will be the most credible voice.

The organization built off of its lengthy experience in DDR to design a 3 tiered model to disengage, rehabilitate and reintegrate Al-Shabaab combatants; a community based model which has been tried and tested in numerous regions of Somalia.

The organization is implementing a project for the socio-economic rehabilitation and reintegration of disengaged combatants from different affiliations in Banadir region, Lower-Shabelle region, Middle-Shabelle region, Bay & Bakool region and Jubba regions. For 6 years, operating in parts of the country most vulnerable to Al-Shabaab violence, EPHRC has been tireless in its work in rescuing child soldiers, keeping communities affected by violent extremism together, and building relationships grounded on a peaceful co-existence.

A significant part of the work of EPHRC is dealing directly with the disillusioned youth who want to stop fighting but are unable to see any opportunities outside of the armed groups.

The cater center caters to thousands of young men and women who receive practical life skills, religious literacy and theological empowerment, vocational skills training, psychosocial support, peer-to-peer mentorship, business management training as well as financial literacy skills and business start-up grants.

The project is ongoing and is now scaling up. Given the innovative community-based approach is unique, UNDP plans to work with Elman to replicate this model in other contexts in Africa.

Contact details:
Mr.Simon Ridley
Programme Specialist – Justice and Human Rights
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Regional Service Centre
Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 929907382
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:37

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Friday, 24 March 2017 11:32

Large arrays of natural pastures in Kyrgyzstan with total area over nine thousand ha occupy more than 85% of the agricultural land area.

The Law on Pastures, adopted in Kyrgyzstan in 2009 brings a more efficient and transparent management of pasture resources decentralizing governance of pastoral systems. Under it all the pastures in the country are a national treasure, and cannot be privatized. All rights and authority to manage pastures were transferred to the National Public Pasture Users Association and local pasture committees – community organizations of herders.

The main functions of the local pasture Committee are followings:

  • Planning of pasture management;
  • Planning of the pastures' (grazing) use and development of pasture infrastructure;
  • Budgeting and cost calculation of pasture ticket. The latter entitles use of pastures for grazing and confirms status of members of association;
  • Managing livestock herds through determining special areas of pastures (underpasses) for the moving of cattle between pastures by the by the zhayyt committees;
  • Monitoring of the state of pastures;
  • Monitoring of the plan implementation.

In the process of reform 454 Pasture User Unions with pasture committees called Zhayyt committee were established. Members of pasture committees received basic trainings on sustainable pasture management.

As a result of the reform the income for use of pastures have grown in 16 times - from $1.4 million to $24 million in 2014. Revenues of local pasture committees reached $20-30 thousand per year, which allows them to independently solve the primary problems, such as repair of roads, construction and/or repair of small bridges and junctions, creation of watering livestock. This, in turn, increased the area of ​​grazed pastures to 430 thousand ha and had a positive impact on the farms. In average, a Kyrgyz family in village has 60 heads of cattle, which, in fact, is its main source of income. Some pasture committees have social programs, such as summer camps in traditional houses “yurts” for local children.

The pasture committees since 2010 participated in the testing and implementation of the innovative electronic system “E-Pasture Committee”, which is a unique system and currently the only tool for operational management and monitoring of pasture status. All the leaders and members of the pilot pasture committees noted the importance of the electronic module, as the automated Information System "Electronic Pasture Committee" made it much easier for them to work with pasture users. In particular, they noted improved reporting procedures, possibility to monitor the vaccination process, taking into account the actual livestock population, monitor pasture degradation and payment to pasture committees.

At present, the IP "Electronic Pasture Committee" is being implemented in the pasture committees of 11 districts of three regions with pastures in the Suusamyr Valley

“Electronic pasture committee” information system promoted formation of an equitable and socially acceptable system for distributing pastures, resolving conflicts of interest, ensuring effective public control (reporting, transparency), and thereby improving the pasture management system at the local level.

Under economic assessment as a result of such work in Kyrgyzstan it was found that the explored area under the proper management can generate incomes equal to 13 million USD.

Partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, UNDP, “Kyrgyz Jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan

Contact information:
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Contact person: Egemberdiev Abdimalik, Chairman
National Pasture Users Association of the Kyrgyz Republic
Phone: +996 312 375044
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:58

The technology of Water Harvesting and Conservation Agriculture was developed and demonstrated by the Agric. Engineering, Irrigation Systems & Water Harvesting Research Center, ARC. By developing this technology, Sudan was able to face the problem of alleviated the most common drought and dry spells impact on rain-fed crop productivity and stabilized and significantly increased crop yield and improved farmers food security and income. The main goal of the program is to increase food and nutrition security and diversify rural income and employment opportunities for men, women, and youth, which achieved the objectives of transforming the traditional rain-fed sector producing at the subsistence level to profitable, competitive sustainable economic sector.

This technology was developed from 2010 to 2013 and piloted in Kordofan, Gadaref and White Nile States. Starting from 2014 with the support of the Federal Ministry Finance and National Planning it has been scaling up over 15 states as a national program to 2019.

Number of activities were applied in order to implement this solution:

  1. Establishment of innovation platforms on technology transfer and extension centers and at innovative farmers fields where centers are unavailable for demonstration and introduction of technology to producers and serve as training ground for extension agents and farmers,
  2. Provision of advisory services for farmers in selection of appropriate technological package relevant to hydrological, soils and topographic elements of farm land and mapping of farm plots,
  3. Training of farmers on proper implementation and operation and management of schemes,
  4. Facilitate organizing farmers into producer groups (GPs) to access credit for acquiring inputs and services of water harvesting and mechanization from service providers,
  5. Submission of list interest farmers to adopt the technological packages improvement to credit institutions and private sector service providers with farmland area and cost of investment,
  6. Monitoring and follow-up of systems performance.

During the scaling up phase the ARC stations and the state Ministries of Agriculture have provided the technical advisory services including training on proper implementation by farmers, while the private sector represented by the service providers (machinery owners, agro-dealers, and micro-finance) are engaged in providing mechanized land cultivation and inputs supply supported by credit through microfinance arrangement to farmers.

The most successful element proved to be a climate smart agriculture practice that integrated the available water resources for increased agricultural water productivity that substantially improved the main staple field crops (sorghum, millet, sesame, and groundnut) yields comparing with the traditional practices.  The most tangible outcome is the matching of crop water requirements by harvesting extra surface runoff water otherwise wasted and evenly distributed and water conservation techniques that led to increased and stabilized crop yield in erratic rainfall zones.

Thus, harvesting of overland surface runoff from catchment area and good distribution within the field by the construction of earth contour bunds and deep storage in the soil profile through chisel plow which creates vertical micro-pores has proven to be a good soil and water conservation measure and smart climate agriculture. It bridges the crop water requirement deficit in arid zone of pronounced low and poor distributed annual rainfall (300 – 400 mm) as well as provided a good soil moisture condition for greater response of sorghum, sesame and groundnut crops to micro-dose NPK fertilizer application to remarkably increases crop yield to 1200 kg/fed, 400 kg/fed and 800 kg/fed, respectively. The Conservation Agriculture, on the other hand, has improved crop yield significantly on areas of apparent high rainfall (500 – 700 mm), but normally produces poor crop due to remarkable runoff water loss by 30 to 40 %, which traced back to inefficient no-farm water management practices.  The use of CA provided typical solution and remedial measures eliminated and minimized adverse effects of water and soil loss and hence enhanced sorghum productivity for instance to as high as 1400 – 1700 ka/fed compared to 400 – 600 kg/fed under traditional practices.

Also, the transformation of small traditional farmers from subsistence level of production to market driven and demand production supported by the adoption of improved technological packages leading to increased crop productivity was the positive impact applied on the target beneficiaries. 

Budget: For successful adoption and scale-up of the solution, private sector service providers (machinery owners, agro-dealers, and micro-finance) are required to support the installation of water harvesting and CA techniques and availing inputs. These modern tools of best practices are not available to small producers, and through micro-finance, farmers could access them where the cost of feddan is around USD 80 (USD 192 per ha). In addition, technical support is needed for training of extension agents and farmers, which would cost about USD 50 per trainee, as well as increasing the portfolio credit volume of the micro-finance institutions and development of three distinct rural financial delivery models in the form of ABSUMI model, village savings and credit groups model and community owned central "sanduq" fund; and loans ceiling to improve the outreach of credit to large group of producers.

Contact details:
Sudan
Prof. Mekki Abdellatif Omer (Ph.D)
Director of Agric. Engineering, Irrigation Systems & Water Harvesting Research Center, ARC, Soba
P.O. Box 30, Khartoum North (Shambat)
Khartoum, Sudan
Tel.: +249-912953593, +249-112252418
Fax: +249-185-310813
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The development of sturgeon breeding allows preserving the sturgeon gene pool in natural reservoirs and providing the market with delicatessen fish products, however, in Kazakhstan there were no technologies for growing sturgeon species adapted to local conditions.

From 2012 to 2014 with the purpose of forming a scientific and methodological basis for the commercial cultivation of sturgeon species in conditions of fully-system fish farms in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh Research Institute of Fisheries conducted studies on the Development of Biotechnical Methods for Cultivating New Aquaculture Facilities in Conditions of Fish Farms in Kazakhstan.

In the implementation process, methods common to genetic, physiological and ichthyopathological studies were used; In the part of fish farming and fodder production - the relevant regulatory and technical documentation and guidelines. In the framework of studies for the first time in Kazakhstan, genetic studies of sturgeon fish have been conducted and a database of morphological indicators of sturgeon of different ages has been developed.

As a result of the research, the following has been achieved:

  • Biotechnical methods of breeding and growing sturgeon have been developed in relation to the conditions of fish farms in Kazakhstan;
  • Formulations of domestic artificial feeds for sturgeon fishes have been developed;
  • The physiological state of sturgeons was assessed in the course of experimental cultivation;
  • Immunomodulators were used and an assessment of the ichthyopathological condition of sturgeon fish was carried out;
  • The economic efficiency of the proposed biotechnical measures;
  • A repair flock of sturgeon fishes raised in the Almaty and Akmola regions was formed to create a breeding stock. A breeding core was created, consisting of differently aged sturgeons: Russian sturgeon, Siberian sturgeon and stellate sturgeon.

Also patent registrations have been obtained on the following:

  • Mixed fodder for sterlet with integrated use of corn processing waste. Innovative Patent №27693.
  • A method for increasing the immune status of sturgeon fishes. Innovation patent № 26001.
  • Device for incubation of sturgeon caviar eggs. Preliminary patent №15883.
  • Device for sorting sturgeon fry. Innovation patent № 19205.

Partners: KazNII PPP - Kazakh Research Institute of Food Processing (co-executor), Chilik pond farm (basic fish farm)

Contact information:
LLP "Kazakh Research Institute of Fisheries" (KazNIIRH)
Name and title: Dr. Saule Assylbekova, Deputy General Director
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