• IDRC President Jean Lebel, AIFSC Director Mellissa Wood and ACIAR CEO Dr Nick Austin. Photo credit: Tim Pascoe Photography
    Wednesday, 12 June 2013

    In partnership with the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the AIFSC is about to launch a joint $15 million competitive research fund. The main objective of this collaboration is to improve food security in the countries of east and southern Africa. The fund aims to support research in areas vital to achieving long-term food security with a focus on post-harvest loss, nutrition and/or water use.

  • Project team members examining small scale tractor at the project launch in March 2013. Photo credit: CIMMYT
    Friday, 31 May 2013

    Only launched in March 2013, the Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification project (FACASI) is already making significant progress. From 29 April to 10 May 2013, 16 agricultural engineers, agronomists, machinery importers, and machinery manufacturers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe took part in a study tour in India organised by CIMMYT and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

  • Foodtank
    Friday, 24 May 2013

    Foodtank, the Food Think Tank co-founded by Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson, has put together a list of 40 organisations that are ‘shaking the food system’. They are highlighting organisations they feel are doing invaluable work to change the way we eat, grow, cook, buy, and sell food.

    We very pleased that Foodtank is recognising the contribution of the AIFSC to improving food security, particularly in our focus countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Dr Leon Nabahungu (Rwanda Agricultural Board), Research Program Manager Tony Bartlett (ACIAR) & Dr Athanase Mukuralinda (ICRAF)
    Friday, 17 May 2013

    “This is the semi-arid region of Rwanda,” this was a welcoming remark from Leon Nabahungu, Rwanda Country Coordinator for the project, “Trees for Food Security.” We had just driven for about two hours on fairly smooth tarmacked roads to the regional site office of the Rwanda Agricultural Board tree nursery.

  • AIFSC project leaders with other participants in the Materclass training. Photo credit: L Ogutu, AIFSC
    Monday, 6 May 2013

    The AIFSC supported its project leaders to attend the Crawford Fund Masterclass titled Communicating with Stakeholders at the ILRI campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 21st to the 26th of April. The project leaders networked with colleagues from different organisations in Eastern and Southern Africa but most importantly, bonded with other AIFSC project leaders and AIFSC staff member, Liz Ogutu.

  • Project team demonstrating a two-wheeled tractor at the project launch. Photo: CIMMYT
    Friday, 12 April 2013

    Much of the Research for Development work currently underway in Sub-Saharan Africa is focused on increasing the efficiency with which land, water and nutrients are being used. Farm power appears to be a ‘forgotten resource’ in the sustainable intensification equation. However farm power in SSA countries is declining due to the collapse of most tractor hire schemes, the decline in the number of draught animals and the decline in human labour (e.g.

  • Tanzanian Minister for Agriculture, Food Security & Cooperatives, ENG. Christopher Chiza addressing participants. Photo: NEPAD
    Monday, 25 March 2013

    The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in collaboration with the the Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) in Central and Eastern Africa, the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Development Partners, participated in the East and Central Africa CAADP Nutrition Capacity Development Workshop from 25 February to 1 March, 2013 in Dar es

  • Menale handing over the project vehicle keys to EIAR's Dr Wolde at the EIAR offices in Addis Ababa
    Monday, 18 March 2013

    On the 18th of February and the 1st of March, the AIFSC supported project “Identifying Socioeconomic Constraints to and Incentives for Faster Technology Adoption: Pathways to Sustainable Intensification in Eastern and Southern Africa (Adoption Pathways)” held inception meetings in Egerton University, Kenya and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research respectively.

  • Kisinga Village, Iringa District (Photo: Penny Farrell, University of Sydney)
    Thursday, 24 January 2013

    The majority of the world’s rural poor rely on raising livestock for their day to day living. Livestock contribute to both poverty alleviation and food security. 70-80% of rural households in southern and eastern Africa raise poultry. Poultry meat and eggs provide high quality protein and micronutrients that are more easily taken up by the human body than plant based nutrients. They also provide cash income to purchase food. These benefits are of notable significance to vulnerable community members such as growing children and people infected with HIV.

  • Friday, 4 January 2013

    The Australian Government is committed to developing capacity and leadership skills in Africa.

    Over the past three years, the number of Australia Awards in Africa has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 scholarships annually. One-quarter of all Australian Government development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

    Applications are now invited from African nationals from eligible countries for PhD Awards in Agriculture for studies commencing in 2014. 

    The deadline for submission of applications is 31 March 2013.


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