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By Daniela Martínez Berríos, Knowledge Exchange Intern, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation.


Geographic information software is revolutionizing the business and development world. Geospatial technology allows businesses, companies, and agencies to expand programing and improve decision making. For example, researchers are geo-mapping to analyze the extent to which floods have affected Southeast Asia and to catalog strong geographic impacts on chronic malnourishment in Rwanda. By taking advantage of geospatial technology, organizations can formulate impact evaluations, satellite and survey outcome data, and spatial data, which could all be applied to measuring risk assessments and a project’s progress in the business and development fields. Smallholder farmers could access maps that display their crops’ productivity thanks to satellite and infrared data. Then, private sector agribusinesses and financial institutions working with these smallholder farmers could also have access to the data in order to evaluate their investments and project results. Geospatial technology therefore has the potential to deeply impact and alter development and business analysis and evaluation.


Solutions S.A., a Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation partner based in Haiti, is ahead of the curve in the IT and geospatial technology fields. Solutions specializes in custom software development and business process improvement in vertical segments such as public health monitoring and evaluation, municipal management, and traceability for key export crops in Haiti. Solutions and its partner, GeoNova, use an AgroTracking platform for farmer registration, group information, and operations registration to formalize collection points and facilitate transportation between farmer groups and exporters’ packing plants, greatly improving efficiency and securing the market for the farmer groups.


The AgroTracking traceability system allows for georeferenced traceability back to the point of production, which enables the exporter to ensure the crops purchased from Solutions-trained farmers meet US government traceability requirements for food safety and exports. Through Solutions’ partnership with Partnering for Innovation, it will train 300 mango farmer groups representing 9,000 farmers, who will sell at least 400,000 export-quality mangoes to export companies.


Investing in software and geospatial technology projects similar to Solutions’ would allow agribusinesses and smallholder farmers to increase efficiency and meet their market’s demands.


Let us know in the comments below if you have experience using geospatial technology or if you think it would be useful for your organization!

 

On September 28th, Daniela participated in Global Innovation Week 2017 led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and additional partners. Daniela attended various talks hosted by development researchers, policymakers, and social entrepreneurs engaged in innovative research projects.

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This broiler poultry farm is specially equipped to condition the atmosphere and temperature of the farm to optimum level such that within 45 days the average weight of your chicken is more than 2.5kg. In other word, within 45days or 6weeks your chickens are matured for sale thus cutting down your expenses on feeds. The equipment also help to drastically reduce mortality rate, check infections, enhance speedy growth and maturity.

Interested poultry farmer can reach us on gloryarenaexcellentmen@yahoo.com or emmanueludomisor@yahoo.com for more details on acquisition, installation and management.

emmanuel

TURNING WASTES INTO WEALTH

Posted by emmanuel Oct 2, 2017

Do you know that you can turn those wastes around you into wealth? Every community whether rural or urban generates quite a lot of wastes daily from homes, offices and farms.

Instead of allowing these wastes to constitute a challenge to our environment, it can be converted into organic fertilizer pellets for use in farms. The beautiful thing is that these wastes are gotten almost free and in fact in some communities, the people will even show gratitude for helping them evacuate the rubbish off their environment. You can convert this opportunity in your environment into money spinner -  wastes to wealth.

Apart from this, recent studies indicates that toxins found in inorganic or chemical fertilizers finds its way into the final produce from crops and poses serious threats to human health when consumed as food. Most processing factories in developed countries prefers organic produce as raw materials for their factories. Therefore in producing organic fertilizer pellets for farmers, you are not only helping in bringing about a clean green environment, you are also promoting healthy and safe produce for consumption while at the same time smiling to your bank.

The above plant can process different types of home, office and farm wastes into organic fertilizer pellets.

 

Interested persons, organizations, investors, NGOs, governments, etc can contact me through: gloryarenaexcellentmen@yahoo.com or emmanueludomisor@yahoo.com for further discussions on possible collaboration and assistance.

FI.MO.AT-C.I.Gs vision of Agriculture in Cameroon.

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

 

 

In Cameroon agriculture was the main source of growth and foreign exchange until 1978 when oil production replaced it as the cornerstone of growth for the formal economy.  

 

In 2004, agriculture contributed 44 percent to GDP. Agricultural development and productivity declined from neglect during the oil boom years of the early 1980s.

 

Agriculture was the principal occupation of 56 percent of the economically active population in 2003, although only about 15.4 percent of the land was arable. Agriculture remains the backbone of Cameroon's economy, employing 70 percent of its workforce, while providing 42 percent of its GDP and 30 percent of its export revenue. Blessed with fertile land and regularly abundant rainfall in most regions, Cameroon produces a variety of agricultural commodities both for export and for domestic consumption.

 

The most important cash crops are cocoa, coffee, cotton, bananas, rubber, palm oil and kernels, and peanuts. The main food crops are plantains, cassava, corn, millet, and sugarcane, cassava, sorghum; yams sweat potatoes, potatoes, dry beans rice.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9QiBS6c9jegeGQwY01QOUN6cnM/view?usp=drivesdk

20170911_143116.jpgFI.MO.AT-C.I.G ENGAGES IN COCOA BEAN EXPORT AND LOOKS FOR PARTNERS ABROAD TO SELL ITS PRODUCTS.


The most important Cameroon cash crop cocoa, is grown in central

and southern regions, as well as in the South west region of Cameroon. Agriculture remains the backbone of Cameroon's economy, employing 70 percent of its workforce, while providing 42 percent of its GDP and 30 percent of its export revenue.

Apart from some few mechanized industrial exploitations, cocoa production in Cameroon is essentially traditional, manual work is usually very arduous, the cultivated surface area is also reduced, and yields are low and therefore insufficient to meet both domestic and external demand.

FI.MO.AT-C.I.G stressed the need to modernized Cameroon’s agriculture, so as to increase the productivity of small farmers and encourage the emergence of “second generation” production units; that is to say large and medium size companies. In this perspective, the mechanization of agriculture must be a fact, given the multiplier effect of machines in the chain of production.

We are newly engaged in this cocoa business to raise funds for this transformation process of agriculture in Cameroon from the traditional subsistence agriculture to mechanization not only with the cocoa product but also with Cameroon’s other cash crops such as coffee and peanuts.

We buy from subsistence farmers and smallholder farmers in our warehouse while helping them with subsidies and pesticides and promising them opening larger farmlands with road to market roads.

We are working with the center for plant multiplication to buy our cocoa beans.


Contact us:

 

Email: fimoat@yahoo.com


Tel: (234)677211219

Rana Labs Video Production Workshops 4-6 2017

Septermber, 2017

 

The AgriJoven project in Guatemala is developing an entirely new approach for youth in the agricultural sector to share knowledge, increase participation and utilize new technology in exciting ways. Each month, the team from Mercy Corps identifies groups of 30 youth at a time to participate in two-day workshops to learn about mobile filmmaking and new agricultural technologies. We are often asked: “what does mobile filmmaking have to do with agriculture?” Quite simply, it is a resource we use with the AgriJoven project to deliver new information on agricultural technologies, such as new types of irrigation systems, and it gives us the ability to share what the youth have learned with a wider audience.

 

With each workshop, the Rana Labs team sets out on a fast-paced two-day course on video production using mobile devices. The youth learn about storyboarding, framing an interview, filming b-roll, editing, and sharing their story online—all while using low-cost Android-based phones and accessories. Additionally, with assistance from Mercy Corps, we include technical experts to define the content of the videos to be produced. For example: in June, youth from Acúl in Quiché learned about different types of irrigation systems, preventive measures to reduce contamination of water sources, and water sources for agricultural production. In July we traveled to San Antonio Huista in Huehuetenango on the border with Mexico to learn about the use of biological products to help combat coffee leaf rust. Youth recorded videos about their reactions to a new product and how it was a better overall solution as compared with traditional chemical products. In August, youth from Chiantla, Huehuetenango learned about certified seeds in potato farming and how it benefits the production of their crops.

 

To date, Rana Labs has completed seven mobile filmmaking workshops with youth throughout the Western Highlands. At the end of each workshop, our team is left with one powerful realization that is true no matter where we go: youth in the agricultural sector are excited about learning new ways to improve their crops so they can be more competitive—and they want to share what they have learned. The use of video is an exciting way for them to learn and offers a platform for them to continue to produce new videos with their peers from around the region. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of storytellers by using mobile filmmaking as a transformational tool for extension. We look forward to seeing new content produced by each of the participants in the months ahead! 

 

To watch the videos produced by the youth, please visit the following links:

1. Irrigation systems  https://youtu.be/4euyeBYK0r4

2. Water contamination https://youtu.be/dDSrtypokdA

3. Water sources https://youtu.be/38MUZOBEHz8

4. Coffee rust https://youtu.be/xdzPpIBJPoE

5. Integrated Pest Management https://youtu.be/Kk-8P6NBZYQ

6. Integrated Pest Management in Coffee Rust https://youtu.be/nGtNWrh1JEQ

7. Certified Potato Seeds https://youtu.be/v9sRMLd73eg

8. Certified Potato Seeds @papais Taller agosto 2017 - GRUPO 5 - YouTube

9. Importance of Certified Potato Seeds https://youtu.be/95LozBRNrQ8

 

To see a play list of all nine videos of the workshops from June to August 2017, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDLkysdU1ReKYwCAF8USCxlE129aV2dVB


Irrigation and renewable energy generation duality System


This technology can pump water from low lands to high lands. It is particularly useful in the grass land regions of Cameroon where nomadic herding is an economic activity of some people especially the Fulani. The cattle feed on grass on the hills during the raining season. But during the dry season, there is no fresh grass on the hills and the cattle do not eat hair. The cattle usually lost a lot of weight, causing their prices to drop and leading to nomads moving with the cattle day long in the valleys searching for fresh grass. This also leads to the destruction of crops in the valleys which the cattle feed on causing hardship to the farmers.


The irrigation pump can be powered by the moving water in the valley itself, no electrical energy is needed to power the pump to send the water up the hills.


A small damp is constructed in the valleys where water shall be stored, this stored water has potential energy. It is then release through an orifice connected to capillary tubes where it can move up the hill and irrigate grass for the cattle during the dry season.


During the rainy season the capillary tubes are disconnected and the system connected to an impulse/reaction hydroelectric generator to generate electricity for the farm.


This innovative device can harness free energy in the moving water from to generate electricity. The “green electricity” produce is of low cost and very reliable. The main environmental benefit of this generator is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution from fossil fuels. This includes kerosene for lighting, diesel or petrol for running machinery and fossil fuels for generating electricity.


The system can support small businesses such as food processing machines like crushers for cassava and oil palm. It provides new education, leisure and livelihood opportunities to a remote community.                                                                                                                                           


Unlike the intermittent power from wind or solar systems Solar systems although simpler to manage provide less power and are too expensive. This power device can work night and day from year-round streams.


                                                                                                                


 



We are Cooperative farmers in Besease Amanfrom at Oboadaka near Nsawam in Eastern Region of Ghana, we are looking for grants to expand our operations to meet our target market both local and International.

https://www.newaginternational.com/index.php/en/conferences/our-conferences/1030-biocontrol-africa-and-2018-new-ag-conference-exhibition

 

AFRICA IN FOCUS

1 Week, 2 International Agricultural Conferences delivering TOP LEVEL information on the latest technologies

New Ag International will host in Kenya, from Monday 19 - Friday 23rd March 2018, two international conferences covering the world of High Tech Agriculture, covering in depth:

• Biological Control
• Speciality Plant Nutrition
• Irrigation and Fertigation
• Greenhouse Technology
• Precision Agriculture
• Biostimulants and Biofertilizers

 

The conferences will feature speakers from academic, government and industry circles, whose aim will be to promote products and technologies that fit African conditions.

 

Presenters will speak about the currently available solutions, as well as sustainable and precise agriculture (including Precision Ag solutions that are being implemented in other places around the word for small holders). These innovative solutions could also help Africa to advance quickly, building capability from scratch right now, on logistics, infrastructure, government support, knowledge transfer and trading platform, etc.

Are you a farmer with high produce yield and want to expand into processing or you are an entrepreneur and want to set up agricultural products processing factory in small, medium or commercial scale?

Are you an agricultural investor and need where or what to invest in for high yield of ROI? Or an aid/donor agency that wish to embark on development assistance to farmers and communities?

 

We can discuss. We specialize in agricultural products processing machines with partners across Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

Our services range from advisory, project design, engineering design, fabrication and integration, installation and implementation, technical equipment and support, manpower development and training, managerial and technical skills, high skilled technical partners sourcing, etc.

Reach out to us for further discussion via: gloryarenaexcellentmen@yahoo.com or emmanueludomisor@yahoo.com

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SAFE Environmental Protection Service (SAFE) undertakes activities connected with Water, Energy, Agriculture and Gas in partnership with participants working to the achievement of Sustainable Development in Borana pastoral lowlands where problem of food security is often highly localized.

Besides developmental needs and social concerns, SAFE reviews projects in the context of current discussions on global warming, giving careful consideration to environmental concerns.

SAFE practices waste management via storing waste until it can be safely and effectively used, reducing the strength of the waste, and safely recycling waste materials where through innovative approaches the community both achieves greater environmental awareness and takes to discover the wide possibility of use of wastes by changing the negative view of the trash to something useful.

Plastics play an important role in almost every aspect of our lives however, the widespread use of plastics demands proper end of life management. Due to drinking water problem in Borana pastoral areas, dwellers and travelers in the region use packed water disposing post-consumer plastic bottles unsafely everywhere resulting pasture landfill by discarded plastic bottles.

SAFE inspired in simple design solution, plastic bottle buildings to establish Ecological Community-based Multiservice Library that serve as landmarks in the Borana pastoral areas connecting people, ideas and resources.

bashana

Need Partnership

Posted by bashana Aug 31, 2017

How does Borana Livestock Resource Management LTD, Ethiopia able to partner with Impact Investors to expand the businesses to large scale and link to market opportunities wordwide for the supply of Organic products?

 

Borana Livestock Resource Management undertakes management of livestock and related tasks that add resilience of pastoralists and empower lives of people connected to it.

Tasks include:

1. Supply of improved live weight of the mature animals performance via feedlot fattening scheme by feeding animals strategically throughout the year that improves the demand of beef suppliers during the off-peak seasons.

2. Production and supply of improved and economized feed to support pastoralists during chronic shortage of fodder due either to the seasonality in the availability thereof and the poorly developed animal feed conservation method for use during lean years. The feed ration is formulated from agro-industrial by-products and locally available fodders harvested at early stages of growth that have high digestible crude nutrients, and integrated with EM Technology.

3. Processing and supply of high-quality dairy products to meet a growing demand resulted from rapidly increasing population size with a growing population.

Anchored by loyal employees and grounded in the philosophy that honesty and integrity are as important as the bottom line, the company builds the ability to evolve in consistently meeting market requirements of its products that actively demand a social and ethical obligation to customers, communities and government to continually deliver improvements to environmental, animal welfare and food safety practices, and to maintain the confidence of these key stakeholders.

I just visited this tomatoe farm and learnt how to start one.

TOMATOE FARM - Google Drive

emmanuel

PALM OIL TO BIO-DIESEL PLANT

Posted by emmanuel Aug 29, 2017

Bio diesel production line.jpgThis plant processes red palm oil into bio-diesel.

Palm trees are very useful economic trees of which its various component/parts can be processed into various useful end products and raw materials for homes and other industries. Premium motor spirit can also be processed from wine tapped from palm trees too.

Palm trees are common economic trees found in West Africa and some parts of Asia. In Africa, not much have been done to maximize the economic benefits of this crop. Every component parts of this crop are useful for further production of goods and raw materials. Cultivation and processing technology by smallholder farmers still remain at a very crude and primitive level thus depriving them of the chances of maximizing its benefits.There are quite a lot to be derived from palm trees if investors can look into the funding of processing and cultivation of this crop.

We are ready to partner with individuals, organizations, governments, donor agencies, etc in bringing in modern innovations in the processing of palm trees products into various finished products for homes and raw materials for industries.

For further information and inquiries I can be reached through: emmanueludomisor@yahoo.com or gloryarenaexcellentmen@yahoo.com

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