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As this year is coming slowly but surely to an end, it is my pleasure to share the 4th and last edition of this year’s Food Systems Newsletter with you.
Looking back on an event-full year, the AFS-team sends a big thank-you your way, for your contributions, support and conversations. From the Food Systems Learning Journey to the Face-to-Face-Meeting in Rome as well as a diverse set of Thoughts-for-Food-Webinars and many more exchanges, the engagement from and within our AFS-network was remarkable and we really appreciated all these fruitful interactions with you.
This winter-edition of the AFS-newsletter is one of the most exhaustive editions we have published so far – thank you for all your contributions, we are happy and grateful for the positive resonance the newsletter is receiving!
For this edition we zoom in on three thematic focus areas: Climate Change Adaption, Smallholder Farmers and Organic Production. Furthermore, we have many interesting news from around the world: from initiatives to new publications and recent events. And last but not least: check out the “Recent Publications”-section for some interesting articles from SDC and the UN Special Rapporteur on Health.
As my traineeship with the SDC is coming to an end, I also want to take this opportunity to say goodbye as your editor of this newsletter. I greatly enjoyed getting to know you (some virtually, some even in person) and I want to thank you for the ongoing efforts for this network. As I’m not leaving SDC yet, I hope other possibilities will arise to interact with one another. In that spirit: Thank you and see you soon!
Take care and happy holidays!
All the best,
Lara Lara Sponagel
Academic trainee, Section Food Systems, SDCLinkedIn | email@example.com
Members' Articles: Focus climate change adaption
In the Andes climate change is leading to the reduction and disappearance of glaciers and changing precipitation patterns. This is affecting water availability for human consumption and use in highly vulnerable family agriculture. This article focuses on two local adaptive responses, namely, Ecuador's Water Protection Areas and Peru's water harvesting and planting initiatives. Both will be presented at COP28.
Ana María Vela Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
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Lenkiza AnguloHelvetas Swiss Intercooperationlenkiza.email@example.com
Maria Gracia AguilarAvina FoundationLinkedIn | firstname.lastname@example.org
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With 2023 being the hottest year on record, it was most timely to launch the Agriculture Innovation Project in Egypt. This initiative aims to foster the adaption and assure the resilience of farmers most affected by climate change. The project got kicked off via an expert meeting including GIZ, ICARDA, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and the Swiss Office for International Cooperation in Egypt.
Laila Kenawy Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt, Office for International Cooperation
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In Guéra, central Chad, climate change and poor land use have made agricultural production uncertain. Nevertheless, the sharing of agroecological know-how has tripled producers' yields, in a region marked by poverty and food insecurity. Learn more about this recently introduced project.
Sarah RyserUnité, Switzerlands.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Members' Articles: Focus smallholder farmers
After an agricultural market system analysis, Swisscontact partnered with local NGOs, IZRAA and Arcenciel, to launch an agri-business hub. This initiative includes the Azolla Impact Project, a biodigester, a milk processing unit, and the IZRAA app, all aimed at boosting economic resilience, improving market access, and ensuring sustainability for local farmers.
Eliane RadiSwisscontact Lebanoneliane.email@example.com
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Members' Articles: Focus organic farming
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Gladness BrushSwissaid TanzaniaLinkedIn | firstname.lastname@example.org
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A milestone in peasants’ rights has been reached with the recent adoption of a new special procedure to monitor the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) by the Human Rights Council. The partners of the RAISE project on Human Rights in Food Systems, which is co-financed by SDC, were actively lobbying for the creation of this international monitoring mechanism on the rights of peasants and appreciate this significant step.
Fastenaktion, Switzerland email@example.com
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Myriam HammadiShamba Centre, RwandaLinkedIn | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigeria is by far the most populous country in Africa. Around 225 million people live in the West African state and the population is constantly growing. However, poverty is high and Nigeria's agriculture is under pressure, partly due to global warming. With its 2023 campaign, Mission 21 is focusing on the importance of education for ecologically sustainable development in Nigeria - and also in Switzerland. Watch the video to learn more about the role of education in Nigeria’s future harvest (Article / Video only in German).
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Switzerland and online | December 2023
SDC's Cluster Green
(Food Systems, Climate Change, Water) has been organising a Biodiversity Advent series. This end-of-year cycle of hybrid events has celebrated the diversity of nature’s living resources for people and the planet. In four different sessions guest speakers introduced participants to the importance of biodiversity presenting their area of expertise within the thematic areas of the Cluster Green. The session slides are available for download.
Netherlands | 16-20 October 2023
The Micronutrient Forum’s 6th Global Conference took place online and at The Hague, Netherlands, October 16-20th 2023, with a thematic focus on “Nutrition for Resilience”. The conference provided opportunities to advance integrated research, set new policy and investment priorities and to accelerate progress towards global nutrition and development goals. The Nutrition in City Ecosystems (NICE) project hosted a session entitled “Interventions to Close the Micronutrient Gap in Secondary Cities”.
Burundi | September 2023
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In the present report, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Tlaleng Mofokeng, focuses on food, nutrition, and the right to health. She analyses access to food and nutrition and related clinical and health outcomes, and their reflection of power asymmetries, policy and regulatory frameworks.
A recent publication by
CROPS4HD highlights the great benefits of neglected and underutilized crops (NUS) for human nutrition and as a response to climate change. In view of the International Year of Millets 2023 two NUS millet species, namely fonio and finger millet are presented in more detail with delicious recipes. In addition to their high nutritional value, local species and varieties are often well adapted to local conditions.
Over the last few years, the concept of Food Systems has been gradually gaining visibility, resulting in the September 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. But what do we really mean by 'food systems'? In the current context, how can we have more sustainable and resilient food systems, which allow for and encourage healthy and nutritious diets for all? And most importantly, how will this impact our strategic orientation and interventions? Read the final report to get the answers to those questions.
This factsheet provides an overview of the financial disbursements of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Agriculture and Food Systems during the period 2019 to 2022 and highlights the main financial and thematic trends. Learn more about how the ongoing food crisis and other international development have affected SDC’s work in Agriculture and Food Systems.
Who is who
What do you love, or what is special, about your work?I consider myself a privileged woman with a family, a decent job, and an education. There are women who do not have all three. I feel the world needs to give them hope and tools to charter their own development. I am passionate about designing and implementing pro-poor development projects which have a lasting and sustainable impact beyond the funding that we provide. My work at SDC therefore revolves around the market systems development (MSD) approach which seeks to empower permanent actors in agricultural value chains to better perform their functions so that the system works better for the poor. This is different from an approach where the projects I manage deliver services to value chain actors themselves, but rather build the capacity of the “systems” to provide these services from within the system. I enjoy engaging with different value chain actors (private and public) to co-design win-win activities. The process of co-designing motivates buy in from these actors which makes the implementation of these activities more feasible. They need to believe they can, through small initiatives that get them going. Lately I have broadened my passion to include marginalized, mostly rural youth, without decent education, no jobs, no assets to start a meaningful livelihood, and no hope in the future. We need them to get meaningful opportunities that allow them to contribute to the development of their communities and countries.
What is your favourite quote and why?My favourite quote is “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” I like this quote because it aligns with the market systems development work that I do at SDC. The essence of the MSD approach is to ensure that the poor within market systems do not always gave to depend on external support but should be capacitated to fend for themselves in the long run. That is, most externally funded projects have a set timeframe after which they leave and, in most instances, value chain actors will not have developed the capacity to sustain themselves without external support. This quote speaks against this outcome, and always reminds me that in the work I do, I must ensure that both the project design and implementation always have a realistic exit strategy that leaves project partners better off than we found them, and better able to stands on their own without the need for the same level of external support. Additionally, a better way is support them to participate in markets that allows them to build confidence and be an example to future generations. Market systems development should be the buzzword for all agriculture/economic domain projects.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from your work?The most important lesson I have learnt in my 7 years working at SDC is that sometimes our support has unintended consequences of making our partners expect “free money” instead of an expectation of capacity building. This has made me always be upfront with potential partners to explain our facilitation approach so that they are clear that the objective is not to give them free grants and/or inputs but to support them to afford these services on their own in the long run.
Fauna Ibramogy is an agribusiness specialist with more than 20 years of work experience in agricultural and rural development in Mozambique. Since 2016 she has been a National Program Officer for Economic Development at the Embassy of Switzerland in Maputo, Mozambique. Her role is to provide technical support and managerial guidance to Agricultural value chain and Skill development programmes. She also promotes a gender transformative approach within these programmes and her work has made a significant impact in rural communities across Mozambique. She was responsible for the successful Inovagro and Hortisempre projects that became reference projects for MSD in Mozambique and beyond. InovAgro had a positive impact that culminated in the design of the follow-up project PROMAS. PROMAS will build on InovAgro but also mainstream climate resilience and agroecology practices. She has added youth empowerment through the SIM project, which promotes skills development for rural youth.
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