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  • Posted By Everything Hogs
    Aug 16, 2018

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    Call for proposals: Global Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology Program

    Commodities that will receive prioritized consideration for BFS/ARP funding, including under this Addendum to the Agricultural Biotechnology APS, include:

    Cereals (maize, rice, wheat, sorghum, millet)

    Legumes (common bean, cowpea, peanut/groundnut, soya)

    Roots, tubers, and bananas (potato, cassava, banana)

    Horticulture crops (emphasis on horticultural species of broad global or regional relevance to smallholders)

    Livestock (poultry, cattle, small ruminants, fish, dairy)

    Concept notes must be submitted by the deadline of 17 January 2020.

    Illustration Photo: Projects funded through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, funded though USAID and established at Kansas State University, are aimed to help improve the adaptation and resilience of these crops in East and West Africa. (credits: K-State Research and Extension / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Call for applications: Startups with innovative solutions in Smart Agriculture

    The 100+ Accelerator will host and provide funding to start-ups to solve challenges designed to create a more sustainable world for all.

    The 100+ Accelerator is interested in companies that have new technology or solutions for the following:
    Identification, prediction and/or prevention of plant disease and pests, as well as alerts on the changing level of disease pressure and recommended mitigation actions

    Affordable, accessible financial products (e.g. low-interest loan products, crop insurance) designed for smallholder farmers

    Easily accessible, scalable and convenient training for farmers across multiple topics – business management, sustainable farming and financial literacy

    Systems and tools that strengthen the farmers' commercial decision-making and enables alliances and information sharing among farmers

    Remote training for ag extension teams focused on providing locally relevant and up-to-date advisory services to farmers to produce quality crops sustainably

    Tools and technologies to improve harvest and post-harvest processes to improve crop quality and farmer productivity

    Crop damage prevention or mitigation during bad or erratic weather patterns

    Cost-effective precision irrigation technology for crop sprinkler or drip irrigation systems

    Environmentally friendly fertilizers (land or ocean) or fertilizer use optimization with high adoption/ low churn

    Simulation technology to speed plant breeding

    Tools and technologies to improve harvest and post-harvest processes to improve crop quality, minimize post-harvest losses and ultimately improve farmer productivity

    New technology applications for predicting & identify areas of risk before contamination in food or beverage production

    Technology for the selection and sorting of malt barley based on quality parameters to use each grain for the correct product with zero waste and improved crop acceptance rates

    Supply chain transparency for agriculture e.g. organic certification, provenance and chain assurance

    Technology that enables a system of payment for ecological services (i.e. carbon credits) to increase farmer adoption of sustainable practices

    Application Deadline: October 30, 2019

    Illustration Photo: A Tanzanian cassava farmer, left, learns to use a plant disease mobile app developed as part of the PlantVillage initiative led by Penn State researchers. IMAGE: PENN STATE

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    Call for proposals: D-Prize - Quality Seed for Farmers within Sub-Saharan Africa

    New varieties of naturally-bred seeds produce 2-3 times higher yield than old seeds. However, only a small minority of smallholder farmers have access to high-quality seeds.

    D-Prize will award up to $20,000 to a Distribution Entrepreneur who will reliably boost the standard of living of 50 smallholder farmers (cultivating land of 2 hectares or less) by distributing high-quality seed varieties. Winning entrepreneurs will have a vision for growing to support 2,000 farmers over two years.

    Early Submission Deadline: October 20th, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)

    Illustration Photo: Staff explains the benefits of planting improved cassava stems to farmers at Godilogo, Cross Rivers, Nigeria (credits: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Tree Lab: Portable Genomics for Early Detection of Plant Viruses and Pests in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Authors: Laura M. Boykin,Peter Sseruwagi, Titus Alicai, Elijah Ateka, Ibrahim Umar Mohammed, Jo-Ann L. Stanton, Charles Kayuki, Deogratius Mark, Tarcisius Fute, Joel Erasto, Hilda Bachwenkizi, Brenda Muga, Naomi Mumo, Jenniffer Mwangi, Phillip Abidrabo, Geoffrey Okao-Okuja, Geresemu Omuut,Jacinta Akol, Hellen B. Apio, Francis Osingada, Monica A. Kehoe, David Eccles, Anders Savill, Stephen Lamb, Tonny Kinene, Christopher B. Rawle, Abishek Muralidhar, Kirsty Mayall, Fred Tairo and Joseph Ndunguru

    Journal: Genes 2019, 10(9), 632;

    Publisher: MDPI

    In this case study we successfully teamed the PDQeX DNA purification technology developed by MicroGEM, New Zealand, with the MinION and MinIT mobile sequencing devices developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies to produce an effective point-of-need field diagnostic system. The PDQeX extracts DNA using a cocktail of thermophilic proteinases and cell wall-degrading enzymes, thermo-responsive extractor cartridges and a temperature control unit. This closed system delivers purified DNA with no cross-contamination. The MinIT is a newly released data processing unit that converts MinION raw signal output into nucleotide base called data locally in real-time, removing the need for high-specification computers and large file transfers from the field. All three devices are battery powered with an exceptionally small footprint that facilitates transport and setup. To evaluate and validate capability of the system for unbiased pathogen identification by real-time sequencing in a farmer’s field setting, we analysed samples collected from cassava plants grown by subsistence farmers in three sub-Sahara African countries (Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya). A range of viral pathogens, all with similar symptoms, greatly reduce yield or destroy cassava crops. Eight hundred (800) million people worldwide depend on cassava for food and yearly income, and viral diseases are a significant constraint to its production. Early pathogen detection at a molecular level has great potential to rescue crops within a single growing season by providing results that inform decisions on disease management, use of appropriate virus-resistant or replacement planting. This case study presented conditions of working in-field with limited or no access to mains power, laboratory infrastructure, Internet connectivity and highly variable ambient temperature. An additional challenge is that, generally, plant material contains inhibitors of downstream molecular processes making effective DNA purification critical. We successfully undertook real-time on-farm genome sequencing of samples collected from cassava plants on three farms, one in each country. Cassava mosaic begomoviruses were detected by sequencing leaf, stem, tuber and insect samples. The entire process, from arrival on farm to diagnosis, including sample collect...

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    Call for proposals: Grant to strengthen the supply of improved seeds and improved PPP in Central Africa

    The overall goal of SISCA is to enhance reliable access of smallholder farmers to quality cassava planting material and maize seed of superior varieties at the right time and at an affordable price through piloting and expanding inclusive seed business models and seed partnerships in the target countries.

    Through this call for proposals, IFAD will contribute by promoting access of smallholder farmers (female and male), in a sustainable way, to quality seeds through the expansion of a private sector-led seed sector. SISCA will contribute to IFAD’s updated strategy and enhance smallholder farmer productivity and income.

    Dateline for submission: 18 September 2019

    PPP: Public Private Partnership

    Illustration Photo: Corn field in DR Congo (credits: MONUSCO / Jacques Miroza / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    Call for Applications: GOGETTAZ Agripreneur Prize 2019 for young Africans

    GoGettaz is a competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector. If you are a young agripreneur with a pioneering business venture, you could win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help you change your world and transform the agri-food business.

    The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    – Agri-food research & development
    – Primary food production (farming)
    – Crop nutrition
    – Irrigation
    – Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
    – Crop protection
    – Hydroponics or urban farming
    – Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
    – Food processing
    – Packaging or marketing
    – Food retail or service
    – Waste management or recycling
    – Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    – Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    – Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

    Application Deadline: 21 July 2019 at midnight Central Africa Time (CAT)

    Illustration Photo: Super gari, made with locally-grown cassava, in Liberia (credits: Jessie Kalsmith, USAID-BEST Project, Fintrac Inc. July 2014. / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Call for Proposals: Innovation Platforms, Agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to Scale Agricultural Technologies in Africa

    The goal of this call is to competitively provide support to existing/new innovation Platforms, agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to bring technologies to scale on TAAT commodities value chain: rice, wheat, maize, sorghum/millet, cassava, beans, sweet potatoes, fish and small livestock (including poultry).

    This call is only suitable for agribusinesses and multi-stakeholder groups working on the TAAT commodities value chain with business considerations. This call will prioritize the development and operationalization of business cases on the IP using existing technologies and less on conducting research to develop new technologies. As a result of this call, smaller Innovation platforms or clusters may be requested to consolidate into larger operational platforms.

    FARA has some seed funding from the African Development Bank to pilot capacity development support. Furthermore, it proposes to facilitate the development of investment portfolio for consideration at national level through the compilation of the applications to this call. Incremental and phased sub-grant funding and other capacity development support valued up to US $20,000 for a period of two (2) years and are expected to be provided to suitably developed proposals on case by case basis.

    Application Deadline: June 30th, 2019

    Illustration Photo: Tani Fund is experimenting with digital crop management for its partner-farmers. Each lead farmer is given a smart phone loaded with Tani Fund's app, which allows them to send photos and collect data about their crops. The digital element is in its early stages. (credits: UN SG's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Call for Proposals: Innovation Platforms, Agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to Scale Agricultural Technologies in Africa

    The goal of this call is to competitively provide support to existing/new innovation Platforms, agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to bring technologies to scale on TAAT commodities value chain: rice, wheat, maize, sorghum/millet, cassava, beans, sweet potatoes, fish and small livestock (including poultry).

    This call is only suitable for agribusinesses and multi-stakeholder groups working on the TAAT commodities value chain with business considerations. This call will prioritize the development and operationalization of business cases on the IP using existing technologies and less on conducting research to develop new technologies. As a result of this call, smaller Innovation platforms or clusters may be requested to consolidate into larger operational platforms.

    FARA has some seed funding from the African Development Bank to pilot capacity development support. Furthermore, it proposes to facilitate the development of investment portfolio for consideration at national level through the compilation of the applications to this call. Incremental and phased sub-grant funding and other capacity development support valued up to US $20,000 for a period of two (2) years and are expected to be provided to suitably developed proposals on case by case basis.

    Application Deadline: June 30th, 2019

    Illustration Photo: Tani Fund is experimenting with digital crop management for its partner-farmers. Each lead farmer is given a smart phone loaded with Tani Fund's app, which allows them to send photos and collect data about their crops. The digital element is in its early stages. (credits: UN SG's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Call for EOIs: Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa

    The overall goal of the project is to increase the availability of accessible climate smart food for the growing population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The emphasis of the project implementation will be adopting climate smart practices and technologies among smallholder farmers and agro-enterprises, increasing investments and business growth in climate smart value chains, and creating the enabling environment necessary to ensure the large-scale rollout of market-driven climate smart solutions for the agriculture sector. The project aims to transform, reorient and climate-proof agricultural systems and businesses to the new realities of climate change in a select number of value chains.

    Project Objectives

    Adoption of climate smart practices and technologies among 300,000 farmers
    Development of inclusive business cases for 50 agri-business SMEs and 30 cooperatives
    Climate resilient sustainable food production on 600,000 hectares

    Application Deadline: May 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Illustration Photo: On 28 and 29 January 2015 Farmers from CCAFS climate-smart villages and the wider Makueni region, attended the two farmer field days organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), East Africa and other partners working in Makueni. Farmers learned about pearl millet, sorghum, legumes and cassava technologies and later on went to Josephine Sammy’s farm for onsite trials. (credits: S.Kilungu (CCAFS) / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

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