Sustainable intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture – Experiences of Smallholder Farmers


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  • INVITATION: Title of the conference open to the public :
    - Finding innovation pathways for Ecological Agriculture and drop down food insecurity
    - Horizon 2020 new challenges & opportunities between Europe and Africa
    Themes :
    -Strengthening capacity building's alliances for transforming Agro food productivity .
    - Developing criteria and capacity for modernizing agriculture
    -Building competency networks in modernizing agro-food to overcome hunger and malnutrition
    --Growing resilience between Agriculture -Nutrition and Health within a gender approach.
    -Advancing in bio-green economy and blu-ocean innovation priorities in Africa
    The Nutra Africa Conference will attend ; project's partners and stakeholders, and representatives of Regional. National or International ,organizations, researches policy makers, jounalists, and SME's of other members of private business sectors.
    Languages of the conference : both Italian and English without translation
    The public conference is open and without any fee.
    • Premeeting H. 16.00-18.00 2014-April 10 afternoon:
    • private project’s “consensus meeting”, restricted to invited project's partners and stakeholders. Theme: Finalizing the NUTRA-AFRICA proposal on the call “Horizon 2020 - SFS.6.2014: Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa. This partners’meeting will be held c/ o Regione Toscana VENUE: HALL Barbarossa - Palazzo Cerretani - I FLAT - Piazza dell'Unità 1 –Firenze (very near to the centralstation of SMN-in Florence)

    • 9.00-13.30 2014/April 11 , morning: public conference, opened to all interested: representatives of Regional, National and International organizations, researches policy makers, journalists, SMEs or other members of private business sectors.

    9.00- 9.15 Welcome od Authorities . Prof. Marco Bellandi – Prorettore Trasferimento Tecnologico e Presidente IUF –UNIFI.
    9.15-9.30 : Introdution of the Conference : Paolo Manzelli , President of EGOCREANET : ' Schifting paradigm of Agro-food Innovation in Africa'. (*)

    9.30 -10.00 OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE dr Raffalele de Lutio Ministry of Foreing Affairs V.Director of a DGMO 13 , Mondialization of MFA for Africa .Concept Paper on SUPPORTING THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN AFRICAN SUBSAHARAN. See
    10.00-10.20 Prof Marco Bindi : Agriculture UNIV. Fitrenze :The role of climate change on the agricultural development of African countries: impacts and adaptation strategies'10.20-10.40 - Leonardo Cannizzaro National Council of Research : 'Advancing in blu-ocean innovation priorities in Africa'. 10.40-11.00- Prof Bruno Biavati -Agriculture Dpt. Univ.of Bologna: 'Development of knowledge about fermented foods used in Africa.'11.00-11.20- Prof Mario Tredici , Agriculture University of Florence , “'Microalgae: a novel source of high-quality food ingredients to combat malnutrition in Africa'11.20-11.40 Roland Poms - ICC ( International . Crops Corporation _ Austria ) CCI partnership for Africa Agriculture innovation 11.40-12.00 , David Alejandro Solano Grima, - Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (ES) and National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) “The contribution of sustainable forestry and agroforestry to food security”,12.00-12.20 - R. C. Gatti, A.Bombelli, CMCC - IAFENT, Viterbo : “CMCC research activites in Africa”; 12.20-12.40 –Mauro Perini .Water Right Foundation 'Towards expo 2015: knowin water to nourish the planet ' ; 12.40 13.00 Roberto Negri : NGO VISIS President : 'Visis, by volunteering a witness from Africa'
    12.40 -13.00 -Closing lecture :Prof. Donato Romano . Faculty Of Economy University of Florence.'The development of agriculture as a contribution to food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa'
    13.00 -13.30 -EFB Consultant Presentation : 'Europe for Business: our role in the project'

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Sustainable intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture – Experiences of Smallholder Farmers

  1. 1. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture – Experiences of Smallholder Farmers   Presentation at a Side Event during FARA Science Week and General Assembly to be held in Accra, Ghana – July 15-20, 2013 1 Dyborn Chibonga NASFAM Chief Executive Officer
  2. 2. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi ‘If agriculture has a final frontier, it is Africa. After agriculture transformations in Asia and Latin America since the 1960s, Africa remains the one place where the farming potential has barely been scratched. African agriculture has less irrigation, less fertilizer use, less soil and seed research, less mechanization, less rural financing, fewer paved farm-to-market roads than any other farming region in the world.’ Roger Thurow, Wall Street Journal, 27 May 2008 2
  3. 3. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Working in Farmer Organized Groups: Strategic Direction for Smallholder Farmers • Smallholder farmers need urgent support for them to work in organized groups so they can produce enough food for their families and extra for their national economies. • These may take the form of farmer clubs, associations, and cooperatives, depending on their needs and local realities. • Such an approach will help them to sustainably integrate in various food and feed value chains. • A case in point is the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM). 3
  4. 4. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi • NASFAM has formed farmer clubs to achieve commercially viable economies of scale and the collective power of voice. • Clubs have integrated to form farmer owned “Associations”, which are better placed to represent the clubs and provide larger-scale marketing and business support to develop smallholder farming as a business. • The Associations legally registered as NASFAM under the Trustees Incorporation Act in 1998. • Currently, NASFAM has mobilised 45 Associations in 19 Districts with 108,000 farmer members. 4
  5. 5. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi • NASFAM believes that “the future belongs to the organised.” • When working in organised groups, smallholder farmers can effectively participate in sustainably intensified agriculture. • There is a lot of merit in the collective approach as opposed to individualism. • Organised farmers form a social network, enjoy economies of scale and speak with one voice to defend their interests in the food and feed value chains. 5 Merits of Working in Organised Groups
  6. 6. 6 Strategic Programme Interventions for Sustainable Intensification Crop Production and MarketingCrop Production and Marketing Farm Input Access Capacity Building Policy and Advocacy Food & Nutrition Security HIV/Aids & Gender IntegrationHIV/Aids & Gender Integration Information and CommunicationInformation and Communication Rural Infrastructure DevelopmentRural Infrastructure Development Adult Literacy/Numeracy Linkages to Service Providers Conservation AgricultureConservation Agriculture Governance Leadership and Democratic Institutions Monitoring Evaluation & Communication Value Added Processing
  7. 7. National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Conclusion • Agriculture is the main occupation of the majority of Africa’s population. • Smallholder farmers represent a vast powerhouse that needs to be supported to realize its potential for sustainable intensification • Organised farmers can be mobilized to address challenges of modern agriculture and treat farming as business in order to take part in agriculture food and feed value chains. • Africa is the last frontier of the 21st Century in which its vast resources and people can be harnessed to produce enough quantities and quality required to feed a growing world population. 7
  8. 8. Thank You Zikomo! ““The future belongs to the organized”The future belongs to the organized”