Monthly Archives: January, 2012

CLIMATE-SMART A G R I C U L T U R E: Managing Ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihoods

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New publication of FAO on the Road to Rio+20 (Source: FAO Newsletter)

Climate-smart agriculture is rooted in sustainable agriculture and rural development objectives which, if reached, would contribute  to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing hunger and improved environmental management. More productive and resilient agriculture is built on the sound management of natural resources, including land, water, soil and  biodiversity. Conservation agriculture,  agroforestry, improved livestock and  water management, integrated  pest management and ecosystem  approaches to fisheries and  aquaculture can all make important  contributions in this area

Publication can be download here: CLIMATE-SMART A G R I C U L T U R E


GIS Training @ IAAS

World has been very pronounced with GIS term, even the planners of Nepal said ‘we need GIS facility on our office and we must be practiced new planning based on information received from GIS’. GIS stands for Geographic Information System, as in this time “Green Economy” is very marketable term. Similarly GIS also pronounced by more and more technical person, actually it is a statistical tools which do not support any branch of science.

I’m grower enthustic student in GIS application from Soil Science and Agri-engineering Department. We altogether six students are involved in this study. When we gained knowledge of  theory background in GIS from our course instructor Assoc. Prof. Keshav Adhikari, really we got chance to apply it from Resource Person Manish Kokh (GIS Specialist of Nepal) in two days training @ IAAS on ArcGIS 10. The two days (18 and 19 January 2012) training was focused on application of GIS on soil classification and mapping.

19 January was very historical day, every time when I moved from Administration building of Rampur Campus to Boys hostel; I was addicted from word “GIS FACULTY- PLEASE USE NEXT DOOR” near the Campus Chief Office. Over the four years stayed @ IAAS, today I got chance to visit GIS lab. As described from Dr. Adhikari, this building was started to use on “Water Management Study Program” in 1992. After the development of curriculum, since 1994 it was used as GIS lab. First it was under the supervision of Dr. Adhikari. When he took vacation for his PhD study, then it was transferred to late Assoc. Prof.  Devi Ghimire and then to the Assoc. Prof. Chandreshwor Sirvastav (still). During earlier period, it has history on success for three batches of IAAS but now it is not on function since last decade.

If we observed inside lab, there is Plotters, Digitizers, Scanner, Printers, Aerial Photographs, Topographs, Library with cataloging, Working hall, 9-10 numbers of Computers. There are well managed electrical cables inside lab. It was with its own vehicle “Irrigation Van-Tempo Traveler”. IAAS is exercised on new university as “Agriculture and Forestry University”, but every thing is in very worst condition due to poor management of administration. If we give small attention with 3-4 lakhs of financial support from college for its mainatinance and repairing, GIS lab could be operated in well management condition. So, there is need of collective efforts to strengthening GIS application program in IAAS.To view more pictures, please click on this link

Call for Papers: International Conference on Forest, Mountain and people 2012

International Conference on Forest, Mountain and people 12-13 December 2012, Sri-lanka

This conference will provide a wonderful opportunity for forest and mountain scientists to meet, exchange information and network.

This Conference will provide a unique forum for participants to explore the many multidisciplinary aspects of forest and mountain science. In addition to the outstanding symposia and contributed papers, this event will feature a broad range of technical, social, and legal topics that are of national and international interest ensuring the sustainability of forest and mountain resources.

Who can Participate?

Policy makers
Forest officials
NGO workers
Master/PhD students

…… and others …..

For more details, please visit or E-mail

AgriCultural Dictionary

All you needed to know about agriculture, but were afraid to ask. So here is link of agriculture dictionary, that will be highly benefit to you.

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Workshop on Empowering South Asian Youth in Peace Activism


Received Email from ICYO

Empowering South Asian Youth in Peace Activism; Feb 4-9, 2012, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha (India)

This is programme is open to those who believe practicing nonviolence by applying at the community level. Those desiring to become facilitators in the process at the grassroot level. We prefer senior youth (Above 25) working with  voluntary organizations, Institutes, Civil Society groups, Committed individuals. 

South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA) works on nonviolence and peace issues in South Asia. There is an identified need for youth from South Asia to learn about peace activism, facilitation skills and social engagement

To this end, SAPA plans a series of 5 day Training in India for Youth from selected youth from  organizations from across South Asia.

This workshop is happening at a time when historic Jan Satyagraha Campaign 2011-2012 (of SAPA partner organization Ekta Parishad, Year long Gandhian action In India.) is in progress. This gives opportunity to be part of this process as a part of non-violent training.

 Participants Targeted: 25 from South Asian countries

For Whom?

This is programme is open to those who believe practicing nonviolence by applying at the community level. Those desiring to become facilitators in the process at the grassroot level. We prefer senior youth (Above 25) working with  voluntary organizations, Institutes, Civil Society groups, Committed individuals.

Last Date for applying Jan 20, 2012, application form enclosed. For any further details write to  

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Tomato-potato cross benefits farmers

Written by: Bob Koigi

For this post, adopted from

Kenyan farmers are benefitting from a breakthrough that allows them to grow tomatoes and potatoes on the same stem through grafting. First trialled by inmates in a Kenyan prison two years ago, and guided by Chinese literature, the hybrid crop – dubbed pomato – allows tomato to be grown on the potato rootstock, producing tomatoes above and potatoes below the soil, on the same plant.

Since approval to distribute the seedlings was granted by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), the prison has recorded brisk business. The prison has also trained thousands of farmers in grafting: “So far we have trained over 2,000 farmers through agricultural shows and those who come to visit the prison gardens,” says Corporal Manene of the Kiambu Prison where the pomato was trialled.

A farmer starts with cutting the potato bud, dissecting the stem for two inches from the bud and inserting the wedge-shaped flowering tomato scion into the dissection before tying it up with a polythene strip. The dissection is done well above the soil level to prevent bacteria and disease-causing organisms from infecting the upper plant. After grafting, the tomato leaves continue making food for the potato tubers beneath the soil. “The crop doesn’t compromise on the quality of the produce at all,” says Dr Habakkuk Mwiti from KARI.

By growing tomatoes and potatoes on the same stem, smallscale farmers are able to maximise use of their plots and save on input costs. “I had been planting fresh produce in my quarter of an acre plot and I was struggling with space,” says Mueni, whose land neighbours the prison. “I have just harvested half a bag of potatoes and half a bag of tomatoes, whereas I used to get quarter of a bag from each. And I have managed to save space for my other produce like kales,” he enthuses.

Call for Abstract: Global Conference on Women in Agriculture

Received email from IFPRI

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) are jointly organizing Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA) on 13-15 March 2012 at National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, Pusa, New Delhi, India in Co-sponsorship with GFAR, FAO, IDRC, TAAS and RAGA. Her Excellency, The President of India has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the Conference. About 300 delegates including the experts from National and International Organizations are expected to attend the Conference. The detailed information is available at . We look forward your kind support and assistance in expediting the following aspects.

Kindly circulate this information among all your colleagues and linked organizations so that concerned Scientists may send ‘Abstracts’ for poster session by January 31, 2012.
Understanding the importance of farm women’s knowledge and their innovations for sustainable agriculture is of immense value. In view of this, on this occasion, it is proposed to bring out a publication on ‘Farm Women Innovators’. You are, therefore, requested to kindly contribute profiles of innovative women farmers of your region. The profiles in the format enclosed herewith may be sent through email by February 5, 2012. We appreciate your earliest response as the time of the Conference is very close by to expedite the process. Your contributions will be duly acknowledged in the publication.
Besides, as one of the themes of the Conference is ‘Linking Women to Market’, it is proposed to organize a market place at Conference venue where, innovative technologies/products will be displayed. Thus, the concerned organizations, commodity groups, associations, self-help groups may contact the organizing secretary immediately to participate and take advantage of this event.
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Call for papers and posters, S3 2012

WSCSD invite paper and or poster presentations by phd, masters and undergraduate students from all over the world. To be considered for presentation interested candidates must submit abstracts that are related to the themes of the summit before February 15 2012.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, contain keywords (max. 5 words), and clearly mention the title and authors with contact information and affiliation. Abstracts should explicitly address background, objectives, methods, results and conclusions. There is no limit on the number of abstracts an author may submit.

Submission of papers
Please send abstract, paper or poster, before the deadlines, to

An evaluation committee will appraise the abstracts, and will notify authors by March 15, 2012. Successful authors will have to submit full paper or poster electronically by June 15 2011.

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E-learning: Food Security Information

This website provides access to a wealth of resources provided by the EC-FAO Programme on Linking Information and Decision Making to Improve Food Security.

Call for Abstract: 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation


Climate change is one of the most important environmental, social and economic issues facing the world today. Despite growing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some impacts such as higher temperatures, more intense floods, droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels are now inevitable. We must plan for and adapt to these changes, to minimize the negative impacts and enhance the benefits to natural systems, societies, and human activities and well-being. This challenges decision making at all levels, from individuals to governments, as well as in business and industry.

Co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona in the southwestern United States and by UNEP’s Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), the conference focuses on adaptation to climate variability and change. The conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents. It will showcase cutting-edge research from around the world, focusing on themes of equity and risk, learning, capacity building, methodology, adaptation finance and investment, and ecosystem based adaptation approaches. It will explore practical adaptation policies and approaches, and share strategies for decision making from the international to the local scale.

This conference follows on the success of the pioneering Climate Adaptation Futures Conference, co-hosted by Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship in Australia in 2010 with nearly 1,000 participants from around the world. Inspired by this 1st conference we hope to build on the community that came together in Queensland and foster a connected, collaborative and creative international network of adaptation researchers, decision makers and interested citizens

Registration and call for Abstracts are now open. Deadline for abstracts January 30, 2012.
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