Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Call for Video Competition: Alltech’s Farming Film Festival 2012


Welcome to the 2nd annual Alltech Farming Film Festival.

If you’re a farmer, tell us your story. If you’re not, find one and tell their story. First prize is $2,000.


This is side event of Alltech’s Annual International Symposium, May 20 – 23, 2012. The Alltech is calling video competition from farmer’s ideas or stories from farmer’s ideas. Video must include a farmer’s ideas on how to prepare for the future of agriculture as our population grows past 9 billion people. Video may be up to 2 minutes in length (including credits).

Post your video at

Winners will be announced during Alltech’s Annual International Symposium, May 20 – 23.
First Prize is $2,000 USD
Second Prize is $500 USD
Third Prize is $250 USD


The deadline for posting your video is May 1st at 11:59PM EST.


Dinesh Panday: Hat-tricked on Alltech Young Scientist Competition

The Alltech Young Scientist Award brings together the world’s brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe. Undergraduate and graduate students are asked to register and submit a scientific paper on a topic involving animal feed technologies, agricultural developments or agriculture management.

A student, Dinesh Panday from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University who had just completed his graduate level in Agriculture (Soil Science) in this February 2012. Panday won as Young Agricultural Scientist (2010 Nepal first place, 2011 Nepal second place and 2012 India Subcontinent Zone second place with $250 USD) which was awarded by Alltech Young Scientist Program, USA.

The program gives students the opportunity to be rewarded for their scientific discoveries and research and to compete internationally at the highest level. The winners of the undergraduate and graduate Alltech Young Scientist will receive a scholarship of $5,000 and $10,000 respectively, as well as a trophy of recognition.

Results are available

Educational Initiative: Alltech Graduate Programme


Alltech,globally leading feed company is announcing a brand new educational initiative that will provide recent graduates with 12 intensive months of experience in one of our international offices. Participants will learn how a global agribusiness is run and gain management skills that will serve them throughout their careers.

The positions will cover several areas including: life sciences, aquaculture, algae, crop science and fermentation technology. Twenty graduates will be selected annually from science, aquaculture, marketing, veterinary science, IT, business and biotechnology backgrounds.

The 12-month, salaried, executive graduate programme will begin with an intensive training period in Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, followed by a structured mentorship in one of our 128 offices around the world.

Alltech’s Graduate Programme brochure

Call for articles: Farmers and their organisations


All over the world farmers work together, in both formal and informal settings. Collective action can help farmers to have their voices heard in the political and commercial arena, to minimise risks, to strengthen their capacities and to secure property rights – all extremely challenging things for individuals to achieve working alone. By grouping together, farmers can build strong track records which can help them obtain financial support. Farmers’ organisations can be instrumental in buying, selling or processing agricultural products in bulk – and they can do this in a sustainable way. Farmers’ organisations can play important roles in developing supply management schemes and various income insurance programmes. Farmers can learn from each other, about production, marketing, rights, etc., and join a platform to learn about others’ experiences. As a group, farmers can exercise more political pressure for change. Yet, even though there are many potential benefits for small-scale farmers who become organised, the logistics and governance of farming organisations can be problematic. Farmer organisations do not automatically benefit everyone in the community: are they, for example, open to everyone, including female farmers? The UN has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives – a common type of farmers’ organisation. Farming Matters will also pay special attention to farmers’ organisations in the September issue. In what different ways do farmers organise? What problems exist in farmers’ organisations and how are these dealt with? Please visit our website and leave your suggestions, comments and ideas on articles for this issue. Articles for the September issue of Farming Matters should be sent to Jorge Chavez-Tafur, editor, before June 1st, 2012. E-mail:

Remember that Deadline: June 1st, 2012.

This post is adopted from

ICIMOD publication- Role of Policy and Institutions in Local Adaptation to Climate Change: Case studies on responses to too much and too little water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Climate change impacts in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are particularly severe owing to the large amount of the population depending on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as agriculture. This publication is a result of ICIMOD’s collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and national partners in China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan since 2008 to document, assess, and – over the long term – strengthen local strategies for adaptation to flood and drought in and downstream from mountain catchments. While policy and research generally assume that adaptation will occur largely through government-led technical interventions, in practice local households and communities are adapting autonomously, through actions that are independent of structured programmes and policy. The study focuses on how policies and institutions can strengthen community adaptation strategies, specifically to climate-related water stress and floods. Building on the findings of an earlier study, Local Responses to Too Much and Too Little Water in the Greater Himalayan Region (ICIMOD 2009), it examines four key themes: small-scale water management and the role of local institutions; agro-forestry diversification and intensification; infrastructural mitigation measures, including embankments to adapt to floods; and livelihood diversification, including migration. The findings of this study will provide key pointers for future policy development.


The soft copy was released at the 6th World Water Forum in France by Sir Ravi Narayanan, Vice-Chair, Asia Pacific Water Forum, Japan on 15 March 2012. The hard copy of the report has been released on the occasion of World Water Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on 22 March 2012.


The full publication can also be downloaded from ICIMOD Books Online


International Workshop on Agribusiness Promotion

Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT), Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FNCCI) and The WorldBank Group/ infoDev is organising workshop on April 8-10, 2012.

The theme for the workshop is “Bringing together technologies, innovations and information for growth and sustainability of agribusiness”. The workshop has the following main objectives:

 To provide a networking platform for successful and emerging agribusinesses, and to offer an opportunity for sharing of experiences and success stories.

 To facilitate exchange of knowledge on the use of information, communication and technologies (ICTs) in enhancing the capacity to strengthen the value chain of agriculture products.

 To solicit ideas in assisting the emerging agribusinesses in conforming to the established norms of regional and international trade.

 To suggest national, regional and international policymakers on the role of public private partnership, ways to improve the business environment and their sustainability, and measures to address technical barriers to trade agreements (TBTs).

Key Topics

• Sustainable linkages between smallholder farmers and agribusinesses

• Enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture business

• Agribusiness incubation and good practice

• Policy and institutional interventions for conducive business environment

• Public-private partnership


Registration is available at

agriculturenepal: Social Network for Nepalese Agriculturists

We are glad to share that social network with prime objective  to gather  students, professionals and other persons releted to agricultural sector in Nepal on single place. This website is still in beta phase and will continuously evolve to provide greater user experience. This site is very similar to facebook in that case to make easy for users whereas it has additional functions like blogs, bookmarks and others.

Agriculture Nepal, a brainchild of few enthusiastic agriculture students and very dedicated IT professionals, aspires to connect agriculture related individuals of Nepal like never before. Simplicity and user friendliness will always be our core mantra to live, learn and grow together with you all.

There are two options for login either from REGISTER  to create account as new user or simply fromfacebook. If you are using register option please use ‘agriculture’ as agricode and you need to validate your account. Then check your mail after new registration and finally enjoy with your active participation. 

We’ll be continuously updated with new informations on agriculture like call for paper, call for abstract, call for proposal and call for grants and supports for agriculturists. We are in belief that this site will be supplementary site to (Agriculture Article Directory). So, please support us with your valuable suggestions and report to admin in case of any issues.

This post is based on views of Santosh Joshi, Sushil Khatiwada, Lok Raj Joshi and Dinesh Adhikari.