May 19, 2017   •   News

The April edition of the FACCE-SURPLUS Newsletter is now available. This edition includes information on a research project to develop new barley crops with increased straw material and biomass production, without decreased grain yield.

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April 25, 2017   •   News

The “Sustainable Livestock Production Platform: Higher Productivity with Lower Greenhouse Gas Emission”, meeting was held in Washington DC this month. The meeting was coordinated by CATIE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) of the Government of New Zealand, the Global Research Alliance, and FONTAGRO, with the participation of researchers from public and private institutions and development agencies.

During the meeting, topics of common interest were identified in the countries to establish a coordinated research agenda. Prioritized the design of a three-year action plan and the communication strategy and knowledge management that will accumulate the platform. The platform will also work to mobilize resources for research and innovation, as well as identify initiatives and ongoing projects of participating institutions with promising results that can be replicated. The platform will be open to the incorporation of new actors from the private sector and NGOs working on the issue.

The main objective of the platform is to establish alliances with key audiences to intensify livestock production systems in a sustainable manner, such as a regional research strategy to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change in LAC. The platform will coordinate a regional agenda on the subject and share knowledge and strengthen the capacities of farmers and key audiences in the public and private sector on the issue.

Fundamentally, the platform will collaborate with the formulation and dissemination of policies and the mobilization of resources. The beneficiaries of this project are more than 150 researchers, 400 extensionists and professionals, more than 1000 graduate students, and in the course of university degrees in animal production, veterinary and soil, among others, and more than 10 producer organizations, as well as Decision-makers at national and regional public policy levels.

The platform is initially funded by funds from the agreement between FONTAGRO and MPI to build capacity in the area of GHG measurement in Latin America’s agricultural systems and a project on “Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Climate Networks In LAC, “executed by FONTAGRO and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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April 25, 2017   •   News

The call from our Partner, FONTAGRO, will fund up to US $ 1.2 million in projects to support innovations that meet the growing demand for food without affecting natural resources.

“Innovations for the sustainable intensification of family agriculture in the face of climate change . 

CONTEXT
In the coming decades, one of the greatest challenges facing mankind is how to meet the growing needs of the population in terms of food demand, by increasing the productivity of farming systems in the face of climate change, without affecting natural resources. In that sense, FONTAGRO has decided to promote the development of innovations that promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture and thus contribute to the sustainable production of food with less impact on the environment, especially on soil and water.

FINANCING
The call is made with FONTAGRO’s own resources and will finance up to 4 projects for a total amount of US $ 1.2 million, to support innovation platforms constituted by public and private agents from two or more member countries that work from Coordinated way, also contributing counterpart funds.

The 2017 Call is one of the operating mechanisms of FONTAGRO to support the research and innovation of family agriculture. In this case, the call is aimed at encouraging the development of projects to intensify agricultural production systems in a sustainable way, not only ensuring the natural resource base but also improving them for future generations.

EXAMPLES
Some successful projects co-financed and / or recognized by FONTAGRO in previous calls and contests on intensification are: 
i. Harvesting water: The grail of eco-efficient agriculture . 
Ii. Adapta Sertão: Adaptation to climate change in the hands of the community . 
Iii. Towards a productive and friendly environment . 
Iv. Feeding people and the planet: Maize cultivation in partnership with Inga edulis in Ixcán, Guatemala.  (Page 195)

The closure for profiling is June 30, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern Time.

For more information on the 2017 Call please visit here

For frequently asked questions on calls access here

For inquiries: [email protected]

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ABOUT FONTAGRO
FONTAGRO is a unique mechanism of regional cooperation that promotes the innovation of family agriculture, competitiveness and food security. It was created in 1998 and is made up of fifteen member countries that have contributed with capital close to US $ 100 million. It is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is located at the IDB’s offices in Washington, DC FONTAGRO has cofinanced more than 100 projects and initiatives to its member countries for an approximate amount of US $ 88.7 million, including contributions from other funders and executing institutions. The countries that compose it are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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April 13, 2017   •   News

We are delighted to announce that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Panel has accredited the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases as one of their official observer organisations.

The IPCC is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

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February 23, 2017   •   News

The winter 2017 newsletter from our Partner, Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN), is now available.

This issue includes information about the latest documentary from their YouTube channel of a UK farmer utilising satellite data for precision farming.

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February 16, 2017   •   News

The latest newsletter from our Partner, the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) is now available. This edition includes new funding call and workshop opportunities, and information on their new vice-chairs.

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February 2, 2017   •   News

The first edition of the FACCE-ERA newsletter is now available, and features information on the funding call and related events.

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January 26, 2017   •   News

The January 2017 newsletter of FACCE SURPLUS, a funding call of our Partner FACCE-JPI, includes a new call  on small-scale biorefineries.

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December 21, 2016   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is very pleased to welcome the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE_JPI) on board as a Partner.

FACCE-JPI provides and steers research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change.

Both the GRA and FACCE-JPI aim to enhance information exchange, cooperation, programme alignment and mutual learning of best practices in research programming. Expected collaborative activities include for example the development of joint research projects, programmes or actions, participation of FACCE-JPI representatives in GRA Flagship Projects, exchange on research methods and data sets and cooperation in the dissemination and valorisation of scientific results.

FACCE-JPI and the GRA have already cooperated successfully on several issues:

  • FACCE-JPI launched a Multi-partner Call on GHG Mitigation, with 3 GRA countries (USA, New Zealand, Canada) in January 2013
  • The Secretariats of both initiatives have held ongoing discussions on possible cooperation in soil-related research (in coordination with the 4/1000 research initiative)
  • The Secretariats of both initiatives have shared good practices and approaches for international scientific cooperation.
  • The GRA is represents on the FACCE-JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board.

Out of the 46 GRA members, 15 are also members/associated members in FACCE-JPI.

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Read the new December 2016 FACCE-JAI newsletter