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RFLC Home - Rural Finance Learning Center (RFLC)

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RFLC - Rural Finance Learning Center
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Rural Finance is about providing financial services for people living in rural areas. This Learning Centre aims to assist organisations in developing countries to build their capacity to deliver improved financial services which meet the needs of rural households and businesses. This is a one stop portal for Rural Finance learning for those working with rural communities.

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Experts to chart the way forward for a stronger banana sub-sector at inaugural Banana Conference

 

 

More than 300 experts will convene in Nairobi to discuss key issues affecting the banana sector

 

By CAADP Journalist 

More than 300 experts including top leaders from the Ministry of Agriculture, agricultural research institutes, non-governmental organizations, regional bilateral institutions, development partners, financial institutions and farmer organizations will convene at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Headquarters, in Nairobi to discuss key issues affecting the banana sector.

 

The conference is themed: “Fostering Partnerships for an Improved Banana Subsector in Kenya” and is jointly convened by the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP), the Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (http://www.agra.org).

 

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Highlighting the government’s increasing recognition of the banana sub-sector’s contribution to food security and income generation, Hon. Felix Koskei, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development will officially launch the Banana Sector Development Strategy during the conference.

 

“The government is proud to launch Banana Sector Development Strategy and participate in today’s conference. We look forward to increased incomes and food security for growers from a strengthened banana sub-sector,” says Hon. Koskei.

 

Delegates will focus on how best to address issues hampering the growth of the banana sub-sector and jointly identify practical solutions that will facilitate a more coordinated banana sub-sector. Specifically, the delegates will evaluate the value chain from production to post harvest management, marketing and value addition through processing.

 

“AGRA is proud to be associated with the Banana Growers Association of Kenya as it is providing an important platform to making a real difference in the productivity and profitability of smallholder banana growers in Kenya. AGRA will continue working with the BGAK and other stakeholders to improve the banana value chain – from supporting the production and uptake of improved planting materials to promoting better postharvest management practices such as quality grading, storage and collective marketing,” says Jane Karuku, AGRA President.

 

Through its Farmer Organizations Support Center in Africa (FOSCA) and Market Access Programs, AGRA is supporting 23 produce aggregation centers across Kenya, owned and managed by farmer groups where they come together to learn about the need to start with quality planting materials and good soil fertility, effective postharvest management and collective marketing. These groups have been connected to the mobile money network and this has greatly increased their access to real-time price information and convenience in transacting with buyers. This initiative has seen both the productivity and profitability of banana farmers rise.

 

“The BGAK aspires to grow from strength to strength as the voice of the banana smallholder farmer in Kenya. This conference is just the beginning in encouraging networking and collaboration among all stakeholders to improve the banana value chain for the growers and various consumers, including processors,” says Thomas Mwangi, Chair, BGAK.

 


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This is great as it will revive the Banana Value Chain in Africa

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Social Media Reporting to improve my Knowledge Management Skills!

Social Media Reporting to improve my Knowledge Management Skills! | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Social Reporting at the ICT4Ag conference
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ICTs: helping farmers make most of produce

ICTs: helping farmers make most of produce | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
By DOREEN NAWA THE use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has expanded opportunities for small scale farmers aiming to extend their agri-businesses into viable and sustainable ones.

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A “Champion of Change” teaches free computer coding to youth

A “Champion of Change” teaches free computer coding to youth | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Rebecca Garcia says she was hooked on computers and video games ever since her godfather gave her a hand-me-down computer … Read More (A “Champion of Change” teaches free computer #coding to #youth by @KristinaPuga

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WB president: We Must Confront Climate Change to End Poverty

WB president: We Must Confront Climate Change to End Poverty | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp.

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Farm mechanization & conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification project launched

Farm mechanization & conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification project launched | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it

If asked “What is the most limiting factor to cereal production in sub-Saharan Africa,” most agronomists would say water, nitrogen, or phosphorus. Could farm power also have a place in this list? From 25 to 30 March 2013, a multidisciplinary group of 40 agronomists, agricultural engineers, economists, anthropologists, and private sector representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, India, and other countries attended a meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, to officially launch the ‘Farm Mechanization & Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification’ project, supported by the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) and managed by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).


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Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers

Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Jelle Van Loon breaks tools for a living.

At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center outside Mexico City, which is known by the Spanish acronym CIMMYT, the shaggy-sideburned enginee...

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World wheat crop could hit record levels

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At this early stage in the marketing year, it is unknown how overall supply factors will turn out and influence the wheat market.

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Is Twitter Helping or Harming Political Journalism?

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Salon editor in chief Kerry Lauman speaks about how reporters should treat political coverage in the time of Twitter.
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A List of Great Android Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of Great Android Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it

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To those asking for educational apps to use on their Android, here is a great listly list created by Jeff and includes some of the most popular Abdroid apps for teachers and educators. Check it out below and let us know what you think of it. Enjoy

Jose Cabanas's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:04 AM

When it comes to apps for our mobile smartphones, it is usually found a significative trouble: the lack of RAM memory and storage capacity :-)

 

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African women particularly impacted by climate change

African women particularly impacted by climate change | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it

African women walk for miles across harsh terrain to find clean water sources, planting and harvesting crops through scarcity and drought. Climatic disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and landslides, can separate families, exposing women to human trafficking, hunger, and loss of life in a matter of moments.

 

Women must be an integral part of the climate change discussion in Africa, says the United Nations Initiative of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. Yet, women are rarely involved in forming climate change policies.

 

More than 80 percent of African women work in agriculture; approximately 95 percent of the continent relies on agriculture for its livelihood. Women are thus key figures in economic development, and should be key figures in developing preventative measures or plans for repairing the damage caused by climate change, says the U.N. 

 

According to the U.N. website, it is “imperative that a gender analysis be applied to all actions on climate change and that gender experts are consulted in climate change processes at all levels, so that women’s and men’s specific needs and priorities are identified and addressed.”


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Small-scale farming - simple, successful, sustainable: iLIVE - Times LIVE

Small-scale farming - simple, successful, sustainable: iLIVE - Times LIVE | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.
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Training women to train others: a smart way to ...

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90 Nepalese women trained to train others and spread the message about climate change and agriculture @cgiarclimate http://t.co/kwaTklBtLb (Training women to train others..

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Report: Climate change may pose threat to economic growth

Report: Climate change may pose threat to economic growth | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Nearly a third of the world's economic output will come from nations highly or extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts within 12 years, says a report.

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FAO : Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

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18 June 2013, Lusaka/Rome - The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zambia launched a four-year, €11 million
programme to increase crop production and productivity of over 300 000 small-scale farmers by promoting practices based on conservation agriculture.


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How youths can use ICT to support agriculture and rural development? | e-Agriculture

How youths can use ICT to support agriculture and rural development? | e-Agriculture | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
RT @wsisprocess: How youth can use #ICT to support #agriculture and rural #development? http://t.co/cUsvpXik8I #ict4ag #WSIS

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Tillage erosion can impact yields

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Unlike water erosion, tillage erosion is not strongly affected by slope length. Therefore, in hilly regions that have many changes in slope, tillage erosion can be the dominant erosive force, explains Thomas Schumacher, retired South Dakota State University plant science professor.


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Back to the basics: Fighting hunger with conservation agriculture in western Zambia

Back to the basics: Fighting hunger with conservation agriculture in western Zambia | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it

Matumbo Yembe, 44, like so many Zambians, lives off the radar. Her right leg withered and weak, Matumbo was tragically crippled as a child from polio and moves around with the help of a stick. She has scratched out a living doing whatever piecemeal work she could to get by. Because she lives alone and has little or no social connections, Matumbo, never benefited from any aid programs—that is until she was introduced to conservation agriculture.


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Conservation agriculture will play a key role in feeding future populations

Conservation agriculture will play a key role in feeding future populations | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Sarah Jaibes isn’t a soil scientist, or an international development expert, but she knows a lot about how to make small farms work and what it will take to feed nine billion people by 2050. The Zi...

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Worst wheat harvest for a decade

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Bad weather over the last year has left many farmers facing one of the worst wheat harvests in Britain for more than a decade.

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Argentine wheat safe for now from late winter frost

Argentine wheat safe for now from late winter frost | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
A late-winter cold snap in Argentina raised concern about the country's recently sown wheat crop at a time of high world demand and soaring local prices, but local experts said on Monday that the low temperatures have done little or no damage.

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Revolution in Egypt Captured Through the Eye of a Camera

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A 23-year-old photographer from Egypt has documented the country's political upheaval since 2011. His photos capture humanity amid chaotic violence.
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10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From | ICT, Agriculture and Rural Development | Scoop.it
Like flowers in early spring, new social media job openings are sprouting across industries as companies of all sizes look to create or expand their social squads.

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FAO - News Article: Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

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RT @BioversityLib: FAO - News Article: Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia http://t.co/8Dn1jhPkDf

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