One Acre Fund’s Kenya Factsheet

“It fnally hit me—trees are equal to money!” Florence says, her voice blending into the sound of chirping birds around her.
There is not a single day I will lack anything as long as I still own trees.”

Read more in One Acre Fund’s Kenya Factsheet, which is available at:


Grants, funding and fellowships relating to African agriculture

I hope you’ve noticed that FARA has a page on grants, funding and fellowships relating to Africa, centred on agriculture, but extending to horticulture, climate change and related field.

The Forum for Agricultural research in Africa (FARA) is an apex organization, bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa.

Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries – Learning from the past

The background document to the FAO e-mail conference entitled “Learning from the past: Successes and failures with agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries over the last 20 years” is now available.

The biggest part of the 16-page document provides an overview of the main kinds of agricultural biotechnologies that have been used in the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries in the past and that should be covered in the e-mail conference. See or contact to request a copy. The moderated e-mail conference is open to everyone and runs from 8 June to 5 July 2009. It is hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum and is being held as part of the build up to the FAO international technical conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (ABDC-09). To join the Forum (and also register for the conference), send an e-mail to and enter the following text on two separate lines: subscribe BIOTECH-L subscribe biotech-room4 Forum members wishing to register for the conference should leave out the first line of the above message. For more information, contact

Agriculture and Climate Change

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a new set of briefs on the multitude of interconnections between agriculture and global warming, providing  specific recommendations on mitigation and adaptation. They can be downloaded from IFPRI. Titles include:

  • Agricultural Science and Technology Needs for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Reducing Methane Emissions from Irrigated Rice
  • Direct and Indirect Mitigation Through Tree and Soil Management
  • The Potential for Soil Carbon Sequestration
  • Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Systems
  • The Role of Nutrient Management in Mitigation
  • Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Methodologies for Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use
  • Synergies Among Mitigation, Adaptation, and Sustainable Development
  • The Importance of Property Rights in Climate Change Mitigation
  • The Important Role of Extension Systems
  • Adaptation to Climate Change: Household Impacts and Institutional Responses
  • The Constructive Role of International Trade

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is one of several international research centers supported by the
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
“2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment” is an initiative of IFPRI to develop a shared vision and consensus for action on how to meet future world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment.

Western Kenya Farmers Refuge (WEKFAR)

Western Kenya Farmers Refuge (WEKFAR) is an organization that was founded by three graduates in Agriculture and Biotechnology of the Bukura Agricultural College in Western Kenya. This organization mainly specializes in coming up with agricultural innovations to enhance sustainable agriculture in the Western Province of Kenya. This is by carrying out research work to identify perceived problems at farm level, developing solutions and disseminating them to farmers in order to curb these problems. It works proactively with all stakeholders to provide enhanced knowledge within a challenging environment.