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25 June 2013 Add Comments

A Memorandum of Understanding signed on 21 June 2013 between Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) marks a new chapter in our drive to form strategic alliances with key players in international agricultural research.

CCARDESA is a not-for-profit sub-regional research and development organisation operating from Gaborone, Botswana. With support from member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and agricultural stakeholders and development partners in the region, CCARDESA aims to increase smallholder productivity and competitiveness through initiating or collaborating on research and development projects.

The agreement between CFFRC and CCARDESA follows positive discussions between the two organisations on the way forward for collaborative research.  Drawing on their joint strengths and experiences, it outlines the basis upon which these organisations will co-operate in the development of novel agricultural technologies especially in relation to underutilised crops.  Under the memorandum, the organisations undertake to co-operate in a number of areas including;

  1. Research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses;
  2. Technology development and transfer practices;
  3. Biotechnology;
  4. The development of products and supply chains from underutilised crops;
  5. The promotion of sustainable agriculture;
  6. The contribution of underutilised crops to improved human and animal wellbeing.

Collaboration will include exchanges of staff, resources and knowledge, joint research proposals and staff training and development.

  1. Memorandum Of Understanding - CFFRC & CCARDESA

    Prof. Timothy Simalenga of CCARDESA (left) and Prof. Sayed Azam Ali of CFFRC (right) at the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding



16 April 2013 1 Comment
International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development

International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development

Bioversity International and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will be organising the ”International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development”,  03-04 June 2013 in Beijing, China.

The symposium will focus on the important role of agricultural biodiversity in agroecological intensification for supporting productive and resilient farming systems to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The symposium will also aim to understand the local cultural values in enhancing productivity through the use of traditional crop varieties, traditional farming practices and climate change response strategies.

Please read this PDF document or contact the organising committee directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information. Participants need to submit this registration form to the organisers before 30 April 2013. The local costs of accommodation and food will be covered by the organisers for registered participants presenting scientific posters.

12 October 2009 Add Comments

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will be awarded every other year to an individual, a non-governmental organization (NGO), or a business for developing an outstanding innovation that:

  1. has proven its worth on a small-scale;
  2. is judged to be feasible and applicable on a broader scale or in other communities; and
  3. has high promise of improving rural development, improving nutrition, improving access to clean water, or having a significant impact on water management.

Unlike other “one-time” prizes, awards or honours, the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will commit to the Prize Laureate an investment of up to CHF 500,000 for a specified period of time to assist in the development of the innovation to bring it to scale. That’s what makes the Nestlé Prize unique – a financial commitment that may continue for several years to ensure success.

In addition to helping us meet our long-standing commitment to create value in the communities that we operate, the establishment of the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value is consistent with Nestlé’s commitment to the advancement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the UN Global Compact Principles.

The first Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will be awarded in April 2010. To nominate an individual, an NGO, or a small enterprise for an outstanding innovation in water, nutrition or rural development, please read the Official Rules and use the Nomination Form available on the website: http://www.nestle.com/CSV_Old/CreatingSharedValueAtNestle/NestlePrize/Pages/NestlePrize.aspx. A document with Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 41 kb) about the Nestlé CSV Prize is also available.

Entries will be judged by the Nestle Prize Screening Committee, which will come up with a list of five finalists, based on the selection criteria. The Advisory Board on Creating Shared Value makes a final decision on the Laureate on the recommendation of the Screening Committee.


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22 July 2009 Add Comments

Montpellier, France

Facing the crisis and growing uncertainties, can science and societies reinvent agricultural and food systems to achieve sustainability?

What current changes imply for research is a question that must be addressed collectively. This is why we invite you to join us in this symposium to reflect upon future choices, design appropriate scientific agendas, and help renew actions and policies so that innovation systems can better achieve sustainability.

Researchers from all disciplines are welcome, as well as stakeholders and policy makers, from Northern and Southern countries.

We hope to greet you soon in Montpellier!

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