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Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can’t obtain permits. This undermines efforts to boost farming production and meet economic growth goals.

The study examined water permit systems in five African countries: Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The permit system was introduced by colonial powers in the 1920s. They were designed to regulate water use in the interests of the colonial project by granting permits only to white settlers.

These systems established minority ownership of a natural resource that was vital for economies dependent on agriculture. African customary water arrangements were ignored and over-ridden.

These colonial style permit systems are still in use across the countries that were examined, and elsewhere in Africa. As a result, legal access to water through permits remains biased towards a few large users, such as large-scale irrigated farms, mines and industries, who are able to navigate the complicated and expensive process of permit application.

At the same time, customary regimes are expanding in informal rural economies, where millions of small and micro-scale water users invest in water infrastructure for self-supply and water sharing. Farmer-led irrigation development is the backbone of food security.

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A farmer weeding his maize crop south of Harare, Zimbabwe. EPA/ Aaron Ufumeli

The bad news is that permit obligations have expanded to cover all water users, even those using small pumps to irrigate a few hectares. Small-scale water users who don’t have permits are, according to the legal texts, effectively committing an offence which carries a penalty of being fined, jailed or both.

The micro-scale users who are exempted from requiring a permit have a weaker legal status than permit holders. So women who irrigate vegetables for family nutrition at their homesteads, for example, have no way to safeguard their water uses. They have to compete for water with large-scale users with permits.

There’s a way to address this.

The hybrid solution

A guide for African policymakers has been developed that proposes a “hybrid approach” to deal with the problem. Instead of providing legal protection to a few, the approach recognises water uses governed by customary laws at equal legal standing as permits.

This is a suitable way for small-scale water users to invest in infrastructure and solve water sharing conflicts. And prioritisation of water uses that’s aligned with national goals and constitutional commitments protects the most vulnerable.

This approach is administratively lean. By targeting existing permits to regulate large-scale water users and integrating this with alternative arrangements for small-scale users, the administrative burdens that disadvantage many under the current systems can be overcome.

Collective permits where possible and appropriate would also be effective. This could preserve customary arrangements and protect local small-scale water users. It could overcome the bureaucratic hurdles faced by small scale users and lessen the burden on governments to implement individual permit systems.

A system built for purpose

In practice, a hybrid approach to regulating water use is already in use because water authorities lack the resources to raise awareness and to process and enforce millions of permits.

In Uganda, they refer to this practical focus on large-scale water users as the “20-80” practice. It focuses on the 20% of water users that use 80% of the water. In Kenya, targeted permitting has been formalised. Water users are categorised from A to D, depending on the impact their water use has, and they are regulated accordingly. However, the legal protection for small-scale users still remains unaddressed.

Ending hunger on the continent calls for a rethink of current water rights systems, and the implementation of systems built for purpose that recognise, prioritise and protect the water use of millions of small scale water users.

Barbara Schreiner, the executive director of the Pegasys Institute, contributed to this article.The Conversation

Originially published by Barbara van Koppen Researcher, International Water Management Institute on GroundUp.

Environment-friendly hybrid seeds will boost food security, says biotechnologist – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

Environment-friendly hybrid seeds will boost food security, says biotechnologist – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

A biotechnology expert, Mrs Eniyekpemi Ebimoboere, has said that development of environment-friendly hybrid seeds will boost production of local vegetables and food security in the country.

Ebimoboere, the CEO of Afritropic Farming and Agric Services, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Lagos.

She said the availability and development of the hybrid seeds would help tackle malnutrition and health challenges among Nigerians.

“The development of hybrid seeds plays a major role in boosting food security in the country.

“Hybrid seeds also help in the fight against malnutrition because it is very important to have vegetables to support our highly carbohydrate-based diet.

“This is possible when individuals purchase these hybrid seeds and cultivate these vegetables around their homes.

“With this hybrid seed technology Nigerians can eat healthy with the availability and accessibility of highly nutritious vegetables. We can tackle food insecurity across the country,” she said.

She harped on the necessity of developing the seeds and how compliant they were to the soil in any environmental location.

“Most conventional vegetable crops like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and onions may not thrive in the South-West or South-South as much as they will in the northern region of the country.

“That is why we have worked on these hybrid vegetal seeds to improve seeds so that they can stand the environmental and climate conditions in all parts of the country.

“They are hybrid seeds and not Genetically Modified seeds (GMOs), they are conventionally processed. These seeds are bred to suit the environment,’’ she said.

She added that they had low health risks, more qualitative, affordable and nutritious among other advantages.

“We develop these hybrid seeds to ensure the presence of nutritious vegetable in local meals across the country.

“We like seeing quality produce and that is why we organise trainings and seminars on the benefits of these hybrid seeds.

“Hybrid seeds have varieties and the number one benefit is that their yield is far higher than what the conventional seeds would produce.

“Hybrid seeds also have shorter duration in crop production than regular seeds.

“For example, our hybrid cucumber seedlings when planted can be harvested within forty-five days, it is healthy, and the yields are high in quality,” she said.

By Mercy Omoike

Lai Mohammed Laments State Of Food Security In North East | Naija News

Lai Mohammed Laments State Of Food Security In North East | Naija News

Lai Mohammed Decries Child Malnutrition Across The Globe

The high rate of malnutrition in the country has called for increased investment in nutrition, the minister of culture and information, has said.

Mohammed who decried the level of malnutrition among children across Nigeria especially in the northeast, said child malnutrition is a large burden to any country across the world.

The minister who spoke today at a media dialogue on child malnutrition organised by United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Yola, Adamawa state capital, therefore said there is need for continued investment in child nutrition to safeguard the nation’s future.

Represented by the Head of Child Rights Information Bureau of the Ministry of Information, Olumide Osanyinpeju, the minister also said to address the challenges faced by malnutrition in Nigeria there is need for the creation of awareness and understanding of the challenges of resource allocation for food and nutrition security.

“There is need for investing in child malnutrition for the future, raising awareness and understanding on the problem of malnutrition in Nigeria and resource allocation for food and nutrition security at all levels.

“It is imperative to combat Malnutrition, because it can cause death in young children, particularly those under five years of age. There should be concerted effort to fight malnutrition out in totality to ensure the attainment of desired results.” he said.

He added that there should be concerted effort to fight malnutrition out in totality from Nigeria in order to ensure the attainment of desired results.

The minister also said addressing nutrition challenges is one of the ways through which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved.

He said investment in nutrition will help reduce the negative trend of malnutrition for healthy life of children across Nigeria.

His words,  “Malnutrition is a large burden to a country, and tackling Malnutrition entails empowering and educating people. Improved nutrition is the key to improved national and human development and this can be done by educating the populace and creating a positive approach towards nutrition.

“We have to define the strategic objectives of improving food security at the national level, community and household levels.

“It is necessary that awareness be created among Nigerian populace especially for mothers; both lactating and non-lactating mothers to give – within the first six months of birth – breast milk which is enough for the infant as nutrition is the key to national development,” he added.

He therefore charged the media to help share the vision, “to see that every citizen has food that is nutrition secured by mobilizing people at grass root level to know their rights with regards to food by involving policy makers.”

“Work with the government and see how to tackle the issue of stunting, wasting and obesity to its minimal level. Journalists should come together in leadership to take actions on malnutrition for a better growth and well-nourished Nigeria in the future,” he also added.

Also speaking, a communication officer for UNICEF, Sam Kalu, said the major objective of the workshop is to sensitize the media and Nigeria at large on the current situation of child malnutrition in the conflict affected area.

According to Kalu, government at all level needs to do more with partners to invest to end cases of child malnutrition for the future.

In his presentation, A nutrition consultant Bamidele Omotola said the insurgency in the northeast is the main driver of malnutrition in that area.

He expressed concern that insurgency has caused high food insecurity, increasing spread of endemic disease, loss of livelihoods among others.

He noted that more partners support will be needed to end malnutrition in the country, as the government cannot do it alone.

Reason and ordinance: The National Food Security Bill | PRS – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

Reason and ordinance: The National Food Security Bill | PRS – Ireti Adesida – Ireti Adesida

Freight traffic: Railways majorly transports bulk freight, and the freight basket has mostly been limited to include raw materials for certain industries such as power plants, and iron and steel plants. It generates most of its freight revenue from the transportation of coal (43%), followed by cement (8%), food-grains (7%), and iron and steel (7%). In 2018-19, Railways expects to earn Rs 1,21,950 crore from its freight traffic.

Passenger traffic:  Passenger traffic is broadly divided into two categories: suburban and non-suburban traffic.  Suburban trains are passenger trains that cover short distances of up to 150 km, and help move passengers within cities and suburbs.  Majority of the passenger revenue (94% in 2017-18) comes from the non-suburban traffic (or the long-distance trains).

Within non-suburban traffic, second class (includes sleeper class) contributes to 67% of the non-suburban revenue.  AC class (includes AC 3-tier, AC Chair Car and AC sleeper) contributes to 32% of the non-suburban revenue.  The remaining 1% comes from AC First Class (includes Executive class and First Class).

Railways’ ability to generate its own revenue has been slowing

The growth rate of Railways’ earnings from its core business of running freight and passenger trains has been declining.  This is due to a decline in the growth of both freight and passenger traffic.  Some of the reasons for such decline include:

Freight traffic growth has been declining, and is limited to a few items

Growth of freight traffic has been declining over the last few years.  It has declined from around 8% in the mid-2000s to a 4% negative growth in mid-2010s, before an estimated recovery to about 5% now.

The National Transport Development Policy Committee (2014) had noted various issues with freight transportation on railways.  For example, Indian Railways does not have an institutional arrangement to attract and aggregate traffic of smaller parcel size.  Further, freight services are run with a focus on efficiency instead of customer satisfaction.  Consequently, it has not been able to capture high potential markets such as FMCGs, hazardous materials, or automobiles and containerised cargo.  Most of such freight is transported by roads.

The freight basket is also limited to a few commodities, most of which are bulk in nature.  For example, coal contributes to about 43% of freight revenue and 25% of the total internal revenue.  Therefore, any shift in transport patterns of any of these bulk commodities could affect Railways’ finances significantly.

For example, if new coal based power plants are set up at pit heads (source of coal), then the need for transporting coal through Railways would decrease.  If India’s coal usage decreases due to a shift to more non-renewable sources of energy, it will reduce the amount of coal being transported.  Such situations could have a significant adverse impact on Railways’ revenue.

Freight traffic cross-subsidises passenger traffic

In 2014-15, while Railways’ freight business made a profit of about Rs 44,500 crore, its passenger business incurred a net loss of about Rs 33,000 crore.17  The total passenger revenue during this period was Rs 49,000 crore.  This implies that losses in the passenger business are about 67% of its revenue.  Therefore, in 2014-15, for every one rupee earned in its passenger business, Indian Railways ended up spending Rs 1.67.

These losses occur across both suburban and non-suburban operations, and are primarily caused due to: (i) passenger fares being lower than the costs, and (ii) concessions to various categories of passengers.  According to the NITI Aayog (2016), about 77% to 80% of these losses are contributed by non-suburban operations (long-distance trains).  Concessions to various categories of passengers contribute to about 4% of these losses, and the remaining (73-76%) is due to fares being lower than the system costs.

The NITI Aayog (2016) had noted that Railways ends up using profits from its freight business to provide for such losses in the passenger segment, and also to manage its overall financial situation.  Such cross-subsidisation has resulted in high freight tariffs.  The NTDPC (2014) had noted that, in several countries, passenger fares are either higher or almost equal as freight rates.  However, in India, the ratio of passenger fare to freight rate is about 0.3.

Impact of increasing freight rates

The recent freight rationalisation further increases the freight rates for certain key commodities by 8.75%, with an intention to improve passenger amenities.  Higher freight tariffs could be counter-productive towards growth of traffic in the segment.  The NTDPC report had noted that due to such high tariffs, freight traffic has been moving to other modes of transport.  Further, the higher cost of freight segment is eventually passed on to the common public in the form of increased costs of electricity, steel, etc.  Various experts have recommended that Railways should consider ways to rationalise freight and passenger tariff distortions in a way to reduce such cross-subsidisation.

For a detailed analysis of Railways revenue and infrastructure, refer to our report on ‘State of Indian Railways’.

Scientists call for eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action and food security | EurekAlert! Science News

Scientists call for eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action and food security | EurekAlert! Science News

IMAGE: Global action to increase soil carbon is essential for climate and food security, scientists say.

Credit: (Photo: C Schubert, CCAFS) Link:

Leading scientists call for action to increase global soil carbon, in advance of the annual climate summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland (COP24) and World Soil Day (5 Dec).

The amount of carbon in soil is over twice the amount of carbon found in trees and other biomass.

But one-third of the world’s soils are already degraded, limiting agricultural production and adding almost 500 gigatons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, an amount equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 216 billion hectares of U.S. forest.

Modalities for climate action in agriculture will be addressed 3 December at the first workshop of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, a breakthrough initiative of the 2017 UNFCCC climate negotiations.

In a commentary piece, Put More Carbon in Soils to Meet Paris Climate Pledges, published today by the journal , climate change and agricultural scientists who serve on the science and technical committee of the organization 4 per 1000 describe a path for recuperating soil carbon stocks to mitigate climate change and boost soil fertility. The scientists suggest that the KJWA formally commit to increasing global soil organic carbon stocks through coordination and activities related to eight steps.

The eight steps are:

1. Stop carbon loss – Protect peatlands through enforcement of regulations against burning and drainage.

2. Promote carbon uptake – Identify and promote best practices for storing carbon in ways suitable to local conditions, including through incorporating crop residues, cover crops, agroforestry, contour farming, terracing, nitrogen-fixing plants, and irrigation.

3. Monitor, report and verify impacts – Track and evaluate interventions with science-based harmonized protocols and standards.

4. Deploy technology – Use high-tech opportunities for faster, cheaper and more accurate monitoring of soil carbon changes.

5. Test strategies – Determine what works in local conditions by using models and a network of field sites.

6. Involve communities – Employ citizen science to collect data and create an open online platform for sharing.

7. Coordinate policies – Integrate soil carbon with national climate commitments to the Paris Agreement and other policies on soil and climate.

8. Provide support – Ensure technical assistance, incentives to farmers, monitoring systems, and carbon taxes to promote widespread implementation.

A joint forum for coordinated action and funding to close research gaps is needed, the scientists argue. The eight steps also inform the KJWA’s next workshop (June 2019), which will address soil carbon.

“Taking steps to increase global soil carbon requires multi-stakeholder collaboration at the science-policy interface. 4p1000 initiative, which has 281 partners from 39 countries, is showing how such collaboration can be used to address sustainable development goals in an integrated way,” said Cornelia Rumpel, lead author of the commentary and Research Director of the National Research Center at France’s Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Co-author Farshad Amiraslani, Remote Sensing Specialist and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, is concerned with how lack of coordination among stakeholders and no comprehensive database is hindering the impact of land restoration efforts. We need to apply satellite imagery to capture changes occurring at large scales more frequently and cost-effectively, he said.

“We are amassing a rich body of knowledge on how to increase soil carbon stocks,” said Claire Chenu, a Professor of Soil Sciences at AgroParisTech. “But further research is needed. For example, we know root systems make an important contribution to soil carbon stocks, but we are still researching how specific crops with deep roots, vs. cover crops, vs. agroforestry systems differentially contribute to increasing soil carbon. We need more data on the effects of agricultural practices in different ecosystems.”

“Challenges to achieving large-scale carbon sequestration include nutrient limits, inadequate farmer incentives and lack of organic matter in some places, but even impacts at lesser scales will benefit the climate and food security,” said co-author Lini Wollenberg, Low Emissions Development Leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Research Professor at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment.

“The potential benefits are too large to ignore,” Wollenberg said.

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Výsledky průzkumu Global Food Security Index pro rok 2018. –

Vydává the Economist Intelligence Unit a Corteva AgriscienceTM, zemědělská divize DowDuPont

Výsledky ukazují na posun směrem k pevnějším opatřením pro dosažení zabezpečení potravin

Corteva AgriscienceTM, zemědělská divize DowDuPont, a The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), oznámily výsledy průzkumu Global Food Security Index (GFSI) pro rok 2018. Zpráva, sponzorována společností Corteva Agriscience, poskytuje obecné schéma k pochopení hlavních příčin potravinové nezabezpečenosti. Singapur poprvé zaujímá přední příčku dle hodnocení GFSI pro rok 2018, a to částečně z toho důvodu, že HDP na jednoho obyvatele se od roku 2012 zvýšilo téměř o 30 %, zatímco procento spotřebovaných potravin na domácnost je 6,9.

Ke zvýšenému HDP má Singapur navíc nejnižší zemědělský dovozový tarif ze všech zemí zahrnutých do indexu.

Kritéria měření GFSI jsou nastavena podle zkoumání dynamiky potravinových systémů a dopadu na změnu životního prostředí. GFSI je jediné měřítko, které zkoumá zabezpečenost potravin s ohledem na jejich finanční dostupnost, obecnou dostupnost a kvalitu napříč 113 zeměmi, z nichž ve většině působí Corteva Agriscience.

Zpráva vypovídá o tom, že nízko a středně-nízko příjmové země zažívají nejmarkantnější výsledky během posledního roku, což signalizuje posun k pevnějším opatřením pro dosažení zabezpečenosti potravin. Lepší zemědělská infrastruktura a zvýšená schopnost nakrmit rozrůstající se populaci se připisují vývoji kupředu.

Dopad na životní prostředí

V roce 2017 vyhlásil GFSI novou kategorii životního prostředí, jež bere v potaz potřebu ochrany zdrojů, přizpůsobení klimatickým změnám a trvale udržitelných zemědělských postupů. Zvažováním faktorů, jako jsou teplotní změny, odlesnění půdy a vyčerpání vodních zdrojů, se kategorie Přírodních zdrojů a jejich  udržitelnosti využívá k měření budoucího dopadu na životní prostředí ve státech v rámci GFSI. V rámci GFSI kategorie Přírodních zdrojů a jejich udržitelnosti za rok 2018 zaznamenává stav zemí z vyšší příjmové skupiny průměrně větší pokles než ostatní příjmové skupiny. Tato rizika však představují hrozbu, na jakou se musí připravit všechny země.

“Přidáním kategorie Přírodních zdrojů a jejich udržitelnosti získali světoví lídři další způsob, jakým měřit bezpečnost potravin, a zároveň i to, jaké dlouhodobé následky mají naše aktivity ve smyslu klimatických změn,” sdělil Jerry Flint, vedoucí oddělení Světové iniciativy & Udržitelnosti ve společnosti Corteva Agriscience. “Monitoringem rizik, kterým se vystavujeme, se mohou zemědělští lídři lépe připravit na nepříznivé časy. To, že budeme znát způsob, jak tyto rizikové faktory spolupracují navzájem, ale i nezávisle na sobě, nám umožní některá rizika snížit a vybudovat budoucnost s větší odolností potravin.”

GFSI dospěl k přesvědčení, že světové klimatické změny už nyní znesnadňují podmínky potravinové výroby a distribuce, čímž vytváří nové a bezprecedentní výzvy. Díky tomuto nezmapovanému teritoriu je složité předvídat, a tím pádem se klade větší důraz na odolnost potravinových systémů.

Změny hodnocení

Přes změny v GFSI pro rok 2018, týkající se finanční i obecné dostupnosti, se celková hodnota kvality a zabezpečenosti potravin snížila, a to z části kvůli snížené rozmanitosti potravin a nižšímu obsahu proteinu. Současné trendy životosprávy, nutriční strategie a regály obchodů s potravinami se zlepšují. Výsledky průzkumu však poukazují na to, že země mohou toho do budoucna dělat pro zajištění bezpečnosti a zdraví potravin více, především s ohledem na rizika kontaminace v rámci celosvětového potravinového řetězce.

Již druhým rokem v řadě hodnoty měření GFSI Spojených států poklesly. Spojené státy si drží přední příčku z roku 2012 a 2016, nyní jsou na třetím místě spolu s Velkou Británií. Pokles v hodnotách zrcadlí nižší míru vylepšení (85.0 v roce 2018) ve srovnání se svými kolegy, nejedná se však o pokles v rámci celkového hodnocení (84.6 v roce 2017). Hodnocení politické stability země od roku 2016 pokleslo, čímž se brzdí kroky k dosažení potravinové zabezpečenosti, jež byly provedeny mezi roky 2016 a 2018. Hrozba obchodních hranic by mohla navýšit ceny potravin, což by znamenalo další dopad na hodnocení.

Jak si stojí Česká republika

Při hodnocení GFSI dosáhla Česká republika 24. místa z celkových 113 zemí, přičemž činilo skóre 76,1 z maximálních 100 bodů. Oproti loňskému (75,9) a předloňskému (75,3) roku si tedy opět polepšila a co se týká celkového skóre v hlavních kategoriích, drží se v první třicítce: 26.místo v rámci finanční dostupnosti, 24.místo v obecné dostupnosti a 29.místo v kategorii bezpečnosti a kvality. Celkově se umístila lépe než sousední Slovensko nebo Polsko, ale hůře než Německo (11.místo) či Rakousko (14.místo).

Česko vykazuje během posledních let výraznou změnu k lepšímu, jelikož poslední tři roky zažívá hodnota GFSI v zemi růst, který patří k největším v rámci hodnocených evropských států. Má velmi dobře vyřešené skladování potravin a vykazuje nízké množství potravinového odpadu v rámci sklizní. Podle hodnocení mají čeští farmáři výborný přístup k financování a země si bezpečnost a zabezpečení potravin dobře hlídá programy.

Zároveň se dlouhodobě rostoucí ekonomika a rekordně nízká nezaměstnanost odráží ve výdajích domácností na potraviny, které jsou poměrně vysoké ve srovnání se západoevropskými zeměmi. Z hlediska možného narušení politické stability země hovoří globální index o mírně zvýšené hodnotě u České Republiky, podobně jako u sousedních zemí kromě Německa a Rakouska.

Detailní hodnocení České republiky k nalezení zde:

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Food Security and Livelihood Program Manager Assistant at Solidarites International (SI) | Hot Nigerian Jobs

Solidarités International (SI) is a French humanitarian organisation operating for over 35 years who is committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs:  water, food and shelter.

SI has started activities in North-eastern Nigeria in August 2016 in the fields of Wash and is now intervening in 4 areas of the state for Wash and Shelter activities.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Food Security and Livelihood Program Manager Assistant

Location: Ngala, Borno                        
Beginning of contract: ASAP   
Contract Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension) 
Probation period: 2 month

Goal / Purpose

  • The Food Security and Livelihood Assistant is in charge of supporting the Multisector Project Coordinator and the Activity Managers towards the good implementation, achievement and reporting of the objectives defined in the proposals;
  • S/he guarantees the proper coordination mechanisms are in place inside the operational teams in the different areas of intervention, and in cooperation with the Multisector Project Coordinator.

Liste of Main Task
Project relevance, quality and design:

  • Contribute to establishing operational assessment and evaluations activities;
  • Contribute to define Solidarites International’s FSL local strategy and contribute to the annual programming by proposing new activities, especially activities targeting vulnerable people and IDPs in Borno State;
  • Responsible to propose and guarantee quality approach mechanism are in place for the programs to ensure transparency accountability of SI activities;
  • Support the writing of technical annexes and chapters (including the logical framework) for the proposals;
  • Support the implementation of the activities in compliance with the annual operational strategy and SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s technical requirements;
  • Participate in evaluating the relevance of the activities carried out, as well as the effectiveness of the interventions and their appropriateness with respect to contextual development and the population’s needs;
  • Propose to the Multisector Project Coordinator adjustments to the programs, if necessary;
  • Participate in building the teams abilities with respect to techniques or new methodologies

Implementation and operational monitoring:

  • Support the Activity Managers in planning their operational activities;
  • Meet the deadlines and adhere to predefined quality specifications;
  • Support the Multisector Project Coordinator in ensuring the project management, monitoring and evaluation tools are in each operational department;
  • Propose quality criteria and monitoring indicators for programs;
  • Anticipate any issues linked with carrying out the activities and help to resolve any problems related to the activities;
  • Suggest any adjustments to be made to the activity depending on contextual and indicator developments;

Institutional Knowledge Building – IKB:

  • Use the IKB tools proposed by Solidarites International;
  • Participate in the centralization, validation, and distribution of procedures, guidelines and tools linked to the multisector activities;
  • Build up on Solidarites International (and stakeholders) intervention methods and techniques;
  • Ensure that project files are complete, regularly updated, and saved on the mission external hard drive;
  • Define the prerequisites for opened WASH positions together with the Multisector Program Manager;
  • Greet and brief the new staff working on the program;
  • In collaboration with the Multisector Project Coordinator, set up technical trainings depending on the operational needs and identified training requirements;
  • Lead working groups and thematic meetings with the support of the Multisector Project Coordinator;
  • Evaluate and assess the performance of colleagues under his/her direct supervision on a regular basis;
  • Ensure adherence to SI security regulations and reinforce them with his/her team.

Reporting/ Communication / Representation:

  • Pass upward to the Multisector Project Coordinator and Coordination team any information on the security situation or on any event that could impact SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL activities and safety of the teams;
  • Support the drafting of activities reports and amendments (including any annexes relating to specific activities) for the financial donors, local authorities and for internal purposes (weekly and monthly reports) by compiling all the operational data before sending them to the Multisector Program Manager;
  • Ensure that all reports required by the Multisector Project Coordinator are delivered on time and in the correct format;
  • In his/her assignment area, might be appointed to represent SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL at meeting or forums concerning the activities;
  • In collaboration with the Multisector Project Coordinator, and administrative department, support the preparation of administrative documents (MoU, handover, etc.) to be jointly signed with government authorities, communities or partner’s;
  • Coordinate with field representatives in accordance with management guidelines;
  • Coordinate with support team (Logistic and Administration) as well as field team involved on the program;
  • Represent the organization when asked and/or delegated to do so;

Personal Abilities

  • Professional experience: 2 years of experience in similar position (NGO/Private or Public sector) – Humanitarian experience is a plus
  • Languages: English (mandatory), Kanori, Haussa, Shua (additional languages a plus)
  • Personal qualities: reliable, honest, very good organization, resistance to stress, good interpersonal skills (internal and external communication), team player, capacity to delegate and to manage, initiative and autonomy, capacity of prioritization of tasks

Technical competences:

  • Training: University degree in Environmental Science, Agronomy or Crop Science or a similar domain.
  • Relevant experience on Food items distribution and monitoring will be highly appreciated.
  • Project related skills : good knowledge of the project cycle, project implementation, project follow-up
  • IT skills: Good knowledge of Office software : Excel, Word, GIS, and drawing software (autocad).

Salary and Conditions
In accordance with SI’s Terms of Employment; for national staff in Nigeria.

Application Closing Date

13th December, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:


  • Candidates should select “FSL PM Assistant” and also fill the application form inside the link above and attach their CV’s
  • The CV attached must be named with your name and surname.
  • As position is required as soon as possible, Solidarites International reserves the right to select a candidate and finalize the recruitment before the final date.
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Water, Energy and Food Security – FLOW (For Love Of Water) – Ireti Adesida

Water, Energy and Food Security – FLOW (For Love Of Water) – Ireti Adesida

 important is the role of water for food security in South Africa? The South African Water, Energy and Food forum (, taking place on the 18th and 19th of April at the Sandton Convention Centre, is engaging related role players to understand and address issues that will frame the new policies around the water-energy-food nexus.

Intrinsic into all living systems, water flows through our bodies, through rivers and oceans, underground and in our weather systems. Used extensively in agricultural and industrial processes, this resource is essential to our lives on many levels. So much so, that we are often oblivious to its scarcity. Not always easy to harvest and implement, irrigation forms a substantial component of all major production in a country which is currently at its limits in terms of water resource.

Can we frame a means of Water Trade that is effective? Addressing the needs of a growing population’s food needs with the limited resource of water as well as household needs, industrial needs and +environmental functions means that food trade from wetter regions becomes a possible solution to significant water savings. Today nearly one quarter of food trade occurs from water abundant to water scarce areas, mostly in the form of cereals traded. However, there are many limitations on the feasibility of including the inherent water into food trade policies and practice.

Will a water-constrained economy like South Africa best be served by giving up the desire to remain food secure at national level, choosing instead to buy food from the better watered countries of the region? Is there a global trend in this direction whereby national self-sufficiency is being surrendered to a regional water security paradigm instead?

A new approach to water, food and energy based on a better understanding and more systematic recognition of their inter-linkages in decision-making and planning has the potential to improve the production and sustainable management of these scarce resources. Water is a core component of a green economy in a context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. It is impossible to feed the world and generate wealth without concern for the conservation of water resources, their quality and availability for various uses.

So, can we benefit from including water as a factor in food trade? And if so, frame and implement effective policy that will mitigate water scarcity? As the national policies and framework is being discussed, perhaps we can look at our own systems – our personal use and need for water as well as our household consumption. Where do we use the most water? How can we conserve water and contribute to our own water and food security in terms of subsidizing our reliance on the national gird, industrial and agricultural systems? There is growing appreciation for household rainwater and greywater harvesting as well as growing home vegetable gardens to save both water and money…

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