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U.S. agency earmarks $12.5m for food security in Nigeria ⋆

The Feed the Future, a U.S. government global hunger and food security initiative, has earmarked 12.5 million dollars for food security in Nigeria.

Dr George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI Nigeria office, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Mavrotas, who is also the Chief of the Project, The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, said that the fund which has been released since 2016 would cover various agricultural and food security programmes in Nigeria for the next five years.

Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project is designed to address the need for policy research and capacity building and to ensure that Nigeria institutions are equipped to respond effectively to increase capacity, knowledge and information needs of the policy makers.

Read Also: 29 African countries need food aid – FAO report

He explained that the initiative was a joint effort between the Michigan State University (MSU), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Nigeria Strategy Support Programme (NSSP) funded by USAID-Nigeria.

Mavrotas said that the initiative has three main objectives, which includes strengthening of the National capacity for greater evidence based policy process in agriculture.

Others are to promote and foster informed policy dialogue among stakeholders and support government efforts to improve their capacities to plan and implement effective research and policy analyses.

He noted that the project would undertake three components that would enhance Nigeria’s policy capacity; fill the knowledge gaps in the policy process and improve policy dialogue process to achieve its objectives.

The Chief of the Project said that the project is taking a robust approach to enhance skills, training and institutional capacities for meeting the demands for policy analysis by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), IFPRI and MSU.

He added that the components would also include policy driven collaborative research analysis to strengthen local capacities and dialogue by undertaking policy research and analysis.

Mavrotas, however, added that the component would ensure that the project address policy impact through increased and targeted policy communications.

He said the move has become imperative because Nigeria agriculture policymaking has evolved and the capacity to make and implement policy has improved overtime.

Mavrotas, however, noted that the shortfalls in human and institutional capacity remain and this has limited the potential to support the efforts of the FMARD in policies and programme implementations.(NAN)


Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

The UN agency is offering its expertise to farmers and Governments in the region to help them manage Fall Armyworm. The insect was recently detected in India, marking the first time it has been found in Asia, and FAO fears it is “highly likely” to spread, with southeast Asia and south China most at risk.

“Fall Armyworm could have a devastating impact on Asia’s maize and rice producers – mostly small-scale farmers who depend on their crops for food and to make a living,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.

She described the arrival of the pest, which has been moving steadily east across the globe, as “a threat that we cannot ignore.”

Small-scale farmers cultivate roughly 80 per cent of farmland in Asia, where more than 200 million hectares of maize and rice are cultivated each year, according to FAO. Meanwhile, over 90 per cent of the world’s rice is produced and consumed there.

The fear is that Fall Armyworm, which can fly 100 kilometres at night, could chomp through crops year-round, given the region’s “favourable” climate.

Though native to the Americas, Fall Armyworm has been on the march across Africa over the past two years, affecting millions of hectares of maize and sorghum.

It was first detected in Nigeria in January 2016.  Two years later, it had spread to practically all of sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of 10 mostly northern countries and territories.

FAO took immediate steps to tackle Fall Armyworm in Africa and to support countries in mitigating the damage it caused. The agency has supported more than 30 projects on the continent to fight the pest, which can eat dozens of crop species, including maize, rice, vegetables, groundnuts and cotton.

Hans Dreyer, Director of FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division, believes action taken in Africa can also benefit Asia.

“Much of what FAO has already done in sub-Saharan Africa to help farmers and governments better monitor and mitigate Fall Armyworm damage, can also be applied in Asia,” he said.

“This includes recommendations on pesticide management, monitoring and early warning, and a practical guide for farmers and government extension workers on how to best manage the pest.”


UN says favorable weather improves food security in Somalia

UN says favorable weather improves food security in Somalia

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Favorable weather conditions experienced during the main (Gu) rainy season combined with a large-scale humanitarian assistance have improved the food security situation in Somalia, the UN said on Tuesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the April-June rains started earlier than normal and was significantly above average, breaking the downward trend which emerged during the last two years. It said the gains are, however, still fragile. “The favorable weather conditions brought about by the Gu rains (April-June) have had a relatively positive impact on livestock conditions, water, pasture availability in Somalia,” OCHA said in its latest report. The Horn of Africa nation experienced a prolonged drought from late 2016 through late 2017 that resulted in significant livestock losses and consecutive seasons of below-average production causing severe and at times extreme acute food insecurity. The UN said the rains that pounded Somalia early this year were not without negative impacts as severe flooding resulted in deaths, temporary displacements and damage to infrastructure and cropland.

According to the UN humanitarian agency, the cyclone Sagar has equally had a devastating impact in the North, especially in the Awdal district of Somaliland.

“More than 2.6 million people are displaced, evictions of Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) are on the rise and in total more the 5.4 million people — around 43 per cent of the population — need humanitarian assistance in Somalia,’’ UN said.

Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) said it had so far this year allocated or set aside nearly 35 million dollars to life-saving activities in most regions of Somalia.

“Almost 22 million dollars was allocated to 52 projects through the First 2018 Standard Allocation which included intensified response to floods in Bay, Galgaduud, Hiraan and Middle Shabelle,” it said.
According to the UN, in spite some improvements, the lack of resources continues to restrict humanitarian actors’ ability to sustain response across the country.

“Donors support is urgently needed to avoid another deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia,” said the UN.

Similarly, Somali security forces on Tuesday repulsed an attack by al-Shabab militants on a military base at Alamada village, outside of the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Military Commander, Mohamed Mumin, said that five militants attempted to launch an attack on their base, but the forces managed to foil the attack.
“We have arrested the attackers, there were five, and one of them was injured during the fighting,” he said.

The commander noted that a tip off from the public led to repulse of the attack, adding they also seized a car filled with explosives aimed at killing innocent people.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire which lasted for a while at Alamada village.

“There was exchange of gunfire at the area, but the situation is calm now,” said Abdullahi Muhidin, a resident.

The latest incident comes amid heighten vigilance by Somalia’s stabilisation security unit forces which had launched operations targeting several parts of the country.


East Africa to develop policy on aflatoxin to boost food security

The East African Community member (EAC) states plan to develop a policy framework to address the human and animal health threat of aflatoxin contamination and boost food security, the economic bloc said on Wednesday.

Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General of the EAC, told a regional forum in Nairobi that aflatoxins from fungi are widespread in the region and cause contamination of staple foods such as maize milk and groundnuts in the field and during storage.

“The EAC partner states will therefore develop policies to aid in the formulation and implementation of intervention programs to curb the spread of aflatoxins,” Bazivamo said.

The overall goal of the framework is to contribute to food and nutrition security as well as to protect human, animal and plant health.

Bazivamo said, to eliminate the threat of aflatoxin, the region needs to create awareness and sensitise high level policy makers and other key stakeholders on the necessary policy action and interventions to mitigate impacts of aflatoxin.

According to Bazivamo, the control of aflatoxin will enable the EAC to expand intra-regional trade in the agricultural products.

He said a comparative analysis of trade-related impacts of aflatoxin indicate that export destinations such as the EU have rejected agricultural commodities from the region leading to huge losses.

He urged the member states to focus on preventive measures given that disposal of aflatoxin-contaminated food can be a costly and time consuming affair.

Mwangi Kiunjuri, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, said aflatoxins contaminate about 25 percent of agricultural products in Kenya.

Kiunjuri said the country has experienced multiple aflatoxicosis outbreaks in recent years, often resulting in fatalities.

He said aflatoxins can cause fatal liver toxicity at high dosage levels while chronic exposure is associated with a range of health problems including liver cancer, child stunting, low birth weight and immune suppression.

The cabinet secretary said mitigating the impacts of aflatoxin demands good management practices in crop and animal production, drying, handling and storage.


Climate change a growing threat to food security

From availability to access, utilisation and systems stability, climate change is a threat to all four dimensions of food security.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations sounded the warning from as far back as 2008 with the publication of Climate Change and Food Security: A Framework Document.

In the paper, the FAO makes the case for the prioritisation of the agriculture sector in the face of a changing climate.

“Agriculture is important for food security in two ways. It produces the food we eat; and, perhaps even more important, it provides the primary source of livelihood for 36 per cent of the world’s total workforce,” the FAO document reads.

“In the heavily populated countries of Asia and the Pacific, this share ranges from 40 to 50 per cent and in sub-Saharan Africa, two-thirds of the working population still make their living from agriculture. If agricultural production in the low-income developing countries of Asia and Africa is adversely affected by climate change, the livelihoods of large numbers of the rural poor will be put at risk and their vulnerability to food insecurity increased,” it added.


According to the FAO, technological advancement and long-distance marketing chains that move produce and packaged foods globally at high speed and at relatively low cost “have made overall food system performance far less dependent on climate than it was 200 years ago”.

“However, as the frequency and intensity of severe weather increase, there is growing risk of storm damage to transport and distribution infrastructure, with consequent disruption of food supply chains. The rising cost of energy and the need to reduce fossil fuel usage along the food chain have led to a new calculus – ‘food miles’ – which should be kept as low as possible to reduce emissions,” the FAO added.

The FAO’s climate change and food security framework, meanwhile, takes account of the carbon dioxide fertilisation effect of increased greenhouse concentrations in the atmosphere; increasing mean, maximum and minimum temperatures; increase in frequency, duration and intensity of dry spells and droughts; and changes in the timing, duration, intensity and geographic location of rain and snowfall.

It also takes account of the increase in the frequency and intensity of storms and floods and greater seasonal weather variability/changes at the start/end of growing seasons.

Adaptation vital for the agriculture, fisheries sectors

Already, the impacts are being felt.

“Evidence indicates that more frequent and more intense extreme weather events (including droughts, heat and cold waves, heavy storms, and floods); rising sea levels; and increasing irregularities in seasonal rainfall patterns (including flooding) are already having immediate impacts on not only food production, but also food distribution infrastructure, incidence of food emergencies, livelihood assets and human health, in both rural and urban areas,” the FAO document reveals.

“In addition, less immediate impacts are expected to result from gradual changes in mean temperatures and rainfall. These will affect the suitability of land for different types of crops and pasture; the health and productivity of forests; the distribution, productivity and community composition of marine resources; the incidence and vectors of different types of pests and disease; the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of natural habitats; and the availability of good quality water for crop, livestock, and inland fish production,” it added.

“At the same time, arable land is likely to be lost owing to increased aridity (and associated salinity), groundwater depletion and sea level rise. Food systems will be affected by internal and international migration, resource-based conflicts and civil unrest triggered by climate-change,” the FAO said further.

The reality is, the FAO advances, that countries must respond with urgency through climate change adaptation.

Among other things, it recommends general risk management; management of risk specific to ecosystems (marine, coastal water, forest, etc); and research and dissemination of crop varieties and breeds adapted to changing climatic conditions as key to protecting local supplies, assets and livelihoods against the effects of increasing weather variability and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

On avoiding disruptions or declines in global and coal food supplies due to changes in temperature and precipitation regimes, they propose more efficient agricultural water management in general, improved management of cultivated land, and improved livestock management, as well as use of new, more energy-efficient technologies by agro-industries.


Farming ideas to make a fortune: inside Brazil’s food security festival

As confetti showers a theatre inside Rio de Janeiro’s normally sedate Museum of Tomorrow, electronic pop music pounds and dozens of young people crowd the stage to dance enthusiastically, hugging each other and waving flags as their audience films the festivities on their phones.

But this is not a religious event, or a disco. It’s an unusual conference that has attracted several hundred young people from across the world to pitch and discuss ideas on how to feed the world’s booming population with agriculture startups – and make their fortunes doing so.

“I didn’t know it was possible to create a business that can make an impact and make money,” Mariana Vasconcellos, who runs a successful “digital agriculture platform” called Agrosmart, tells the audience. She tested the business analysing irrigation flows and waste on her father’s farm. Her story is met with rousing cheers.

The main sponsor of the Thought For Food (TFF) conference is Syngenta, a global agribusiness and manufacturer of pesticides and herbicides – including paraquat, a weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU but manufactured in the UK and sold in Brazil.

Nobody mentions paraquat. Instead, buzzwords like “digital agriculture”, “vertical farming” and “multi-sectoral thinking” ricochet around the museum’s white walls as attendees zap contact details to each other’s phones or duck into a virtual reality setup in a cardboard igloo to share dreams and memories.

Holley M Murchison – whose website describes her as a “dreamer and a purpose-driven doer” – asks the crowd: “Can you take some of this energy home with you?”

A Kenyan startup called Safi Organics wins $5,000 (£4,388) for a decentralised, organic fertiliser production system. Britain’s Aeropowder gets $5,000 for its scheme to make insulation out of poultry feathers. “This is a replacement for polystyrene,” says founder Ryan Robinson, 30. In the future, it will decompose “in something like compost”, he explains.

The grand prize of $10,000 is won by Coating+, a startup from four Nigerian biochemists, who developed a spray to preserve fresh produce made of chitosan, a fibrous substance extracted from shellfish, and soy protein that they say is full of micronutrients.

The aim is to cut food waste to feed those in need, says Albert Kure, 26, one of its co-founders. “It’s a new market,” he says.

Delegates at the Thought for food festival in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Jelmer de Haas/Courtesy of Thought for Food

Thought for Food founder and CEO Christine Gould says the conference, held at the end of July, is for young people to share skills and ideas.

“There’s a lot of similar businesses that are trying to do the same thing in different parts of the world and TFF gives them the chance to share knowledge and learnings,” she says, after dancing centre stage in trainers equipped with flashing lights. The conference has a party atmosphere because things are “very bleak for young people around the world and so this is a moment they can get motivated and inspired”.

Before setting up Thought For Food in 2013, Gould worked at Syngenta for nearly 10 years. She says she is “agnostic” on the subject of pesticides.

“We are not advocating a particular point of view or solution. We are bringing together diverse points of view and stakeholders,” she says. “I personally have a very pro-science viewpoint but I empathise with people who don’t.”

Syngenta’s presence is low-key but marked. Ariadne Caballero, who runs its digital agriculture in Brazil, tells delegates to amass practical experience. “Get your boots dirty, guys,” she says.

Syngenta’s global strategy lead Steven Wall helps run a workshop in which delegates propose ideas to help smallholder farmers improve their businesses. One group sketches out an app to help them, not realising that many of Brazil’s rural areas lack mobile signals.

“We have a lot of different projects going on all over with the world with different smallholders, trying to create new businesses with them,” Wall explains.

Pesticide safety is part of his job, but Wall declines to discuss a controversial bill the Brazilian congress is discussing to lift restrictions on pesticides. The bill, dubbed the “poison package” by environmentalists, was approved by a Congress commission in June but has yet to be voted on.

“Countries tend to have different views on how much regulation is necessary,” he says. As for Brazil: “It’s a really big market.”



Food security projects win at 9th annual Youth Ccitizens Action Programme

The overall winners at the ninth annual Youth Citizens Actions Programme (Y-CAP) National Championships held in Hoedspruit on Saturday, 28 July 2018 were Gauteng’s De Deur Primary School and the Eastern Cape’s Solomon Mahlangu High inKwanobuhle, Uitenhage, which both focused on food security projects.

The event forms part of an initiative by Empowervate Trust – in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education – to provide young learners with project management, social entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops, as well as give them a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable projects at district, provincial and national level.

Although South Africa’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), administered by the Department of Basic Education, is currently feeding an estimated 9,2 million learners in 19 800 schools across South Africa, the learners noted that schools do not provide enough food as the learners only receive one meal a day. They believe their food security solutions will help their peers cope academically and live a well-balanced life.

Y-CAP Founder and CEO, Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, says more than 700 schools, comprising thousands of primary and secondary school learners from the country’s nine provinces, registered to participate in Y-CAP in 2018. “District and provincial events took place during Youth Month and Mandela Month to identify the most impactful and sustainable projects in each category in the various provinces. The 18 provincial winning teams in the nine primary and nine secondary school categories presented their projects in Hoedspruit.”

Blankfield-Koseff says the event is the highlight on the Y-CAP calendar as it inspires, motivates and acknowledges South Africa’s future leaders.

“This is a celebration of active citizenship which will move our country forward. All finalists are already winners because of the upliftment they brought to their schools and communities. The national winning projects will be celebrated for their innovative and impactful solutions and they will be role models for future participants but nobody loses with Y-CAP,” says Blankfield-Koseff.

The finalists had personal development workshops with our coach, Ilana Bernstein on Friday when they arrived. Feedback from one of the learners was “I was always too scared to be myself but after the workshop I realised I can!”. They also had two motivational speakers – Mlungisi Mathebula who is the Teen Zone presenter on SABC’s Ligwalagwala FM radio and Xolani Sampies, a child and youth development practitioner who has been empowering young people to achieve their potential for many years.”

Mr Stanley Radebe, CES of Curriculum from the Mpumalanga Department of Education welcomed the group of 219 people to the event and described the beauty of his province and how it is a privilege for the learners from across the country to have this opportunity to visit through Y-CAP. He also said he wishes Y-CAP could go international to expose learners to the wider world.

Deputy Director of Social Cohesion and Equity in Education from the Department of Basic Education, Ms Malebo Lefoka, spoke about how the nine-year collaboration between the Department of Basic Education and Empowervate Trust (initially Afrika Tikkun) was making positive changes in schools, communities and individuals’ lives. “The impactful projects that the Y-CAP teams presented showcased the legacy of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu in the centenary year – bravo to all the teams that participated,” says Ms Lefoka. The Deputy Director went on to say that the social cohesion that Y-CAP brings will help to decrease the racism and intolerance that we face in our country.

Prizes for the National Champions included R5000 for the Primary School team and R10,000 for the Secondary School team to use to expand their projects as well as tablets for all the learners.

The programme’s major sponsors through Empowervate Trust are Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation, DSV Mounties and CAF Southern Africa. Donations-in-kind have been received from Swadini Forever Resort, UNISA, Airlink, Europcar, FCB Foundation, Ster-Kinekor, Sanitech, Penguin Books, Nova Marketing, JaxonLink and Boston City Campus.

“We are grateful for our sponsors’ support. With their investment in the next generations of active citizens, we are able to encourage youth to be proactive members of society who find solutions to problems and have a service-mindset, “concludes Mrs Blankfield-Koseff.

The 2018 Y-CAP National Champions

Primary Schools

1. Gauteng – De Deur Primary – The Feeding Scheme and Helping Children in need
2. North West – Are Itshokeng Primary – Violence amongst learners leading to bullying
3. KZN – Cornfields Primary – Hygiene

Secondary Schools

1. Eastern Cape – Solomon Mahlangu High – Transforming our school’s nutrition programme
2. Northern Cape – Wrenchville High – Dimpho Project – Suicide Awareness and Prevention
3. Mpumalanga – Mashishing Secondary – Behaviour problems that cause absenteeism, bullying and gambling taking place in the toilets

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Food Security and Livelihood Assistant at Solidarites International (Re-advertised)

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 Assistant

Location: Ngala, Borno
Beginning of contract: 10/9/2018
Contract duration: 3 months-Probation period: 1 month

Goal / Purpose

  • The Food Security and Livelihood Assistant is in charge of supporting the Multisector Project Coordinator 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.

Main Tasks
Project Relevance, Quality and Design:

  • Contribute to establishing operational assessment and evaluations activities;
  • Contribute to define SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s FLS 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 Multisector Project Coordinator 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: 1 year of experience in similar position (NGO/Private or Public sector)
  • Languages : English, Kanori, Haussa, Shua (additional languages a plus)
  • Personal qualities: reliable, honest, very good organization, resistance to stress, good interpersonal skills (communication), team player, capacity to delegate and to manage, initiative and autonomy, capacity of prioritsation 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.

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

Application Closing Date
25th August, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications (with CV, Cover Letter, References) in only one file (Word or PDF) and named with your Name and Surname to: The subject of the mail must be “FSL Assistant Ngala”


  • No paper applications will be accepted
  • Shortlisting will start as soon as we start receiving applications and deadline might be changed without prior notice.
  • 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.


Kenya’s first National Crop Monitor set to strengthen food security

Kenya: Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries has issued the country’s first national crop monitor, with support from NASA SERVIRRegional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), and the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM). Information on crop conditions from across Kenya was made publically available in the first edition of the crop monitor

Proven value

Crop failure can be devastating for farmers and for food security, but national-level crop monitoring enables countries to better predict and prepare for fluctuations in agricultural production, in order to mitigate loss and damage.

Drought, in particular, is an issue that hasimpacted food security in Kenyain recent years. The Kenyan Crop Monitor will provide early warning of crop failure related to drought and other risks, giving the government time to take preemptive action to protect livelihoods andensurefood security during food crises.

The value of GEOGLAM crop monitors has already been demonstrated elsewhere in Africa. In 2017 a crop monitor alerted Ugandan authorities to a coming crop failure due to drought. This early warning triggered the country’s Disaster Risk Financing fund, which provided US$4 million to support 31,386 households (roughly 150,000 people) during the crisis.

Global support for national agricultural monitoring

In order to strengthen national capacity to prevent food insecurity and food price volatility, GEOGLAM has supported the development of national crop monitors in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Vietnam. The goal is to help as many countries as possible.

GEOGLAMprovides national partners with the methods and tools to develop and manage national crop monitors, and then transitions the tools to be managed nationally. The information produced by the governments then informs global assessments for food security and markets.


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