Jan 26, 2015

FAO - Livestock Production Videos

Dear Colleagues,

Last year, FAO invited PhD students and young researchers from developing countries, working in the area of animal nutrition, to participate in a video competition and to share information on promising animal nutrition technologies or interventions that will contribute to improved feeding of livestock.

The purpose of conducting the competition was to:

i) promote research focusing on the needs of smallholder farmers,

ii) enhance South-South knowledge exchange and transfer, and

iii) facilitate identification of technologies and interventions that have potential for replication and upscaling.

A set of 11 selected Videos from the competition can be accessed at the FAO You Tube website.  One of the videos is posted below.

The focus of the strategies, demonstrated in the videos, is on smallholder farmers; and their application increases livestock productivity and income of farmers. The strategies can bey replicated in other parts of the world and have potential to lift poor farmers out of povert.

The videos will be useful to Farmers, Extension Services, Non-Governmental Organizations, , Livestock development agencies/departments and Research Institutions.

Harinder Makkar

Livestock Production Systems Branch
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, Italy

Jan 12, 2015

Sustainable Wheat, Maize and Rice Production

Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a crop specialist meeting held by FAO last December. FAO: raw material production must become more sustainable FAO estimates that over the next 35 years farmers will need to increase the annual production of maize, rice and wheat to 3 billion tonnes, or half a billion tonnes more than 2013's record combined harvests. They will need to do that with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals, on farmland that has been widely degraded by decades of intensive crop production, and in the face of droughts, new pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events provoked by climate change.

Maize, rice and wheat are fundamental crops 
Experts at the meeting said that the challenge could only be met with eco-friendly agriculture that achieves higher productivity while conserving natural resources, adapting to climate change, and delivering economic benefits to the world's 500 million small-scale family farms. The meeting focused on maize, rice and wheat because those three crops are fundamental to world food security, providing 50% of humanity's dietary energy supply. Cereals are also increasingly vulnerable: climate trends since 1980 have reduced the annual global maize harvest by an estimated 23 million tonnes and the wheat harvest by 33 million tonnes. Green Revolution cereal yield increases, once averaging a spectacular 3% a year, have fallen to around 1% since 2000. In Asia, the degradation of soils and the buildup of toxins in intensive paddy systems have raised concerns that the slowdown in yield growth reflects a deteriorating crop-growing environment.

Input intensive agriculture 
The FAO meeting agreed that agriculture can no longer rely on input-intensive agriculture to increase crop production. Improved varieties of maize, rice and wheat must go hand-in-hand with what FAO calls 'Save and Grow' farming systems that keep soil healthy, integrate crop, tree and animal production, use water far more efficiently, and protect crops with integrated pest management.

Family Poultry Production - FAO Educational Videos

A series of 13 FAO educational videos about family poultry production is now available at their YouTube site.

The family poultry playlist includes videos that provide information about a variety of topics related to family poultry production. They address the role and function of family poultry production as well as technical aspects of production like the feeding in four different production systems, the prevention and control of diseases and economic assessment. The videos are made for self study and for use in training of extension staffs.

Dec 29, 2014

Call for HAAGRIM scholarship - An Opportunity not to be missed!!!!!!!

Students currently following a Masters course at FoA and currently registered MPhil/PhD students can also benefit from this opportunity if relevant to their field of study.

Kindly note that students currently registered for a Masters course at UoM or an MPhil/PhD in a field related to management, marketing, entrepreneurship, business management are also encouraged to apply.

Periods abroad for Masters students: 6 months (follow modules in a Masters course in the partner university) and can include an industry placement upon request.

Students can also opt follow a Masters programme in a partner university for 12 months and mobility should start at most in September 2015 or before.

Periods abroad for PhD students: up to 18 months but mobility should start at most in April 2015 or before.

More information on the Masters courses (http://www.haagrim.org/index.php/en/espaces-beneficiares/programmes-offerts) offered in the participating universities as well as contact persons for possible co-supervision for PhD students can be found on the HAAGRIM website:


The application is made online and deadline is 15th January 2015.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Dr Brinda Ramasawmy

Dec 20, 2014


CGSpace is a collaboration of several centers and research programs. It is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute. It is a repository of agricultural research outputs and results produced by different parts of CGIAR and partners.

It indexes reports, articles, press releases, presentations, videos, policy briefs and more. Visit the community of your choice; search across the whole site; sign up for email alerts and newsfeeds on topics or groups that interest you. Recently, CTA has joined as a member of the GCSpace and is making its archived materials openly accessible through the GCSpace as a shared open platform.
Check Link Here 

Nov 19, 2014

Launching of the Sustainable Agricultural Organisation

Sustainable Agricultural Organisation

The Sustainable Agricultural Organisation (SAO) is an NGO that was registered on the 16th of October 2014, when the World Food Day was celebrated. SAO was, founded by students of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. The seed for this idea was planted by our President, Mr. Vagish Ramborun, who graduated with a BSc( Hons) Agriculture in 2014. He was supported by the Vice President Mr. Keshwar Lobin, Asst .Secretary-Ms. Seechurn Anusha and Asst. Treasurer-Ms. Theeroovengadum Sadiana Nivershee (see pic above)
Currently, there are 15 people holding the SAO, namely Ms. Goundan Anushka, Mrs. Jhunputh Varuna, Ms. Seerputh Soobhashinee, Ms.Poonoosamy Vijaya, Mr.Aadarsh Ramdinee, Mr. Jean Dionovan Polimon, Ms. Danitza Latour, Ms. Sivani Ramdewor,Ms. Bocus Narvada and Mr. Mohnish Seewoonarain. SAO are advised by Professor S Facknath, Professor in Sustainable Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ms Anishah Aujayeb, Curator of the Port Louis Hub, Mr. Shane Hardowar and Mrs. Badroonesha Aumjaud.
The Sustainable Agricultural Organisation believes that the key for a sustainable and peaceful world lies in the hands of the youth community. It is the good vision of the young people that will help in the construction of a better world where human beings will have more respect for the nature and learn to live in harmony with it. Educating the young people about the importance of agriculture and the impact of climate change and sustainable Agriculture during their early initiation will help them develop an interest in agriculture and farming
This interest in farming will further encourage them to invest their time in agriculture. Therefore this will lead to the emergence of a new generation of sustainable farmers who practice sustainable agriculture to earn their living. The problem of food security can then be solved as more people will take interest in agriculture.
Our Mission: Promote the acceptance and adoption of Sustainable Agriculture among the young generation for meeting the challenge of sustainable and climate –resilient food security.
Aims and Objectives: The aim of the project is to ensure that the youth and persons with disabilities become familiar with the principles and practices of Sustainable Agriculture, and adopt them.
Events Organised:
·        Painting competition by Association des Parents de Déficients Auditifs (APDA) school students
·        Helping the NGO Lupus-alert in its annual fund raising
Upcoming Events:
·        Project Smart Agriculture in collaboration with AIESEC UTM
·        Establishment of a Sustainable garden At APDA  
·        Project ANFEN: Raising awareness on agriculture to vulnerable young people who are confronted to social problems
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Nov 17, 2014

Commemorative Ceremony - 100th Anniversary of the School of Agriculture

On the 13th October 2014, a commemorative ceremony was organised to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the School of Agriculture. It was attended by the Hon Dr N.Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, representative of various agricultural institutions, and alumni.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/FOA100years. A snapshot of the event is shown in the video below. Courtesy MBC.

Nov 5, 2014

International training WORKSHOP: In-Situ Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives and Diversity Assessment Techniques

The Faculty of Agriculture in collaboration with  Bioversity International under the ACP-EU project for the conservation of crop wild relatives.

The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the capacities in the SADC region in CWR conservation:and to discuss the production of a National Strategic Action Plan for the insitu conservation of CWR

Oct 29, 2014

International training network for tropical plant health management

International training network for tropical plant health management

The main goal of this exploratory project funded by Agropolis foundation is to build an international network for training and higher education in tropical plant health management. This network would aim to promote research, innovation and transfer to reduce the impact of major pests on major tropical crops by environment friendly control methods.

The specific objectives are (i) to build-up a network of universities in the Indian Ocean to better coordinate their actions in the field of plant protection training and (ii) to create links with European Universities, such as Montpellier SupAgro, University of Montpellier 2, University of Louvain, also involved in tropical crop management trainings and education and with African initiatives such as “Proveg” (Western and Central Africa) and BecA (Kenya) in the field of plant protection.

The proposed international network will be then a collaborative effort among multiple universities and research units to promote growth of the plant health management profession through training of undergraduate and graduate students in the field. This project is an opportunity to formalize and strength this network and to increase the involvement of higher education in the field of plant health in developed and developing countries.