Jun 20, 2018

Tackling Climate Change in Agriculture: Approaches to climate change adaptation and climate smart agriculture in SADC

Mauritius TrainingThis week  CCARDESA in collaboration with the University of Mauritius is implementing a regional training course on Tackling climate change in agriculture: approaches to climate change adaptation in agriculture and climate smart agriculture. The training was officially launched by Professor Dhanjay Jhurry, CSK, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. In his opening speech, he highlighted climate change as major concern not only to the agricultural sector in Mauritius. Prof. Jhurry reminded the audience that the world needs to shift to a more sustainable use of resources to reduce GHG and thus protect the biodiversity of the planet. This requires more investment for research and development. He emphasised the importance of strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders in the Mauritius agricultural sector to respond to the challenges posed by climate change.


Associate Professor Daneshwar Puchooa, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Mauritius in his opening speech remarked on climate-smart agriculture as a key approach to increasing agricultural production in the context of climate change. The Faculty of Agriculture (FoA) therefore strives to prepare their graduates and stakeholders from society for the science and private sector and updates its programmes to meet the needs. Finally, Dr Wiebke Foerch, programme officer for the SADC programme on adaptation to climate change in rural areas in southern Africa (ACCRA), has been representing CCARDESA at this event. She highlighted the impacts of climate change on agriculture in the SADC Region and elaborated on the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy, which provides the policy framework for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agriculture sector and calls for policy harmonisation with national policies.


The training is being implemented by the University of Mauritius in collaboration with CCARDESA and with support of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The objective is to strengthen the capacity of the SADC member states for climate change adaptation in agriculture and climate smart agriculture. It is a 5-day training of agriculture research and extension officers from FAREI, research officers from the University of Mauritius, and agro-business representatives. The training brings together technical expertise with the Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation Climate Proofing Tool, as well as a field excursion and interactive group work.


To learn more about the CCARDESA training package on Tackling climate change in agriculture, click here. To see previous CCARDESA trainings, visit here. To learn more about the Training in Mauritius, stay tuned.

This article was written by  Dr Wiebke Foerch. Dr Foerch is a Programme officer for the SADC programme on adaptation to climate change in rural areas in southern Africa (ACCRA) which is being implemented by CCARDESA in collaboration with GIZ.

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Jun 15, 2018


The first batch of students of the Diploma in Forestry and Fisheries, which was launched in 2016, graduated on the 11 June 2018 after 2 years of study. The graduation ceremony was held at the Mon Plaisir Cultural Centre, Rodrigues and was attended by the Chancellor, Dr J.C. Autrey, the Vice Chancellor, Prof D. Jhurry and other officials of the University.

Training Agenda “Tackling Climate Change in Agriculture: Approaches to Adaptation and Climate Smart Agriculture in the SADC Region”

Jun 11, 2018

GLOBAL SOIL PARTNERSHIP Plenary Assembly - Sixth Session 2018,

Prof B. Lalljee at the FAO headquarters, June 2018

The Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly (PA) constitutes the main venue where all GSP partners come together to make important decisions about the global soil agenda. Prof B.Lalljee of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius, is the representative of Maurtius at the 6th PA of the Global Soil Partnership being held at FAO headquarters in Rome from 11 to 13 June 2018

May 23, 2018

World Bee Day 2018 - Protecting the Pollinators

The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution declaring 20 May as World Bee Day. Every year on this day, the attention of the global public will be drawn to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. People will be reminded of the importance of bees for the entire humanity and invited to take concrete action to preserve and protect them.

This week marks the first-ever observance of World Bee Day, courtesy of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). World Bee Day spotlights the indispensable role that bees play in the global food system and raises awareness for the current threats that bee populations face from climate change and industrial agriculture.

Beyond honey, bees contribute to the production of 87 different food crops by acting as pollinators and stimulating plants to produce their strawberries, tomatoes, or coffee beans. Due to climate change and the impact of pesticides from industrial agriculture, the habitats for many bee populations have declined dramatically in the last twenty years, which could indicate a crisis for food systems globally. Greater awareness for this issue is leading to important work from organizations such as FAO, the Pollinators Partnership, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Cet insecte dont les vertus sont connues depuis la nuit des temps sont menacées de disparition à cause des pesticides. À Maurice, même si la situation n'est pas alarmante, il est vital de protéger cet insecte qui est considéré comme étant crucial pour l’écosystème. Dans le cycle de la pollinisation, les abeilles produisent du miel et participent à la production des fruits et des légumes. Ce qui explique pourquoi les autorités encouragent l’apiculture et offrent même une formation dans ce domaine.

New Pesticide Use Bill

Le Pesticide Use Bill sera introduit le mardi 22 mai en première lecture à l'Assemblée nationale. Le Pesticide Use Bill sera introduit le mardi 22 mai en première lecture à l'Assemblée nationale. Le but étant d’offrir aux Mauriciens une alimentation saine. Avec la promulgation de cette loi, certains pesticides seront interdits et la production de légumes et fruits bio, seront favorisés. Le Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, FAREI, a démarré une campagne de sensibilisation auprès des planteurs depuis plusieurs mois. Des séances de formation ont aussi lieu pour prôner une meilleure utilisation de pesticides. Si certains planteurs sont sceptiques quant aux répercussions de ce projet de loi, d'autres sont enthousiastes.


Maurice fait partie des pays les mieux structurés en Afrique en ce qui concerne la sûreté alimentaire selon l'expert français de la FAO Didier Montet. Il a animé un atelier de travail à l’Hôtel Voilà Bagatelle a l'intention des cadres du ministère de l’Agro-industrie et de la Santé. L'objectif a terme est de proposer des recommandations pour amender la Food Act datant de 1998 pour éliminer les risques d'intoxication alimentaires a Maurice.

Reportage : Kavin Tapesar, MBC TV

May 11, 2018


Government is committed to encourage the practice of organic farming among other methods of agricultural production with modern and intelligent techniques hence reducing the use of pesticides and other chemical inputs for a healthier nation.

The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, made this statement yesterday during the opening of a workshop on Organic Farming based on the Songhai Model organised by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security in collaboration with the Songhai Center at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Plaine Magnien.

Minister Seeruttun dwelt on the importance of the workshop which is being held at an opportune time when Government is working towards finalising the Pesticides Use Bill, before its presentation into the National Assembly. He recalled the set objectives of his Ministry to ensure healthier and safer agricultural products to the population in addition to making the agricultural sector more resilient to the effects of climate change.

He also spoke of the various incentives to encourage youth to seize opportunities in the agricultural sector which he said will help address the shortcomings in this sector which in turn will contribute towards ensuring food security to all. On this score, he recalled the inauguration of the Young Entrepreneurs Sheltered Farming Park project for young graduates which he said will be replicated in other parts of the country.

The Agro Industry Minister also called for a concerted effort of the private sector to make of the agricultural sector more modern, productive, profitable, respectful of nature and above all, healthier to the population. He concluded by expressing confidence that with the collaboration of the Songhai Center, Mauritius will become a model in the Indian Ocean region with regards to organic farming.
The workshop was being held in presence of Father Godfrey Nzamujo as resource person. Father Godfrey Nzamujo is the founder and director of the Songhai Centre, a pioneering farm, training and research centre in Porto Novo, Benin. The latter is in Mauritius to share his know-how and his experience in the field of organic agriculture and entrepreneurship and also help Mauritius pave the way to be competitive and profitable in today's world, while respecting the environment and adapting to climate change.

May 7, 2018

Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

The National Open Data Portal comprising one hundred datasets encompassing 20 categories, has been launched, in the context of the Open Data Initiative for Mauritius.Open Data is data which is provided in a machine-readable format and is the public dissemination of all or part of the information from a Knowledge Management system.

May 3, 2018


Dear ALL Valued Alumni and Students of the Faculty of Agriculture,

The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) is pleased to invite you to the presentation of findings of the skills studies survey for the Agriculture sector. The main objective of the Skills Studies 2017 was to assess the country’s skills needs in the short and medium term as well as to highlight issues related to skills development in the Agricultural Sector. This is an important study as it helps to identify areas of growth and needs for the Agricultural Sector.


Apr 26, 2018

Relationship between biodiversity and public health via an ecosystem services

Some examples of relationships between health, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Its thus crucial that we alter the rapid loss in biodiversity.

Apr 18, 2018

Talk by Prof P. MARTENS

The talk of Prof P. Marten is available here
and his website can be consulted
Meeting with Prof D. Jhurry, VC of the University of Mauritius
Abstract: If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the years, it is striking to see that animal and human health and wellbeing hardly plays a role. The reason that ‘health and ‘sustainability’ are not often mentioned together in one sentence is likely to be found in the fact that the sustainability debate has been hijacked in recent years by industry and governments. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to concepts and tools from sustainability science and some examples – climate change, biodiversity– was discussed. 

Apr 14, 2018


Prof B. Lalljee of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius, was one of the keynote speakers at the 2nd International Conference on Food & Agriculture (ICFA) held from 29 Mar to 31 Mar 2018, at Dhanbad Jharkhan, India. He also received a life time achievement award for his long distinguished service in the field of Agricultural Education and Research.by ICFA/ICAR and the State of Jharkhand (Bihar), India. And was also presented a memento by the Vice Chancellor of Ranchi Agricultural University, Jharkhan (formerly Bihar).

Mar 23, 2018


At the Career Fair organised by the Students of the Faculty of Agriculture, Mr B.Sooltangos from the Innodis group gave an interesting presentation on the career opportunities at Innodis. His presentation is displayed below.

Celebration of International Forest Day In Rodrigues

Forêts et villes durables. C’est le thème de la journée internationale de la forêt célébrée ce mercredi 21 Mars 2018. Un atelier de travail s’est tenu à Rodrigues au Centre de la Culture et de Loisirs à Mon Plaisir dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre d’une réserve naturelle à Cascade Pigeon au centre de l’île. Le commissaire de l’Agriculture annonce la mise en place d’un Agro-Forestry Scheme, un plan pour reboiser l’île avec des espèces a valeur économique.
Reportage : Mario Lisette