Introduction to qualitative research methods for animal health course at University of Liverpool


PENAPH receives many requests about more information on how to analyze qualitative data. There will be a course in May that addresses qualitative research methods that should be of interest to PENAPH members

Introduction to qualitative research methods for animal health
Dates: 23-25 May 2017
Venue: Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, L69 3GL

About the course
This is a 3 day course involving a stimulating mix of tutorials and activities. Course highlights include:

Developing qualitative research questions
The use of different methods of data collection
Analysing qualitative data
Interpreting qualitative data

Course tutors
Professor Liz Perkins
Dr Francine Watkins
Dr Rob Christley
Plus guest speakers

For more information click on the link: course webpage

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Sustainable increases in agricultural productivity, food security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (Land-L)


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Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture Launched

A coalition formed by 14 governments and 32 organizations will aim to enable 500 million farmers around the world to practice climate-smart agriculture. The ‘Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture’ was launched during the Climate Summit, on 23 September, and the Alliance held its first meeting on 24 September in New York, US.

The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), will work for: sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes; increased resilience of food systems and farming livelihoods; and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. The Alliance will also aim to boost food and nutrition security through climate-adjusted and natural-resource efficient agricultural practices, food systems and social policies.

The Alliance members, which include governments, farmers, scientists, businesses, civil society, and regional and international organizations, represent millions of farmers, a quarter of the world’s cereal production, 43 million undernourished…

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To Increase Sustainable Agricultural Practices


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New Report Urges African Governments to Increase Sustainable Agricultural Practices

by Marisa Tsai

Recently, the Montpellier Panel, a team of African and European experts in agriculture, trade, ecology, and global development, released a report titled, “Set for Success: Climate-Proofing the Malabo Declaration.” The report reviews the climate-related targets of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods, a set of agricultural goals adopted at the African Union Summit in 2014. Panelists urge African governments to better address climate change challenges by increasing support for smallholder farmers and scaling up innovative programs.

According to the report, the impacts of climate change pose a high risk to African food security and economic growth. Agricultural activities employ between 60 and 90 percent…

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Adopting new agricultural practices


What makes farmers try new practices?

March 14, 2017
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems — trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products that can be harvested for a profit.

Read the full article: Science Daily

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Africa can achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production


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Fighting low wheat production in Africa

If scientists, farmers and policy makers could consistently work together, Africa will achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in the very near future.

That was one of the central themes at a meeting convened in Nigeria recently to discuss wheat matters, including presentations of various studies.

From the participants at the 4-day international wheat conference of the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC) Project held in Abuja, Nigeria, 27 February to 2 March, it was quite clear to me that wheat is becoming a major staple on the continent.

It is an important source for vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B, folic acid, antioxidants and phytochemicals. These nutrients can help prevent many of the chronic diseases plaguing Africa, where the disease burden is great and overstretching the health infrastructures.

Growing the…

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Investment required to secure access to water is often beyond the reach of smallholder farmers


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Land access for Senegal’s small producers under threat

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Senegal currently has a complex and poorly regulated system of land governance, which — combined with an urbanisation trend and increasing outsider interest — is leading to land privatisation and a consequent reduction in the availability of cultivable land for small producers. Young farmers in particular are struggling to gain sufficient access to land to maintain viable enterprises. Here we draw on field research to understand the drivers and impacts of trends in land use and ownership in rural Senegal, and suggest that government-backed land reform offers the best immediate chance of addressing the power imbalances that threaten rural livelihoods.

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Tools and training materials to help mainstream gender in Humidtropics activities

ILRI livelihoods, gender and impact

The Gender Strategy of the the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated System for the Humid Tropics, or Humidtropics, committed to the empowerment of women.

It focused on four areas: access to material assets, access to knowledge and know-how, improved capacity (including the ability to make decisions) and the ability and self confidence to make choices.

To support mainstreaming of these into Humidtropics research, the program developed four classroom-training modules to be used by facilitators of innovation platforms.

These cover:

The source for these training materials was the IITA Training Manual for Gender Mainstreaming and Analysis: Building Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development and Innovation, as well as tools for gender analysis adapted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Institute of Development…

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