International Development Activities Continue
AIC and its partners are awaiting an announcement from CIDA on a call for proposals for international development projects, expected sometime within the next month.
Previous projects have been concluded but partners in Canada and six countries in the developing world continue to communicate and remain active despite the lack of funding.
Patrick Kumah of the Ghana Institute of Horticulturists (GhIH) attended the 2nd All Africa Horticultural Congress held January 15-20, 2012 in South Africa. He presented a number of papers, including Innovative Model for Integrating Vegetable-Livestock Value Chains in Ghana, which featured the collaboration among the GhIH, the Ghana Society of Animal Production (GSAP) and Canadian partners - the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS) and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS).
Halim Abubakari presented a paper, Fostering Sustainable Engagement of Youth in the Agrifood Sector - Opportunities and Challenges for Youth Employment in Ghana at the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, Ghana, March 19-22, 2012.
Project partners in Nepal, The Sustainable Agriculture Development Program (SADP), are working with Canadian partners who are members of the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA) and CSHS to develop a research proposal in preparation for a Canadian Partnerships call for proposals from IDRC, expected in April or May.
SADP is also working with the Society of Agricultural Scientists (SAS), the Nepal Horticulture Society (NHS) and the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) to hold a conference on organic agriculture April 4-6, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. SADP is presenting a paper on the results of the project it implemented with CSA and CSHS.
The Tanzania Society of Agricultural Education and Extension (TSAEE) and the Canadian Agricultural Rural Extension Society (CARES) partnered on preparing 11 proposals or concept notes during the period January to March 2012. Two have been accepted for funding, and notification on four others is pending. Successful proposals include The Tangible Goals Model in Rural Development in Tanzania being funded by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) and Cattle dip functionality - Tracking the Subsidized Scaricide System which is being funded by the Dutch NGO SNV.
Corina Lepp participted in MCIC's International Development Week's promotion by appearing in a video to discuss CARE's partnership with TSAEE, available on YouTube. Josh Sebastian continues to write a monthly column from Tanzania for the Brandon Sun newspaper.
Through connections made during the joint project between the Vietnam Soil Science Society (VSSS) and the Canadian Society for Soil Science (CSSS), CSSS members have provided guidance and support to a VSSS member who submitted a concept paper to IDRC to conduct research on improving effectiveness of rice production in coastal saline soils with climate change in central Vietnam.
Members of CSAS and GSAP have raised funds for drilling of a borehole in West Mamprusi, Ghana and have been monitoring the site construction. CSAS members have also been advising editors of the GSAP Journal on publication issues, reviewed two research proposals from the Animal Research Institute to the Federal Government of Ghana and provided input into GSAP negotiations for land to construct a commercial piggery to raise funds for GSAP.
Members of CSSS are maintaining ongoing communication with partners in the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSSL) and partners in the Ethiopian Soil Science Society (ESSS).
All partners are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to participate in submissions for the next CIDA call for proposals.
Tom Beach, International Program Coordinator
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