Landell Mills trains NGOs on EU financial management procedures under the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural Smallholders Component

Landell Mills’ technical assistance team based in Khartoum recently organised a five-day training event for all NGO project partners of the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural  Smallholders Component. The NGOs include the  Charity Organisation for Rehabilitation & Development (CORD), SOS Sahel, World Vision, WHH, Zenab and ZOA. Other external NGO EU contract-holders also attended, including ADRA, Concern, COOPI, International Aid Services, Islamic Relief, Plan International, Practical Action and the Red Crescent.

The training focussed on EU financial management procedures and was delivered to the NGOs’ finance managers and senior accountants to help them prepare for the closure of their projects. It informed participants about general aspects, procurement, asset management, closure, accounting, reporting and auditing. The Project’s Finance and Contracts Advisor, Ildefonso Ramos, led the event. He has a wealth of experience in EU financial management procedures and devised a programme that was 40% theory and 60% practical, with interactive group exercises.

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Trainees hard at work on an interactive group exercise

31 participants attended, and each was awarded a training certificate on the final day. The EU Delegation’s Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit Section, Johannus Welten, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and joined a Q&A session with the participants at the end of the workshop. The one-hour Q&A session was particularly useful, as the EU’s NGO partners could discuss common problems with the Finance and Contracts team at the Delegation. Attendees also benefitted from interacting with staff from other NGOs implementing similar projects and facing the same problems and challenges.

Participant feedback on the event was positive:

  • “Mr Alfonso’s preparation of the methodology and material was very good. His selection of material helped make the training fun while learning.”
  • “Mr Alfonso has sound knowledge of EU policies and procedures. He also shows great interest in his audience and is always available for any clarifications.”
  • “I am happy about the trainer. He is one of the most experienced trainers I have ever seen.”

Find out more about the project here:

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EU-Zambia CSO Fair is a fun day for all

Celebrations for Europe Month continued in Zambia this weekend, with the carnival-themed CSO Fair, which took place in Lusaka on Saturday. The event which was managed by Landell Mills in cooperation with our partner, Ku-Atenga Media, proved to be a great success for the second year in a row.

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The CSO Fair aimed to increase visibility of the work carried out by civil society organisations in Zambia and the support they receive from the European Union and its Member States. This year’s event saw 40 participating CSOs (civil society organisations) showcasing their work at the East Park Mall in Lusaka. Organisations from various sectors were represented at the Fair, including health, gender, education, agriculture, environment, government and finance.

In line with this year’s carnival theme, many of the stallholders provided games and competitions for visitors to take part in. Attractions included a stilt walker, human statues, and hourly dance performances from Barefeet Theatre. 

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Guests were encouraged to visit as many stands as possible and pick up a coupon from each one, which could then be exchanged for a prize, depending on how many they had collected. Prizes included toys, books, stationery and EU-branded t-shirts. Other popular activities at the event included an EU-based quiz and face painting.

The Fair was officially opened by the Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia, H.E. Alessandro Mariani, and the Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Hon. Emerine Kabanshi M.P. The Ambassador also gave a number of live radio interviews during the Fair and the event was promoted heavily both online and within print media.

Landell Mills delivers Panj-Amu River Basin Agency Data Management Training in Afghanistan

Our consultants recently organised an orientation training in Taloqan City, Afghanistan under the Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project. This initiative is funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction, administered by the Asian Development Bank and managed by Landell Mills.

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The Panj-Amu River Basin Agency (RBA) Data Management Training was designed to assess knowledge and qualifications of the RBA staff for data management and analysis required for River Basin Management. Ten participants took part, including hydrologists and water data management directors from the Panj-Amu RBA and associated Sub-basin Agencies. They attended classroom sessions in the morning, followed by applied practical training exercises in the afternoon. Participants strengthened their knowledge of spatial planning, and geographic and visual tools such as Google Earth, GPS and GIS systems. They also improved their knowledge of river height and flow data collection, and the use of this data in water resource planning.

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I have undertaken many training sessions and workshops with MEW before, but this one was better because it was given in the local language, dealt with relevant required topics, practical field work, as well as sharing and exchanging ideas and knowledge.
— Hydrologist from Panj-Amu River Basin Agency

Landell Mills will repeat and build on the training with an expanded data management session in 2019.

Asian Development Bank ranks Landell Mills in top five consulting firms winning ADB-funded contracts

Landell Mills is pleased to be ranked in the top five consulting firms who provide technical assistance to Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects.

The news was announced by Akmal Siddiq, Director of Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division at ADB, at the 9th Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair held in Manila in March 2018. Mr Siddiq highlighted firms that had been awarded the most ADB technical assistance projects between 2015 and 2017. Landell Mills ranked second with a total of five contracts.

Landell Mills has been working with ADB since the 1980s and our successful relationship looks set to continue.

Landell Mills delivers trade policy workshop in Tanzania

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A trade policy workshop held in Dar es Salaam last month concluded the Landell Mills-managed project entitled: ‘Targeted Support to REPOA and Zanzibar Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing  (ZMTIM) to Increase Competitiveness of Primary Producers and Diversify the Export Base in Light of the Trading Opportunities with the EU’. It was the second and final event organised under the project, with the first workshop focusing on the issues of quality management in the Zanzibar-Pemba export corridor.

The final policy dialogue workshop, which took place on the 5th March, brought together a range of policymakers and non-state actors, including representatives of the private sector who are involved in shaping the agricultural trade landscape in Tanzania.

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Previous field work identified bottlenecks that limit the country’s agricultural competitiveness and export diversification, such as poor road infrastructure and costly quality certifications. The findings of this study enabled the project team to draw informed recommendations designed to mitigate these limitations in Tanzania. In addition, the project developed training modules and analytical tools for an independent research institution, REPOA (Research on Poverty Alleviation). These will allow for more detailed analyses of trade in Tanzania and the factors that determine export competitiveness along specific value chains such as horticulture, floriculture, spices and seaweed. It is hoped that deeper analysis of Tanzanian trade will help enhance the country’s international exports and promote sustainable economic growth.

The project was commissioned by the EU-ACP TradeCom II programme, which contributes to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy. It was launched in May 2017 and promotes sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in the United Republic of Tanzania through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy.

Find out more about the project:

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Landell Mills delivers final workshop for ‘Strengthening Export Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth in Mauritius’ project

The project ‘Strengthening Export Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth in Mauritius, especially in the context of the implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (i-EPA)’ concluded with its final workshop on the 8th - 9th March. It brought together trade policymakers as well as representatives of the business community, including a number of Mauritian entrepreneurs who have participated in the project.

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The project brought together representatives of the public and private sector to discuss the key constraints faced by SMEs who want to export their products to markets such as the EU. It has been delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, among other institutions.

Throughout the project, 32 participating Mauritian enterprises, often led by women or young entrepreneurs, received 1 to 1 business coaching. This included guidance regarding product quality requirements, Rules of Origin, marketing and business development. By enhancing compliance with international trading standards, the project developed participating enterprises’ ability to sell their products abroad, including in the EU.

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Training in regional and international market competition was also provided, which developed companies’ understanding of their market and enabled them to identify their Unique Selling Point. The project increased understanding of market competition, enhancing the ability of the participating enterprises to trade more successfully and promoting economic growth in their respective countries.

The project was commissioned by the EU-ACP TradeCom II programme,  which contributes to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy.

'EU Walk and Run' event in Zambia is a huge success

The ‘EU Walk and Run’ in Zambia, which was managed by Landell Mills in cooperation with our partner, Ku-Atenga Media, has proven to be extremely successful for the second year running. The 2018 event took place on Saturday 21st April in Lusaka and more than 750 people took part (twice as many as in 2017). Activities were aimed at all age groups, including a 10km run or 5km walk for adults and teenagers, and a 1km Bafana Walk for children.

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On the day of the event, participants gathered at the start line, outside the EU Delegation’s office, as early as 5am to collect their EU-branded t-shirts. Whilst the first 150 adults and 150 children to complete their races also received medals at the finish line.

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The 'EU Walk and Run' was part of the communications and visibility contract that Landell Mills manages for the EU Delegation in Zambia and is one of several activities organised around Europe Day, which takes place on the 9th of May. The next event will be the second EU-Zambia CSO Fair on the 12th of May.

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Landell Mills becomes a United Nations Global Compact participant

Landell Mills is pleased to become a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. The UN Global Compact brings together more than 9,000 business and non-business participants from 135 countries, who have committed to implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support the UN’s goals.

As a participant, Landell Mills has pledged to support the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, which encompass the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. As a participant, Landell Mills commits to communicate annually on efforts to implement the UN Global Compact principles, and post this Communication on Progress (COP) on the UN Global Compact website.

Landell Mills appointed by DFID to undertake evaluation of the New Alliance ICT Challenge Fund

The New Alliance ICT Challenge Fund is funded by USAID, DFID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). As part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the challenge fund aims to increase the adoption of technologies that boost agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers.

Landell Mills has been commissioned by DFID to undertake an independent performance evaluation of the challenge fund. The team of experts is led by Dr. Rachel Percy and comprises of Martine Koopman, David Toomey, Eunica Aure and Diletta Carmi, as well as three national experts.

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Meeting beneficiary farmers in Tanzania

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The programme started in 2014 and funds were awarded to grantees across the following six countries in Africa: Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique Senegal, and Tanzania. In each country several organisations are involved under the lead of the following grantees: Digital Green in Ethiopia, Grameen Foundation in Ghana, Catholic Relief Services in Malawi, NCBA CLUSA in Mozambique, Concern Universal in Senegal, and Farm Radio International in Tanzania.

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As well as carrying out an independent assessment of the performance of the programme, Landell Mills is also implementing a comparative analysis of the interventions funded in the six recipient countries. The evaluation, which will be completed in March 2019, primarily follows a qualitative approach, and is complemented by a Value for Money analysis. Data collection methods include document review, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews, among others. In addition, fieldwork will take place in three countries. Field missions have already been carried out in Tanzania and Ethiopia, and the international experts are currently in Senegal. The missions will enable Landell Mills’ team of experts to gain a deeper understanding of the programme through in-country stakeholder meetings and interviews.

Landell Mills kicks off internal knowledge sharing presentations with Integrated Water Resources Management

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Pete Harrison, one of Landell Mills’ Senior Water Specialists, recently gave a presentation about Landell Mills’ projects involving Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The presentation, ‘An overview of Landell Mills’ Asia water portfolio - implementing best practice’, was the first in a series of ‘lunch and learn’ discussions that will be given by Landell Mills’ staff to their colleagues. Landell Mills is hoping to share knowledge and expertise between divisions through these sessions.

Pete’s presentation focussed on the Asia and Pacific Division’s portfolio of water projects, including the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project and the Panj-Amu River Basin Programme. Staff learned about the IWRM spiral model, water supply and security management, River Basin Organisation types and mandates, and an overview of water engineering. They were also given tasks to complete in pairs to help better understand the processes involved in IWRM.

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If you would like more information, please contact Pete Harrison at PeteH@landell-mills.com

Building Climate Resilient Agriculture in Zambia

Landell Mills has helped to produce a short documentary film, ‘Building Climate Resilient Agriculture in Zambia’, as part of the communications and visibility contract we manage for the EU Delegation to Zambia.

The 11-minute film examines the impact of climate-smart agricultural techniques that have been implemented with funding from the EU, and features interviews with beneficiaries, agricultural experts, and EU and government staff.

The documentary was produced in co-operation with Ku-Atenga Media and Agricomm Media, and was screened for the first time at the 2018 Agritech Expo, Zambia’s leading outdoor agricultural exhibition, which took place in Chisamba between the 12th and 14th of April.

You can watch the full film below.

How Do Women Win Elections in 2019? A one day seminar in Abuja, Nigeria

In anticipation of the February 2019 general election in Nigeria, Landell Mills worked closely with the European Union Delegation to organise a one day seminar in Abuja to promote women’s participation in politics.

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Women are severely underrepresented in Nigerian government institutions: of the National Assembly’s 469 members, less than 5% are women. The EU has expressed its commitment to closing this gender gap and aims to drive sustainable growth through gender equality initiatives.

The seminar, entitled How Do Women Win Elections in 2019? took place at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre on the 23rd of March, shortly after International Women’s Day. Ketil Karlsen, head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, explained that the seminar would celebrate progress in gender equality and women’s rights, while pressing for further development in this area.

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Throughout the event participants were encouraged to explore ways in which the political selection process could become more inclusive, and foster a more accommodating environment for women in politics. The day primarily concerned the 2019 elections and increasing female representation in the dominant political parties.

Nigerian women continue to endure political, economic and social inequality. This seminar was one of a range of EU initiatives designed to empower women and promote equality.

Find out more about the EU visibility contract in Nigeria:

Landell Mills organises awards ceremony for gender equality comic competition in Nigeria

Landell Mills organises awards ceremony for EU gender equality essay competition in Nigeria

By Lucy Austins

Landell Mills wins British Expertise International Award

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We are delighted to announce that the EU-funded Panj-Amu River Basin Programme has won an award for best International Development: Non-Physical Project at the 2018 British Expertise International Awards, which celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.

The project, which ran from 2004-2017, developed integrated water resource management in the Panj-Amu River Basin, reducing water wastage and consequently improving rural livelihoods and contributing to the overall economic recovery of Afghanistan.

We are proud of this achievement and of the project’s impact, which reflects the hard work and dedication of all of those involved, including government counterparts from the Ministry of Energy and Water, the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, and the project team.

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FInd out more about P-ARBP:

Watch a short film about the impact of the EU-funded Panj-Amu River Basin Programme

Two Year Extension of Integrated Support Service for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture contract

The EU has awarded Landell Mills a two year extension for the service contract ‘Integrated Support Service for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (ISS-FANSSA)’. The contract will now run until December 2019.

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ISS-FANSSA is a technical advisory service providing support to Unit C1 of the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Unit C1 deals with rural development, food security and nutrition. Technical support is provided to EU Delegations, as well as C1 Policy Officers, and focuses on monitoring and evaluation, knowledge sharing and communication, gender inclusion, and land governance in the field of sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition.

The service started in January 2014 and so far it has mobilised 110 experts for 114 specific assignments in support of DEVCO-C1 and 25 EU Delegations around the world.

Sowing the seeds for better livelihoods

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The Sudan Food Security Programme–Rural Smallholder Component (SFSP–RSC) has produced a 20-minute film about the impact of the programme in each of the four states where it is being implemented.

The programme aims to help small-scale producers operate on a more commercial basis. As mentioned in the film, such interventions are ‘helping to nurture local people’s strong attachment to their land, improving their livelihoods and, in so doing, combatting the drivers of migration from the region’.

The film opens in Red Sea State where the programme has benefitted local people by introducing new techniques and technologies into the fisheries and horticulture sectors.

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The film then moves to Kassala State, where it looks specifically at the success of farmer field schools which have been implemented under the programme. Next, it moves to Blue Nile State where it shows the importance of Producers Associations. These are a key component of the programme’s value chain approach which helps to commercialise smallholder production.

The film closes in Gedaref State and shows the mechanisation of rain-fed sorghum production. This is a change which has been largely instigated by the programme and is considered a ‘revolution’ in the smallholder sector.

Landell Mills’ role has been to monitor and oversee the delivery of the programme, providing technical advice to all partners.

Watch the film below or on our YouTube Channel here.

Find out more about the programme here and here.

World Water Day Conference casts a spotlight on the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project

Following World Water Day earlier this month, the national World Water Day Conference took place at the palace of Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah, on Sunday 25th March. Representatives from the US and Italian embassies, the FAO, UNESCO and national government organisations as well as NGOs attended the conference in Kabul.

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The Team Leader of the Landell-Mills-managed Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project (KMARP), presented the project at the conference. Kabul’s population depends on the Kabul Basin for a potable water supply, however increasing demand in the area due to its growing population has caused groundwater levels to decline and the city is in vital need of Managed Aquifer Recharge. The project aims to mitigate water management challenges on a regional level, for the whole of Kabul. This project, financed through the Asian Development Bank, is the most comprehensive of its kind in the country, analyzing both deep and shallow aquifers using advanced FEFLOW modelling software to identify the best management design. The project has been running since early February 2017 and is scheduled to conclude in April 2020.

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In Afghanistan, 161 in 1,000 children die before the age of 5, and in 23% of cases, these deaths may be attributed to poor water and sanitation. A typical Afghan child suffers six episodes of diarrheal disease each year. It’s hoped that through KMARP, a greater understanding of Managed Aquifer Recharge will dramatically reduce mortality rates in the capital city. Artificial recharge can be used not only to maximise long term and seasonal storage of water, but to improve its quality through a dilution process. The Team Leader assured the conference attendees of the project’s sustainability, and its ability to mitigate the impact of climate change on water supply in Kabul. The project is in its early practical stages, with the team conducting a pilot study in order to assess the feasibility of the project as a solution to water shortages in Kabul.

By Lucy Austins

For more information about KMARP please see:

Landell Mills shares knowledge of international urban water management at national meeting of Irrigation and Water Forum and British Hydrological Society

The Zarahshon Integrated Sub-basin Project visits Switzerland and Spain

During study tour visits to Switzerland and Spain regarding the Zarahshon Integrated Sub-basin Project, the project Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader were joined by three representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and three senior basin representatives. The tour, funded by the EU and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, was jointly organised by Helvetas and Landell Mills.

In Switzerland the team attended a lecture on water governance and visited the Geneva Water Hub. They learned about the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace the Swiss Blue Peace Initiative in Central Asia and the transboundary groundwater recharge agreement between France and Switzerland. The group learned about the natural restoration of a small tributary of the Rhone River, a project which it is hoped will help improve the urban environment of Geneva and reduce the impact of flooding. Another project of interest to the group was the bilateral river management of the Rhone River between France and Switzerland. On the final day of their Switzerland trip, the team visited a lake where water levels are effectively managed to meet the demands of tourism, fisheries and agriculture in addition to the prediction of floods.

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The visit to Spain primarily concerned basin management of the Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar. The group visited the office and field area of one of the oldest Water User Associations (WUA); the Acequia Real. This WUA has an impressive office and an efficient irrigation system. The group learned about the management room where fully automated information is received on precipitation and river flows, upon which management decisions are based. Next, the group visited the Turia Tribunal. Every Thursday potential water conflicts are mitigated between eight WUAs in front of the Cathedral of Valencia. This tribunal has been running for over 1000 years and is strengthened by its public position, in front of the Cathedral. The tour concluded with visits to the Tous dam which collapsed in 1982 and incentivised the improvement of flood forecasting. Professor Abel Solera from the Valencia Polytechnic University explained the modelling of the river basin with AQUATOOL. This software requires less data than others and could therefore be suitable tool in the Zarafshon basin.

By Lucy Austins

For more information on the project see:

Improving water management in Tajikistan – project award

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Infopoint Seminar on Food Fortification

The Food Fortification Advisory Service (2FAS) recently organised a public Infopoint seminar on food fortification in Brussels. 2FAS is managed by Landell Mills and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) with EU funding.

The Infopoint seminar was moderated by Mr Berbard Rey, Deputy Head of DEVCO Unit C1 – Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition. Three speakers gave presentations at the event which highlighted the advantages and complexities surrounding the implementation of bio-fortification, rice and flour fortification, and the fortification of complimentary foods. The process of food fortification is an important component within the food value chain, and a preventative public health intervention which addresses the issue of micronutrient deficiencies among populations. The speakers were Paulus Verschuren from Harvest Plus, Anna Verster from Smarter Futures and Saul Morris from GAIN.

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It was a very successful event with around 60 people in attendance, including students and practitioners from public and private institutions. Food fortification experts were given the opportunity to inform others, and provide insights into food fortification within an international development context. The Infopoint seminar precedes a three day nutrition seminar which will take place in Brussels in March. 2FAS will be giving presentations, as well as organising working groups and collecting feedback from 23 EU Delegations in order to guide 2FAS’s activities for 2018-19.

2FAS is a four-year service to the EU. It aims to strengthen institutional and technical capacities related to food fortification in beneficiary countries. Landell Mills is contracted by the European Commission, as part of a consortium with GAIN, to contribute to the European Commission’s commitment to improving nutrition. An estimated two billion people are suffering from micronutrient deficiencies globally. Those with diets consisting mainly of staple foods, such as wheat and rice, are most affected.

Read more about The Food Fortification Advisory Service (2FAS) here.

Achievements of EU-MAIL Transition project presented at steering committee meeting in Afghanistan

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The achievements and challenges of the EU-MAIL transition project were discussed at a recent steering committee meeting held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in Kabul. The EU-funded project, which is managed by Landell Mills, has been running since 2014 and has recently been extended until December 2018.

The meeting was chaired by H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad, the former MAIL Deputy Minister. Presentations were given by the directors of four services supported by the project within the agriculture sub-sectors of horticulture, seed certification, animal health, statistics and food security. Other counterpart organisations, as well as all MAIL staff and a representative from the EU attended the meeting.

The overall performance of the project is satisfactory and totally in line with MAIL’s needs and expectations. During 2017 the project was able to facilitate the creation of several new technical Tashkeel (Afghan civil service) positions and embed them into the MAIL structure. The continuous provision of Technical Assistance was effective and tailored to the needs of the supported Directorates.
— H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad

Among other successes, the project has seen good results in both capacity-building and moving the service units from off budget to on budget support. In order to improve sustainability, the project is providing both technical and financial support so that the administration of projects can be moved to the Ministry itself, as opposed to external EU support.

The EU Delegation is committed to providing further funding for the long-term sustainability of MAIL in order to strengthen the agriculture sector of the country. In this regard, the EU Delegation intervention priorities will be agreed and aligned to MAIL.
— Mr Gabriel Leonte, EU Head of Social Development Section

First coral reef status report for the Western Indian Ocean countries presented in Nairobi

The first coral reef status report for Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries has been produced under the Biodiversity Programme, which is implemented by Landell Mills, managed by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), and funded by the EU. It was presented in Nairobi during the 32nd General Assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

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It is a source of pride for the IOC to publish this report, which has been produced under the scientific coordination of Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa, with the valuable contributions of national and regional institutions and NGOs as well as individuals who are passionate about reef conservation.
— Mr Said Ahamada, from the Biodiversity Programme

The report presents the latest compilation of data on the state of coral reefs in all WIO countries: South Africa, Comoros, France / Réunion, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania. It also explains regional drivers of change, and recommendations for the management of associated reefs and ecosystems. In particular, it included the impact of one of the largest coral bleaching events of 2016. Coral bleaching can be fatal, and occurs when corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, and expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, which causes them to turn completely white.[1]

Dr Judith Nyunja, Senior Research Scientist at Kenya Wildlife Service, said ‘the situation is relatively stable after the bleaching of 1998 with losses of 25%, compared to only 10% after the bleaching of 2016. This gives hope for reef preservation if very active management measures are taken’.

The Biodiversity Programme supports several regional initiatives in the management of reefs. They mainly focus on strengthening national and regional capacities to monitor coral bleaching as well as identifying coral diseases, eradicating coral-eating crown of thorns starfish, and assessing post-bleaching impacts in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Find out more about the report and the programme here.   

Read more about the programme on the following links:
Landell Mills supports coral reef monitoring
Call for proposals launched in biodiversity
IOC workshop encourages stronger engagement with biodiversity targets

[1] (https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coral_bleach.html)