Landell Mills collaborates with Ubongo Kids in Tanzania to teach children about energy efficiency

As part of the Landell Mills contract ‘Visibility of the EU in Tanzania’ we have teamed up with Ubongo Kids (http://www.ubongokids.com/), on behalf of the European Union in Tanzania and the East African Community. Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edutainment programme and together we have created an episode of their weekly cartoon programme to educate children about energy efficiency.

The episode titled ‘Kids for A Cleaner Future! /Watoto kwa Nishati Safi!’ has recently been broadcast on TBC in Tanzania in Kiswahili and English reaching over 1.5 million families. It will also be broadcast in other countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. It is 25 minutes long and made up of animated stories, catchy original songs and familiar Ubongo Kids characters. The episode highlights the EU’s commitment to help mitigate climate change.

The two stars of the cartoon, Kibena and Koba, learn about the difference between ‘dirty’ energy and ‘clean’ energy. Together, they are committed to educate the elders around them about the dangers of dirty energy. They start exploring what energy efficiency and sustainable energy methods are and how they can use them in their daily lives.

Please click to see the trailer in Kiswahili or English.

Please click to see the full episode in Kiswahili or English.

Landell Mills wins African Peace Facility communication project

Landell Mills has won a new EU-funded communications contract, ‘EU-Africa actions on peace and security through the African Peace Facility Communication plan.’

The African Peace Facility (APF) is the EU’s key financial instrument to support cooperation with Africa in the area of peace and security. The objective of the two-year project is to increase awareness and visibility of the APF through the delivery of communication materials and activities.

These activities will include developing a communications strategy; organising two outreach events (one in Brussels and one in Addis Ababa); producing film documentaries about the indirect effects of the APF to be shown across Africa and Europe; obtaining media coverage across print, online, radio and TV; and promoting the APF via social media.

The project aims to raise awareness of the APF and related projects, among national, regional, continental and international peace and security institutions, as well as academics and students, CSOs, NGOs and think tanks.

Landell Mills organises quality management workshop in Zanzibar

Landell Mills has delivered a workshop for Zanzibar trade support institutions involved in the quality management of agricultural based food products.

The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Zanzibar Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing (ZMTIM), which supports businesses in meeting export requirements for products such as seaweed, spices, fruits and vegetables. Landell Mills brought together a number of institutions at the event, including the Zanzibar Bureau of Standards and the Zanzibar Export Association (ZEXA).

Participants at the workshop on quality management for Zanzibar trade support institutions, which was organised by Landell Mills

Participants at the workshop on quality management for Zanzibar trade support institutions, which was organised by Landell Mills

During the workshop, participants discussed the guide to Managing Product Quality in the Zanzibar/Pemba Export Corridor, which has been produced by Landell Mills in close collaboration with the ZMTIM. The guide provides Zanzibar’s trade support institutions with advice on how to assess their product quality environment, identify shortcomings, and limit factors and gaps. It aims to enable the institutions to provide better support to farmers, producer associations and exporter organisations, in order to overcome trading bottlenecks, and have greater access to new markets, particularly those in the EU.

The event was delivered as part of a project entitled ‘Targeted Support to REPOA and Zanzibar Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing to Increase the Competitiveness of Primary Producers and diversify the Export Base in Light of Trading Opportunities with the EU’.  The project is being funded by the European Union and managed by Landell Mills through the EU ACP TradeCom II Programme.

In 2016, Zanzibar GDP grew by 6.8%. The three sectors that registered growth were agriculture, forestry and fishing, industry, and the services sector.

Successful AgriTT programme generates lessons for future trilateral cooperation and agriculture technology transfer

The award-winning DFID funded AgriTT programme implemented by Landell Mills from 2013-2017 facilitated the sharing of the successful experience of Chinese agricultural development with low-income countries, such as Malawi and Uganda, in order to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

Independent research conducted by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) analyses trilateral development cooperation under AgriTT as a model to promote learning and accelerate agricultural technology transfer. The study finds achievements in the technology transfer carried out by AgriTT and outlines key recommendations for future trilateral cooperation and agriculture technology transfer.

The research focuses on two pilot projects: one being cassava value chain development in Uganda and the other being tilapia production in Malawi. Both projects introduced Chinese technologies, specially adapted through the trilateral cooperation model to suit the local environment.

The study finds: 
“AgriTT was an ambitious project operating within a complex environment. While agricultural technology transfer is always a challenging process, requiring patience, flexibility and time, the challenges of the AgriTT pilots were particularly daunting given the ambitious project design, the limited timeframe, and the innovative nature of both the partnerships and the holistic value-chain approach. Despite this, informants reflected that the programme did largely play to the distinct strengths of the UK, China, and Uganda and Malawi, allowing it to transfer appropriate agriculture technology for key points in the value chain in uniquely effective ways.”

AgriTT has carved out a unique role for the private sector within a trilateral aid programme.  Lila Buckley, IIED author, commented, “The project’s achievements included the development of strong networks amongst those involved, suggesting that mutual learning and exchange will continue among China, the UK and the two African countries. It has transformed the way in which cassava and tilapia are perceived in the pilot countries, opening up previously unrealised commercialisation possibilities.”

Shan Mitra, Senior Economic Adviser for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), China observed, “AgriTT genuinely seems to have turned out to be a successful programme, not only in delivering development results on the ground but in generating lessons on trilateral cooperation”.

The IIED study finds that AgriTT provides important lessons for trilateral cooperation in agriculture on how to engage, how long to engage, who to engage with and how to ensure sustainability.

Please download the study ‘Trilateral Cooperation in Agriculture: Achievements and Lessons from AgriTT’ here

Read more about the AgriTT programme on the links below.

Zarafshon Integrated Sub Basin Project Working Group holds inauguration meeting

MEWR Deputy Minister, Sulton Rahimzoda making his welcome speech.

MEWR Deputy Minister, Sulton Rahimzoda making his welcome speech.

The first meeting of the Zarafshon Integrated Sub Basin Working Group has taken place in Ayni, Tajikistan.

The Zarafshon Integrated Sub Basin Project (ZISP), which is managed by Landell Mills and funded by the European Union, aims to build the capacity of integrated water resources management in Tajikistan and specifically the Zarafshon sub-basin. The working group has been established with the support of ZISP and will eventually become a fully-functioning River Basin Agency.

Approximately 40 participants attended the inauguration meeting, which marked the start of the Group’s work. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MEWR); the Agency of Land Reclamation and Irrigation (ALRI); the Agricultural Management Departments of Ayni, Panjakent and Mountainous Maschoh districts; and the European Union.

The event was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of the MEWR, Sulton Rahimzoda, and ZISP team leader, Jelle Beekma. Following this, Rustam Abdulloev from MEWR presented on ‘The Importance of Water Resources for Development in the regions of Tajikistan and the Water Sector Reforms in Tajikistan’.

The meeting concluded with each of the working group members receiving an acceptance letter from the project Team Leader, Jelle Beekma. Following the meeting, the working group will now start to focus on capacity building.

 

Landell Mills and GAIN produce a Global Mapping Study on Food Fortification

Landell Mills and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have produced the first edition of a comprehensive Global Mapping Study on food fortification on behalf of the European Commission. The study focusses on industrial-scale programmes for fortification of staple foods and condiments, as well as bio-fortification projects. It will help key actors improve their understanding of the main features of food fortification, including key strategic concerns and operational challenges.

The study has been produced under the service contract “Food Fortification Advisory Service” (2FAS). This advisory service forms part of the European Commission’s efforts to scale-up food fortification in order to contribute to the eradication of vitamin and mineral deficiency disorders among vulnerable populations globally.

The study serves as a reference document for nutrition focal points within the European Commission and EU Delegations, as well as for the wider audience, such as nutrition and food security professionals and decision-makers.

The next version will include fortified products for nutrition target groups (complementary foods for young child feeding and other products) and home-level fortification.

Please download the Global Mapping Study 2016 here.

Landell Mills wins communications projects in Nigeria and Central Asia

Landell Mills has recently won two contracts in which we will highlight the work and values of the EU in both Nigeria and Central Asia.

The communication and visibility EU contract in Nigeria will promote gender equality awareness and advocacy in the country. Over the course of 12 months we are organising a series of events including seminars, awards ceremonies, and radio programmes in order to increase awareness of this important issue.

Nigerian women discuss their experiences at an EU seminar on "Reducing Institutional and Cultural Barriers for Young Women's Entrepreneurship"

We are also contracted to improve the visibility of the EU and its contribution to development cooperation in Central Asia. We will be organising visibility events in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan covering a range of issues including human rights, gender equality and trade and transport connectivity.

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The EU hosts a European Film Festival in Kazakhstan

If you are interested in working with Landell Mills on upcoming communication projects, please email COMLOT2@landell-mills.com.

UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Network shares lessons learnt from AgriTT Programme

Communications materials from the AgriTT Programme, managed by Landell Mills, are available online at the UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform. AgriTT facilitated the sharing of British and Chinese agricultural development experience with developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. The Platform shares knowledge gleaned from the technology transfer pilot projects and collaborative research projects supported by AgriTT. These include policy briefings on each component of the programme, technical reports and manuals.

The Platform, set up by the UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Network, supports the implementation of UK-China cooperation initiatives in agriculture, food and environment sectors, and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and new cooperative partnerships.

Find out more about AgriTT:

Landell Mills organises first ever European Street Fair in Rwanda

Landell Mills, in collaboration with the EU Delegation to Rwanda, recently organised the first ever European Street Fair in Rwanda. The event, which took place on 6th May at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, attracted an estimated 5000 Rwandans and members of the international community. The event featured a range of activities and provided an opportunity to learn more about the EU's work in Rwanda. The afternoon featured EU and Member States presentations, a photo exhibition showcasing the EU's areas of support in Rwanda, and fun activities for children and families. Rwandan artists including Charly and Nina, Riderman, Yvan Buravan, and Afrogroov also performed live music. 

The event forms part of Landell Mills’ work to increase the visibility of the European Union in Rwanda and the region and raise awareness of development cooperation. Find out more here.

EU-Zambia CSO Fair Success

The recent EU-Zambia CSO Fair that Landell Mills helped organise proved to be a great success. 30 civil society organisations took part, highlighting the many development activities currently supported by the EU in Zambia. There was also a sizable turn out from members of the public, who took the opportunity to learn more about EU development cooperation.

H.E. Alessandro Mariani, Ambassador of the European Union in Zambia, said of the event:

"This is a very successful event in our programme for Europe month in Zambia. I am very impressed by the large presence of young people who showed their active participation and deep interest in the development of Zambia. This is an example of the huge contribution that Zambia can expect from civil society and all Zambian citizens in its development path". 

Training programme gives staff skills for accurate data analysis to address food shortages in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) - supported by the EU-funded MAIL Transition Project, managed by Landell Mills – has recently delivered a 5-day training course on monitoring of food security to 55 participants in Kabul, including 26 government officials.

Approximately 1.6 million people, or 5% of the Afghan population, are currently in need of urgent food assistance. Collecting data on the status of food availability forms an important part of an overall strategy to address food shortages in Afghanistan. The training course has been developed to build the capacity of government employees in the analysis of reliable food security data in Afghanistan and forms part of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Level 1 training programme.

H.E Hamdullah Hamdard, the Acting Technical Deputy Minister of MAIL and Extension Director said, “I acknowledge the advantage of having a skilled and highly trained IPC technical working group which carries the IPC process in the country successfully without the presence of any expat consultant for IPC in Afghanistan.”

Participants took part in the first stage of the Level 1 training programme. They will also attend an analysis workshop and sit an online test to complete their certification. The project aims to have at least 20 Level 1 and five Level 2 IPC certified staff from government employees by the end of 2018.

Agricultural projects showcase produce and knowledge at Afghanistan’s largest agricultural fair

Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) - supported by the EU-funded MAIL Transition Project, managed by Landell Mills - exhibited at the 18th AgFair and Farmer’s Day on 22nd March in Kabul. The fair is the largest in Afghanistan and seeks to boost trade and increase the local and international markets for Afghan products.

The Perennial Horticulture Development Centers (PHDCs) showcased a variety of produce, attracting 8,000 visitors over the three days. They also provided information on breeding and certified planting material from the National Collection of fruits and nuts.  The governor of Kabul Province praised the role of PHDC, saying “There are too many challenges in the horticulture sector in Afghanistan and PHDC is playing a strategic role in this industry. In the northern zone of the country farmers are facing some problems with apricot disease. The PHDC can conduct a research programme in the northern zone of Afghanistan and tackle the farmers’ problems.”

PHDC booth at the Kabul AgFair

PHDC booth at the Kabul AgFair

Visitors at the SPCD booth at AgFair

Visitors at the SPCD booth at AgFair

The Seed and Planting Materials Certification Directorate (SPCD) provided information on the production of tissue cultures in Afghanistan that producers can utilise in their own private labs. Ahmad Jawad, one of the SPCD booth’s visitors said, “We import saplings from other countries which cost us $8 per sapling, but when I discussed this with SPCD staff they suggested that I establish my own lab here in Afghanistan to produce the same sapling for no more than 25 cents.”

Attendees included the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Kabul Governor, parliament members, farmers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, producers, input suppliers, service providers and private sector representatives.

 

 

Landell Mills managed project supports evidence-based policy on food security in Afghanistan

The EU-MAIL Transition Project managed by Landell Mills supported the Agricultural Statistics and Information Management Directorate (ASIMD) of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in producing the Annual Prospect Report 2016. This is the first time that accurate data on the annual wheat crop has been established. Whereas data was previously estimated, the Annual Prospect Report provides policy makers with evidence-based information to develop policies addressing the food shortage in Afghanistan.

Stakeholders such as Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), WFP, FAO and FewsNet are now using the Annual Prospect Report data and this is helping with providing assistance to food security issues as needed. According to Mr. Noor Habib Arwall, IPC Advisor, ‘The Annual Prospect Report is the only reliable data source on wheat that we use for food security purposes.’ The project has also impressed the President of Afghanistan who wrote a letter of appreciation.

A surveyor conducting a pre-harvest survey

A surveyor conducting a pre-harvest survey

Wheat crop cut survey

Wheat crop cut survey

The project hired 267 surveyors in 24 provinces to conduct surveys using GPS and remote sensing technology to conduct pre-harvest and wheat crop cut surveys and accurately collect data from the field. MAIL and ASIMD staff members were trained in the use of relevant software and how to produce the report to ensure data is collated and analysed consistently to better inform policy makers in the country.

Success for Landell Mills at the British Expertise International Awards

We are very pleased to announce that Landell Mills has won two awards at the recent British Expertise International Awards, which celebrate the achievements of UK companies providing services internationally.

Our Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management project in Nepal won the International Development Project of the Year award, and the Working in Partnership to Accelerate Technology Transfer (AgriTT) Programme won the International Collaborative Project award.

Landell Mills’ Senior Evaluation Consultant, Eunica Aure, was also highly commended in the competitive Young Consultant of the Year category, in recognition of the strength of her evaluation work in Africa and Asia for UK Aid, the European Union, ADB and the World Bank.

We are very proud of these achievements which reflect the positive impact of our projects and the hard work and dedication of our staff and consultants.

The winning projects

Working in Partnership to Accelerate Technology Transfer (AgriTT)
Landell Mills successfully delivered this £9.4m DFID-funded development project, focused on improving food security in low income countries through technology transfer and knowledge sharing. The innovative trilateral programme brought together British, Chinese and African government partners, research institutions and the private sector to trial Chinese technologies in support of agricultural development in low income countries.

Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Nepal
This NDF and ADB-backed project assessed the viability of scaling up biochar-based fertilisers as a climate-friendly technology for farmers in Nepal. Field trials were carried out in over 100 communities, testing the most effective ways to use biochar. This was the most extensive research of its kind to date, and it saw average yield increases of over 100% across all the crops trialed. This has led to the incorporation of biochar technologies into national programmes which will improve the livelihoods of many thousands of farmers, as well as increasing soil fertility, decreasing use of chemical fertilisers, and reducing carbon emissions.

Further information

British Expertise Awards

Working in Partnership to Accelerate Technology Transfer (AgriTT)

Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Nepal

Eunica Aure shortlisted for International Young Consultant of the Year

 

 


 

Landell Mills supports the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency to manage, monitor and evaluate ‘climate smart’ agricultural initiatives

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency was created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. The Agency’s mandate is focused on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the country, and it is charged with implementing the Agriculture Transformation Agenda under the second Growth and Transformation Plan (2016-2020).   

As part of its mandate, the Agency is keen to promote climate friendly (or ‘climate smart’) agricultural practices. As such, it has engaged Landell Mills to provide expertise to bring climate-related issues into its Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation framework for the agriculture sector.

The project is funded by Danida, Denmark’s development cooperation agency; and it will be managed by the Agency. By working alongside relevant Agency staff in Addis Ababa, Landell Mills’ support will aim to strengthen and further develop local capacity within the Agency. It will also ensure the transfer of appropriate knowledge and the sustainability of the results.

Specifically, Landell Mills’ outputs relate to “green indicators”, a sector-wide knowledge management and learning system, and guidance to operationalise the sector’s Monitoring and Evaluation system, as informed by international best practice.

Landell Mills trains NGO partners under the Sudan Food Security Project

Landell Mills recently organised two NGO training sessions as part of the rural smallholders’ component of the Sudan Food Security Project.

The events, held in Khartoum, focussed on Project Cycle Management and Grant Contract management and were designed to support the NGOs that are implementing EU-funded grant contracts in the Food Security sector.

Training participants with the Landell Mills Chief Technical Advisor, Abdul Hamid Rhametalla (on right)

Training participants with the Landell Mills Chief Technical Advisor, Abdul Hamid Rhametalla (on right)

The Landell Mills Team Leader, Mark Witcomb, addressing participants at the PCM training closing

The Landell Mills Team Leader, Mark Witcomb, addressing participants at the PCM training closing

Trainees during a Grant Contract Management training session

Trainees during a Grant Contract Management training session

Participants from 15 different NGOs and the Ministry of International Cooperation took part in the training, along with a number of EU Delegation staff members. A two-hour Q&A encouraged NGO partners to discuss common problems with the Finance and Contracts team at the EU Delegation. Attendees also benefitted from networking with staff from other NGOs that are implementing similar projects and facing similar challenges.

The Food Security Programme Manager and the Head of Finance and Contracts from the EU Delegation attended the opening and closing ceremonies.

Attendees praised both the trainer, Tony Acheampong, and the interactive nature of the training.

Find out more about the Sudan Food Security Project here.

Landell Mills shortlisted for British Expertise International Development Project Award

We are pleased to announce that a Landell-Mills-managed project, 'Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development – Sustainable Rural Ecology for Green Growth' has been shortlisted for the International Development Project of the Year at the British Expertise International Awards 2017. The Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.

The project was a two-year pilot project between the Government of Nepal and the Asian Development Bank, co-financed by the Nordic Development Fund, to assess the viability for scaling-up biochar-based fertilisers as a climate-friendly technology for farmers.

Landell Mills designed and oversaw government and farmer field trials in over 100 rural communities, testing the most effective ways to produce and utilise biochar. This has been the most extensive biochar field trial carried out worldwide to date and we saw average yield increases of over 100% across all crops trialled.

Following the success of the project, the government is now incorporating biochar technologies into national programmes, which will impact upon many thousands of farmers. It will also improve soil fertility, decrease reliance on imported chemical fertilisers and reduce carbon emissions.

Biochar is essentially charcoal, but it is used as a soil conditioner instead of being burnt. It is produced by burning biomass, such as crop residues, in a kiln at over 400°C in the absence of oxygen. While not in itself a fertilizer, biochar acts like a sponge, soaking up water and organic nutrients, for example, from animal urine, making them available to plants. When biochar is soaked in cattle urine, as was demonstrated in the project, it then becomes a highly effective organic fertiliser.

For Sita Lamsal, one of the women participating in the trials, the benefits of the project are clear, “Since the price for fertiliser has massively increased, we are very happy that we now know how to make our fertiliser for free!”

Find out more about the project and the Awards here:

Application of biochar to crops

Application of biochar to crops

Producing biochar

Producing biochar

Results of biochar in a pumpkin trial

Results of biochar in a pumpkin trial

British Expertise shortlists Landell Mills for International Collaborative Project Award

We are pleased to announce that Landell Mills has been shortlisted for the International Collaborative Project award at the British Expertise International Awards 2017 for its implementation of the AgriTT programme (Working in Partnership to Accelerate Technology Transfer).

The British Expertise International Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievement by companies in the UK professional services sector. Each category is fiercely  competitive and included entries from the brightest and best of the UK’s professional and infrastructure service companies. The International Collaborative Project Award celebrates an exemplary approach to collaboration between UK companies and international partners.

A Research Challenge Fund Project led by CABI in Rwanda

A Research Challenge Fund Project led by CABI in Rwanda

Malawi Pilot Development Project

Malawi Pilot Development Project

AgriTT appears at Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali

AgriTT appears at Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali

AgriTT is an innovative trilateral programme, bringing together Chinese agricultural technology expertise and UK research and project management know-how, with the local knowledge of Malawian and Ugandan governments, and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. The programme facilitates the sharing of successful experience in agricultural development with developing countries in order to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

The £10 million UK Department for International Development funded programme demonstrated Chinese technologies for cassava value chain transformation in Uganda, and shared techniques for modernising aquaculture production in Malawi. The AgriTT Research Challenge Fund has contributed to the transfer of five technologies from China and contributed to the development of 12 low-income country value chains. AgriTT has broken new ground by leveraging strategic and technical inputs from high-level experts within China’s commodity system management institutions for cassava and tilapia.

Find out more about AgriTT and the Awards here:
AgriTT
British International Awards

Seed cultivation success boosts crops and revenue in western Afghanistan

Herat SPCD staff testing the seeds in their laboratory for certification.

Herat SPCD staff testing the seeds in their laboratory for certification.

The Seed and Planting Materials Certification Directorate (SPCD) project, supported by the Landell Mills-managed EU-funded Transition Project within the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, is successfully building the capacities of seed certification companies. The project promotes the production of high-quality certified seeds, which will in turn improve Afghan farmers’ livelihoods. Due to the project’s efforts in raising the awareness of the benefits of choosing certified seeds, the western region has seen an increase in their usage and as a result local farmers’ crops, as well as their revenues, have increased compared to previous years.

One of the companies supported by the SPDC in Herat, The Khawaja Mohammad Mosafer Private Seed and Agricultural Services Company (KMSASC), has experienced a substantial increase in seed production. Mr. Haji Ahmad Farid, CEO of KMSASC, said, “We are processing around 10 tonnes of wheat seed on a daily basis which fulfils the western provinces’ requirements. However, we have potential to produce more certified seeds and sell them to other provinces of Afghanistan.”

KMSASC Company where certified seeds are produced.

KMSASC Company where certified seeds are produced.

The SPCD addresses a lack of awareness about the use and benefits of certified seeds, without which there can be significant losses of wheat and other harvested crops each year. Afghan farmers also face limited access to certified seeds and improved varieties, and lack adequate knowledge of methods to save seeds.

Mr. Enayatullah, the SPCD Regional Manager said, “We are closely monitoring all seed companies in Herat and other western provinces in order to ensure that they produce high-quality seeds for farming.” The SPCD Herat regularly visits companies like KMSASC to observe activities, certify their seeds and provide technical advice to improve seed production. Mr. Haji Ahmad Farid, CEO of KMSASC said, “Should we face any technical problems during the seed certification process, we contact the SPCD staff to assist us. They provide us with excellent technical advice which solves our problems.”

Eunica Aure of Landell Mills shortlisted for International Young Consultant of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that Landell Mills’ Senior Evaluation Consultant, Eunica Aure, has been shortlisted for International Young Consultant of the Year. This is a highly competitive category in the British Expertise International Awards 2017. The Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.

Since joining Landell Mills in 2013, Eunica has played a leading role in developing and expanding the company’s monitoring and evaluation portfolio. This has led to key successes in new areas of work, including in complex evaluations for UK Aid and the EU.

At age 33, Eunica has acted as evaluation specialist for more than twenty development projects in Africa and Asia for UK Aid, the EU, ADB and World Bank. Her academic work has also been internationally successful. She was awarded a fellowship (2008) by the United Nations Development Programme and also received the prize for New and Emerging Scholar (2011) by the Gender, Place and Culture Journal for Feminist Geography.

We would like to congratulate Eunica and wish her good luck!

Please click here to find out more about the Awards.