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

Landell Mills recently delivered a presentation on ‘Urban Water Management in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya Region’ focusing on two Landell Mills-managed projects in Afghanistan and Nepal. The presentation was given as part of the ‘Integrated Urban Water Management’ national meeting which was organised by the Irrigation and Water Forum and British Hydrological Society.

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In Kabul the urban poor rely on hand pumps where groundwater levels are rapidly dropping

In Kabul the urban poor rely on hand pumps where groundwater levels are rapidly dropping

Gokarna Mahadev Temple on the Bagmati River

Gokarna Mahadev Temple on the Bagmati River

The meeting on 10th November, at The Institution of Civil Engineers in London, addressed the need to change management practices in order to help reverse degradation to water and other natural resources caused by urbanisation. Landell Mills joined several organisations who gave presentations at the event, ranging from universities, to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the engineering firm, AECOM.

Landell Mills’ Senior Water Specialist, Pete Harrison, shared challenges and lessons learned from the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project and the Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project. Pete recommended that future challenges, such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and lack of capital investment, require better water resources planning and enforcement, cost recovery and community engagement.

For more information contact Pete Harrison at PeteH@landell-mills.com

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

Landell Mills recently organised an awards ceremony in Abuja on behalf on the EUD to Nigeria and ECOWAS and the UN Women Country Office in Nigeria. The ‘Picture It’ competition called for art students based in Nigeria, aged 18-28 years, to express what came to mind when they reflected on women’s rights and gender equality, and the positive changes they would like to see. Over 100 designs were submitted from across the country.

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Five winners were selected by a jury comprising professional comic artists and gender equality experts. The winning cartoon comics highlighted issues related to gender stereotypes and traditional roles of men and women in the Nigerian society, as well as the need for political inclusion and the education of young girls.

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The comic competition forms part of the EU Gender Action Plan and the UN Women Campaign ‘Step It Up for Gender Equality’. Ketil Karlsen, the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS,  said, "Girls and women’s rights should be respected and protected throughout the world, and involving the youth in the process is investing in a better future for all of us".

Graphic Designer, Damilola Alabi, won first prize with the image on the right. ‘The Jury unanimously selected this illustration for first prize because of its simplicity, the strength of the message and the artistic creativity. The depiction of gender equality as a collective effort resonated with the core message of the comic competition, and the use of the gender equality icon as a puzzle that must be pieced together by all members of society was very brilliant.’

Please click here to see all of the winning entries.
For more information about Landell Mills’ communications project in Nigeria please click here.

 

Landell Mills organises European film festivals in Tajikistan and Rwanda

Landell Mills organised two successful European film festivals in October. The first festival was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from the 13th to the 15th of October. Nine films were shown at Kayhon Cinema over the three nights and entry to all screenings was free. More than 650 people attended the festival over the three days.

The film festival was launched with a press briefing by the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr Hidajet Biscevic. Following this, the first film, ‘The Fencer’, a joint creation between producers from Finland, Estonia and Germany, was screened. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes, and in 2016, won two Jussi Awards for Best Picture and Best Cinematography. 

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The European Film Festival is one of several events organised under the ‘European Union Cooperation in Central Asia: Visibility Events’ contract that Landell Mills is managing. Landell Mills worked closely with Kayhon Cinema to promote the event, producing a trailer that was shown at the cinema in the lead up to the event and shared on social media. Other promotion included a radio advert, billboards, posters and flyers.

The 2017 European Film Festival in Rwanda took place across three cities, beginning at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre in Kigali on the 18th of October, before moving to the University of Rwanda in Huye, and ending at the University of Tourism, Technology & Business in Rubavu on the 22nd. Approximately 2,000 people in total attended the festival.

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11 films from 10 EU countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK) were screened at each of this year’s venues. The most popular film was ‘Victoria’ (Germany) which 300 people attended, whilst the children’s film, ‘Songs of the Sea’ (Ireland) was very well-attended by families.

The festival followed the successful 2016 European Film Festival in Rwanda, which Landell Mills also managed as part of the project: ‘Visibility and Communication Activities for the EU Delegation to Rwanda.’ Landell Mills produced various materials to promote this year’s festival, including posters, a festival programme and short film trailer. The festival was also promoted heavily through a social media campaign, which included videos from participating actors and online quizzes.

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Landell Mills organises first EU Mini Model event in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The first EU Mini Model event has taken place in Tajik National University, Dushanbe. The event is part of the EC-funded project, ‘European Union Cooperation in Central Asia: Visibility Events’, which is being managed by Landell Mills.

The EU Mini Model activity aims to enhance students’ knowledge of EU institutions, their functions, agenda-setting and policy-making procedures, as well as to highlight EU support for, and advocacy of, human rights. The event in Dushanbe, is the first of four EU Mini Model events that will take place under the #EU4HumanRights campaign, which has been developed by Landell Mills. The other events will take place in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

During the event, the students were divided into teams and began by researching a particular EU-related issue.  Following this, a role play activity took place which saw the students become representatives of EU Member States; preparing draft resolutions, developing strategies, negotiating, resolving conflicts and navigating the EU’s rules of procedure.

Throughout, the teams were monitored by a panel, which consisted of Mahbuba Abdulloeva, Press and Information Officer for the EU Delegation to Tajikistan, Yelena Serebrennikova, Team Leader for the Landell Mills project, and three representatives from the university. The panel watched all the teams’ presentations, before collectively deciding on winners for the following categories: best delegate, best negotiators, and best speakers.

The event concluded with an award ceremony, which was led by the Dean of the University. The winning students received a special certificate and prize, before all participants were presented with a certificate of appreciation, and a branded EU t-shirt and cap.

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'The Better Tomorrow’ highlights achievements of Panj-Amu River Basin Programme

Landell Mills and the EU have produced a short film about the impact of the EU-funded Panj-Amu River Basin Programme (P-ARBP), which you can watch below or on our YouTube channel.

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The film presents P-ARBP’s key achievements and features interviews with people who have benefitted from the programme, such as farmers, as well as with those who have been trained to manage the water resource better. The film also highlights how water allocation and water quality issues in the basin and sub basins have been addressed.

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Prior to the intervention of the EU’s programmes, much water in the Panj-Amu river basin was being wasted or not used properly due to a lack of efficient water management. P-ARBP is being carried out to further develop integrated water resource management in the Panj-Amu river basin. As such, it has been a vehicle for the improvement of rural livelihoods and, consequently, to the overall economic recovery of Afghanistan. P-ARBP is being implemented by Landell Mills in the Panj-Amu river basin of Afghanistan and has been running since 2004.

Watch the film below.

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Landell Mills managed project showcases grapes in Afghanistan to boost trade and find potential international markets

The Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) of Herat organised a grape exhibition in Herat city with the support of the Herat Perennial Horticulture Development Program (PHDC) of the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan. The PHDC showcased more than 100 varieties of grape produced in the western region’s provinces, particularly in Herat.

Herat PHDC staff is presenting different verities of grapes to the guests

Herat PHDC staff is presenting different verities of grapes to the guests

H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad is showing a bunch of grapes during the exhibition. The Governor of Herat (Center) and a member of parliament (Right) are also present

H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad is showing a bunch of grapes during the exhibition. The Governor of Herat (Center) and a member of parliament (Right) are also present

A pyramid of grapes prepared by Herat PHDC

A pyramid of grapes prepared by Herat PHDC

There are six PHDCs that are located in Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Jalalabad. All of the PHDCs are supported by EU-MAIL Transition project funded by the EU and implemented by Landell Mills. The exhibition took place in order to find markets for high-quality grapes that are produced in the western region, showcase different varieties of grapes, and identify potential deals for farmers.

During the event, H.E Mr Qadeer Jawad, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), highlighted the government’s efforts on exporting their products to international markets. He said, “Discussions are ongoing to find a solution for exporting Herat grapes to international markets. We may soon see air transportation of the western region’s grapes from Herat directly to India.” Other fruits are already transported from Kabul to India. If grapes are exported in the future then farmers will earn much more profit than selling their products domestically.

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The event attracted a large number of visitors which included provincial council members, members of Parliament, the Herat DAIL Director, private sector representatives from Germany, Turkmenistan and the local area, and farmers.

Landell Mills delivers experience sharing workshop to improve integrated water resources management in Afghanistan

The EU-funded and Landell Mills-managed Panj-Amu river basin programme (P-ARBP) organised a workshop to share P-ARBP field experience on integrated water resources management practices. The event was held in September in Herat City and delivered to the Harirud-Murghab River Basin Agency’s social and technical institutions. The workshop was attended by 140 participants over three days, including professors, engineers, Water Users Association (WUA) members, an organisation set up by the project, and senior officers from the Ministry of Energy and Water.

Group photo at the end of the experience sharing workshop

Group photo at the end of the experience sharing workshop

Dr Claude de Patoul, Team Leader of P-ARBP, explaining the training approach

Dr Claude de Patoul, Team Leader of P-ARBP, explaining the training approach

The Ministry of Energy and Water requested the workshop for the Harirud-Murghab River Basin Agency due to the success of previous experience sharing events from P-ARBP, which have proved very valuable in helping to achieve better control of water resources. This marks the first time that P-ARBP has been invited to share its knowledge with another major river basin agency. With information gained from the workshop, members of the Water Users Associations are able to better control their water resources and distribute water sustainably. The Director of the Harirud-Murghab River Basin plans to share the experience obtained from the workshop to the sub-basins to ensure capacity building and further decentralisation.

From right to left: Ghulam Rasoul, Landell Mills’ country representative, Eng. Wais Basiri, Ministry of Energy and Water Adviser and the General Director of the Helmand River Basin Agency.

From right to left: Ghulam Rasoul, Landell Mills’ country representative, Eng. Wais Basiri, Ministry of Energy and Water Adviser and the General Director of the Helmand River Basin Agency.

Topics covered were the role and responsibilities of the Water Users Associations, the river basin and sub-basin agencies; importance on watershed protection; applied hydraulics, and better water distribution based on adapted hydraulic structures and irrigation methods. Management and design tools were distributed to the participants, including the ‘Guidebook for the Establishment and Operation of Water Users Associations’, and the ‘User’s Manual for the Design of a Cross-Regulator and a Head Regulator on Permeable Foundations Using a MS Excel Spreadsheet’.

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P-ARBP has been running since 2004, and is currently the main vehicle in the country for the improvement of rural livelihoods through integrated water resources management. The project rehabilitates and develops irrigation infrastructure as well as supporting the Ministry of Energy and Water in the development of a regulatory environment, and the creation of a new river basin management organisational structure. These organisations can now effectively address water allocation and water quality issues in the basin and sub basins.

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.