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SLE 278 Opportunities and challenges for small scale aquaculture in Zambia Seite 001

The new study on "Opportunities and challenges of small-scale aquaculture in Zambia" has been published and is available online.

The production of tilapia in aquaculture shows very rapid growth in Zambia. The sector, however, is characterized by a small number of large producers who produce tilapia in cages on Lake Kariba.

What opportunities do the 12,000 small-scale producers have in this growing market? How can they be integrated into the value chain and benefit from it? Reliable information on small-scale aquaculture systems is scarce.

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The Cameroon-study on protection versus usage of nature reserves is published and available online!

Using the example of Lobéké National Park in Cameroon, the park management, the involvement of the local population, possible conflicts with eco-guards and the human < > wildlife conflict are examined. In addition, fields of tension between commercial- and local users are depicted.                                                                                                                                                                   .


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Malian Delegation in Berlin! 

In the time period from May 6 to May 17, 2019, 16 participants from 11 agricultural training centers in several regions of Mali came to Berlin to attend a training course tailored to their needs. 11 days of intensive training inspired our Malian partners to adopt new didactic methods and equipped them with powerful tools to better spread the innovations promoted by the Bamako Green Innovation Center on the three most important value chains of mano, rice and potato. A network around Agroforma will be strengthened in the upcoming months to help the centers collaborate.


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New Discussion Paper published on small-scale aquaculture in Zambia

In 2018, an SLE research team was in Zambia to prepare a comprehensive study on small-scale aquaculture. A discussion paper was produced as an additional product. This discussion paper describes how smallholder aquaculture is positioned in eastern Zambia and whether and how it can be further expanded.


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Human rights violations in protected areas - report from Lobéké National Park in Cameroon

Responding to the high public interest in the issue of alleged Human Rights violations by eco-guards in protected areas, please find here our assessment of the current situation in Lobeke National Park, Cameroon.


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© SLE, Food production from planting, processing and preparation is in the hands of women and girls. (SLE Togo 2018)

The untapped potential of working women

Rural women and adolescent girls are a driving force of the rural economy in sub-Saharan Africa. A focus on women’s education and training will contribute to unlock the African agricultural sector’s potential for food security, poverty eradication and job creation. Women play a predominant role in sub-Saharan Africa’s food production, processing and trade. They also account for 50 per cent of the agricultural workforce. Despite of their important role for the economy, women and girls access to education and training opportunities lags far behind.


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© SLE, Coffee from Toraja presented at the Sarasehan.

Heavy rain and sea level rise: Indonesian farmers between climate change adaptation and climate protection

The cultural attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Germany, Dr. Ahmad Saufi, invited the SLE to report on the situation of small family farms in South Sulawesi (Toraja) and West Java. Mrs. Birgit Steffan opened the Sarasehan, which means workshop in Bahasa Indonesia, and welcomed the guests who had already enjoyed fresh coffee from Toraja and Indonesian snacks. Dr. Silke Stöber, who is coordinating the CRAIIP research project, explained that smallholders are constantly looking for new ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change as these changes make their farming conditions increasingly difficult. Bread for the World (BFDW) supports the project through its local partners JAMTANI and Motivator Kondoran (Church of Toraja).


Early Bird offer until April 30th, 2019: Enrol now for our SLE TRAINING courses and get a discount on the tuition fee

Apply now to join our training courses in Management of Development Projects, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Greener Cities for Sustainable Development, Training of Trainers, Moderation of Events and Process Facilitation or Designing Participatory Workshops. Click the link to enrol:

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These are the 2019 SLE overseas projects

The regions and topics for this years overseas projects of the SLE postgraduate studies are clear. Our Students will work in Mongolia, Rwanda/Uganda, Benin/Togo and southern Africa.Read a short summary of each of the projects:

Mongolia: Additional income for mobile pastoralist families in Mongolia

The wide grasslands of Mongolia are overgrazed. Roughly 70-80% of the pasture land is degraded. Because of that, additional sources of income for mobile pastoralist are necessary. The SLE will describe the status quo of livelihoods of mobile pastoralist families as well as analyze the potential of vegetable gardening and nature tourism as possible additional sources of income.




Interviews and further Insights into UFiSAMo

The UFiSAMo-Project (Urban Agriculture for Food Security and Income Generation in South Africa and Mozambique) analyses urban agricultural production systems and how to best improve them.
For urban communities in Maputo/ Mozambique and Cape Town/ South Africa UFISAMO aims to:

  • improve food security and safety
  • improve income generation
  • assess benefits and risks in integrated urban livestock and crop farming
  • combine research and practical applications of urban farming from grassroots to upper policy levels
In order to provide more insight into the project, a new 20 minute video has been produced by Dariusch Tabib-Elahi, which puts small scale local farmers into the centre of attention.

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