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International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management: Programme and Concept Note










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    International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture & Water Management (Save The Date) 2018
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    To meet the growing demand for food and water worldwide, the agriculture and food sectors require energy for agricultural production, food processing, transport, marketing and consumption. Renewable energies can help improve food security and rural livelihoods, strongly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Solar technologies allow people to have access to water and energy, and can generate additional incomes and new job opportunities. Nevertheless, access to finance, good quality products and technical training are often lacking. Solar-powered irrigation systems, in particular, need to be well managed in order to prevent groundwater depletion. In this context, the International Forum on “Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management” will review the existing solar technologies and their application in different countries and will analyze the needs and opportunities for sustainable rural development. It will also present the tools developed by FAO and its partners to enhance the use of solar technologies. It will engage participants in a debate and establish a community of practice on solar technologies in small-scale agriculture and water management. The Forum is organized by FAO, together with “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the “Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems” (WLE). It is aimed at representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs, research institutes, financial institutions and private companies from the water, energy, agriculture and rural development sectors.
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    The small-scale fisheries and energy nexus
    Opportunities for renewable energy interventions
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    Renewable sources of energy are gaining traction worldwide. Solar, wind power, biomass energy and geothermal heat energy are already used in applications in food value chains. Renewable energy can provide energy solutions in situations where there are challenges with traditional energy supplies. Renewable energy also has the capacity to reduce the carbon footprint of food value chains and help mitigate against climate change. Yet, the link between renewable energy and small-scale fisheries and aquaculture is not well documented. This publication introduces the current situation and proposes a way forward with regard to the use of renewable energy in small-scale fisheries. It provides general guidance for decision-makers and development specialists on the choices, benefits and challenges related to renewable energy use and uptake in small-scale fisheries. The publication will contribute to the implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Alleviation (SSF Guidelines). FAO’s objectives relate to better production, better nutrition and a better environment.
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    Improving rural services for small-scale fisheries using a technological platform approach 2019
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    In relation to small-scale fisheries (SSF), the term “technological platform” was first described in FAO, (2008) as: A technological platform is, above all, a concept materialized in a laid out area and equipped with improved post-harvest technologies. It is an entry point, a framework where exchanges are made, a forum where technological and technical post-harvest as well as socio-economic obstacles to the development of fishing communities are addressed. It was envisaged that technological platforms would be knowledge transfer platforms that would facilitate organizational development, the mobilization of resources and other service provision. The platform, centred around a physical facility, would assist community to community training and the targeting or provision of government services to support SSF stakeholders.This paper aims to take stock of FAO interventions that have introduced the technological platform and focussing on fish drying and smoking . These interventions support FAO’s third strategic objective and programme linked specifically to rural services provision. An overview of the development of drying and smoking technology is provided in Appendix 1. Four case studies are presented which highlight experiences of technological platform experiences in Angola, Burundi, Chad and Côte d’Ivoire. These examples include lessons learned. A synthesis of which is provided as guidance for development practitioners who are interested in conducting similar initiatives in the future in Africa or further afield in other regions such as southeast Asia.

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