Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation2 weeks ago
We are pleased to invite all interested to take part in online session of “Farm to Fork” Academy, being a part of project “Farm to Fork Academy: V4 for Sustainable Agriculture in Albania” implemented by Albanian Network for Rural Development as a leader, along with Development Policy Foundation and supported by Central European Initiative - CEI and International Visegrad Fund.

The project addresses the issues of environment and sustainable development, along with New Green Deal postulates transferred to rural areas of Albania. Its main goal is to support biodiversity and its protection, as well as to promote circular economy models among Albanian small farmers.

Moreover, its aim is to train local farmers to adapt their farming techniques to preserve biodiversity on farms, and to raise awareness of climate change vulnerabilities and technical, agricultural and bio-engineering adaptation solutions in a sustainable, self-efficient, and cost-effectively way. It also promotes the use of smart on-farms technologies and adjustments resulting in biodiversity protection, sustainable rural development, and facing climate change challenges.

Session will take place on 23rd Feb, at 3 PM CET!

Join us – click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89725956998?pwd=cFJuQnplQnkzKzFXbkFZMjVOZWFmUT09
Meeting ID: 897 2595 6998
Passcode: ANRD2021

See you there!
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation3 weeks ago
It was a great pleasure to meet our friends Igor Luchianov and Tatiana Marin and discuss future cooperation and water protection perspectives in Sth of Moldova. Made possible thanks to the project leaded by Tullstorpsån and supported by Svenska institutet
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation4 weeks ago
La Nihalcea is a system of connected ponds, located in one of the most valuable natural regions in Europe, in the Dniester valley in the South East of Moldova. It co-creates a system of oxbow lakes, marshes and riparian forests on the border of the steppes that make up a unique biotope. The shores of Nihalcea are surrounded by both wild orchards and thickets, made of wild roses, blackthorn, rowan and dogwoods.

Towards further implementation of actions favoring preservation of this extraordinary landscape, an ecological need assessment event took place, due to analyze the impact of severe drought from 2020 and insufficient rainfalls from previous years on water levels.

Need assessment event, along with assistance on the field provided with participation of International and local NGO: Purcari Communities and Mişcarea Ecologistă din Ştefan Vodă was part of the project “Smart Water & Wetlands: Establishment and triggering of BALT+EaP Network for local water governance”, implemented by Tullstorpsån and supported by Svenska institutet. Project supports networks and the needs-tailored joint initiatives in the region on local integrated participatory water governance, contributing also to the environment protection and ensuring conservation of ecologically sensitive wetland areas.
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation1 month ago
Grim news from our Chin friend from Kale!

Note: Chin is nothing about China. Just a name of the state or province of Myanmar: the Chin State and a bunch of ethnic groups there : the Chin people!

Myanmar/ Burma and its people deserve a genuine democracy in multi-ethnically & multi-faith country for all!
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation2 months ago
We are thrilled to share the video presenting Vanik Zalyants, the author of project idea “Resource Saving Agriculture for Healthy Soil & Healthy Plants”, designed and developed under ON-FARM CLIMATE RESILIENCE ACADEMY: VISEGRAD 4 ARMENIA, supported by International Visegrad Fund.

Vanik has bought a plot in Tavush region in Aghavnavank village, which is attached to Dilijan National Park and is characterized by forest ecosystem. He wants to manage his farm in a way which minimizes the stress on nature and further, to demonstrate the practical solutions on climate change mitigation on farm level and sustainable soil management practices for villagers in neighborhood.

He is going to construct a small underground greenhouse (50m2) for production of herbs and seedlings, which will be grown in biodegradable pots. He will also transplant and cultivate herbs, such as Zizifora (Ziziphora capitata L.), Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Anis hyssop (Hyssopus anisatus), Borage (Borago officinalis), Damask Rose (Dosa damascena), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Bee balm (Monarda dyddima, Monarda fistulosa), in the land adjacent to his house, where different fruit trees & wild berries are grown. Then, he is going to sell them directly to herbal tea producers and companies producing natural cosmetics.

He also wants to install a simple drip irrigation system in the greenhouse - in order to implement effective water resources management, the irrigation of herbs will be carried out mainly through a drip irrigation system. As he will build a small rainwater harvesting plant, rainwater will also be used for irrigation. Vanik plans to cultivate the land in a sustainable manner, by using mixed crops and practice methods of natural farming. He wants to create self-sufficient, well-thought-out agro-ecosystems and further, expand the activities in more areas.

We are very happy to see that jointly developed and further implemented project ideas finally materialize and bring such tangible results - congratulations!

On-farm Climate Resilience Academy is supported by International Visegrad Fund and implemented by Združenie mladých farmárov na Slovensku - ASYF in partnership with Společnost mladých agrárníků České republiky, Magyar Permakultúra Egyesület, Development Policy Foundation and Organic Armenia.
#organicarmenia #earthcare #RuralSME #VisegradFund #V4 #armenianfood #agritech #agroecology4climate #climateresilenceacademy #agriculture4climate #agrobiodiversity
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation2 months ago
We are genuinely pleased to share the video presenting Gevorg Hovhannisyan, the author of project idea “Locotech: Low Cost Technology”, designed and developed under ON-FARM CLIMATE RESILIENCE ACADEMY: VISEGRAD 4 ARMENIA, supported by International Visegrad Fund.

Gevorg owns a greenhouse with roses and he combined it with establishment of his own IoT System, which calculates the need of water usage as remotely controlled, modern solution responding for greenhouse needs. While his system uses solar energy as the primary power source, greenhouses’ data are kept on Cloud storage. Just with a smartphone, humidity and temperature levels can be followed remotely, as the Application shows statistics connected to costs of water, energy and temperature. 1.5KW Solar Panel, generating 2300KW electricity per year, installed thanks to micro-grant from the project, is enough for irrigation need of his greenhouse, moreover, pump used in a greenhouse, can work for 32 hour every month using only solar energy. This cheap but stable device collects cost data for future calculations and allows changes in the traditional drip irrigation system by adding modern and environmental-friendly tools.

We are truly delighted to see that jointly developed and further implemented project ideas finally materialize and bring such tangible results - congratulations!

On-farm Climate Resilience Academy is supported by International Visegrad Fund and implemented by
Združenie mladých farmárov na Slovensku - ASYF in partnership with Společnost mladých agrárníků České republiky, Magyar Permakultúra Egyesület, Development Policy Foundation and Organic Armenia.

#organicarmenia #earthcare #RuralSME #VisegradFund #V4 #armenianfood #agritech #agroecology4climate #climateresilenceacademy #agriculture4climate #agrobiodiversity
Development Policy Foundation