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One-sided nutrient flows to Europe are detrimental to
soil fertility in Africa
What can give a new impulse to agriculture in Africa, and how can young people get involved in this? And what role can development aid play in this?
The 25th of April, 2016, in Amersfoort, in an interesting discussion evening organized by the Scientific Institute of the Dutch political party SGP, I was allowed to speak about this and other relationships between international poverty and agriculture.
by Bertus Buizer (Buizer Advies) April 26th, 2016 Updated: June 8th, 2016
European agriculture has a direct impact on agriculture in Africa. Overproduction in Europe will lead to lower revenues for millions of farmers. This benefits consumers, even in developing countries. But that is an illusion. Because countries become dependent on imports when farmers can not invest to improve their production. And that leads to increasing consumer prices.
Because of the power of the distributive trade, the supermarket, farmers here know by experience that higher consumer food prices do not automatically yield higher incomes for farmers.
Photo credits: Buizer Advies
International Conference Sustainable World Food Supply
In October 2017, around World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), the Sustainable Food Supply Foundation will organize in the Netherlands a two-day international conference.
Aim of the conference is to stimulate a broadly supported vision on a sustainable world food supply that is based on the interest of farmers as well as on the environment and biodiversity.
Divided on the themes: sustainable agriculture and ecology and ecosystem restoration, sustainable food, water and energy supply, economic and social benefits, food sovereignty and land rights and socialisation of agriculture, projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America will show that a sustainable approach to the region works, motivates people and is beneficial in many ways.
The following video clip for instance shows very nice how the quality and yield of rice easily can be improved : System of Rice Intensification (SRI). It is from the 'Better U Foundation' (BUF), an initiative of actor Jim Carrey in the context of the global food supply.
BUF was established in 2005 and supports sustainable innovations which transform people's daily lives.
During the conference initiatives, activities, businesses and people from these parts of the world will be associated with Dutch companies, organizations and governments, both during and after the conference.
Lasting relationships between various partners are facilitated and continued through a specifically for this purpose developed website www.sustainablefoodsupply.org.
Dutch companies, industries, research institutes and consultancy firms have the opportunity to present their expertise and techniques at the to the conference linked Table Top Info Market.
The working language of the conference is English.
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At the invitation of the student association Kairos, founded in 2014 by honors students of the VU University and the University of Amsterdam, Bertus Buizer gave a lecture on whether it is possible to combine organic farming with an adequate food supply.
Lecture by Bertus Buizer for students of the University of Amsterdam and VU University in Amsterdam
Photo: student association Kairos
In his lecture Buizer has made a link, among others, with the history of the Dutch and European agriculture from immediately after the Second World War and with current developments and challenges in agricultural policy.
It also discusses the negotiations that are currently going on a possible free trade agreement (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States.
The hall was packed with students and the discussion that followed the lecture was very animated.
The lecture can be found here.
An Open letter by Dr. Vandana Shiva to Prime Minister Modi and President Obama from democratic, concerned citizens of India and the US
Dr. Vandana Shiva
We, as concerned and democratic citizens of India, and the US, welcome the...
A map of MoveHub shows with a Consumer Price Index (CPI) the living costs around the world in comparison to New York.
The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries, takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities.
Phosphorus, a finite mineral of vital importance
Phosphorus is essential for life and for the world food supply. And it is not replaceable. Phosphorus is also finite and can hit once, unless we handle it economical and regain it where possible.
Survey in the framework of Organicseeds.nl
Report survey and workshop (BioVak Zwolle):
“Local varieties; the right variety - location - grower concept”
Bertus Buizer & Kitty de Jager, December 2012
Breeding of crops, among other things led to increased production, more uniformity, mechanisation and “global” varieties with outstanding performance. At the same time we face al loss of biodiversity, increased pressure on the environment and higher levels of pests and diseases in our crops.
This leads to great opportunities for example for breeders to breed “local” next to their “global” varieties. Varieties developed in and for a specific region!! These will be better adapted to local conditions (soil, climate, etc.), better to grow in balance with their environment and therefore less polluting. A “local” variety, produced in his own region by organic growers, gives the region its own face. A “local” variety is also attractive to local consumers and strengthens the connections within the region.
From concept to reality:
The implementation of the concept raises some important questions:
• How do we fill in this beautiful picture and make it reality?
• How can this be achieved efficiently and with limited resources?
• How can we combine organic farming experience, new breeding techniques and knowledge, genetic resources and consumer's wishes?
• How can a grower determine which variety suits best in his situation?
• How can a breeder obtain data about his varieties under many varying conditions in different areas?
About all this, Kitty de Jager and Bertus Buizer exchanged ideas with growers, breeders and consumers. First this has been done by a survey, which was held in November and December 2011. Secondly, everyone could give their feedback during their workshop, during the BioVak, the 18th and 19th of January 2012 in Zwolle.
Results of the survey:
At the beginning of 2011 the survey had been send to both organic and conventional growers and breeders. They were asked to fill in some questions about the availability of varieties and their willingness to participate in trails.
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Breeding Square Organicseeds.nl showed for a big number of crops the best varieties at BioVak 2011
On an attractive and convenient Breeding Square with a large number of companies, organized by Buizer Advies in collaboration with ICEM and Organicseeds.nl, many Dutch nurseries and traders in the plant sector have shown their varieties, which are of great importance to the national and international organic market.
Participants of the Breeding Square offered high-quality propagating material to visitors from home and abroad and work always to new varieties, which with regard to taste and quality meet the demands of modern consumers within and outside Europe and which comply well with organic growing conditions.
The Dutch nurseries and traders produce organic propagating material including the following crops:
Vegetables (covered and open cultivation): Leaf vegetables, tomatoes, sweet peppers, carrots, beetroots, cabbage crops, cucumbers, pumpkins
Arable crops: potatoes, sowing onions, set onions, shallots, garlic, cereals, grasses.
Green manuring crops.
Fruits: Apples, pears.
Parkland trees and avenue trees.
Ornamental plants: Tulip bulbs, flowers, garden plants.
In the immediate vicinity of the Breeding Square there will be held several times during BioVak a workshop on the latest developments and results of nursing and breeding of organic propagating material. Also for the conventional sector these are important developments. Simultaneous translation for foreign visitors is planned.
Plan in your calendar for 18 and / or January 19, 2012 already a longer visit to BioVak'12 in Zwolle.
In 2010 we had also a Breeding Square at BioVak. See the flyer for the
Breeding Square at BioVak 2010
There is also a flyer in German, French, Spanish and Italian:
Zucht-Platz auf den BioVak 2010
Place de l'amélioration au BioVak 2010
Plaza de ennoblecimiento en BioVak 2010
Piazza della raffinazione al BioVak 2010
The office of Buizer Advies
Optimum harmony between the supply and demand of high-quality organic propagating material.
Education of students in organic agriculture
Implementation of the cropping method