SIANI News

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20 October 2016
Ever heard of Kibera vertical farms?  These are not perhaps the designer skyscraper greenhouses you might imagine, but rather sacks filled with soil. However, Kibera dwellers are able to grow tomatoes, spinach and kale in those sacks which, together with ugali and eggs, from Kibera-kept...
19 October 2016
Policy recommendations provided by the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) are not legally binding; implementation is up to country members. But let’s skip the talks about why this should be done at all and imagine that all politicians agreed to actively take the CFS recommendations forward.So,...
14 October 2016
Many development initiatives have limited impact. Educational curricula are developed, but children do not learn. Nurses are trained, but clinics lack staff. Governments adopt reforms, but institutional practices remain the same and citizens experience little change. Genuine development progress is...
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12 October 2016
Lisa Westholm, Focali member and PhD candidate in rural development at Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), will organize a panel at next year’s IUFRO forestry congress in Freiburg, Germany. The theme for the 2017 congress is “Interconnecting Forests, Science and People”. The Congress provides a...
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10 October 2016
Is it OK to keep eating meat? Or even milk, cheese and eggs? It’s almost guaranteed that this topic will come up whenever dinner table conversation turns to sustainability. Livestock production has been implicated in many of our biggest environmental challenges, from climate change to...
10 October 2016
Matthew Fielding is the Communications Manager at the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI). Established in 2008, SIANI aims to enhance collaboration among international development actors with a focus on reducing poverty through sustainable agricultural production....
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7 October 2016
Lennart Båge is stepping down from his role as SIANI Steering Committee member as he is taking on the role of Sidas new Acting Director-General from the 1st of November 2016. He has been part of SIANIs steering committee since August 2015.Lennart Båge has a long career in international development...
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3 October 2016
A new sustainability standard, 2017 SAN was launched by Rainforest Alliance and their partner Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) on 29 September in Stockholm. The 2017 SAN standard update, reduced the number of key principles from ten, like it used ot be in the 2010 SAN standard, to four:...
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3 October 2016
Making a movie about a research project is frequently mentioned as a desirable output, but it does not happen that often. “Fruits of Our Labour” series is an attempt to make research by making a film and exchange knowledge with those whose stories are told, giving them a chance to learn from the...
27 September 2016
Applications for a communication internship at SIANI are now open! Are you interested in sustainable development and poverty reduction in agriculture, food supply, natural resource management, and consumption? Join our team!    About the internship SIANI works with a...