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Account of my conversations at stand 117, 73, 37, 101, 40, 76, 99, 100 and 108

It's so exciting that I've made it a point to visit all stands by June 11 for a one-hour talk. I will continue to post my reports in the News, but will also include them as comments below at the various stands. Please go to the stands for feedback.

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Yesterday and today we (Julia & Marc) had further fruitful conversations with:

USA | Stand 117 | Verra | Viridiana Alcantara-Shivapatham Sorry, I (Marc) forgot to report on this yesterday. Finally, I got an introduction to how Verra works to help farmers redeem carbon credits. I admit it's not easy to understand, so many middlemen involved. Project development, certification, payment. It's probably not that complicated. Maybe it helps to start at the end. Lisa the farmer got 25 USD from Max the C-trader via mobile money for doing this and that ... No matter how, developing and promoting other ways to pay farmers for C-sequestration is important.

France | Stand 073 | Carbone des sols pour une agriculture durable en Afrique (CaSA) | Tiphaine Chevallie  She took me, (Marc) on a tour of Madagascar, Benin, Togo and Senegal. We exchanged ideas on improving soil health in contrasting agro-ecological and socio-economic settings. We touched on the topic of available mineral nutrients for increasing biomass production and building SOM. Another issue we have discussed is the lack of manpower. In many rural areas of Africa, the lack of manpower is one of the main barriers to the adoption of regenerative practices that require the management of large amounts of biomass. We are considering if we can collaborate in Benin in organizing multi-stakeholder learning session.

IndiaStand 037 | BAIF Development Research Foundation |  Girish SohaniNandini Joshi I (Julia) met with Nandini and Girish during their opening hours and learned interesting facts about their project sites and ongoing operations

UK | Stand 101 | Bonsucro |  Nahuel Tunon We had a look at their GHG calculator they use for their certification program. I once developed a post-harvest loss calculator in Excel (https://www.aphlis.net/en/page/6#/) and was very interested to hear about their experience with Excel versus online databases and the challenge of decentralized data management. The cost of training users is a recurring theme. Excel has a great advantage because of its popularity. The technical realization is inexpensive. So it is also easier to improve and update it. Bonsucro GHG calculator takes into account a large set of indicators. http://www.bonsucro.com/tools_resources/bonsucro-calculator/I will take a closer look at the calculator and try to find a number of other people developing similar calculators to learn from them and stimulate synergy.

FranceStand 040 | Association pour la Promotion d'une Agriculture Durable (APAD) | Diane Masure amd Gérard Rass APAD is part of a global network of farmer producer organizations that promote the adoption of the concept of conservation agriculture in the real economy. APAD, like its partner organizations in other countries, is organized and operated by producers. It is a global farmer movement for conservation agriculture. In France, APAD is made up of several autonomous regional groups. Learning and sharing experiences at field days and workshops are the main activities. Improving the business environment was a point of discussion. APAD regrets that many well-intentioned government efforts, are ill advised and often have an opposite effect. Dialogue with the farmers in conception, planning and decision making comes too short. We briefly touched on the issue of payment for C-sequestration. Diane drew my attention to the national program "Qu'est-ce que le Label bas-carbone ?" https://agriculture.gouv.fr/quest-ce-que-le-label-bas-carbone which was recently launched in France. Shame, I missed it completely (smile)! I'm sure it's of interest to others.

Pakistan | Stand 076Combating Poverty and Climate Change Foundation (CPCCF) | I met with Eram G Aftab, living in Toronto assisting the management of CPCCF, and Muhammad Usman Bajwa, a collaborator and expert in animal husbandry living on his farm in Pakistan, the "Bajwa family ranch". He is a veterinarian and has a masters in animal nutrition. He is a driving force of in CPCCF field activities. They showed me the work CPCCF is doing in helping farmers adopting sustainable agricultural practices that aims a reducing the use of agro-chemicals. They presented three of their project, biochar, optimized pasture management with native species, and shading techniques for improved cattle rearing in desert conditions. We visited the places on google maps. Adorable and courageous people! I learnt a lot but there is more to learn from them. I encouraged, Muhammad Usman Bajwa to develop a stand of his own focusing on his optimized pasture management that he has developed on his farm on his "Bajwa family ranch". Looking forward visiting it!

France | Stand 099 and Stand 100Demain la Terre - Tomorrow The Earth | I met with  Marc De Nale . "Tomorrow The Earth" is a community of practice for regenerative agriculture. Soil health is at the center. It currently consists of about 450 producers, most of them in France, but they have a growing number of members in Switzerland, North Africa and even Latin America. The main motivation for membership is to learn from each other to make what they do better. Marc de Nall is a member of the bureau of the 4per1000 Initiative, representing producer organisations. I showed him the business model we are currently developing for 4per1000 using the Business Model Canvas method. It is a simple tool to better understand one's own business and stimulates thinking about ways to improve it. Maybe it will also benefit "Tomorrow the Earth". During the conversation, I asked him to mention two topics he would like to discuss further. He raised two questions, "How can we simplify the message about regenerative agriculture to encourage adoption by conventional farmers?" and "Is it really possible to achieve carbon neutrality in the agricultural sector?" At the end, he recommended that I listen to the lecture by Marc-André SELOSSE : "Quelle agriculture pour demain ?". You find it on his stand but here it is again. Excellent but in french!  

Here is one of my thoughts that I would like to share. At 4:23 Marc-André SELOSSE. At he stresses that it is not the diversity of species that is important but the diversity of functions that matters. It reminds me lot of the WEF (Davos) lecture "Secrets of Economic Growth" of Ricardo Hausmann. I found his theory / model very useful in practice when trying to strengthen agricultural innovation systems. I used it systematically when I was working in Africa. It is the transfer of know-how or skills (functions) to enrich the collective know-how that is required for the development and successful adoption of solutions. It is not the knowledge of a graduate from an agricultural college who is going to work in a village that makes the difference. It are his skills. He can interact in french, he masters the agreed agricultural vocabulary, he knows how to use a smartphone efficiently, and he knows how to network with his area of origin. Knowledge is important but it are his skills that are the most valuable to the village. He is one letter more in their alphabet of skills. This one additional letter exponentially increases the number of words / options / solutions that can be developed and adopted sustainably.

Canada | Stand 108 | Regeneration Canada | That was at 22:00 CEST. So this report is a bit late. Aviva Lessard joined RC in January as a communications specialist. I visited the booth with a friend from Guinea Conakry. RC was founded in 2017 on the occasion of the Soil Health Symposium. Organizing the symposium is one of the core activities of their team. RC has a very interesting interactive map. It shows farms that are member of RC. One can filter farms by products and project different background maps. It's a great way to increase visibility, build ownership, and encourage farmer-to-farmer sharing and learning. All open source, great! I wonder if this is not something we should develop further to make it a global facility. Many initiatives could and the initiative as a whole benefit from this. 

Again, I am learning so much from all these friendly folks. Thanks again!

Stands that are open on May 8 and 9

DateCountryStandOrganizationDescriptionLocal timeUTC/GMTCETCESTGo to StandJoin Video Chat
08 May 2021 France40APADCA farmers13:0011:0012:0013:00https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+040https://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand040
08 May 2021 Brasil67CAFÉ DOS CONTOS (AGROFORESTRY COFFEE)Paulo, Mariana, Maria10:0013:0014:0015:00https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+067https://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand067
09 May 2021 France40APADCA farmers13:0011:0012:0013:00https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+040https://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand040

Events on May 8 and 9

DateCountryStandOrganizationDescriptionLocal time+/-UTCUTC/GMTCETCESTGo to StandJoin Event
08 May 2021 India105Second Sun Systems
14:00608:3009:3010:30https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+105https://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand105
08 May 2021 Niger66ONG-ASED (Association-Santé-Education-Démocratie)Présentation du Projet11:00110:0011:0012:00https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+066https://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand066



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