The agricultural sector is producing more food than ever. Yet a world where all people have access to healthy and diverse food produced in a fair and sustainable manner still seems a long way off. The alarming pace of ecosystem degradation, eroding biodiversity, inequitable distribution of resources, and diet-related diseases, makes a compelling case for re-examining and reforming food systems. However, progress towards sustainable production and consumption is patchy and painfully slow.
Agricultural and food security policies continue to favour industrial agricultural production and large multinationals at the expense of small-scale farmers and in isolation from the profound changes taking place in consumption associated with liberalised trade, urbanization, lifestyle and income. Processed foods and beverages manufactured from a few globally traded commodities have led to less diverse and low-quality diets. The upshot is a public health crisis encompassing all forms of malnutrition, as well as diet-related diseases such as obesity. One in three people suffer from diet-related malnutrition. Across Africa and Asia, the estimated annual impact of undernutrition on gross domestic product (GDP) is 11% – more than the annual economic downturn caused by the financial crisis of 2008-10 on these two continents. In addition, the current global food system accounts for one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.
We need a radical, system-wide, rethink of food production and consumption, recognising the health of both people and ecosystems as the basic foundations for human wellbeing. Food systems need to shift from just producing food to providing sustainable and healthy diets for all. All parts of the food system need to be addressed, from production and processing, to trade, retailing and consumption.
SUSTAINABLE DIETS FOR ALL: PUTTING CONSUMER AND PRODUCER VOICES AND CHOICES AT THE HEART OF FOOD SYSTEMS
Sustainable Diets for All is an advocacy programme that uses evidence, including evidence generated by citizens, (see box) to help low- income communities in Zambia, Uganda, Indonesia and Bolivia improve their access to sustainable, diverse and nutritious food. The 5-year (2016-2020) programme is coordinated by Hivos, the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED) and partners in the focal countries.
The goal of Sustainable Diets for All is to work with citizens and partner organisations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green.
HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE THIS?
The needs of low-income consumers, producers, traders, processers and vendors who form the backbone of the food system are rarely factored into policy decisions. Our programme aims to build the lobbying and advocacy capacity of CSOs in selected countries to jointly challenge unsustainable practices and incentives in food production and consumption, while fostering changes in policies and practices that help make sustainable diets attainable for all. Our programme empowers citizens, and civil society at large, to amplify their voices in local and (inter)national food policy debates. Evidence generated by citizens will allow them to communicate their ideas, concerns and aspirations directly to policymakers, compelling them to act and to be accountable. Greater involvement by low-income consumers and producers will give them greater influence and control over the food they grow, sell, buy and eat. The private sector will be encouraged to provide more diverse, healthy and sustainable choices for consumers and producers.
A key element of the programme is building multi-stakeholder coalitions and using innovative facilitation methodologies like Food Change Labs (see box), in which multiple actors share knowledge, evidence and ideas, and together develop local, national and international examples of how food systems can be transformed. Hivos, IIED and partners are supporting food lab processes for sustainable diets in Uganda, Zambia, Indonesia and Bolivia.
Many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – on hunger, health, gender, production and consumption – depend on the type of improvements sought by this programme. The programme builds upon existing good practices to transform food systems, a track record of successful collaboration in joint knowledge programmes and an extensive network of CSOs and private and public sector actors.
Organisations, governments and businesses that share our vision are welcome to collaborate to further innovate, broaden and expand this work to achieve sustainable diets for all.
Hivos is a member of the Dutch AgriProFocus network
For more information, please visit: https://www.hivos.org/sustainable-food
As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos
There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!
AgriProFocus Zambia collaboration with Hivos Women@Work Campaign
AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a two day workshop for Hivos during their Annual Partners' Planning and Training Session held in Lusaka from February 27th to March 4th for Eastern and Southern Africa partners. This workshop was to help the Hivos partners and staff to have a better understanding of the Horticulture Value Chain in the East and Southern African region. The partners included women lawyers associations, labor and trade unions, and farmer organisations. Hivos and each partners see an opportunity to promote decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower, fruits and vegetable industries.
We introduced the partners to our Toolkits on Gender in Value Chains and It Takes Two to Trade that they can use in practice to identify the constraints women and men face in the horticulture sector. Presentations were given by network members and partners: Dutc... Read more
In this first vlog I take you to The Hague at the headquarters of Hivos. I talked to Frank Mechielsen, programme manager Sustainable Diets. He explains to us in 2 minutes how Hivos makes agribusiness work for development!
If you have any questions or comments on the video, please let me know in a comment below. Thanks!
Blog post by William Chilufya, advocacy officer Sustainable Diets for All, Hivos Zambia
In Zambia, maize is the primary staple crop, and over 90 percent of smallholders rely on it for food security and income. As with other countries in the region, maize dominates production. Despite being a beloved crop in Zambia and other countries in the region, maize is proving a costly crop both at production level and to the dietary needs of Zambia.
The armyworms have a voracious appetite and can eat through a whole maize field if not sprayed with highly expensive pesticides. Invaded fields could lose 30 to 40 percent of their... Read more
Next week Hivos will organise a workshop at Kenya Climate innovation Centre - a coworking place in Nairobi - for social seed entrepreneurs followed by a PUBLIC EVENT!
This public event is the final part of a competitive ideathon event. Social seed entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa will pitch their improved ideas in front of jury and public.
The jury consists of William Kithui (Alphamundi), Paul Ohaga (KCIC) and Gloria Otieno (Bioversity International).
We are looking forward to a nice fruitful inspiring meeting with entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers, researchers, ngos .....
Please join to help bring the best ideas to the next level and meet your peers over lunch!You can register via Ernest Chitechi - firstname.lastname@example.org or
Untuk mempermudah anggota jejaring dalam melakukan kerja-kerjanya, semenjak kwartal akhir 2016 AgriProFocus mulai membangun database jaringan AgriProFocus di Indonesia. Database jaringan ini berisi informasi tentang program dan aktivitas, area kerja, isu pertanian yang dikerjakan, jaringan mitra lokal dan kontaknya, serta dokumen pengetahuan/pembelajaran. Kontribusi informasi dari empat organisasi yaitu Hivos, ICCO, Oxfam dan SNV menandai mulainya pembangunan database ini.
Setiap anggota jaringan AgriProFocus di Indonesia bisa mengkases database ini dengan menghubungi tim sekretariat AgriProFocus. Agar database terus tumbuh, setiap anggota yang mengakses diharapkan juga memberikan informasi tentang organisasi dan aktivitasnya.
In order to increase member's networking accessibility, since fourth quarter of year 2016 AgriProFocus has been developing network database of AgriProFocus Indonesia. This databas... Read more
It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].
Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.
AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.
Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.
Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017
AgriProFocus Indonesia menyelenggarakan Network & Learning Event kedua di tahun 2016 dengan mengundang Hivos Hub SEA, Swisscontact, dan Oxfam di Indonesia untuk berbagi strategi mereka dalam mengintegrasikan gender dalam rantai nilai. Acara ini berlangsung tanggal 01 Desember 2017, di Hotel Sahati, Jakarta.
Peran gender dalam rantai produksi dalam sektor pertanian sering kali belum diperhatikan. Ini berdampak pada banyak hal, seperti kurang tepatnya target penerima manfaat dari program peningkatan produksi, hilangnya kesempatan bisnis, pengelolaan usaha yang kurang efektif, hingga rendahnya kesejahteraan produsen (petani). Agar kinerja rantai nilai lebih efektif dan bermanfaat bagi perempuan dan laki-laki, perspektif gender sangat diperlukan dalam merancang program-program pengembangan bisnisnya.
Dari komoditas Kakao, kita belajar dari pengalaman Swisscontact membangun pendekatan yang sensitif gender. Di lapangan, perempuan... Read more
The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.
1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).
2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women in... Read more
Background and Introduction
Since 2014, Hivos Southeast Asia has been implementing a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) project on behalf of the DFAT-funded Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (AIP-PRISMA) program. The project, entitled “Commercial
AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.
Fr... Read more
I have the pleasure to share with you the Joint learning Platform newsletter.
The Joint Learning Platform (JLP) is an annual cross-learning platform whose partners are the Food Security Programme for Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) and
the Sustainable and
Secure Smallholder Systems
program (4S@Scale). The two programs are co-funded through the Netherlands ministry of
foreign affairs (MoFA) and Private sector partners. They have a common objective of increasing farmers’ income through sustainable coffee productions systems and diversification. Read More about the JLP
Hivos SEA recently publish a new book regarding the sustainable palm oil. The book was officially launched in Jakarta on January 26th, 2016
with the support of Indonesia’s Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The event
was attended by Biranchi Upadhyaya, Director of Hivos Southeast Asia,
the Head of LIPI Regional Resources Research Center, Dundin Zaenuddin.
and the authors, Panca Pramudya and Rini Hanifa.
The book is based on Hivos’ experiences working with smallholder
farmers in the palm oil sector in 2004. Hivos provided financial
support, helped them develop a certification system and increased their
institutional networking capacity.
For those who interested to have the soft copy of our book "Menghijaukan sektor sawit melalui petani", please go to the link bellow and download the PDF file in Bahasa Indonesia version.
Last week I was in Guatemala for the launch of the Spanish version of the coffee toolkit!!! This book was produced a year ago in English under the title ‘ Sustainable coffee as a family business; tools and approaches to include women and youth’.
Thanks to Hivos Central America a Spanish version was produced. The book launch was part of a gender in value chain workshop organized and facilitated by Hivos Central America together with AgriProFocus in Guatemala city. Thirty-five (35) people participated in the workshop representing the development-, the cooperative - and the private sector active in different value chains. The coffee -, the honey - and the cardamom sector were well represented. The workshop was very motivating for the participants to address gender in the development of these value chains, not only for social reasons (gender justice) but also for economic ones (more competitive value chains). Hivos and its pa... Read more
The Joint Learning Platform, organized by AgriproFocus Kenya was held on 27th October through to the 30th October in Muranga County. The participants of the platform were drawn from a number of organizations that included financial institutions, farmer cooperatives, government, development partners and private sector players. The team visited Coffee Farmer co-operatives, small holder farmers and a large coffee estate. The visits helped the team to learn the achievements and lessons, challenges & opportunities in the coffee sector.
The objective of the platform was to share experiences and learn from the 4s@scale and FOSEK programs being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The key learning areas from the JLP were for increased resilience among coffee farmers, small holder farmers need to increase production. Gender empowerment was also highlighted as a trigger for resilience. The team establis... Read more
FMO, Hivos and NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, cordially invite you to join the Green Inclusive Finance Conference: Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 Korzo Theater, The Hague
Both financial and environmental sustainability are listed high on the world’s agenda. Green inclusive finance combines financial inclusion with environmental sustainability. It extends the focus to providing access to finance in which businesses and investments are not only financially empowering but also environmentally sustainable. We are delighted to present to you the conference programme:
12:00 – 13:00 Registration, Pre-Conference Experience & Lunch
13:00 – 13:10 Opening by Nanno Kleiterp, Chief Executive Officer at FMO
13:10 – 13:40 Setting the stage for innovative, inclusive finance
13:40 – 1... Read more
Celebrating Horticulture Program Experiences
AgriProFocus Kenya in collaboration with Solidaridad, HIVOS and SNV brought together the Horticulture sector stakeholders to a dissemination forum on the Horticulture and Food Security Program (HFSP) on the 19th February 2015 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi.
HFSP was a 3 year program implemented by Solidaridad (Lead), SNV and Hivos. The program was funded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. AgriProFocus took the lead in the knowledge management component of the program. The program took the model of PPP and involved various private sector companies and farmer groups.
The aim of the dissemination forum was to share experiences, successes and challenges of the HFSP program. AgriProFocus on behalf of the program had compiled publications as well as audio visual materials documenting experiences within the program. The materials were unveiled by the Ambassador Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya H.E Joost Reinjtes. &nb... Read more