Innovation Community NUTRITION

moderated by Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester

The EU in Ethiopia created an Innovation Community for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA), jointly with AgriProFocus . Since nutrition is an important topic within food security strategies, there is a lot of interest form various NGOs, companies, donor organizations, research institutes and the government for exchange of knowledge, experience and tools. 

In this innovation community, we want to bring together relevant implementing partners with experience in nutrition and/or agriculture, share best practices and learn from each other. 

The Steering Committee with the APF-EU secretariat organsies 4 workshops this year. Please scroll down to see interesting information below on the discussion pages. To find summaries of the workshops, the full report and the PowerPoint presentations of the guest speakers  please go to the WORKSHOP REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS page under Recommended Reading in the menu bottom left on this page. For additional materials on nutrition sensitive agriculture, go to the PUBLICATIONS ON NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE page. 

If you like to join this Innovation Community, please fill out the registration form HERE.

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ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

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Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - December 2016

31 Dec 2016
Report From Famine Early Warning System Network

Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas


 - Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.

- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average

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Ethiopia: Auspicious Move to Ensure Food Security

. . . Being food secured is also not limited to stowing away enough food to meet nutritional needs of a community or a country. It is also linked with sustained food supply and creations of assets that will help to avail food and other personal and family needs related to livelihood.

Among other things, food security is also related to food habits, religious and cultural outlooks that could have stronger bearing on either enhancing or discouraging the promotion of food self-sufficiency and security.

Attaining food security cannot be measured only through the volume of food produced and distributed. Diversity in food production targeting disease preventing varieties and cash based production are also important factors. . . 

(Solomon Dibaba, The Ethiopian Herald)

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NOW ONLINE: Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) for Nutrition Workshop REPORT

On 17 November the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture platform held a workshop on 'Social and Behavioral Change Communication for Nutrition'. This workshop was organized by EU/AgriProFocus together with the steering committee for the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Platform.

The report consists of an overview of different organizations (e.g. Alive & Thrive, PRIME and Agriteam) working on SBCC for Nutrition and the MoANR activities in this area.

If you are interested to include an SBCC component in your program/project, please scroll down towards the end of the report to find some interesting examples and exercises on how to develop an effective SBCC Message and a framework for SBCC.

Please click here to find the workshop report and the presentations.

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Hello, My name is Selamawit Firdissa. I'm a Gender and Nutrition for BENEFIT Partnership. 


The collaborative partnership, Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade – BENEFIT, unites the four projects:

- The Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Ethiopia project

- Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agribusiness (EN-TAG)

- The Sesame Business Network Support Project (SBN-SP), and 

- The Capacity building for Scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production in Ethiopia (CASCAPE) project. 

These projects together sustainably improve agricultural production, farmers’ income and trade of agricultural commodities, resulting in a market effect on food and nutrition security of rural households in Ethiopia, more employment and local economic development. I hope this net-work will create an opportunity for us to link, share our experience and learn from others. 

Regards, Selam  

Gizaw Legesse Hi Selam, thank you for the information. I would like to mention to members also that ENTAG, one of the about projects is our partner in organizing the Bi-monthly Business Drinks!

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Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester Thanks for sharing Selam!

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Myanmar: Civil Society Organisations come together to tackle malnutrition

Blog post on the Scaling Up Nutrition website.

For those with an interest in further news on nutrition, and nutrition interventions, the scaling up nutrition website and newsletter are recommended resources.


Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference

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  21 February 2017 to 24 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Hawassa University

Upcoming Event: Nutrition Conference

Call for Sponsors

Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference to be hosted by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition in Ethiopia, Hawassa University in February 2017.

Title: "Capacity building, employment and job creation for better nutrition and sustainable development in Ethiopia" 21-24 February 2017.

The major themes of the conference are:

  1. Analysis of trends in Human Nutrition training in Ethiopia and curriculums: strength and gaps.
  2. Role of professional associations and network of scholars in Nutrition Security in Ethiopia
  3. Our curriculums and Demand of Food industries in Ethiopia
  4. Short Term trainings in addressing problems of malnutrition in Ethiopia
  5. Food safety and quality in Ethiopia: Role of Food industries, stakeholders and academic institutions
  6. The status of multi-sector approach to address malnutrition in Ethiopia

For More information, contact Fikadu Reta (click on the name) and read his post here: http://agr

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Upcoming Event: Nutrition Conference

Call for Sponsors

Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference to be hosted by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition in Ethiopia, Hawassa University in February 2017.

Title: "Capacity building, employment and job creation for better nutrition and sustainable development in Ethiopia" 21-24 February 2017.

For the upcoming conference, Based on our experience from the first conference held in February 2016, we are paying less attention to presentation of research projects since most of the projects we have received were M.Sc. students’ thesis. We think that such large national audience should discuss issues beyond individual research projects conducted in short time with cross sectional study design. For most of our nutrition graduates, their career is limited by the kind of curriculum we have and the competencies included. Thus, it would be great to hear inputs from our stakeholders about the exiting curriculums. The

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Alem Greiling

Congraduation! Feckadu 
How nice is to discuss about human nutrition, research and  about the future jobs of our young generation who have graduated on this line.

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Bulletin Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

Veuillez trouver le nouveau bulletin du Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) qui inclut des nouvelles sur la recherche, les évènements et les publications récentes liées au travail dans le cadre du plateforme. Publié en anglais seulement, mais avec cette briève introduction en francais. 

Themes intéressantes pour les membres d'AgriProFocus:

- Entrepreneuriat social et la sécurité alimentaire

- Un outil pour mesurer les capabilités des entreprises Agricole dans les marchés en développement

- Lecons de 'Geodata pour l'Agriculture et l'Eau (G4AW)

- Séminaire ARF au Benin sur l'impact de la recherche pour la sécurité alimentaire.

- Les liens entre l'Agriculture et la nutrition - seminaire public au Benin

- Le role des consommateurs dans les systemes agro-alimentaires

- et plusieurs autres references et liens.

Cliquez ce lien:

Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Nicole et la petite traduction de l'introduction .

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Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

Please find herewith the latest Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) newsletter filled with updates on F&BKP related research, calls and events. 

Themes of interest to AgriProFocus members in this newsletter:

- Social entrepreneurship

- Capability assessment tool for agribusinesses in developing markets

- Lessons learned Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility

- ARF workshop in Benin on enhancing research impact for food security completed successfully

- Agriculture to nutrition linkages (public seminar Benin)

- The role of consumers in sustainable food systems

- and several interesting other references and announcements

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CIMMYT: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Workshop

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  30 November 2016, All Day Event
  Getfam Hotel, Addis Ababa

CIMMYT organizes a one-day workshop on “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: the role of zinc and agronomic biofortification to improve nutrition in Ethiopia,”.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Getfam Hotel, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The workshop has two objectives: (1) present key research results on potential of zinc agronomic biofortification in Ethiopia, and (2) conduct interactive sessions that will allow participants to contribute to the enrichment of the current understanding as well as guide the future direction of the project’s next phase. Your active participation is highly appreciated.

Register here.

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Agriculture CS issues warning on looming food scarcity

The country faces food scarcity because a majority of farmers are “old and dying” while the youth are not taking up farming, the government warned on Monday.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said a survey of farmers in the country has shown that most are between 60 and 62 years old, which is a major concern since the country’s life expectancy is at 63.

The government, he said, had set aside Sh20 billion to support and rally youth into agriculture for the next five years to avert a crisis.

The government targets people in their 40s but youths will also be recruited, he said.


Mr Bett also noted that low levels of farm mechanisation had made agriculture labour-intensive and less attractive to youths.

He added that the sector was also grappling with challenges of high cost of production owing to costly inputs and low yields, limited access to affordable credit by farmers and land fragmentatio

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Webinar Recording Available

 Ag2Nut Webinar: Making Value Chains Work for Food and Nutrition Security

In the November 2016 Ag2Nut Call, Matthias Jäger, Markets and Value Chain Expert, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) / CGIAR, presented findings from a pilot project in Kenya and Uganda, aimed at improving the diets of vulnerable rural and urban consumers through increased consumption of more affordable, diverse, safe, and nutrient-dense processed bean-based food products, sourced from local farmer organizations and delivered by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This project uses a Value Chain for Nutrition (VCN) approach, an innovative strategy that addresses nutrition problems by identifying opportunities where chain actors benefit from the marketing of agricultural products with higher nutritional value, focusing on those value chains that are most relevant to the poor, specifically women of reproductive age and children.

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How to ensure access to food for all in a urbanising world

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  08 December 2016, 09:00-14:00

Seminar: How to ensure access to good food for all in a rapidly urbanising world

The world is becoming increasingly urban. Today, more of us live in cities than in rural areas. It is expected that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s urban areas is a pressing challenge, due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and natural disasters which affect food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.

This seminar will take place in the Impulse building on the campus of Wageningen UR, from 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, including a lunch buffet. Participation is free.

For more information and online registration please visit our website:

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How to deal with the Challenges we face in our food & nutrition security programmes? On Tuesday November 15 we enjoyed a very interesting and effective EKN Learning Event. 

As Jan Willem Nibbering (EKN) said at the start: a challenge is not ’just’ a problem or an obstacle, but something you need to react to.

Four projects shared very openly their challenges and got experience based advice from their peers:

1. SBN- problem with access to inputs, no microfinance available; harvest goes to local money lenders

2. CASCAPE: how NOT to contribute to the 'dependency syndrome', farmers expecting free seeds and per diems for training

3. ICCO/Strategic Partnership Convening & Convincing (SPCC) project: How to involve in a dialogue with the government?

4.GAIN with 3 challenges

1. Health workers are overloaded – how do we deal with that? How to use an overburdened government system

2. Demand creation takes a long time; diet behaviour is a hard thing to change. Production is improving; dive

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Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here


Free online course: Nutritional Behaviour Change at the BoP

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  28 November 2016 to 26 December 2016 - All Day Event

Welcome to the online bootcamp on nutritional behaviour change at the Base of the Pyramid! With ‘behavioural change’ (BC), we refer to the theories and strategies that enable a modification of human behaviour. This is a topic that has become increasingly relevant in the development of effective marketing strategies.

register for free here!

What you will learn

This bootcamp covers the key principles, and supports you in the design of a behaviour change strategy to achieve improved nutrition behaviours in low-income markets. After this bootcamp, you will know which steps to take, and how to impact the nutrition practices of your low- income consumers target groups.

Structure of online bootcamp

The online course is structured in 4 modules and runs over a 4-week period, that’s why we call it a ‘bootcamp’! Each module consists of videos, background reading material and an assignment. On the module level there is room to interact with other course participants. A team of experts is

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Upcoming bootcamp: How to achieve nutritional behaviour change in BoP settings?

On November 28th, the Inclusive Business Accelerator is launching the ‘Nutritional behaviour change at the BoP’ bootcamp. This is a fantastic opportunity to get tools and guidance on developing a successful behaviour change campaign for your nutrition project. Sign up now!

Did you know that if unhealthy food is harder for you to reach at a buffet, you are more likely to choose a healthy option? In fact, studies have shown that in this scenario healthy options sales increase by up to 18%.1 This is one example of a behaviour change tactic, the topic of the Inclusive Business Accelerator’s upcoming bootcamp developed in collaboration with the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM).

AIM brings together more than 30 partners representing businesses, governments, NGOs and knowledge institutes to develop innovative solutions to tackle malnutrition. Many of AIM’s projects offer new food products, way

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AgriProFcus Ethiopia Annual Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  02 December 2016, All Day Event
  AZZEMAN HOTEL, Addis Ababa

You are INVITED!

Dear Members and Partners,

You are cordially invited to attend the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day, to be held on Friday 2nd of December 2016 in AZZEMAN Hotel, Addis Ababa.

As you may recall, at the end of every year we organize this Annual Network Day to bring together our members and partners for exciting and fruitful activities:

  • We will learn new findings, developments and achievements in Ethiopian agriculture sector from Guest Presenters;
  • The AgriProFocus Ethiopia Coordination Team will highlight the 2016 activities of the network to its members and partners, and look forward to what we envision for 2017 together with you;
  • Members and Partners, in turn, will review and comment on the ending year activities, and indicate new topics of focus or new ways of networking methods to be incorporated in our 2017 Annual Plan;
  • Market Place by member and partner organizations who wish to reserve an exhibition boot

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How can we build and activate a multi-stakeholder coalition with ambitious goals and diversified partners?

Lessons learned from developing the multi-sector AIM coalition 

According to the FAO (2015) close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. In most cases, this is due to high prices and limited availability on the market.

In 2009 GAIN started the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM). AIM's goal is to reduce malnutrition in Africa and Asia via nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive practices. By leveraging market based approaches developed in partnerships between business, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organisations, AIM is committed to making a significant contribution to the global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The AIM coalition leads seven projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sout

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