AgriProFocus has kicked off an inception track to develop AgriProFocus network support services for Myanmar. This initiative follows 1-on-1 conversations with our Dutch members and builds on exchanges organized by the Netherlands Mission in Yangon. Our aim is to contribute to strengthen the innovative capacity of Myanmar networks and initiatives that are striving to enhance agri-entrepreneurship and agribusiness for development.
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A tool for responsible business practice among SMEs- The Online Roadmap for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
About the CSR Online Roadmap
The Online CSR Roadmap is a user-friendly online tool to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in developing a CSR action plan. The Online CSR Roadmap helps understand and break down sustainability issues such as human rights, environmental impact, labour practices, fair operating practices, customer interest, supply chain responsibility, impact on local communities and governance. The overarching goal is to create awareness among SMEs regarding the importance of CSR and create a plan based on their strengths and weaknesses. Companies that complete the tool end up with two concrete outcomes: 1) a CSR action plan enabling them to work on various important CSR aspects, and 2) a communication poster, which helps them to demonstrate their CSR performance and ambitions to their stakeholders.
Onli... Read more
Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/
- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems
- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform
- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa
- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)
- ARF Country workshop in Uganda
- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa
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Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform... Read more
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
Members of this platfo... Read more
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the w... Read more
Merci à Funke Palm Oil, Orabank et Ambassade des Pays-Bas près le Bénin pour leur disponibilité
Agribusiness for development: short video on access to finance in Bénin (English subtitles)
Deadline: 30th April 2017
I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.
If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!
In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/
Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o... Read more
The G4AW Facility is a programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Space Office is responsible for the implementation of this programme. G4AW supports projects to develop and operate information and/or financial services to improve food security in partner countries. The projects are aimed to improve sustainable food production and to increase the efficient use of inputs like seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and water in agriculture by providing satellite information based products and services to smallholders. S... Read more
€ 25.000 for the best climate business cases
The MoMo challenge 2017 has been launched! Also this year, organisations and companies that have an innovative business case focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country can compete to receive € 25.000 seed finance for further developing their business case. Project proposals can be submitted on-line through this link. This round closes on 1 April.
MoMo is looking for promising projects that fulfill the following criteria:
* The project is focused on the clean tech, food, agro, or water sector
* The project’s intervention is aimed at a developing country
* The project contains the involvement of at least one Dutch organization
* The project is realistic and actionable
* The project is concrete and has potential for up-scaling
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ cal... Read more
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals. MoMo is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate mitigation or adaptation programs. The challenge is to send a proposal that can attract private investors.
MoMo4Climate tests your business case through a panel of financial experts, offers advice to make your case more investable, and awards support to the most promising ideas. This year, the two best proposals of the challenge stand to win € 25,000 to further develop their business cases.
The Dutch Good Growth Fund will consider what proposals could be eligible for in-kind or financial assistance in technical support, capacity training or business case development.
In 2017, there will again be three calls for initiatives that involve a private sector company or financier in the Netherlands that proposes a climate interventi
(starts on March 20th 2017)
This is to share the announcement of the new MOOC Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, which will start on Monday, March 20.
This 7-week long free online course from the SDG Academy highlights the global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and ensure sustainable food production systems by 2030. They will explore the pressing challenges around agriculture and food systems, the central role of agriculture in the Sustainable Development Goals, and development pathways towards global food security and sustainable agriculture.
Global experts from Rothamsted Research, Wageningen UR, Cornell University, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University will cover topics such as nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and rural development. The e-course features video lectures, interesting readings, a livel... Read more
Europe has the largest number of coffee buyers in the world and each has its own approach to business, its own expectations and specific demands. As a result, finding the right buyer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Be prepared that it takes time. Work through the following tips to help you find your European buyers.
+ Explore your target market
+ Use sector and trade associations
+ Participate and visit trade fairs and events
+ Contact trade promotion agencies, embassies and chambers of commerce
+ Use online trading sites
+ Get to know your buyers
+ Use the trade press for market information
+ Use online marketing
+ Tell your story – make it marketable
+ Be persistent
Extended information on these tips can be found on the website of CBI.
CBI is the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, a lot of useful information can be found on their website. CBI is a member of the AgriProFocus Dutch... Read more
This compendium (PDF) from the FAO is designed to assist officers responsible for designing nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture investments in selecting appropriate indicators to monitor if these investments are having an impact on nutrition and through which pathways. The guide is for those responsible for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of investment projects in food and agriculture (including and in addition to value chains, social development, and rural development) that need to demonstrate that they lead to intermediary results toward improved nutrition. This compendium aims to gather the main existing nutrition-relevant indicators that can be used for M&E of food and agriculture investments, and to show for which type of investments each type of indicator is most appropriate.
Link to the compendium: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6275e.pdf
See for other interesting background articles on Nu... Read more
TAKE AN early morning walk down almost any street in the commercial capital and it’s likely you’ll stumble upon a group of street vendors laying out their wares for the day ahead. These stalls sell the fruits and vegetables that Yangonites – both native and adopted – consume on a daily basis.
But where did their produce come from and how did it get here? Frontier travelled to the bustling Thiri Mingalar Market in Hlaing Township, one of the largest wholesale bazaars in the city, to find out.
At this time of year, fruits such as apples, grapes, pears and small oranges that are sold in Yangon mostly come from China. The larger, better quality oranges are grown in Hsipaw in northern Shan State, said fruit vendor Ma Moe Moe.
The small oranges from China, known as pya lainmaw in Myanmar language, are cheap and considered less nutritious. The Shan State oranges are thought to be healthier but are more expensive,... Read more
This guide describes the practical application of FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ model of sustainable crop production intensification to the world’s key food security crops: maize, rice and wheat. With examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it shows how ecosystem-based farming systems are helping smallholder farmers to boost cereal yields, strengthen their livelihoods, reduce pressure on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The guide will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners during the global transition to sustainable food and agriculture.
For a more extensive summary, and to download the publication (PDF), follow this link:
March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)
Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”
Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System
You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.
Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platf... Read more
Europe plays a dominant role in the global cocoa sector. The largest European ports of Antwerp (Belgium) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) are important, as well as the large European grinding and processing industry. This means plenty of opportunities for finding buyers. Use the following tips to help identify the right buyers for your products:
+ Know your product and its potential and then define your ideal buyer profile
+ Identify preferred market channels
+ Build and expand your business network
+ Visit the websites of sector associations
+ Contact your countries embassy in your target market
+ Study online trade directories
+ Search for buyers at trade fairs
+ Use social networks
+ Team up with buyer missions, matchmaking programmes and trade missions
+ Contact your buyers with confidence
+ Invest in online marketing
Extended information on these tips can be found on th... Read more
I had visited to two State Agriculture Institute( SAIs ) Tharyawady, Bago region and Zwekabin, kayin State in February 22-23, 2017 in order to ICT assessment. This is the one of the mission of NICHE project. If you want to know more you can see my report with attach file.
Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.
This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.
This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensificatio... Read more