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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Deadline: 01 October 2017
ACIAR offers sponsorship assistance to individuals wishing to attend a conference, seminar, workshop or field day that directly benefits agricultural research for development. ACIAR also supports organisations seeking sponsorships for this same objective. The priority is for events and sponsorships in ACIAR partner countries and related to ACIAR projects. However, direct involvement in an ACIAR project is not a prerequisite to apply for funding. The application deadlines are the first Wednesday of April and the last Wednesday of October in each calendar year. Link
The Department of Agriculture has plans to open a call centre aimed at quickly answering agricultural questions from farmers throughout Myanmar.
While the Department of Agriculture’s main task is to provide educational support to rural farmers, problems arise when sending individual staff members to conduct field inspections on land plots as large as 1000 acres.
Ideally, the call centre employees operating the hotline and staff in the field will work together to answer farmers’ questions and concerns, said U Ye Tint Tun, the director general of the Department of Agriculture.
“We are trying to open the call centre by mid February or early March,” said U Ye Tint Tun, the director general of the Department of Agriculture.
Read more here.
Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.
RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challe... Read more
Women living in poverty occupy a large and growing role in agricultural production in developing countries, leading many development practitioners to focus interventions targeting women on production-related activities where scale can more easily be achieved. However, with the spread of the market systems development approach, practitioners are identifying innovative ways to address market constraints and catalyze women’s economic empowerment through new entry points. Examples include interventions that promote roles for women as traders and intermediaries, as key providers of extension or veterinary services, or in marketing and retail sales.
This webinar follows the recent publication of a BRIEF supported by the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project, which seeks to enhance USAID programs, projects, and activities focused on creating inclusive marke... Read more
Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years.
The 2016 SOFA report presents evidence on today and tomorrow’s impact of climate change on agriculture and food systems. The report assesses the options to make agriculture and food systems resilient to climate change impacts, while minimizing environmental impacts. It shows that making agriculture and food systems sustainable is both economically and technically feasible. However barriers to the adoption of appropriate technologies and management practices will have to be lowered, especially for smallholder farmers and women farmers amongst them. Likewise, an overhaul is needed of agricultural and food policies to shift incentives in favour of investments, worldwide, in sustainable technologies and practices.
You can download the report here.
This report is published by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FOA). You can visit FOA's website for more information and othe... Read more
This unique global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to key development issues. Special attention for 2017 is being given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals. Crucial issues around land – ownership rights, governance and management – will also be highlighted, along with the continuing challenges around climate change, and the need to address poverty in all its forms.
The Awards will also continue to underline innovative and financially viable solutions that help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards include a prize for food and water security, with an additional emphasis on land governance.
The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial priva... Read more
Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
For more information and online application: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2017/CDIcourse_lost_harvest_2017.htm
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.
The paper titled Developing Gender-Sensitive Value Chains has been published
The purpose of this publication, part of the FAO series on sustainable food value chain development, is to facilitate the systematic integration of gender equality dimensions into value chain development programmes and projects.
Early next year the French and Spanish versions will be available.
A 4-year agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry has just been launched. Two Dutch consortium partners and AgriProFocus members, Aeres and MDF Asia just completed their first successful inception mission.
It concerns strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs), Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical, subject matter expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This aims to make the schools more adapted to their regional specific agricultural circumstances. Further, the project ensures that the SAI curriculum is better embedded into concrete to job profiles and actual job needs.
Our first mission was very successful, demonstrated high involvement and ownership by the ministry and a strong willingness from... Read more
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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December 2nd 2016 a new version of the 2-2- Trade Spreadsheet was published on the AgriProFocus on-line platform.
New in this version:
- lighter and faster response to input;
- published as excel template. When you open it, it produces a copy of itself. No risk of damaging the original anymore.
If you have suggestions for improvements, please let us know!
A whole issue of 'ICT Update' about youth, ICT, agriculture and entrepreneurship! It includes advices and tips to entrepreneurs, lots of links and resources on sources of funding and documentation on this topic.
Toute un magazine (ICT update) sur les jeunes, le TIC, l'agriculture et l'entrepreneuriat! Il y a des conseils aux entrepreneurs et des nombreux liens et ressources sur ce sujet. Les articles sont rédigés par des structures comme Orange, Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation Programme, etc.
This unique track will help you to uncover the internal capabilities your company has or should have to become successful in these dynamic developing markets. It will support your company to get a better grip on and receive public recognition for it’s potential and ambition to develop business models that include low-income people.
Online quick scan with key company staff
Half a day internal workshop on capability needs
Visibility in public report on overall insights
Networking event with like minded agribusiness entrepreneurs
Show the world your ambition to contribute to the SDGs.
BoP Innovation Center, inspired by the RPV framework of Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, created the Track to map your company’s internal capabilities. The capabilities are categorized... Read more
This report was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the Livelihoods and Food Security Multi-Donor Trust Fund (LIFT). Both the World Bank and the LIFT are actively involved in supporting Myanmar’s agriculture sector given its significance in poverty reduction and food security, and they both consider the lack of reliable farm data to be a significant constraint to designing effective programs and policies. This report fills some of the data gaps. In addition to presenting the collected data, the report offers the first analysis of these data.
The four main findings of the report are as follows: (i) Myanmar’s farming systems are diversified and during the monsoon season most farms produce paddy, during the cool and dry seasons most farms produce crops other than paddy, mainly beans and pulses, oilseeds, and maize; (ii) the analysis reconfirmed that agricultural productivity in Myanmar is low, irrespective of what indicators are used,... Read more
Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.
I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.
We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the priv... Read more
LAUNCH Food is a global call for innovators, entrepreneurs, or intrapreneurs with big ideas for improving health outcomes by enabling people to make healthy food choices.
Application Deadline: 7th December, 2016
Eligible Countries: All
To be taken at (country): venue to be confirmed
About the Award: LAUNCH is looking for a balanced portfolio of innovations (game-changing early stage prototypes) and solutions (post-pilot solutions with the potential to scale within 2 years) that address supply, demand, or both, but offer impact at the level of an individual’s personal consumption. We are open to solutions that address any point in an individual’s life journey, from birth on.
LAUNCH is particularly motivated to support solutions that:
Greetings from Nairobi. Since 20th November 2016 to 24th November, AgriProFocus youth focal points from 7 countries (Kenya, Mali, Benin, DRC, Uganda, Netherlands and Ethiopia) have come together to work on the youth strategic plan for the next 5 years (2018-2022).
In our just new concluded global strategy for the next 5 years, youth in agribusiness is considered a critical thematic area where AgriProFocus will deliberately focus on. Therefore, to align our work on youth we have come together to learn from our country experiences, identify our strengths and challenges and clearly define the direction in youth in agribusiness. Some of the key critical questions that were asked on our first day to help shape the direction include:
What are the key elements/ trends and developments regarding youth in agribusiness in Africa and South-East Asia?
What changes do we want to see for young people in the Agri-food sector in Africa