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Lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l'innovation Paysanne

C’est avec énorme plaisir que Prolinnova Secretariat International vous partage la publication quelques lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l’innovation paysanne en français et anglais.

Lignes directrices en Français, suivi ce lien

It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.

Guidelines in English, follow this link

Cibarani Cibarani Thank you for that jewel... we were dessesperately lookinf for something treating that issue...thanks again

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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.


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Book Launch: Dairy Matters

During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.

You can download the book via this link.

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Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

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  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.

On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.

Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

The main goal of the publication is to

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F&BKP newsletter 2017 #01

Bulletin d'information Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2017 # 1

Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/

Articles:

- 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

- RUAF analysis report “The role of private sector in city region food systems”

- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)

- ARF Country workshop in Uganda

- GCP Call with CCAFS on Climate Smart Agriculture

- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa

- Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security


Follow this link / suivez ce lien:

http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/

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Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Seed - Uganda

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!  


Dorina Prech Great video and insightful information there!

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Coping with Change: Resilient & sustainable food systems, from theory to practice

Seminar 12 April 2017

The world is changing and is becoming more unpredictable and uncontrollable. This holds for both social and natural conditions, with climate change and globalisation being major drivers of change in the world. People around the world are increasingly exposed to extreme weather events, economic crises, food crises, disease epidemics, social instability and political conflicts. The resulting insecurity not only affects the global social and economic systems, but also (local) food systems and their farmers who stand at the basis of food production.
Insecurity is inherently linked to farming and increasingly farmers and other food chain actors are dealing in many ways with multiple and simultaneous shocks and changes affecting food systems. While coping with increased insecurity, the agricultural sector also needs to face future challenges of feeding a growing and urbanising population wi

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Grant Opportunity:  Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility - 3rd round

Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017  

Dear members,

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

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Joint SDG research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research  (Call with deadline 23 May) 

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

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A gender and value chains training, observations from a facilitator

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your experiences with the community Els! Looking forward to hear more!

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L'agribusiness au service du développement: accès au financement agricole au Bénin 

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)


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Irrigation Managers and Commercial Farm Investors Sought For Three Agribusiness Opportunities in Zambia

The Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP), an initiative of the Government of Zambia financed by the World Bank, will finance and establish irrigated farming developments at multiple sites in Zambia. A procurement process has now begun to select an irrigation manager and commercial farm investor for three priority sites in Chirundu, Mulfira and Chisamba districts. 


Read more here , also for contacts at IDSP

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La facilitatrice pays en mission au Mali

Formidable et intense semaine de travail à AgriProFocus Mali du 19 au 25 mars

Pourquoi ?

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer l’arrivée de Mme Annette van Andel ,la facilitatrice du réseau (Kenya, Niger , Mali).

Dans son agenda les activités prévues sont :

- Des séances de travail avec l’équipe pour valider le rapport annuel 2016,

- Le plan annuel 2017

- Enfin des rencontres sont prévues avec des partenaires clef du réseau.

Sa visite prendra fin le 25 mars avec un team bulding au campement de kangaba avec l’équipe pour clôturer sa visite.

Cibarani Cibarani Bon sejour à elle... et bonnes journées de travail à vous tous...Votre pageweb nous facilite vraiment la vie...

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Abdoulaye Koureissi Ablo Bon sejour a Annette... A quand nous seront au pays bas pour partager les experiences

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Ottevanger Milling Engineers

Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading global supplier of production equipment and processing lines for the grain processing and compound feed industry.

Founded in 1909, Ottevanger Milling Engineers is today still an independent, privately owned, successful Dutch company, managed by the fourth generation of the Ottevanger family.

At our modern and well-equipped manufacturing facilities in Aalten and Moerkapelle in the Netherlands, Ottevanger designs and produces a comprehensive range of process equipment incorporating to the latest standards and techniques.

Our expertise lies in; engineering, production and installation of machinery and complete installations in the dry-cereal and grain processing industry such as:

• Feed mills
• Premix and concentrate plants
• Aqua feed and Pet food installations
• Cereal processing lines
• Biomass installations

We continuously support and create solutions for our partners in their effort of producing the best result in their local environment. Th

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Nothing for the youth without the youth!

How many youth-related conferences have you been to where youth issues are being articulated by an older generation? For me, there have been so many I have lost count.

That’s why being at the Young Africa Works Summit 2017 was a breath of fresh young air. This Summit was a departure from the norm in four key ways:

The Youth Delegates

Fifty young people were invited to attend the conference either as speakers, delegates or session panelists and even more were attendees. At a Summit of more than 300 people, young people were well represented in a number of diverse roles.

The Keynote Addresses

Imagine being at an event where keynote addresses are delivered by young people and they introduce their peers. Now stop dreaming because that was the reality at the Young Africa Works Summit.

Youth co-hosts Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre and Rita Kimani, the Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive introduced the keynote speakers, thre

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Grant Opportunity: ICT for Social Good

Deadline: 30th April 2017  

 Hi everyone,

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

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Gizaw Legesse Hi Didier, thank you for sharing this interesting opportunities, also saw your other posts. Thanks.

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Gizaw, you're the most welcome. All the best, Didier

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Cibarani Cibarani It would have interested us to take part to that event but it's doesn't make no room for project not yet tested on fiels.We'll take time to launch the one we 're now finalising and c u on a next opportunity...

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Good luck with your project Mr Cibarani

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Great interest in Geodata for Agriculture and Water workshop in Myanmar 

On March 16, AgriProFocus Myanmar, together with the Netherlands Space Offcie organized a information and matchmaking workshop for Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW). The aim of the workshop was to inspire and facilitate potential partnerships for the 3rd call for proposals of the G4AW Facility with objectives, criteria, and timeline information.

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

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Sketch for a research & training facility, starter culture production, and market research

Article Food & Businss Knowledge Platform, by Sijmen Schouten - GCP1 Zambian traditional fermented foods 


In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.

Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders.

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Global Challenges Programma - GCP-1 Midterm progress

F&BKP Newsletter 2017

 We are excited to send you this special edition of our newsletter, fully dedicated to the research projects funded within the first call of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP), that is managed by NWO-WOTRO. GCP research is carried out in consortia consisting of Southern and Northern scientific and other partners. The projects have a duration of four to five years and are aimed at enhancing the understanding of food and nutrition security in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The five projects funded within the first GCP call (GCP-1) started in 2014 and now have interesting midterm results on food chain efficiency and inclusive sustainable increase of quality food.

Please have a look at the various articles on how these GCP-1 projects work on different continents on a range of themes via co-creation and research uptake, engaging smallholders and other stakeholders throughout their research execution.

  • First of

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Embassy of the Netherlands in Indonesia calls for climate adaptation and mitigation proposals!

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands partners with the Dutch private finance challenge (www.MoMo4climate.org) for the ‘MoMo challenge Indonesia 2017’: a country wide competition of ideas how to attract private investment for mitigation or adaptation projects in Indonesia. The two most promising proposals of 2017 stand to win 25,000-Euro to further their business case.

MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN Netherlands, ECN and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs and was started to bring climate ideas and private climate finance together. The bridge to private finance is a good business case. The initiative tests the business cases presented with financial experts, offers advice and awards grant support to the most promising ideas.

See www.momo4climate.org for criteria and past winners.

Today the first of three calls is launched for climate ideas in Indonesia. The panel of experts will m

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