Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester

Linking and Learning Officer

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am passionate about exchanging knowledge and experiences on a range of different issues. Gender-sensitive agricultural development, project activities and/or innovations that empower women, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food security are of special interest to me. I like to bring people, organizations, institutions and development agencies together to work towards a shared goal of achieving sustainable agriculture and food security for all. By going on this path together, new ideas can be created and solutions can be found to overcome challenges.

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NEW Powerpoint Available on CASCAPE's Gender-Sensitive Activities

These additional powerpoint slides from the Third Forum Series of the ENGEA meeting on March 17, 2017, provide extra information on CASCAPE's current and previous activities regarding women-specific, labour-saving technologies.

Documents of the Third Forum Series ENGEA NOW Online!

CASCAPE & Labor-Saving Women Specific Agricultural Technologies

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) organized the third forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues on March 17, 2017 at BENEFIT-Partnership office in the morning. You can find the summary of this forum meeting here

The powerpoint presentation of CASCAPE provide an overview of CASCAPE's experience with the introduction and testing of homegarden practices, enset processing devices and row weeder technologies and the activities undertaken to mainstream gender in the project, as well as the main findings and recommendations of the gender analysis conducted, were highlighted.

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

FAO Online Discussion & Discussion Paper on the Nutrion-Sensitive Value Chains Framework

Discussion Paper from the Committee on World Food Security

The Rome-based Agencies Working Group (Including FAO, WFP and IFAD) has developed a joint nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) framework. The NSVC framework is a practical approach to navigate the complexity of food systems and identify investment and policy opportunities to ensure that food value chains contribute to improved food security and nutrition. Opportunities to enhance nutrition outcomes arise at all stages of the value chain, from production to consumption. Adopting a NSVC approach allows for analyzing the roles and incentives of different actors along the chain, and to consider what may be the impact on cross cutting issues such as gender and climate change, as well as what policy and regulatory environment is conducive for VC to contribute to nutrition.

Follow the online discussion "How can value chains be shaped to

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mar
17

ENGEA Labor-Saving & Women-Specific Technologies

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  17 March 2017, 10:00-12:00
  BENEFIT-Partnership Office (Above Shoa Supermarket in Bisrate Gabriel area)

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) has organized the third forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues on March 17, 2017 at 10AM-12PM at BENEFIT-Partnership office in the morning. 

This forum will feature a presentation on the experiences of BENEFIT-CASCAPE with labor-saving, women-specific agricultural technologies. In particular, it will address the successes and challenges in the introduction and testing of homegarden practices, enset processing devices and row weeder technologies. An overview of the CASCAPE project will be provided, and the activities undertaken to mainstream gender in the project, as well as the main findings and recommendations of the gender analysis conducted, will be highlighted.


If you wish to join this meeting, please confirm your presence with Seblewongel Deneke seblewongel.deneke@ata.gov.et


Direction to BENEFIT- Partnership office: BENEFIT Partnership (Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Presence at Mastercard's YAW Summit to Promote Engagement of Youth in Agriculture

On February 16 and 17, 2017, the Young Africa Works Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda. This Summit was organized by the Mastercard Foundation in support of YPARD. The AgriProFocus Ethiopia office had the chance to attend this invitation-only meeting where AgriProFocus’ activities in the area of youth engagement in agriculture were displayed and connections with interesting partners were made.

According to Mastercard Foundation, “Africa is the world’s most youthful continent. Each year, over 11 million young Africans are entering the job market — but not the workforce. Today, the continent is facing a double employment crisis: both a lack of jobs for youth, and an increasing number of young people in need of work. Agriculture, the largest sector of employment in Africa, promises opportunities for job growth and economic prosperity. But transforming into a modern, sustainable and pro

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Summary available of Second Forum Meeting on Gender in GRAD project

Please find a summary of the Gender in GRAD Project presentation – Strategies, Challenges and Outcomes” of Semhal Getachew who is the Gender and Youth Advisor at CARE. This forum meeting is the second in a series and organized by the Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA). This meeting was attended by 20 network members. 

Click here to access the PowerPoint Presentation.


Report out! The first platform meeting of the ENGEA on Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives

The presentation on “Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives” was made by Selam Gebretsion who is a Gender Specialist Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Project which is financed by USAID. The project has been active since 2013 and will continue until 2018.

The program was organized by The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) which was established 1 year ago. The purpose of the presentation is in line with one of the network’s objective of creating a platform for sharing information, managing knowledge and experience among government and development partners”.

The Rural Land Administration Law from gender Perspective is the first in a series and was attended by 20 network members.

Please read a short summary of the paper presentation meeting here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Deadline Applications for the BlueMoon Incubator Program for YOUTH Innovative Agribusinesses Extended to January 11

jan
05

The Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  05 January 2017, 14:00-16:00
  ATA Office

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) has organized the first forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues. The first forum will have a presentation by Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) project.

Selam Gebretsion, gender specialist for the LAND project, will present her paper on 'Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives'.

The objective of this first forum will be to learn more and exchange insights regarding Ethiopian women farmers' challenges to land access.






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23

International Agribusiness Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  23 April 2017 to 12 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Haifa, Israel

Applications open for an International Course on "Agribusiness: A Tool for the Empowerment of Rural Women" (3 weeks)

This course aims to contribute to rural women's empowerment by exploring agricultural entrepreneurship as well as additional farm-related components of rural economy contributing to income generation and employment, taking into consideration the adaptability of different methods and technologies to meet local conditions in each participant's own country.

Admission requirements:

This course is for policy makes, practitioners, representatives of the agricultural sector. Applicants need to have an academic degree and at least 5 years experience.

Click here to find more information.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Brief Moment With: Honey Agripreneur Jony Girma

Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.

Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Applications for Ethiopian Young AgriPreneurs are open now!

Are you between 15-29 years old and do you have an innovative Agribusiness idea? Than you might be fit for the 4-month incubator program from February to May 2017!


BlueMoon is looking for amazing, out-of-the-box, highly innovative, scaleable, and potentially transformative ideas from youth interested in Ethiopian agribusiness. BlueMoon believes that, once in a blue moon, exceptional ideas can turn into great businesses that literally change the world. Once selected for the incubator program, BlueMoon takes a holistic approach to support young startups.

Click here to find more details on BlueMoon's program and the selection criteria. The application deadline is Friday January 6, 2017. For any questions regarding the application process, please contact BlueMoon by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address: apply@bluemoonethiopia.com


PLEASE FORWARD TO POTENTIAL CANDIDATES. THIS CAN BE A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE!

nov
30

CIMMYT: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Workshop

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  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.



Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 5 months 1 day ago

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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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

NEW VACANCIES!


1. National Consultant for Economic Development Sector - 17 November 2016

2. Regional Program Leader (ILRI) - 2 December 2016

3. Senior Learning Advisor (Tufts University) - 30 November 2016

4. Regional Nutrition Project Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016

5. Regional SBCC Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016

6. Regional Project Manager Livelihoods/Agriculture (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016



Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 6 months 4 days ago

Brief Moment with:

Food Science & Nutrition Expert Melese Temesgen


"Many rural households in Ethiopia face food and nutrition insecurity not knowing that nutritious root crops are growing all around them"


Melese Temesgen is a PhD fellow of the Addis Ababa University in the area of Food Science & Nutrition. He has been involved in a variety of vital innovation projects, including the promotion of nutritious root crops and the reduction of post-harvest losses for tomatoes. Based on his expertise in these areas, he published more than 13 papers in different journals. Also, he is one of AgriProFocus most engaged and motivated members of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture innovation community.


"Awareness creation is the key to increase the nutritional density of the diets of rural households"  


Read the full interview here.

Melese Temesgen Thank you Meskerem for the post that recognize my little works. I wish to contribute a lot for the introduction and promotion of nutrition sensitive agriculture in a wider areas of the country and every aspects of food and nutrition security in the future through hardworking and duty mindedness.

6 months 4 days ago

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 6 months 6 days ago

NEW Interactive E-Learning Module on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture from FAO


>>>> Improving Nutrition through Agriculture and Food Systems <<<<</a>

This NEW module is designed to assist professionals from any fields related to agriculture and food systems that are involved in designing and implementing nutrition-sensitive policies and investments.


Other available FAO E-learning courses in this area are: 

- Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods: Basic concepts: short course on the basics of nutrition.

 - Agreeing on causes of malnutrition for joint action: A key resource to improve the understanding of the multi-sectoral causes of malnutrition and support integrated nutrition planning.

 - Gender in Food and Nutrition Security:  This course provides guidance on how to design and implement agriculture policies and programmes that are gender-responsive, sustainable, contributing to gender equality, and therefore able to improve food and nutrition security.

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Thanks Meskerem

6 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

LAST WEEK TO APPLY – Premio Daniel Carasso 2017

Are you a passionate researcher about alternative food production, distribution, consumption systems, biodiversity and healthy food and diets ? Do you like to integrate different academic disciplines in your work ? Are you a team player, interested in mobilizing researcher communities around important topics ? Or do you know someone that is and deserves to be recognized for it?


This is the last week to apply for the Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 ! Entrants must register and apply online before October 23 2016.

The Premio Daniel Carasso is an individual research prize intended to reward an outstanding scientific researcher on sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. The Premio is worth €100,000. The Prize is intended to give more visibility to a mid-carrier researcher and to help her/him inspire junior researchers to develop transdisciplinary approaches to study food systems and their sustainability.