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.
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.... Read more
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.
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
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
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to transform the world for the better by 2030 and Gender Equality (SDG5), is without a doubt integral to achieving all these ambitions.
But progress in achieving gender parity is still slow. At the end of 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report estimated that, at the current pace, it would take another 170 years for the gender gap to be closed. This calls for immediate action. Everyone, from individuals and households to organisations and policy makers, needs to commit to accelerating gender equality and ensure that half of the world’s population gets an equal chance to realise their full potential. In addition to being a moral imperative, gender equality is bound to have a great impact on economies.
According to FAO studies, if women had the same access to production resources as men, they could increase their farm yields by 20–30%. This could reduce... Read more
Hopes are high that the private sector will take the lead in tackling unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, such confidence should not negate state responsibility for employment creation. National governments have a key role to play in making job creation inclusive. This implies lifting the constraints that especially young and female entrepreneurs face, creating a stable business environment, and promoting links to the local economy so that (international) businesses and entrepreneurs can innovate, invest and grow and, hence, create jobs.
This was the main message from INCLUDE’s roundtable discussion on ‘Productive Employment’, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15 December 2016. During separate breakout sessions, participants discussed the employment potential of key econom... Read more
The Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), together with CIFOR and Shared Value Foundation have started the Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security. Building on activities of the LANDac and F&BKP, the Learning Platforms will facilitate exchanges and dialogue between private sector partners and local stakeholders in investment hubs in different countries. Activities are part of the LANDac/F&BKP learning agenda on land governance and food security, including the scoping study Flowers for Food? and three country-specific workshops on Land Governance and Food Security (LGFS).
In the coming two months, Emilinah Namaganda and Gemma Betsema will start working in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania to collaborate with stakeholders and identify common objectives and action plans for the coming year. Investment areas i... Read more
Blog by SNV
One cooperative in the Mushishiro sector of Muhanga district, Rwanda, is fully sold on renewable energy technologies. The awakening came through the president, Epiphania Mukarubariza.
The cooperative began in 2010, conceived by women who wanted to collectively farm and market maize. Now, the group of 19 women and two men, own 2ha of land on which they produce arrowroots, sweet potatoes, maize and cassava. Their biggest customers are schools in the sector.
“We encourage people to join and take advantage of the collective marketing. Being a group increases our chances of getting funds for new ventures we embark on”, Epiphania explained, adding that the purchase of improved cookstoves is one such fringe benefit. “I cannot tell you how much SNV has helped us; even the poorest member has a stove!”.
Epiphania lights up when she remembers how she came across the revolutionary cookstoves that have transformed live... Read more
Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform
To harmonize the country-oriented Dutch development and economic diplomacy policies with increasing regional influences in poultry value chain developments, better insight is needed in the interdependency of the poultry sectors of different countries. Therefore, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) has decided to support a study and learning project that will look into the various aspects of this interdependency in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda).
The objective of the study and learning project is to gather relevant information on poultry developments in the Eastern African region with the aim of collecting and sharing this information with relevant stakeholders and advise the Netherlands Government on more regional-economic responsive policies for sector/value chain development.
Whilst the issues of interdependency can be recognized across the whole of Afr... Read more
Agriculture evolved and continues to evolve on the basis of man deliberately modifying nature to feed and economically sustain himself.
Modification of nature started with such benign acts such as planting seeds instead of waiting for natural seed dispersal and use of irrigation instead of relying on rain fed farming.
Against an increasing human population and diminishing natural resources, science has stepped in to advance modifications of nature with examples such as plant breeding instead of waiting for the Darwinian natural selection – which would eventually happen, only that it would take a very long time.
Other easy to identify modifications of nature are the use of green houses, intensive livestock feeding e.g. zero-grazing.
However, modification of nature without appropriate counter balances and safe guards can be a limiting factor in the advancement of agriculture. For example, while zero-grazing allows farmers to k... Read more
Will there be algae tagliatella on our plates, combined with some insect chips, lab produced milk and fresh home-grown tomatoes from our rooftop kitchen garden? The question about our food future concerns many of today’s food experts, civil actors, policy makers and academics. Louise Fresco is one of them. As a food expert of the University of Wageningen she has been honoured by the University of Leuven for her groundbreaking research on this topic. In return she took us on a journey to our Foodture by sharing her experience, research and dreams.
One thing is clear from the beginning: how we will feed the future generations is a complex topic and calls for multi- angle, systematic solutions. Fresco’s discourse opens a debate on food, based on scientific facts and meanwhile accepting the complexity of the problem and solution.
Read the full article here with the more information:
We’re t... Read more
Today, food security and the need for a food policy, increasingly feature on the agenda of cities and city regions. RUAF Foundation, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), has published an analysis report in order to better understand the role of the private sector in building more sustainable city region food systems.
It is recognized that urban growth, urban poverty, food price hikes, climate change, changes in consumption patterns and the increase in diet-related health problems, all require attention. The rapid expansion of cities puts a geographical burden on agricultural land, threatening rural livelihoods, peri-urban food production and supply chains, and poses challenges in the areas of water management and use of natural resources. In this context, city region food system development will need to go hand in hand w... Read more
By Jason Woods, World Ark senior editor
Photos by Phil Davis
A day’s work is all the harder after shivering through a cold night without a cozy bed or warm blankets. Heifer project participants in Zambia’s Copperbelt province are sleeping much more soundly now that they’re able to turn their dairy cows and hard work into the necessities of a more comfortable life.
KAMISENGA, Zambia — Just outside the brick walls of her home, Omeli Kaposo Tabulo and her friend Belina Musha send bouts of laughter into a shockingly blue, cloudless sky. The two are reliving memories of their lives before Heifer International Zambia, before the women became dairy farmers with a healthy income.
Read the full article here. An interesting read!!
The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for this region, and to identify interested partners from both private and public sectors to support research, development and commercialization of this technology. The mission was implemented by Solynta and took place in six countries.
A new hybrid breeding technology has been developed to accelerate breeding activities and propagation of starting materials. This technology enables breeders to develop new potato cultivars that are attuned to the needs of the local producers and markets, much more rapidly than conventional breeding. In addition, the high performing products are uniform hybrid true seed... Read more
The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the IBA.ventures platform.
Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.
Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.
Since this educational programme i... Read more
“Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators” is one in a series of GFAR webinars. The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research and innovation community around the topic of capacity development.
TAP is an active partner in GFAR’s efforts in fostering collective initiatives to improve capacity in agri-food research and innovation.
The main focus of TAP is the development of national capacities for agricultural innovation in tropical developing countries, where the capacity gap is especially wide. By helping to bridge the capacity gap, TAP aims to pave the way for agricultural innovations that meet the demands of its principal users – small farmers, small and medium-sized agribusinesses and consumers.
In this webinar, TAP Secretariat will share a framework and process... Read more
The SIMA Paris International Agribusiness Show 2017 will take place from February 26 to March 2, 2017 at Paris Nord Villepinte, France.
Sunday February 26, 2017, the opening day, will bring together African ministers and African institutional partners, who will present their agricultural development strategy.
On Tuesday 28 February 2017, a conference will be held entitled “Agricultural mechanisation in Africa: what strategy for progress?”
Organized by AXEMA and SIMA, with the participation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the European Agricultural Machinery Committee (CEMA), Bpifrance Export, FNCUMA, and the Pan African Farmers Organizations (PAFO).
Do you want to become an eco-entrepreneur and find solutions for one of the key challenges your country is facing? Then the Starter is what you have been waiting for. Building an enterprise takes many different tasks, from stepping into the shoes of potential customers in order to design a product or service to running a marketing campaign. A single person, or even most teams of motivated people, can easily feel overwhelmed. The Starter shows future entrepreneurs where to start to turn their ideas into reality. By asking the right questions, it guides you through the process of setting up your enterprise. What it does not do is to offer ready-made solutions – with a bit of guidance you are about to discover the best solutions yourself!
How does it work?
During the application period for the SAG-SEED Starter Months future eco-entrepr... Read more
On a global scale, more and more people are making the decision to become social entrepreneurs in business while aiming for impact in food security. Those entrepreneurs are trying to fill gaps that the private sector, public sector, and civil society actors have left open; issues that need improvement when tackling food insecurity and malnutrition. To gain more insight into their potential contributions, within the F&BKP, social entrepreneurs that work in food value chains in the seven Dutch partner countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin) and their related challenges and opportunities have been mapped within their supporting and surrounding ecosystems.
The report that synthesizes the mapping results has revealed that resource, awareness, and knowledge gaps exist between the social entrepreneurs’ demand for s... Read more