Nicole Metz

Knowledge Facilitator

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Knowledge facilitator at Agri-ProFocus: responsible for the cross-country exchange on the theme Sustainable Agriculture; for the support to AgriProFocus country teams in their work with Innovation Communities; for the links between AgriProFocus country teams and key players and funding opportunities for research and innovation.

Next to that, also working as Knowledge Broker at the "Food and Business Knowledge Platform" (seconded from Agri-ProFocus). Responsible for the facilitation of knowledge agendas with stakeholders from business, civil society, government, academia, on, a/o:
- Fruits & Vegetables sector and its potential for Food Security
- Nutrition Security
- Public-Private Partnerships for Food Security.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 15 hours ago

PizzaProFocus! Informal network meeting on inclusive business

On Thursday evening 2nd February, the Dutch network of AgriProFocus gathered for an informal network meeting with pizzas: PizzaProFocus. The meeting took place at BoP Innovation Center, one of the organizations which had made the proposal to the network to start such informal gatherings to enable people in the network to meet, discuss, get new ideas, and establish new connections.

This time, the theme was Inclusive Business. 3 pitches were done by CBI’s Eva Smulders; ICRA’s Bertil Videt; and BoPInc’s Niek van Dijk. Other participants responded, which gave room for further open questions and exchanges. Some of the key areas of interest from that discussion that I recall:

CBI has developed a new tool, with support of Schuttelaar & Partners, to support SMEs in low- and middle-income countries with an interest to export to Europe, in developing more ‘responsible business’ practices. After the use of this tool, t

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Posted 1 month 4 days ago

Call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) (4th)

Deadline for submission letter of Intent: 28 March 2017

NWO-WOTRO has launched the fourth call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). GCP aims to generate research-based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector development. This fourth GCP call specifically focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture. The call is developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Transdisciplinary proposals can be submitted by teams of researchers and other (public/private) partners from both the Netherlands and from at least one Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC).

Purpose

The Food & Bu

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks Nicole, I will spread the news.

1 month 4 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

IFC and agribusiness in a changing environment

IFC event on GAFSP and climate smart agriculture, The Hague, Netherlands – 28 October 2016

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

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Famory SINABA Merci Nicole pour le rapport

3 weeks 3 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Photo of the week in TMEA weekly scope

The photo shows: Women working at Africado, a TMEA Challenge Fund recipient based in Arusha, Tanzania, packing avocados for export.

TMEA = Trade Mark East Africa, a key initiative fostering regional trade in the Eastern African region. The weekly scope is available online through this link.

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f44074099d0ad3f6e63a5c7f5&id=8fc1a96b2f&e=c8d5c7b809

You may try to subscribe yourself if you have an interest to read more about regional trade.

Women working at Africado, a TMEA Challenge Fund recipient based in Arusha, Tanzania, packing avocados for export.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Vacancies Prolinnova: 2 Sub-Regional Coordinators (SRCs) in Africa. (before 15 January)

Find all information through this link:

http://prolinnova.net/sites/default/files/documents/job_vac_ann/2016/prolinnova_tors_for_srcs.pdf

Please note that deadline is very tight (15 January) (apologies for that, I only discovered this today)


Short introduction:

Since 1 August 2016, the PROLINNOVA network is implementing “Promoting local innovation for Food

and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS), a three-year project in five countries in Africa: Burkina Faso,

Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. The project aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of rural

communities, particularly of women, and to increase the level of local resilience to change, as well as to

contribute to building functional multi-country PROLINNOVA platforms in two sub-regions in Africa: i)

West & Central Africa and ii) Eastern & Southern Africa. This may eventually lead to creation of a

PROLINNOVA platform in sub-Saharan Africa with th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Strengthening Climate Change Resilience through Local Seed Businesses

Short video explaining how ISSD Uganda contributes to the effective use of improved seed varieties by Ugandan farmers. Crops mentioned in the video a/o. cassava, groundnut, pigeon peas.

ISSD Uganda is helping farmers to adapt to climate change by supporting local seed businesses to produce affordable certified quality seed of improved varieties of food security crops which perform well under changing climate conditions.

ISSD is a collaborative effort of NARO, WUR, EKN Kampala.


Published on Nov 23, 2016

License: Standard YouTube License


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards & Conference 2017

Catalysing Finance and Disruptive Technologies to Boost Sustainable Solutions

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

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JAFFAR RUSHIGAJE Thank you very much for sharing this great information. We are going to work on.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Famory SINABA Many thanks Nicole for charring this funds opportunities

3 weeks 3 days ago

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Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Myanmar: Civil Society Organisations come together to tackle malnutrition

Blog post on the Scaling Up Nutrition website.

http://scalingupnutrition.org/news/myanmar-civil-society-organisations-come-together-to-tackle-malnutrition/

For those with an interest in further news on nutrition, and nutrition interventions, the scaling up nutrition website and newsletter are recommended resources.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

New fertiliser plant in Ethiopia by OCP (investor from Morocco)

Article in Financial Times about a $3.7bn OCP investment from Morocco in Ethiopia.

Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates, the world’s largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country. 

OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.

Link:

https://www.ft.com/content/469b5cd0-af27-11e6-a37c-f4a01f1b0fa1

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Bulletin Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

Veuillez trouver le nouveau bulletin du Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) qui inclut des nouvelles sur la recherche, les évènements et les publications récentes liées au travail dans le cadre du plateforme. Publié en anglais seulement, mais avec cette briève introduction en francais. 

Themes intéressantes pour les membres d'AgriProFocus:

- Entrepreneuriat social et la sécurité alimentaire

- Un outil pour mesurer les capabilités des entreprises Agricole dans les marchés en développement

- Lecons de 'Geodata pour l'Agriculture et l'Eau (G4AW)

- Séminaire ARF au Benin sur l'impact de la recherche pour la sécurité alimentaire.

- Les liens entre l'Agriculture et la nutrition - seminaire public au Benin

- Le role des consommateurs dans les systemes agro-alimentaires

- et plusieurs autres references et liens.

Cliquez ce lien:

http://knowledge4food.net/sixteenth-fbkp-newsletter/

Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Nicole et la petite traduction de l'introduction .

2 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

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


Click this link:

http://knowledge4food.net/sixteenth-fbkp-newsletter/


Famory SINABA Merci Nicole pour ces docs

3 weeks 3 days ago

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Posted 3 months 4 days ago

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy (2011)

Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.

There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.

'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/made2bmadeagain

Organisations with a special interest in this topic, or with particular experiences they like to share, please share these on this online platform. AgriProFocus included circular economy oriented agribusiness among the key themes of our new strategic plan, so we are interested to link up with you.


Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT The circular economy is an economic concept that falls within the framework of sustainable development and which is inspired in particular by the notions of green economy, economics of use or economics of functionality, Economy of performance and industrial ecology (which wants the waste of an industry to be recycled in raw material of another industry or the same one). Such an economy operates in a loop, thus dispensing with the notion of waste. Its objective is to produce goods and services while greatly limiting consumption and waste of raw materials, and non-renewable energy sources.

Yes, today it becomes an imperative to review our way of conceiving progress ie development based on the continued use of our. Renewable and non-renewable natural resources. It is no secret today that the developing countries and in particular my country Benin only opts for single-use products / equipment (eg plastic bags and many others). These products / equipment constitute waste which damages our health by incentives, contribute to the drastic decline in the yields of the various speculations (which should not be the case in circular economy). They can be retransformed and reused which is not the case. However, renewable and non-renewable natural resources are gradually being depleted. Developing countries must opt ​​for the circular economy for sustainable progress.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

3 months 3 days ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT L'économie circulaire est un concept économique qui s'inscrit dans le cadre du développement durable et qui s'inspire notamment des notions d'économie verte, d’économie de l'usage ou de l'économie de la fonctionnalité, de l'économie de la performance et de l'écologie industrielle (laquelle veut que le déchet d'une industrie soit recyclé en matière première d'une autre industrie ou de la même). Une telle économie fonctionne en boucle, se passant ainsi de la notion de déchet. Son objectif est de produire des biens et services tout en limitant fortement la consommation et le gaspillage des matières premières, et des sources d'énergies non renouvelables.

Oui, ajourd'hui cela devient un impératif de revoir notre façon de concevoir le progrès c'est à dire le développement qu'on se base sur l'utilisation continue de nos . ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables. Il n'est un secret pour personne aujourd'hui que les pays en voie de développement et en particulier mon pays le Bénin n'opte que pour des produits/équipements à usage unique (Ex: les sachets plastiques et bien d'autres). Ces produits/équipements, constituent des déchets qui en dommage notre santé par des incénérations, contribuent à la baisse drastique des rendements des différents spéculations ( ce qui ne devrait pas être le cas en économie circulaire). Ils peuvent être retransformer et réutiliser ce qui n'est pas  le cas. Or les ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables sont progressivement en épuisement. Les Pays en voie de Développement doivent impérativement optés pour l'économie circulaire pour un progrès durable.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

3 months 3 days ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Nicole, you can easily share a video by clicking on the paperclip button below your post and add the link there. Your video will be embedded right away!

3 months 1 day ago

Nicole Metz M. Prosper, Est-ce que Cabinet Global Novat entreprend des activités particulières dans ce domaine de l'économie circulaire?

3 months 1 day ago

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Posted 3 months 4 days ago

Investing in Kenya with a DGGF loan

Short video (2-3 minutes) explaining the role of a Dutch company's involvement in the Kenyan dairy sector. The particular use of the DGGF loan instrument (of the Dutch government) is explained.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Networks of Rural Producer Organizations in Uganda: What Can be Done to Make Them Work Better?

Article by: Evgeny Latynskiy, Thomas Berger, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Published in: World Development, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 572–586.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X15002363

Okello Justine Its abig question we need to sort out,we are trying with the seedlings project in soroti uganda 

3 months 1 week ago

Nicole Metz dear Okello, Thanks for your reaction. Do you have sufficient access to knowledge / advice for that work? Or could we assist you linking to others? 

3 months 1 week ago

Okello Justine This is awesome we need that too but more so financial support because all of us did agriculture  thus link us if possible

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Online Course: Diaspora Investment in Agribusiness

16 January 2017 – 27 February 2017

Please find attached the announcement for an Online Course on Diaspora Investment in Agribusiness. This course will take place from 16 January - 27 February 2017 and is facilitated through agencies based in the Netherlands. The course aims to provide a number of ideas that can be used in discussions between migrants and relatives who engage in agriculture, processing and marketing. It concentrates on small initiatives which are within reach of migrant households. Although many migrants already invest in land, the focus of this course is on a better use of existing farmland and on all further steps – “from farm to fork”. The term “agribusiness” stands for all the phases of agricultural production from the preparation of the soil to the storage, transport, and the selling of the processed products.

To be considered for the training, and for further information, please visit http://agri.netuni.n

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Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Les solutions TIC pour le secteur agricole et les chaines de valeur

Magazine ICT Update: "Les jeunes et l'entrepreuriat e-Agricole"


http://ictupdate.cta.int/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/ICT_83_FR_LR.pdf


Site web, sur lequel vous pouvez trouver plusieurs articles (en francais et anglais) et vous enregistrer pour le magazine:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/category/archives/83-les-jeunes-et-l-entrepreneuriat-e-agricole/?lang=fr



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

ICT solutions for agriculture and value chains

ICT update magazine: "Home-grown ICT solutions come from young entrepreneurs"


ICT update magazine is now available, see the following link:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/ICT_83_ENG_LR.pdf


Further background information on ICT solutions in agriculture can be found on the website:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/category/issues/83-youth-e-agriculture-entrepreneurship/

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 4 months 5 days ago

IDF and FAO sign Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam at summit

By Jim Cornall+, 20-Oct-2016

The culmination of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit held in Rotterdam this week was the signing of a document with the FAO on sustainability.

read more:

http://www.dairyreporter.com/Manufacturers/IDF-and-FAO-sign-Dairy-Declaration-of-Rotterdam-at-summit

 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 months 6 days ago

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change

Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food-- showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:

- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?

- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?

- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?

Thank you!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website www.knowledge4food.net. An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

4 months 3 weeks ago