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... Read more
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).
The Food & Bu... Read more
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
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.
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.
Find all information through this link:
Please note that deadline is very tight (15 January) (apologies for that, I only discovered this today)
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... Read more
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.
License: Standard YouTube License
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
Article by: Evgeny Latynskiy, Thomas Berger, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Published in: World Development, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 572–586.
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... Read more
Site web, sur lequel vous pouvez trouver plusieurs articles (en francais et anglais) et vous enregistrer pour le magazine:
ICT update magazine is now available, see the following link:
Further background information on ICT solutions in agriculture can be found on the website:
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.
Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.
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?
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... Read more