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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.

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Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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

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Poultry development in Eastern Africa, a regional perspective

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

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Alphaxrd Gitau It will be interesting to see what comes out of this and whether there are any aspects regarding the engagement of youth in the value chain and how they can be supported.

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“The role of private sector in city region food systems”

RUAF analysis report   - an article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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.

Context

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

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks

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Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars East Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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.

Please download the full mission report “Exploring the Potential of Hybrid Potato Cultivars in East Africa” (PDF).

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

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Hilda Okoth Owekisha Kwigizile this could be interesting for you.


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Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 


The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is a

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06

Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

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  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

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.

Target groups

Since this educational programme i

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

A report from the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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

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Nine Ugandan Food & Business projects gathered to enhance their policy relevance

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform


Representatives of nine Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects – from research, the private sector and NGOs and governmental agencies – gathered for a country workshop in Entebbe on January 26 and 27. They discussed and reflected upon emerging findings and results of research on food security and private sector development, mainly in Uganda but also with a more global focus. The engagement with policy, to enhance the conditions for an enabling environment, was the main theme of the event.

The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and RUFORUM. It provided room for acquaintance, exchange and reflection, through presentations, discussions, working group sessions and a field trip. The workshop was aimed at learning, about the respective projects, the ARF programme and the F&BKP as well as a

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Bridging the gap between banks and farmers

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’ carried out by NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 15 cases of how Dutch investors have successfully realised access to financial services for smallholder farmers.

Lesson 1: Organised farmers have better financing opportunities

Lesson 2: Learning to mitigate risks can be done

Lesson 3: Geodata can increase financial inclusion and food security

Lesson 4: We need to work towards green inclusive finance

More on these lessons learned and the full article can be read here. This article appeared in NABC Magazine edition 2017.

On 16th February 2017 NpM organises a conference on the subject ‘Geodata for inclusive finance and food.’

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Posted 2 months 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.

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Vidéo de l'atelier de partage des résultats de l'étude intitulée "  FINANCES POUR LES PETITS PRODUCTEURS - LES POSSIBILITÉS DE GESTION DES RISQUES EN LIANT LES INSTITUTIONS FINANCIÈRES ET LES ORGANISATIONS DE PRODUCTEURS"


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Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

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  16 February 2017, 10:00-18:00
  Hulstkampgebouw, Rotterdam

NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office are organizing the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aims to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and smallholder farmers. Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is an important stimulus for financial institutions to provide financial services. At the same time, this information can directly reduce monitoring and transaction costs, further improving access to finance.

The conference will focus on the point where access to finance and technology mee

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Today Caroline and I will be participating in the Vijverbergsession: “Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation” of FoodFirst, organized by the Food&Business Knowledge Platform, AgriProFocus and Include.  

Topic & target

The Vijverberg will delve into an important nexus of development concerns in Africa: food insecurity, rapid population growth and youth unemployment. The agri-food sector is expected to offer great opportunities to tackle these issues. Several “problematic areas” for youth inclusion in agriculture have been defined by scholars, policy makers and practitioners, such as access to knowledge, information and education, access to land, access to financial services, access to green jobs, access to markets, and engaging in policy dialogue. Nevertheless, policy and program framing and responses to the “problem” of young people and agriculture in Africa are still hampered by a lack of (context specific) evidence and therefore often fall back on “common

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Posted 3 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 .

3 months 3 weeks ago

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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

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Want a successful agribusiness in developing markets?

Join the company capability track and make your agribusiness fit for public funding in PPP calls

This unique track will help you to uncover the internal capabilities your company has or should have to become successful in these dynamic developing markets. It will support your company to get a better grip on and receive public recognition for it’s potential and ambition to develop business models that include low-income people.

Company capability track components

  1. Online quick scan with key company staff

  2. Half a day internal workshop on capability needs

  3. Company-specific report

  4. Visibility in public report on overall insights

  5. Networking event with like minded agribusiness entrepreneurs

Show the world your ambition to contribute to the SDGs.

BoP Innovation Center, inspired by the RPV framework of Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, created the Track to map your company’s internal capabilities. The capabilities are categorized

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Innovation in Finance at Africa Works!

Last week the AgriProFocus network joined the AfricaWorks! conference organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. In light of this year’s theme ‘Innovation in Finance’, we hosted an interactive workshop on “how to manage risks in financing small-holder investments” together with NpM and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (FBKP). The workshop was fully booked with close to 40 participants from a wide variety of organizations. After a short introduction on the problem statement by Lisette van Benthum (AgriProFocus); Josien Sluijs (NpM) and Mariel Mensink (NpM Rural Finance Working group) explained the results of the various case studies and African expert meetings. To further build upon these results, the participants were asked to be that day’s expert panel and discuss amongst each other one of three burning issues: 1. using value chain partnerships to decrease risks in financing small holders, 2. enhancing ag

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Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Want a successful agribusiness in developing markets?

Join the company capability track and make your agribusiness fit for public funding in PPP calls


This unique track will help you to uncover the internal capabilities your company has or should have to become successful in these dynamic developing markets. It will support your company to get a better grip on and receive public recognition for it’s potential and ambition to develop business models that include low-income people.

Company capability track components

  1. Online quick scan with key company staff

  2. Half a day internal workshop on capability needs

  3. Company-specific report

  4. Visibility in public report on overall insights

  5. Networking event with like minded agribusiness entrepreneurs

Show the world your ambition to contribute to the SDGs.

BoP Innovation Center, inspired by the RPV framework of Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, created the Track to map your company’s internal capabilities. The capabilities are categorized

... Read more