food security

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 hours 55 min ago

  The Role of the Financial Sector in Addressing Food Insecurity

Many farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to formal credit and turn to costly coping strategies to make ends meet between harvests, including reduced food consumption, informal borrowing, short-term work on other farms, and selling off assets like livestock. Providing credit, either in the form of food or cash, could allow farming families to increase their food security and agricultural output, as farmers would not be forced to find off-farm income to feed their families between harvests, and would therefore be able to spend additional time applying fertilizer, weeding, or harvesting the crop, which may increase yields. In the long run, this gain in productivity might increase incomes by more than farmers could earn through casual labor.

In Zambia, most of the smallholder farmers depend of the inputs provided by the government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which has provide to be inad

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Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 4 months 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Netherlands Space Office visits Myanmar to support food security

From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.

G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/servic

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

Ethiopia: 5.6 million people need emergency food assistance

The failure of the 2016 October-December rains across parts of the Horn of Africa has led to a devastating drought in Somalia, south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya. More than 15 million people in these three countries are facing food and water shortages, and famine is now a possibility in Somalia.

The drought follows one of the strongest El Niño events on record, and many of the affected areas have seen the failure of successive rains, with cumulative impacts that have exhausted the coping strategies of vulnerable communities.

Forecasts suggest the next rains in affected areas – expected from March-May – may also be below-average.

In Somalia, 5 million people need humanitarian assistance. In Ethiopia, 5.6 million people need emergency food assistance and 9.2 million require safe water. In Kenya, 1.3 million people are facing food shortages.

Read the January 2017 report from Inter-Agency Working Group on Disas

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23

Plant genetic resources and resilient seed systems for susta

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 October 2017 to 10 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Nepal

Fellowship opportunity

Loss of genetic resources has resulted in major concerns about future food and nutrition security. The vulnerability of agricultural systems towards pests, diseases and climate change makes the topic urgent, and has led to the development of a range of conservation strategies. Community Biodiversity Management (CBM) distinguishes itself from other conservation strategies by enhancing social interdependence, collaboration, adaptability and autonomy.

To the website: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2017/CDIcourse_PGR_2017.htm

How to apply: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/how-to-apply.htm

More on fellowships: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/scholarships.htm



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

ICRA is a member of the Agr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - December 2016

31 Dec 2016
Report From Famine Early Warning System Network

Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas

KEY MESSAGES

 - Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.

- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Ethiopia: Auspicious Move to Ensure Food Security

. . . Being food secured is also not limited to stowing away enough food to meet nutritional needs of a community or a country. It is also linked with sustained food supply and creations of assets that will help to avail food and other personal and family needs related to livelihood.

Among other things, food security is also related to food habits, religious and cultural outlooks that could have stronger bearing on either enhancing or discouraging the promotion of food self-sufficiency and security.

Attaining food security cannot be measured only through the volume of food produced and distributed. Diversity in food production targeting disease preventing varieties and cash based production are also important factors. . . 

(Solomon Dibaba, The Ethiopian Herald)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 3 days ago

Agriculture CS issues warning on looming food scarcity

The country faces food scarcity because a majority of farmers are “old and dying” while the youth are not taking up farming, the government warned on Monday.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said a survey of farmers in the country has shown that most are between 60 and 62 years old, which is a major concern since the country’s life expectancy is at 63.

The government, he said, had set aside Sh20 billion to support and rally youth into agriculture for the next five years to avert a crisis.

The government targets people in their 40s but youths will also be recruited, he said.

GRAPPLING WITH CHALLENGES

Mr Bett also noted that low levels of farm mechanisation had made agriculture labour-intensive and less attractive to youths.

He added that the sector was also grappling with challenges of high cost of production owing to costly inputs and low yields, limited access to affordable credit by farmers and land fragmentatio

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dec
08

How to ensure access to food for all in a urbanising world

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  08 December 2016, 09:00-14:00
  Wageningen

Seminar: How to ensure access to good food for all in a rapidly urbanising world

The world is becoming increasingly urban. Today, more of us live in cities than in rural areas. It is expected that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s urban areas is a pressing challenge, due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and natural disasters which affect food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.

This seminar will take place in the Impulse building on the campus of Wageningen UR, from 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, including a lunch buffet. Participation is free.

For more information and online registration please visit our website:

http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/

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Posted By in EKN-FDOV Learning Events
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

How to deal with the Challenges we face in our food & nutrition security programmes? On Tuesday November 15 we enjoyed a very interesting and effective EKN Learning Event. 

As Jan Willem Nibbering (EKN) said at the start: a challenge is not ’just’ a problem or an obstacle, but something you need to react to.


Four projects shared very openly their challenges and got experience based advice from their peers:

1. SBN- problem with access to inputs, no microfinance available; harvest goes to local money lenders

2. CASCAPE: how NOT to contribute to the 'dependency syndrome', farmers expecting free seeds and per diems for training

3. ICCO/Strategic Partnership Convening & Convincing (SPCC) project: How to involve in a dialogue with the government?


4.GAIN with 3 challenges

1. Health workers are overloaded – how do we deal with that? How to use an overburdened government system

2. Demand creation takes a long time; diet behaviour is a hard thing to change. Production is improving; dive

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here

dec
02

AgriProFcus Ethiopia Annual Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  02 December 2016, All Day Event
  AZZEMAN HOTEL, Addis Ababa

You are INVITED!

Dear Members and Partners,

You are cordially invited to attend the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day, to be held on Friday 2nd of December 2016 in AZZEMAN Hotel, Addis Ababa.

As you may recall, at the end of every year we organize this Annual Network Day to bring together our members and partners for exciting and fruitful activities:

  • We will learn new findings, developments and achievements in Ethiopian agriculture sector from Guest Presenters;
  • The AgriProFocus Ethiopia Coordination Team will highlight the 2016 activities of the network to its members and partners, and look forward to what we envision for 2017 together with you;
  • Members and Partners, in turn, will review and comment on the ending year activities, and indicate new topics of focus or new ways of networking methods to be incorporated in our 2017 Annual Plan;
  • Market Place by member and partner organizations who wish to reserve an exhibition boot

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Commercializing Food Security in Tanzania

Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.

Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!

Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre,  Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 months 1 day ago

CLIMATE CHANGE; A BIG THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY IN UGANDA.


October is gone and many areas in Uganda are failing to receive the required rainfall amounts and in areas where it has rained, many crops have been devastated, leaving many homeless and with no any other alternative source of livelihood. The question is: What is Government doing to avert the situation?

It is traditionally known that, Uganda's economy is largely dependent on Agriculture. Not only dependent, but also rain fed agriculture, where farmers have to wait upon God to send rain on the land for food.

Under normal circumstances, October is supposed to be the peak of rains but unfortunately; many areas are still experiencing severe sun shine that has caused crops to dry up thus rendering the second planting season a loss. The question is: how responsive is the National Disaster Preparedness and Management Policy in managing such disasters and the vulnerability of the affected population?

It is reported that, some people h

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D

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JACOB OGONDA Great!!!

4 months 6 days ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

From Rice Bowl to Food Basket; Myanmar Agricultural Reform White Paper

Last April, the Myanmar National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC) developed a new vision for Myanmar’s Agricultural Development: From rice bowl to food basket; Three pillars for modernizing Myanmar’s agricultural and food sector.

'Myanmar is ready to seize that promise for its own future. But we must break away from a legacy of policies that have held back, rather than stimulated, our farmers’ potential', writes Tin Htut Oo, Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Committee. 'A mind-set change is needed to step out of the Green Revolution, business-as-usual approach that focused on supply-led yield increases and domestic food self-sufficiency. We need to shift to an innovative new agricultural policy vision that centers on a demand-led approach driven by domestic consumers and foreign markets with increased productivity throughout the sector. To succeed in practice, we need to break do

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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 4 months 1 week 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.

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Mobile app offers opportunity for agriculture in Myanmar

The usage of smartphones in Myanmar has skyrocketed over the past years. Impact Terra, founded by the Erwin Sikma from The Netherlands, developed the ‘Golden Paddy’ mobile application that offers local farmers and companies access to previously unattainable information.

Myanmar is one of the biggest countries in South-East Asia and is often called ‘The Garden of Asia’ because of its diverse climate zones and soils. These circumstances mean it is possible to cultivate almost any crop here; rice, grains, vegetables, legumes, flowers, fruits, coffee, tea and spices all belong to the possibilities. Also fodder (crops for cattle) can be planted. Myanmar was the world’s leading producer of many crops for a long time.

Regression for agriculture

Agriculture is still the countries’ biggest economic sector. It represents more than 40% of the Gross National Product and offers employment to more than 70% of the pop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Notice: FSRE Innovation Fund Completion Seminar Postponed 

Dear Members and Partners,

A few days ago we announced that there will be the FSRE Innovation Fund Completion Seminar on 26-27 October 2016, which will also include a book launch and an innovation fair.

However, due to current circumstance we would like to inform you that the event is postponed until further notice. We will inform you any developments.

Contact:

Gizaw Legesse

+251 (0)91 115 6248

glegesseagriprofocus.com