Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.
The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:
C’est avec énorme plaisir que Prolinnova Secretariat International vous partage la publication quelques lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l’innovation paysanne en français et anglais.
It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.
It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].
Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.
AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.
Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.
Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017
le Vendredi 24 novembre 2016, s'est tenu dans les enceintes de l’hôtel Emeraude un atelier d'information et de formation sur l'outil de mise en relation Producteurs-Firmes. 26 Participants issus des Organisations de producteurs , institutions étatiques, ONGs, entreprises Privés, ont pris part à cet activité.
"It Takes 2-2 trade" ou relations Producteurs- Firmes se propose comme un instrument permettant la facilitation de la relation primaire de la relation existante entre producteurs (farmers) et grandes entreprises (firms). La connaissance des besoins des uns et des autres reste un préalable pour une relation d’affaires conséquente. Cette évaluation de la relation( forces et faiblesses) est suivi par une planification d'action conjointe pour l'amélioration et le maintien de la relation d'affaires.Read more
Ce livre offre une perspective unique et une compréhension profonde d'un monde qui change rapidement, avec des contributions des praticiens et des académiciens.
En dépit des contraintes et des idées préconçues, le pastoralisme continue à jouer un rôle substantiel dans le développement social et économique dans la région Afrique de l'Ouest comme ailleurs, et dans l'intégration régionale. Les caractéristiques innées de la mobilité et de l'adaptabilité signifient que le pastoralisme demeurera crucial pour les moyens de subsistance résilients.
"Libérer le potentiel du pastoralisme pour développer l'Afrique de l'Oues" présente des zones de production et de consommation établies et nouvelles, et démontre l'évolution rapide des chaînes de valeur pastorale.
Vous pouvez télécharger le livre ici
Since 2008, a vibrant working group has been active within AgriProFocus, known as “Gender in Value Chains”. Its mission is to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development, and through regular exchange and working with members, this community has developed exciting knowledge products for value chain practitioners. Based on the knowledge from the book “Challenging Chains to Change” and the “Gender Toolkit” compiled by AgriProFocus and its members (KIT and F&S), a coaching trajectory has been developed. AgriProFocus Zambia started with its first trajectory in 2014 and currently is completing its third trajectory.
With the increasing demand by members to participate in gender trajectories, AgriProFocus is looking for a second coach to lead the fourth coaching trajectory. In Phase 1, the coach will be responsible together with AgriProFocus to market the... Read more
Youth and young people are becoming a hot topic among development donors and actors. But who exactly do these "labels" apply to, and are they too broad for effective policies? Or do they create too narrow a focus which is blind to larger structural issues?
Varyingly, "youth" are being identified as "at risk” – of unemployment, of marginalisation or abuses – or “as risk”, where they may engage in undesirable activities from crime to terrorism, armed violence or migration. However, there are also many calls to understand youth “as opportunity” (PDF), particularly in the context of Africa’s “youth bulge” and its promise of a vast demographic dividend.
A recent visit to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and some great discussions with research colleagues there, brought some clarity into the interlinked promises and problems arising from development actors’ burgeoning interest in youth and work.
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.
Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been ap... Read more
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface.
With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
That sounds nice, but what is in it for me?
After this session you understand:
• how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation.
• how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in your business cases.
What you can expect:
After a network lunch (13.00-14.00 hrs) with a.o. our Business Linkage advisors from several Country Networks, we will discuss:
1. Farmer – firm relations: A simple model with 7 critical components
2... Read more
- On invitation only-
A seminar to get inspired, to exchange ideas, learn from experiences and meet people, organisations and practitioners who are passionate about the topic of youth in agriculture.
The seminar is an integral part of the short course Market Access for Food Security of the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen UR. Co-organisers are: KIT, YPARD and AgriProFocus
09.00h Opening and introduction
09.30h Keynote speeches by Zayaan Khan (Slow Food Youth Network South Africa) and
young Dutch farmer
10.00h World Café pitches
10.30h World Café sessions: Topics include network approaches, performance measurement, tools and &n... Read more
The book 'It takes two to trade - Understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa' was released on 24 September 2015 during the 10-year anniversary party of AgriProFocus.
As well as the downloadable excel spreadsheet and workbook.
On Wednessday September 9 Ms. Ellen Mangnus defended her Ph.D thesis at Wageningen University. Mangnus, KIT advisor sustainable economic development examined how Malian farmers organise themselves in practice and which lessons can be learnt to improve programs that aim at facilitating inclusive agricultural development and reducing poverty in rural Africa.
Market access for small farmers is seen as an important tool in reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. Many development programs offer advice and assist African farmers in forming formal organizations such as cooperatives.
Mangnus: ‘The idea that small farmers have to organize themselves to improve their market position is quite logical; After all together you stand stronger and have a better bargaining position. But in pract... Read more
«L'accès des petits agriculteurs aux marchés» est un objectif dans de nombreux projets de la chaîne de valeur. Pour comprendre comment le commerce est organisé sans que l'aide extérieure, Ellen Mangnus (du KIT) a écrit une thèse sur la façon dont un groupe de commerçants a comblé l'écart entre la région rurale du sud du Mali et le marché à Bamako.
Lire l'article complet (en anglais) ICI
Cet article a été publié dans ViceVersa, un magazine hollandais sur la coopération au développement. Cette édition était un spécial sur les chaînes de valeur.
2 of our members, development organization SNV and knowledge centre KIT work together on clever solutions for agricultural development. They do so on the basis of practical, global knowledge and experience and in response to local opportunities.
But what exactly determines the success of chain interventions? Using five projects from their portfolios in which changes in the sector in question had large-scale effects, SNV and KIT distilled the most important elements for successful chain development.
This article was published in Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. Read the full article HERE.
KIT, CTA and Practical Action Publisher are proud to announce that we have launched a new book: ‘Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains: Doing Good and Doing Well’ edited by Malcolm Harper, John Belt and Rajeev Roy.The aim of this book is to show that disadvantaged small-holders and other poor people can be included in modern integrated value chains. These chains are profitable for them, for the value chain leaders, and for all the other processors and traders involved. And, that this can be done without subsidy, without donor or government aid, and without appeal to ‘corporate social responsibility’; it is simple good business.
To order the book, go to http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8e367babe7efb791307ede049&id=cdd38a6c49&e=8e30dc793f
Agri-ProFocus is pleased to share with you a video and book published in partnership with KIT Publication http://www.kit.nl/kit/Royal-Tropical-Institute- and FAO on Agricultural Business Development Services.
The Video on agricultural business services
The agricultural sector in Africa is rapidly changing. Farmers are increasingly linked to markets, offering them opportunities for business development. Nowadays, farmers need business advice. These services are provided by agricultural business service providers. In three cases, this video explains the successes and challenges of these ABDS providers.
The video is based on a recent publication by Agri-ProFocus, KIT and FAO. This book 'The business of Agri-business services' includes cases from Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia.
To have more details about this please;
It's our hope you find this Infor... Read more
Dans le cadre de ses activités pour l’année 2012, Agri-Hub Bénin a prévu de développer la thématique « relations fermes-firmes ». Afin que la discussion ne soit pas seulement théorique il a été décidé de développer la thématique sous forme d’un trajet/processus de Recherche-Action « Ferme-Firme » (RA-FF) autour d’une étude de cas de la filière Anacarde. La filière anacarde a été choisie car dans cette filière plusieurs membres de l’Agri-Hub sont actifs et les relations d’affaires entre les producteurs/productrices et les usines de transformation sont un élément central dans le développement de valeur ajoutée. Aussi, les relations firmes-fermes sont importantes pour le développement local ainsi que pour améliorer l’accès aux marchés. La SNV reçoit dans le processus de RA-FF, un appui méthodologique de la part de l’Institut Royal des Tropiques (KIT) et l’Université de Wageningen (WUR).
Comme première étape dans... Read more
With near to 50 participants we experienced a very dynamic and fruitful network day. The network day has given the opportunity to establish and strengthen bilateral contacts as well as indentify new inroads into collective activities.
In summary the agenda for the near future (and moving into 2011 and beyond) looks as follows:
One issue that came out during the APF Multi Stakeholder Meeting was the need to improve access to (value chain) finance.
Most APF members have something to offer in this regard, be it knowledge, services or finance. SNV, Cordaid, Woord en Daad, KIT and WUR feel that a series of practical workshops focused on access to finance can be concrete actions to implement the value chain specific action plans and/or to sharpen them further.
It will also be a good opportunity to start an action learning process.
Which type of finance for whom?
In all segments of the chain, there is need for a specific financial product, with a specific purpose.
I Producer Organisations (producers) need inputs before they start growing/ rearing their crop/ cattle and cash once their produce is ready. Possible ways of addressing the needs of the producers are:
¨ Self-finance by the producer organisation (e.g. by raising shares); +low costs, no collateral, - limi... Read more