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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

Quiroga G and Flink I. 2017.

Prolinnova International Secretariat and Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). 12 pp.


In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair. The following guidelines reflect the network’s experiences in organising and hosting such fairs, with a focus on the experiences gained from the West African Farmer Innovation Fair held in Ouagadougou in May 2015, hosted by Inades Formation Burkina and the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) multistakeholder platform in Burkina Faso:

Copied from PAEPARD website (and received printed copy from KIT, our NL network member): http://paepard.blogspot.nl/2017/03/guidelines-for-organising-farmer.html

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Leah Banda This indeed provides a unique opportunity for small-scale farmers and a platform for support organizations to understand communities and how best to intervene.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

New Working Paper Series - ISSD Africa  

Message from KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am proud to announce a new series of Working Papers, this time dedicated to emerging issues in integrated seed systems and how these benefit smallholder producers. ISSD Africa has engaged in action research and network building on Integrated Seed Sector Development from 2014-2016.
Through targeted studies, documentation of case studies, and national and international seminars, ISSD Africa has identified and documented problems, opportunities and innovative approaches in seed sector development on the African continent. The results of these efforts are published in a first series of 9 working papers, in the KIT Working Paper Series, focusing on 3 themes:

Promoting seed entrepreneurship
1. Making business out of low profit seed
2. Effective seed quality assurance

Increasing access to varieties from the public domain

4. Access to information on varieties in the public doma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Annual Report KIT

Kit has presented their annual report. Below a message from Mark Schneiders, CEO KIT.

Dear Sir / Madam,

For KIT, 2016 has been a positive year marked by remarkable progress in all the areas in which we are active. Therefore we are very pleased to present to you KIT's annual report 2016. In this annual report, we showcase the achievements of our units and impactful assignments we worked on together with our clients and partners.

For the coming year, we will continue to seek diverse and constructive partnerships and opportunities. There is a renewed energy in the building with a clear vision for the future of KIT. We will further deepen our knowledge and services and strengthen our reputation as an international applied knowledge institute. We will work towards fulfilling our mission to drive impact in the areas of sustainable development, public health and international cooperation.

Best regards,

Mark Schneiders

CEO

Posted By in KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

ISSD Africa has engaged in action research and network building on Integrated Seed Sector Development from 2014-2016. The results of these efforts are published in a first series of 9 working papers, in the KIT Working Paper Series, focusing on 3 themes:

1. Promoting seed entrepreneurship

2. Increasing access to varieties from the public domain

3. Matching global commitments with national realities


The Working Papers can now be downloaded from our website! 


KIT Working Papers aim to share the results of work by KIT and its partners with development practitioners, researchers and policy makers. We welcome your feedback. Readers are encouraged to reproduce, share and quote this paper, provided due acknowledgement is given to KIT.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Annelie! We will make sure the papers are spread througout our networks, looking forward to more working papers.

3 weeks 4 days ago

Annelie Wambeek Thanks Anne Marie Kortleve - looking forward to sharing more updates soon!

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Effectiveness of Networks in Seed Potato Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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:

  1. Measure the sustainabl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

Lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l'innovation Paysanne

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.

Lignes directrices en Français, suivi ce lien

It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.

Guidelines in English, follow this link

Cibarani Cibarani Thank you for that jewel... we were dessesperately lookinf for something treating that issue...thanks again

2 months 2 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Lisette , merci beaucoup pour le partage de cet document très intéressant qui pourra aider pour l'organisation des grandes foires .Je me ferais le plaisir de partager sur nos réseaux sociaux et le mailchimp ,pour une large diffusion !

2 months 2 days ago

Lisette van Benthum Daoulata, Oui s'il vous plaît partager le par d'autres canaux sociaux aussi

2 months 2 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Oui lisette c'est déjà partager  sur la page facebook , twitter et le news letter bientôt ! 

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Call to participate in the Gender in value chains Trajectory 2017 

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

ATELIER D'INFORMATION DES ENTREPRENEURS AGRICOLES ET FIRMES SUR L'OUTIL 2-2Trade

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.

L'outil a été développé par CDI / WUR, Royal Tropical Institute

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

KIT et SNV, les membres d'AgriProFocus ont lancer un livre: Libérer le potentiel du pastoralisme pour développer l'Afrique de l'Ouest

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Consultant Wanted: National coach for AgriProFocus Gender Coaching Trajectory IV in Zambia (Phase 1) 

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

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 12 months 3 days ago

Should we stop talking about “youth”?

16 May 2016

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Going beyond stereotypes to strengthen your Farmer-Firm trade relation


Around 100 participants gathered on March 24 at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam for the AgriProFocus Expert meeting: 'It Takes 2-2-Trade'.


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

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24

Expert Meeting: 'It Takes Two to Trade'

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 March 2016, 13:00-18:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

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

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09

The future of our Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 December 2015, 08:45-13:00
  Impulse Building, Wageningen University

The future of our food:

How to engage young women and men in the agricultural sector?


- 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

Programme

08.45h     Registration 

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

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Posted By in 2-2-Trade
Posted 1 year 7 months ago

The book 2-2 Trade is published and available on-line !


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.

A digital copy of the book can be downloaded from our Organised Farmers/2-2 Trade-page

As well as the downloadable excel spreadsheet and workbook.

Hiire Ronald 2-2 book is the best way we should all find ways of trading with other partners but the problem is; the middlemen that come in to connect us with the outside market. How can we overcome that because many of our fellow members look for the communities they know only yet many farmers are stuck with their products deep down. villages whats the solution their.

1 year 7 months ago

Rolf Schinkel Dear Ronald Hiire, there is an interesting discussion going on about role and function of middlemen on the Organised Farmers pages: look at http://agriprofocus.com/post/568ace7da93f252eceefb7d0 , it may be of interest to you!

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 8 months ago

Organising Trade in South Mali (Organisation des relations de commerces au Sud du Mali)

PhD study Wageningen University

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.

Tools to reduce poverty

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.

Insights into organisational forms of agricultural cooperation

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

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Simon Wachira Quite true, and there are other enjoined factors to market access.Check my post on linkedin;Challenges experienced by smallholder poultry farmers in Kenya

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 11 months ago

Les commerçants du sud du Mali

«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.

ONG GBEWA Merci pour le partage. Mais est ce qu'il y a la version française du document ?

1 year 11 months ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Je suis désolé, l'article est uniquement en néerlandais et en anglais ...

1 year 11 months ago

ONG GBEWA Ok. Pas de souci

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 11 months ago

10 lessons on interventions in value chains

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 years 1 month ago

New book launched: "Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains'': Doing Good and Doing Well  

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 years 7 months ago

Dear Members,

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 Book on agricultural business services

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

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