Beginning March some 35 experienced practitioners came together to consider how to learn more effectively from the wealth of work being done on inclusive agribusiness, and to formulate key points for a global research and learning agenda. By the end of the workshop six collaborative action priorities for taking the inclusive agribusiness agenda forward were agreed upon.
The workshop “Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness” took place in Brighton to foster strategic action in the field of inclusive agribusiness. Participants represented the full range of parties working on inclusive agribusiness: private sector, knowledge institutes, donors & implementing agencies, governments from the Global South, producer organizations and NGOs. Initiaters of the event were Seas of Change, the Global Donor Platfo... Read more
Vacancy Announcement: Project Coordination Assistant – 3R Project
Deadline - 28 April 2017
As part of the transition strategy from aid to trade, Wageningen UR in collaboration with several Kenyan partners will implement a project that assesses and validates the lessons from the Netherlands Embassy’s agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security programmes on market-led approaches to supporting competitive and sustainable growth of selected agri-food sectors. The 3R Kenya project (Resilient, Robust and Reliable from Aid to Trade) will investigate whether these lessons relating to innovative interventions in the sectors can be transferred and scaled up, and as such better anchored within Kenya.
To support project implementation, we are recruiting a Project Coordination Assistant who will work under the direct supervision of the 3R Project Coordinator at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). The tasks include:
Monitoring and Evaluation tasks (35%)
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I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).
In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translat... Read more
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:
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.... Read more
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... Read more
The Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen UR, in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa are organizing an international course on ‘Local Economic Development: towards agribusiness cluster development (LED)’ which will be held in South Africa.
The course is focused on catalysing vibrant rural economies through agrifood sub-sector and agribusiness cluster development. The LED course targets resource poor consumers and smallholder producers as beneficiaries. The video ‘MA4FS’ explains the rationale behind this.
Please see this flyer for more information. The course qualifies for the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) for short courses! It is therefore of extra interest for candidates without sponsors but from countries eligible for NFP! Ugandan citizens qualify for this sch... Read more
Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Oromia for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).
CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricu... Read more
Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Bahir Dar for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).
CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricultural productivit... Read more
Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Bahir Dar for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and Fertile Grounds Initiative and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).
CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% incr... Read more
Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.
On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, an
Rural and urban youth have the potential to contribute to food security, economic development, social inclusion and stability. But sadly, three of every four youths in Africa live on less than USD 2/day (African Economic Outlook 2013). Securing youth access to credit, savings, and insurance will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society. Financing youth in agriculture is already happening, and where African youth have had this opportunity, they have found innovative and creative strategies to secure a future for themselves while contributing to the development of the private sector and social stability in their countries.
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Despite the world-wide increase of food availability 1 out of 3 people
are malnourished due to undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies
and/or overweight. Evidence shows that malnutrition has life-long
detrimental impacts on learning capacity, productivity and
income-generating potential of populations.
The sustainable development goals aim to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by year 2030.
Agriculture plays a key role in the provision of food and nutrition security. But agricultural programs and policies do not automatically lead to better nourished populations. In some cases these programs and policies can even be detrimental to the nutritional situation of vulnerable groups. Agricultural programs and policies need to take nutrition outcomes into account.
Fisheries contributes to food security and nutrition and plays a vital role in global, national and rural economies.
Fish is highly nutritious and serves worldwide as a valuable supplement in diets lacking essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The primary threats undermining the food and nutrition security potential of fisheries results from ineffective management coupled with poor conservation of habitats. To enhance the contribution of fisheries to food and livelihoods security a transition towards more people centred governance approaches is needed. Involvement of the public, civil society and private sector is required to develop incentives for sustainable ecosystem management and to ensure that the role of fisheries in reaching global food production is taken into account.
Market demand and agribusiness clusters are considered to be important vehicles for poverty reduction, attaining food security and creating rural wealth. The focus tends to be on high-end markets & international trade. However, for most smallholder producers, local entrepreneurs and poor consumers, rural economies and the dynamics of rural fresh produce markets & local trade are far more important!
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.
Interested in the lessons learned from M&E in the AIM Coalition? Listen to this PodCast where Marijke de Graaf (ICCO) and Marlene Roefs (WUR-CDI) tell about their experiences with 2 AIM-projects: The vegetables for all project in Tanzania and the SPAR Rural Hubs project in South Africa.
Main questions they will answer:
+ What are reasons for doing M&E?
+ What are opportunities?
+ What are best practises?
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.
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Today already more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will be risen to two-thirds. The continuous increase of urban population is due to factors like rural-urban migration, natural disasters or livelihood insecurities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s cities is a pressing challenge in this changing world. Delivering nutritious food to cities is a complex problem that is also challenged by natural resource scarcity, climate change, and population growth, which affect food systems globally.
For this events fellowships are available.
Course date: 4 - 15 September 2017
Deadline: 24 July 2017
NFP/MENA deadline: 21 March 2017
For more information and online registration please visit our website: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2017/CDIcourse_food_security_urbanizing_society_2017.htm
Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
For more information and online application: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2017/CDIcourse_lost_harvest_2017.htm