The network identified four overarching thematic areas that will guide us in the years 2018-2022: Inclusive agribusiness, Climate smart agribusiness, Circular economy agribusiness and Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. These four themes are also closely aligned with the objectives of the Dutch development agenda regarding food security.
Around its thematic focus the AgriProFocus network will develop and implement network programmes, globally and in the country networks.
Within this thematic focus members in the Netherlands and in country networks have expressed a clear need to target the work of AgriProFocus to specific issues based upon the following criteria:
Zoom in on issues that currently block the development of a vibrant agripreneurs sector, and to opportunities to overcome this.
Choose those issues that various stakeholders encounter, but that no-one can solve individually - so-called ‘wicked problems’ or ‘complex problems’.
The networks joint solutions should be on sharing, co-creating and scaling-up practical action perspectives and business strategies for agripreneurs.
For 2018 AgriProFocus has selected, based on member interest, global ‘burning issues’ per theme. On each issue/opportunity we will facilitate exchange and reflection on results, experiences and lessons learned of members. Every theme will lead to a ‘publication’ (print/video) for members and broader audiences. Our ambition is that these insights spark opportunities for further network activities, using our signature network solutions (Linking, Learning, Leadership) to create joint network programmes.
Circular Economy Agribusiness
The current infrastructure pattern of production, logistics and consumption leads to an enormous flow of food waste and missed business opportunities (an estimated 30 percent of agricultural production in Africa and Asia is lost). Logistics, trade, and processing infrastructure are considered as critical bottlenecks. Most wastage occurs within and between agribusiness companies during agricultural production, post-harvest handling and storage, processing and distribution. AgriProFocus members support initiatives, innovations, entrepreneurial farmers and agribusinesses that integrate the reduction of food losses in their business models, for example by exploring opportunities for post-harvest technologies and for making profitable new products from rest and by-products. The following burning issues have been identified with members:
There is no such thing as waste: Innovative solutions to reduce post-harvest losses and food wastage. The goal is to jointly explore and showcase the innovation in LMIC countries that post-harvest losses (food wastage) can be reduced and/or prevented: to make the business case that waste = value. The availability of rest- and byproducts can be a driver for new food ventures, or help completing the business case for existing ventures. Particular attention will be given to tackling post-harvest losses in fresh fruits and vegetables value chains, in view of maintaining the nutritional value, and enhancing access for low income consumers.
Soil Fertility – Closing nutrient loops through smart business solutions. The goal is to gather some of the best ‘circular economy’ solutions that work to enhance soil fertility, both at farmer level and in value chains (e.g. local compost traders; value addition to byproducts). This work will help demonstrating the investment opportunities created in integrated soil fertility management, and mitigating the risks associated to climate change and scarcity of natural resources (particularly, specific nutrients).
Keep an eye on this page for updates around these burning issues!
Global Lead Circular Economy Agribusiness: Lisette van Benthum
The Agroecology Platform collaborated with the University of Padova (Italy) and with Catholic University (Ethiopia) to make the 6-day Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology course (Jan 22-27) a success, contributing particularly through expertise of the network members on the first day and by organizing the field visit to a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm on the 6th and final day of the course. On the opening day of the course three Agroecology network members made presentations:
• Dr. Fentahun Mengistu of AKLDP presented What is Agroecology? Issues and Examples from the Ethiopian context
• Dr. Zewdie Kassa of AAU presented on Ethiopian Agrobiodiversity
• Dr. Hailu Araya of Pelum Ethiopia presented recent Research Findings on Agroecological Practices in the Horn of Africa
AgriProFocus organized Agroecology Network member participation and the field visit learning activities. About 35 professionals p... Read more
Over the course of 9 years Seblewongel Sedesse has created a productive organic farm and biodiversity sanctuary on 10 hectares of formerly barren and degraded land situated near Holeta, Ethiopia.
When Seblewongel acquired her land it was covered with gullies, Eucalyptus stumps and no vegetation. Since then, she has rehabilitated the land naturally, by manually removing the Eucalyptus stumps, levelling the gullied land, applying mature chicken and cow manure, and promoting natural regeneration with indigenous plants such as agam and kaga. A new stream has sprung up on her property as a result of her land rehabilitation efforts.
At this time, over 4000 species have been documented in Seblewongel’s botanical garden. Her organic farm produces indigenous varieties of wheat as well as potatoes and teff. She also has livestock - goats and mixed-breed cows - from which she raises organic meat, and makes traditional cheese.... Read more
The effort to find global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be urgent in 2018 than it has never been. Given the rapid growth of world population and the shrinking economic fortunes,unsustainable food production coupled with unstable political environment in most developing countries, call for change of habits and strategies in seeking solution to persistent social problems the world faces today is mandatory. The challenges we face have been created and build over time; in deed the world reluctance to solve them accelerated their compound interest, these social evils as Daniel Goleman calls them in his book Focus can be solved but again as Albert Einstein opines “ We cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Hence we need new thinking.
This new thinking in my opinion, just like many other thinkers have indicated lies in embracing Circular... Read more
Circular Economy is a significant step towards achieving Zero hunger goal, creating employment and solving climate change challenges. In deed starting with Agriculture would help us increase the probability of averting major crisis of food insecurity by over 50%.
“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”
There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.
Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri
There is a clear need to change minds... Read more
An interview with young man who invented a charcoal machine.
AgriProFocus had an opportunity to interview a young man who is a founder of Green Power Group in Tabora region which deals with making charcoal by using waste products and peanut shells.
With the background of Law degree he dedicate his time to conserve the environment. His full name is Idrissa Khamisi Nyachenga born and raised in Kaliua, Tabora region. Idrissa says “I started working on my idea when I was still at the university after a thought of what will I do in case I will not be able to find a job after college”. Most of his time spent in library doing research about environment and what to do to make a different that will also be an employment for him and his community.
Green Power Group turn waste product into charcoal and invented a charcoal making machine, Idrissa said “I got an idea of making charcoal machine from the Chinese social network and simplify it to my... Read more
Agri-Food chains are based on linear principles, the call for a circular economy is big. The dairy farming industry claims to be based on circular principles, however, in many countries it is solely linear.
Which solutions for circularity do we have in agribusiness? Are these solutions climate-smart or inclusive? And what can we learn from each other?
You are invited to discuss these topics, together with members of the network and students from Van Hall Larenstein University during an informal dinner meeting!
To join, simply send an e-mail to Janine Schoeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the 20th of October.
See you on Thursday the 26th!
Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting
Konsep ekonomi sirkuler sebenarnya telah dilakukan sejak lama di Indonesia, khususnya pada industri besar dan menengah, namun belakangan ini perencanaan pembangunan ekonomi kurang memperhatikannya. Perusahaan-perusahaan pabrik kertas dan perkebunan besar termasuk diantara usaha ekonomi yang melaksanakan konsep ini. Pada skala ekonomi yang lebih kecil dalam bidang pertanian, kerjasama antara perusahaan besar dengan pertanian rakyat sudah berlangsung dengan baik, memberikan keuntungan ekonomi, memperbaiki kualitas lingkungan dan menjanjikan persaingan yang kompetitif. Masyarakat sebenarnya sudah menerapkan konsep ekonomi sirkuler pada sistem usahatani terintegrasi yang mereka lakukan, namun perkembangannya masih kurang memuaskan.
Faktor-faktor yang terkait dengan kelembagaan sangat berperan dalam mempromosikan... Read more
Agriculture is a critical sector to many developing
economies such as Tanzania. The sector provides food, income and bio resources
that sustain societies.
Circular economy principles can offer many opportunities for growth of this
In definition, Circular Economy mode of production the manner in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, there is extraction of maximum value from them whilst in use and finally there is the recovering and regenerating of products and materials at the end of each service life. It is in contrast to a ‘linear economy’ which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.
In this discussion we aim at exploring the role of circular economy in agriculture by answering this question:
What do you think is the role of circular economy in sustainable agriculture production?
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