Circular Economy Agribusiness

moderated by Lisette van Benthum

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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 April 2018 at 02:42

Rwandan winner of the African Diaspora Projects Initiative 2018

The competition 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' (SusTech4Africa), is organised by Belgian organisations Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs, VITO, The African Diaspora Projects Initiative and Thomas More highschool.  SusTech4Africa helps (aspiring) entrepreneurs with African roots by developing their idea and transforming it into a complete business plan. During the past weeks, eleven young shoots were intensely accompanied and assisted.

Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:27

Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology Course Delivered in Addis Abeba

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:16

Degraded Land Transformed into a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm

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.

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Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa It is a very nice job!!! I want to visit the Botanical Garden. Would you please attach the google map of the Botanical garden?

3 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thank-you Kflay. Please contact Seblewongel Sedesse at sebleorganic@gmail.com or 0911664588 to visit. Best regards!

3 months 3 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Sara

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 January 2018 at 03:08

I'm doing my fourth year Research Project on: Analysis of the post harvest handling of carrots in Nakuru County: A case study of Mau Narok.

I'm looking for documents that could help me put up a meticulous research work. Particularly on these areas:

. Packaging policies for agricultural goods in Kenya.

. Value addition

. Marketing

Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.


Moses Auma.

Egerton.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 January 2018 at 12:44

Circular Economy : Strategic reasons why we should make it work Globally.

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

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Sarah Assefa Thanks for breaking it down! Concepts many of us value, but sometimes hidden in jargon are made clear in your analysis! I added the tag, "agroecology" because integrated agricultural systems tend to be very focused on circular economy (e.g. nutrient cycling in soils, etc.) Keep it up! 

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 8 January 2018 at 10:21

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%.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“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.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

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

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 16 October 2017 at 12:10

CIRCULAR AGRICULTURE: PEANUT SHELL FOR CHARCOAL MAKING!

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

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26

Circular Agribusiness in Dairy: let’s close the loops?

Event posted by in Van Hall Larenstein University
  26 October 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Van Hall Larenstein University - Velp

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 (jschoeman@agriprofocus.com) before the 20th of October.

See you on Thursday the 26th!

Marco Verschuur

Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting



Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 July 2017 at 07:44

Mengenal Ekonomi Sirkuler di Indonesia

Penelitian Faktor yang Mempengaruhi Promosi Ekonomi Sirkular di Indonesia untuk Kebangkitan Kerjasama Agribisnis oleh Sahat M. Pasaribu

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:39

ONLINE DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES CIRCULAR ECONOMY MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

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 sector.

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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Hilda Okoth An example from Tanzania that is using the circular economy approach is the Hakika Organic fertilizer produced from poorly disposed organic waste from food markets and residential areas. I would like to invite  Azalia William to share with us more about their approach on produce this 100% organic fertilizer and what role he sees of this approach in producing other products for agriculture production

11 months 2 weeks ago

Marianga Baltazari Circular economy is about decoupling growth from resource consumption and maximising the positive environmental, economic and social effects. Its about designing products that are easier to reuse or recycle. Its about making sure that every product is biodegradable or fully recyclable. With the circular economy waste is eliminated from production and making sure any waste is recovered as a valuable resource whether its heat, slurry, nutrients, organic materials etc. This therefore involves engaging the end users throughout the product's life cycle and hence gaining competitive advantage. 

11 months 1 week ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you for your contribution. You have shed more light on what circular economy really is. My next question to you would be what then is the role of circular economy in agriculture production? Do you have examples from Tanzania that are already working in with this model? Or what examples in other parts of the world that can be adopted to Tanzania so we can enjoy the benefits of the circular economy model?

11 months 1 week ago

Michael Farrelly

What is the role of the circular economy in sustainable agriculture production? As I understand it, circular economy is an alternative to the current ‘linear economy’ and its ‘make, use, dispose’ approach. In agriculture we see this unsustainable wasteful and expensive practice across the board. Farmers are told by extension workers to buy hybrid seeds, which can only be used once then thrown away, and told to buy imported chemical fertilizer and reapply it every season.

 

Such is the faith in chemical fertilisers that it came as a complete revelation to farmers in Tanzania’s Dodoma region that you can fertilise your fields with animal manure. Agro-pastoralist farmer Gilbert Masiga explained: “The project has changed me. In the past I was not using farmyard manure in my farm but now it is a great resource. Combined with Good Agriculture Practices I am now getting enough food for my family and surplus for sale. I advise other livestock keepers to preserve livestock feed for use during the dry season and use farmyard manure to increase crop yield.”

 

So Gilbert is now applying the circular economy approach by making the most of his natural resources, collecting cattle manure from his animals, using it to fertilse his fields, increasing his yields, then collecting the crop residues and storing them for dry season animal feeding.

So why are farmers being told to buy imported fertilizer? Because it apparently makes more economic sense to pump non-renewable fossil fuel from beneath the ocean floor, convert it to chemical fertilizer, ship it halfway round the world, generating corporate profits and greenhouse gas emissions at every step, and then sell it for a dollar a kilogram to farmers like Gilbert living on less than a dollar a day.

But make sure you do not factor in to your economic calculations the downstream damage to the environment through chemical contamination of soils, rivers and oceans. Otherwise people might notice it makes no sense. 

11 months 2 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Thanks Michael Farrelly for a good example of how circular economy is and can be put in practice even at farmer levels. Fr m your comment to me this is not a new thing however, the linear economy approach came in with so much emphasis that it overshadowed the circular economy. What do you think can be done to make more visibility of different example that have worked to promote more the circular economy and possibly eliminate the make-use -dispose approach?

11 months 2 hours ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 April 2017 at 06:25

Circular economy: a case from Eritrea

Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.

AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.

http://circulatenews.org/2017/04/a-story-of-regeneration-and-reforestation-from-eritrea/

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 25 November 2016 at 03:32

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy (2011)

Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.

There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.

'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/made2bmadeagain

Organisations with a special interest in this topic, or with particular experiences they like to share, please share these on this online platform. AgriProFocus included circular economy oriented agribusiness among the key themes of our new strategic plan, so we are interested to link up with you.


Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT The circular economy is an economic concept that falls within the framework of sustainable development and which is inspired in particular by the notions of green economy, economics of use or economics of functionality, Economy of performance and industrial ecology (which wants the waste of an industry to be recycled in raw material of another industry or the same one). Such an economy operates in a loop, thus dispensing with the notion of waste. Its objective is to produce goods and services while greatly limiting consumption and waste of raw materials, and non-renewable energy sources.

Yes, today it becomes an imperative to review our way of conceiving progress ie development based on the continued use of our. Renewable and non-renewable natural resources. It is no secret today that the developing countries and in particular my country Benin only opts for single-use products / equipment (eg plastic bags and many others). These products / equipment constitute waste which damages our health by incentives, contribute to the drastic decline in the yields of the various speculations (which should not be the case in circular economy). They can be retransformed and reused which is not the case. However, renewable and non-renewable natural resources are gradually being depleted. Developing countries must opt ​​for the circular economy for sustainable progress.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

1 year 6 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT L'économie circulaire est un concept économique qui s'inscrit dans le cadre du développement durable et qui s'inspire notamment des notions d'économie verte, d’économie de l'usage ou de l'économie de la fonctionnalité, de l'économie de la performance et de l'écologie industrielle (laquelle veut que le déchet d'une industrie soit recyclé en matière première d'une autre industrie ou de la même). Une telle économie fonctionne en boucle, se passant ainsi de la notion de déchet. Son objectif est de produire des biens et services tout en limitant fortement la consommation et le gaspillage des matières premières, et des sources d'énergies non renouvelables.

Oui, ajourd'hui cela devient un impératif de revoir notre façon de concevoir le progrès c'est à dire le développement qu'on se base sur l'utilisation continue de nos . ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables. Il n'est un secret pour personne aujourd'hui que les pays en voie de développement et en particulier mon pays le Bénin n'opte que pour des produits/équipements à usage unique (Ex: les sachets plastiques et bien d'autres). Ces produits/équipements, constituent des déchets qui en dommage notre santé par des incénérations, contribuent à la baisse drastique des rendements des différents spéculations ( ce qui ne devrait pas être le cas en économie circulaire). Ils peuvent être retransformer et réutiliser ce qui n'est pas  le cas. Or les ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables sont progressivement en épuisement. Les Pays en voie de Développement doivent impérativement optés pour l'économie circulaire pour un progrès durable.
Prosper KOUTCHAÏNOU

1 year 6 months ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Nicole, you can easily share a video by clicking on the paperclip button below your post and add the link there. Your video will be embedded right away!

1 year 6 months ago

Nicole Metz M. Prosper, Est-ce que Cabinet Global Novat entreprend des activités particulières dans ce domaine de l'économie circulaire?

1 year 6 months ago