Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.
How are cities coping with feeding their populations?
Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.
The online discussion will include topics such as:
• Urban farming
• Nutritional value and food miles
• Food deserts and processed food
• Urban food security and policy
This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.
The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:
• Hunger & Obesity
• Food & Fuel
• Starvation & Waste
Applications are open until May 31, 2018!
Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promoting safe and sustainable nutrition, we will organize the following activities:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Pan-African urban food system experts live Addis Ababa presenting on a panel streamed online to the world.
• Presentations, discussions and mixers for network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To register to participate in the events of the day, please register HERE.
For more information, please contact AgriProFocus Ethiopia: firstname.lastname@example.org, [+251 (0)937896415] or email@example.com [+251(0)919313031].
This day of events is sponsored by Wageningen University on its 100th Anniversary and implemented by AgriProFocus Ethiopia in support of Ethiopian Holland Alumni and The E... Read more
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Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!
In March 2017, 2SCALE consortium partner ICRA organised a review and capitalization workshop. ICRA agribusiness trainers, who have been training and coaching supply chain actors in the 2SCALE programme for several years, came together from Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. The objective was to collectively reflect and draw lessons from their work. The gathering included a write-shop to translate these lessons into stories. This resulted in a booklet of 15 stories illustrating the importance of strengthening functional capacities, i.e. relational and organisational “soft skills” that make local actors function better in their value chain as agribusiness partners. Each blog in this 6-weeks series showcases two stories from this booklet and highlights how the stories address a specific theme in agribusiness development. This week f... Read more
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The GENES Project was established in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to:
1) Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;
2) Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry;
3) Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of geno... Read more
The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.
In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B... Read more
On February 22, 2018 the newly installed Dutch Rutte-III government opened an online civil consultation to feed into its upcoming policy brief that will guide Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (FT&DC) in the coming years.
All (inter)national partners active in this field were warmly invited by Minister Kaag to share their ideas and knowledge. In particular civil society organizations, enterprises and related sector organizations operating in Dutch partner countries, cities and regions with international ambitions and knowledge institutes are invited.
AgriProFocus members have provided their input:
- Jointly, the AgriProFocus policy working group developed a clear set of recommendations for Dutch policy. This will be the basis for dialogue with the Ministries and other stakeholders in the coming months. https:/... Read more
In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:
first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs” by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP,
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene
The projects funded by the ARF tackle challenges related to Food and Nutrition Security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. They all stem from the knowledge and innovation needs of farmers, practitioners and policymakers. The research-driven innovations support new tools and technologies for Food and Nutrition Security that should ultimately benefit the world’s most vulnerable people.
Follow this link: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-special-arf-01/
International Intern- Gender and Humanitarian
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The United Nations General Assembly created UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in July 2010, as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates of parts of the UN system working on all aspects of gender equality and empowerment of women (GE/EW). The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender eq... Read more
Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia (fs-ethiopia.com) in collaboration with AgriProFocus, ICCO Cooperation and Edukans seek a consultant to assess and map agri-skills services in two parts of Oromia region (Arsi and West Shewa zones).
This person will be responsible to conduct a study on public and private agri-skills and agricultural extension services. The consultancy includes developing research tools, conducting field research, and reporting on results.
Key competencies sought:
- At least 5 years of working experience in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
- Knowledge of agricultural development; vocational training or skills development expertise and familiarity with the agricultural extension service and network is a pre
- Awareness of inclusive agriculture development challenges from the perspective of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
- Excellent research and report writing skills.
- Ability to collaborate and work j... Read more
In the extended pitch of the evening, Martin Koper, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ethiopia launched the second round of the Dutch-funded Internship Program. This program covers the costs for recent graduates from agriculture related studies to work in companies and organizations in the agriculture field in Ethiopia for four months. Companies can register to become involved online or by telephone, and perspective interns must register online. Selection of interns for companies can either be done by ENTAG, or companies can find their own interns for the program to support.
This internship program builds on the successful experience of a previous internship program which engaged 373 interns, after which between 50 and 60 percent were employed. “Things basically can’t go wrong!” Martin Koper explained.
Gertjan Becx, the project manager of ENTAG the organization which is executing the internship progra... Read more
THE 3RD AFRICA FUNDRAISING SYMPOSIUM FROM 18TH TO 19TH APRIL 2018 IN NAIROBI, KENYA
Is your organization struggling with funding challenges? Are you
surviving the current global financial challenges?, global economic
recession, and lack of committed volunteers to support organizations
resource mobilization strategy?
You’re not just a fundraiser. You’re a catalyst for change.
Philanthropy doesn’t just happen. It requires knowledge, confidence
and a well-maintained toolkit to bring hearts, minds and resources
together for the greater good. This conference is your opportunity to
sharpen your focus and skills, and to amass knowledge that will bring
immediate impact to your organization.
Every year, fundraisers and change-makers from across the world come
together in Nairobi , Kenya to share, inspire and cross-fertilize
thinking and ideas from all over the world. The Africa Fundraising
Symposium is a hub for learning, networking and opportunities through
amazing speakers with international and local del... Read more
There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.
Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.
This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.
The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak
Event: Agriculture Value Chains Course
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 7th - 11th May 2018.
Value chains are a key framework for understanding how products move from the producers to the customers. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand the business to business relationships, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value.
It provides a reference point for improvements in services and the business environment. It is a vehicle for pro-poor initiatives and for linking small businesses with the market. Value chains therefore reside at the core of high-impact and sustainable initiatives focused on improving productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and SME growth.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture value chain working with communities, in governments,... Read more
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In this first newsletter of 2018, we would like to share important updates and opportunities emerging from our network. These updates are meant to increase linking, learning and leadership between our members.