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.
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Transforming education for youth employment in the agri-sector
For: Lecturers, instructors or researchers working at universities or vocational training centres in agriculture and rural development.
When: more than two month programme that runs from the 1st of March until 13 May 2019. The face to face part from 25 March – 5 April in the Netherlands, is preceded and succeeded by online sessions, assignments, coaching and individual feed-back. The online activities are expected to take you a few hours per week.
Where: Wageningen, the Netherlands and online part in your home country
How to apply and for more information you can find on the course page, see: www.icra.global/courses
Application deadline: 1 February 2019
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Consultation to develop the Global Action Plan of the UN Decade of Family Farming
We are happy to inform you that the Joint Secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming is currently running a survey to gather information on the expected structure and outcomes of the initiative.
The U.N. General Assembly has officially declared 2019–2028 the Decade of Family Farming. Initially proposed in October 2017, the resolution passed with 104 co-sponsors and unanimous approval. The Decade aims to inspire the international community to generate a refreshed political commitment supporting family farmers and crafting pro-family farming policies.
Please respond by 31 January 2019.
Jeldu is a place where potato seed tuber is one of the cash crops. Jeldu is located at 72km to the east of Ambo (Zonal town) and 115 km west of Addis Ababa, in this area there is a large number of people who are engaged in agricultural practice most of them are potato producers. The district is characterized by its mountain, plateau, and hills and has three types of soil such as nitosol, veritisol and sandysol. During our visit we got the chance to meet five farmer cooperatives From those cooperatives three of them are multipurpose cooperatives which facilitate; fertilizer, seed and other agricultural inputs for their members of the cooperatives during the on and off agri- season .
Farmers in this area face problems in input and market system when the input supply for agricultural production is absent or low, the productivity will decrease. At the same time, if the production and marketing system is inefficient, high produ... Read more
On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.
This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.
The full panel included:
Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business
Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA
Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t... Read more
Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
P4G is seeking to fund and support public-private partnerships with innovative sustainability projects in developing countries. Partnerships can apply for start-up funding of up to USD 100,000 or scale-up funding of up to USD 1 million for projects in five Sustainable Development Goal areas: food and agriculture, water and sanitation, energy, cities, and circular economy.
P4G facilitates partners through the development of business models and linking to the right organisations and people, funding, and generating exposure for partnerships during high-level events.
For more information: https://p4gpartnerships.org/content/2019-call-p4g-partnership-applications
On November 28th and 29th, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invited youth from AgriProFocus' Youth in Agricultre and Agroecology Networks to learn from project and community experience in implementing climate smart agriculture (CSA) around Doyogena in Southern Ethiopia.
Youth had the opportunity to learn about watershed management, climate smart livestock, and home gardening. Please see the video below to learn about where some of the visiting youth came from, and what they considered to be highlights of their CSA learning visit.
AgriProFocus and the youth that had the opportunity to participate in this learning visit are very grateful for the commitment to youth capacity building and inter-generational learning demonstrated by the CCAFS Programme and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture proj... Read more
In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
1. Come collect vegetable seedlings - Florensis has donated 3,000 seedlings to urban gardens! There are mostly tomato and watermellon seedlings. You can collect seedlings from your garden on Tuesday morning at Magdala School Garden.
2. Help students at Magdala Public School to dig their garden bed, together with gardening expert Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta who working to grow food secure schools in Addis Ababa. Learn and work together on Tuesday morning!
Makdala School is a public school in the Biserate Gebriel neighborhood of Addis Ababa, accross the road from the Ethipia Network Security Agency (also known as ENSA, see map via this link).
To collect seedlings or help students dig their garden, please call Mr. Eskinder: 0904399009.
''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”
The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo... Read more
The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;
- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;
- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies
The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov... Read more
The Top 74 is a yearly ranking of Agriterra’s clients based on their performance. The clients are evaluated a financial ratio analysis, client’s contribution to Agriterra’s 2020 Goals, an evaluation by the business advisor, non-financial performance indicators, the availability of required documentation and a financial health check. Each category has its own weight, leading to a total score per client.
Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
The report starts with a discussion of the internal analysis of the organization itself. The main conclusion here is the cultural mismatch between the individualistic, linear tools and the collectivistic, cyclical views of the beneficiaries. If organizations want to introduce this new and alien way of thinking, they should be mindful of the difficulties this might entail. The external analysis includes a thorough review of the intervention’s results in the field. The beneficial outcomes, i.e. changes in behaviour and actions of beneficiaries influenced by... Read more
Five Dutch floriculture companies are going to develop a sustainable large-scale horticultural area in the Ethiopian Kunzila area, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) programmes DGGF and GRO. The project sets an example for food-producing farmers: it can enhance the productivity and food security with minimal negative impact on the local community, nature and climate.
Read the full blog post on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) here.
Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business
Time: 10.00 UTC
In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.
As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.
In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.
This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a... Read more
Arboneth (an abbreviation of Arboretum-Network-Ethiopia) is a network of forestry sector experts and practitioners, hailing mainly from Ethiopian and German universities, but also including other concerned stakeholders such as the development wing of the Orthodox Church and Bread for the World working to strengthen church forests in Ethiopia, forestry sector projects such as GIZ’s Biodiversity and Forestry Program, ILRI, UNESCO the Succo Foundation and Unique-Nabu working on biospehere reserve development, and others, including Agriprofocus which helped to bring in the perspectives on youth engagement in the forestry sector.
At the present time, there is lots of conflict (e.g. in Western Ethiopia in the Guji and Gedo area), and in the urgent interest of peace, there is current talk in the Commission of Environment and Forest about distributing forest land to demonstrating youth. There is a very important question on... Read more