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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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
RUFORUM has released the 2nd call for Sentinel (Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture Project) PhDs scholarships, see the attached document for more information. The call can also be accessed through this link https://www.sentinel-gcrf.org/are-you-looking-for-doctoral-research-opportunity.
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Technical interactive and practical permagardening manuals, appropriate for East and Horn of Africa context are are now available in the recommended reading section of this Home Gardens page, or via these links: Technical Permagarden Manual First Edition and Second Edition. These manuals were prepared by the TOPS Program in collaboration with USAID and Mercy Corps.
Throughout the world, households struggle to produce enough food because of
low yields that result from poor soil fertility, little access to water, and a lack of
access to inputs. In addition, climate change, poverty, illness, poor governance,
and inefficient markets all contribute to the difficulty of households becoming
food secure. Food security development programs continually seek solutions to
increase the availability, access, and utilization of safe, nutritious food for the
millions of household members who suffer from malnutrition. Often, programs
propose the promotion of home garde
The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.
How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:
- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions
- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’
- By promoting a favourable international policy climate
- By strengthening local sustainabl... Read more
On Thursday November 22, 2018, AgriProFocus Ethiopia celebrated its Annual Network Day to strengthen the relations between AgriProFocus and its members and among the members themselves. The central theme of the Network Day was “Sustainable and inclusive agribusiness in Ethiopia”. Over 120 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event and our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programs. We also thank our guest presenters (including in the afternoon parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and provide their perspectives on sustainable commercial agriculture and agroecology to our network members.
What happened during this big event?
The morning session began by an overview of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network achi... Read more
Greetings AgriProFocus, My name is Fredrick Magambo with a huge interest in Agriculture specifically in farming and processing of onions.
This month, Oikocredit released an updated Vision and Strategy brochure, which shares our direction and aims for the next five years. They have set ambitious goals, such as doubling the number of end-borrowers reached directly to 2.3 million, and supporting partners to create and sustain over 500,000 jobs by 2022.
How they achieved these goals? Read about the changes on their website:
See below in blue the countries for which Oikocredit has a growth strategy
During our Annual Network Day the pilot project of the Youth Business Challenge was also launched. Just the day before the teams went on a company visit to the two companies who are participating in the project, Senselet Food Processing and Chico Meat.
Healthy people, healthy animals, healthy planet
How do we produce and consume food whilst safeguarding our planet in view of around 9 billion people by 2050 and ongoing degradation of planetary resources? How do we handle the burden of infectious diseases accompanying these processes? The Global One Health course highlights approaches to human, animal and plant health using a transdiciplinary lens.
The overall objective of this course is to introduce the participants to the principles behind a Global One Health approach and to be able to apply these principles to health challenges for humans, animals and plants in their day-to-day work. In particular:
A business case can be defined as a justiﬁcation for an action that is expected to make corporate processes more valuable. If companies are aware of the business case for women’s empowerment, they may be more interested in investing in it.
AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable have described a number of cases illustrating the business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment for companies. The cases describe experiences of different types of companies from all over the world. They are meant for staff of companies, and/or organisations working with companies, in the context of sustainable development initiatives.
The cases will allow the professionals to put gender equality concerns on the agenda of businesses by answering the following questions:
• Why is gender inequality a problem for a business?
• What strategies address gender-based constraints?
• What are the beneﬁts for the company and fo... Read more
On 1 November, Dick Ernste was appointed CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts. With 1800 volunteer experts, PUM works on the sustainable growth of the SME sector in developing countries and emerging markets.
Dick (54) is an economist by trade. He was formerly director of the organisation consultancy firm De Beuk and manager at the Aidsfonds charitable foundation. He was also employed as a consultant at the Bureau for Economic Argumentation and KPMG. Over the past six months, Dick has been employed at PUM as interim CFO. Dick explained, “PUM works according to a very practical approach on bringing about more solid companies, a more sustainable economy and more jobs in thirty countries across the world. I consider it a real honour to be able to work for PUM and to make a contribution to PUM’s goals."
Hans de Boer, chairman of the Supervisory Board of PUM and chairman of employers’ organisation VNO-NCW added, “PUM does magnificent work... Read more
ILRI with support of AgriProFocus is organizing a field visit for staff and partners and also for 50 youth who are interested to learn about climate smart agriculture practice by young farmers. The site is to Doyogena, near the town of Hosena. The ministry of Agriculture will be selecting 25 of the youth participants, and AgriProFocus the other 25. ILRI will cover the costs of youth participation.
Young climate resilience enthusiasts to register to participate if they are interested and available. Participants should be either youthful (between 15 and 35 years of age) and interested to benefit from practical exposure, and connection with other youth interested in agriculture and sustainability.
To apply to participate, please fill out this short online registration form by Wednesday November 21st.
Please read full article in The Conversation discussing the study by CYMMIT here.
Thanks Askale Aderaw of CAFOD for sharing with the Agroecology Network!
We know the important role that policies play in addressing the legal, institutional, and market constraints that agricultural market actors face. Teasing out how these laws and regulations affect women agri-entrepreneurs and wage workers can be more complicated, however.
The Feed the Future program Enabling Environment for Food Security project has produced a technical note and a series of blogs on this topic. This post is based on the second blog, authored by Cristina Manfre of Cultural Practice with input from Fintrac Inc. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog posts as well as the technical note.
So, what does an enabling environment that supports women’s profitable participation in agriculture look like? Among other characteristics, it is an environment that:
- Prioritizes the collection and an... Read more
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