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As part of the Hawassa University’s Nutrition and Agro-Inudstry Conference, a visit to Castel Winery was organized on Wednesday August 15, 2018.
On the site of the winery, 10 species of grape are grown: 5 white & 5 red, which are grown internationally as well. Grapes are grown for three main products: raisins, wine and table grapes. At this time only 6 varieties are used in production of wine, more will be used in the future. In the future it may also be possible to process grape seed oil, which is valuable and has many uses e.g. for eating and in the beauty industry. Leaves of the grape are also edible.
This winery has very little post-harvest loss or waste as all value addition (production to packaging of the final product) all occurs on one site. The one bi-product is compost, an organic agricultural input. Out of concern for quality control, however, the winery is not using recycled bottles at this time.
The Castel Windery has... Read more
As part of the Hawassa University's Nutrition and Agro-Inudstry Conference, a visit to the largest exporter of halal certified meat in Africa was organized on August 15th, 2018. Frigorifico Boran Foods is located in Tulu Dimtu, near Ziway. Having a capacity to slaughter 3,000 cattle and 6,000 goats daily, this Indian company represents an 80 Billion USD investment. The company decided to invest in Ethiopia because Ethiopia has the highest population of livestock in the continent, and the fourth largest livestock population in the world. Core products include chilled and frozen goat and cattle carcasses.
Annually Ethiopia exports millions of live animals, and with them, we export all the jobs and bi-products associated with animal slaughter. Local value addition in the meat sector is very important for jobs and foreign exchange. “At Frigorifico Boran Foods, our only un-used bi-product i... Read more
Deadline for receipt of proposals: Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 P.M. Netherlands Time
You can find the complete information about this call HERE
The objective of the ICT for agriculture programme of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Centre also supports strategies promoting the engagement of youth and job creation in agricultural value chains. CTA is launching the current call for proposals against this backdrop.
The specific objective of this Call for Proposa... Read more
Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliate, is promptly seeking a creative and dynamic Team Leader for Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This 5-year project will improve household nutrition and women’s empowerment by strengthening African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender in agriculture interventions and business practices.
The Team Leader will implement a strategy to accomplish sustainable gender and nutrition outcomes in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania and will strengthen networks and collaboration with government agencies, private sector companies, and NGOs working in agriculture.
· Provide technical and managerial oversight and leadership in the design and implementation of annual work plans and strategies and ensure that interventions create sustainable development outcomes.
· Serv... Read more
If so, apply for the youth business challenge and get a team of young experts to help you solve your problems.
The Youth Business Challenge is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association, Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth & AgriProFocus Ethiopia where a group of interdisciplinary youth and a few seasoned technical experts come up with a business plan for waste management practices in different agribusinesses working in the agri-food sector.
Apply now or no later than the 11th of September through this form.
Dear AgriProFocus Members,
I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers.
This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.
The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.
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For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University's Center of Excelence for Human Nutrition.
The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.
The second pitch mad... Read more
16-18 August 2018
Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia
The objectives of this conference: -
- To create forum for networking opportunities
- To prioritize areas of partnership
- To share experiences and success stories
- To acknowledge organizations that support Hawassa University
- To get feedback about Hawassa University graduates and labor market
- To experience hosting international forums
Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition (ACEN) was launched in 2015 at School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University. Its major successes to date: -
- Produced manpower in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology
- Hosted two National Nutrition Conferences
- Laid a foundation for Human Nutrition program in other sister universities in Ethiopia
- Made a success... Read more
Read the full article here.
In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.
With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f... Read more
Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.
The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018. For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition.
Apply now or no later than September 1st, through https://vc4a.com/sun-business-network/sbn-regional-pitch-competition/application/
Application Process and Timeline
1) Ap... Read more
Event posted by
Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester
in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
17 August 2018, 15:00-17:00
Lalibela Auditorium inside ILRI campus (Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa)
This Friday August 17th at 3pm, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will give a presentation at the Lalibela auditorium ILRI campus, Gurd Shola on gender norms, innovation and agency in agriculture.
This policy brief will give you some background on the presentation and printed copies of this policy brief will be distributed during the event:
Register with Dr. Kristie Drucza: K.Drucza@cgiar.org. When you arrive at the gate, please tell security you are here for the presentation so they can let you in.
Please join us for a coffee ceremony at the end.
Dr. Kristie Drucza| Gender and Inclusion Research
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
08/08/2018 - Press release
"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems". This call for change was issued by an international group of experts dubbed the "Milano Group" (see box), whose members have written an article published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
The SME-Award aims at identifying a number of companies out of specified sectors (garment and textile, agro-processing, leather and shoes, renewable energies) that have the potential to become partnership-ready by receiving an advisory service from a professional consultancy. Tackled shall be jointly identified challenges that hinder them to acquire partners. Additionally the initiative works together with a certain number of investors and donor-programmes in order to assist the selected companies to be matched to potential partners.
Female entrepreneurs in agribusiness fight an uphill battle when it comes to getting access to the power and resources needed to professionalize and scale their business. In this webinar already successful female agribusiness champions share 5 strategies for female agri-entrepreneurs to succeed.
Focusing specifically on Ghana, this webinar offers a perfect learning ground for Ghanaian entrepreneurs or those interested in the topic to talk through some of the hurdles faced every day and how to overcome them.
Interact or listen in, but register now to not miss this opportunity.
The aya TEAM
Aya is part of 2SCALE, an incubator program that manages a portfolio of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for inclusive business in agri-food sectors and industries. Aya is a 6-month entrepreneurship track for women in agribusiness in Ghana that builds on the experiences of 2SCALE. For more info about aya and 2SCALE visit the aya website.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.
CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. Applications have to be sent by email by Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 PM Netherlands time.
The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.Read more
Cereals, cheese, spices, herbs, greens, veggies, oil, all organic! Outside Natani Cafe's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Bole (across bole road from Millennium Hall).
(Photo of organic produce from Holeta area farmers organised by ISD at the Organic Farmers Market in July, by Sarah Assefa)
Please find an interesting article in the Addis Standard on conservation agriculture in Ethiopia. The Article is complete with discussion of good practices, a strong business case, and discussion of policy issues.
(Photo of edible cover crop seeds taken from the article itself, by Apollo Habtamu, ILRI)
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will hold its second biennial food system conference in Dakar, Senegal, from the 3rd to the 5th of November 2018. Please find attached the website. http://foodsystems.
Photo credit: https://afsafrica.org/
On February 1, 2018, The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured in the final report), present the tool for conflict sensitivity that was developed based on the project’s main findings, and discuss ways forward for integrating conflict sensitivity and stability into FNS programming. You can download a full report of the workshop here.
The workshop, hosted at the F&BKP offices in The Hague, was kicked off by a brief presentation of The Broker’s own project results... Read more