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.
This course will enable participants understanding the Modernized Procurement Frameworks (WBPF) and be introduced to Best Practices in Planning a Procurement.
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21st -25th January 2019 Kigali, Rwanda
28th January- 1st February 2019 Nairobi, Kenya
27th -31st May 2019 Nairobi, Kenya
22nd -26th April 2019 Kigali, Rwanda
About the course
By using the GIS to link data from multiple programs the training will make it possible to understand the individual programs better but also better understand the relationship between the programs. Spatial analysis techniques will also help with deriving outcomes measures.
To achieve set objectives, the training will also explore the technical topic of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) methods that are used worldwide in many development projects and the application of technical tools of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for project monitoring and management.
This training is designed for professionals in projects/programs who want to apply GIS to improve their monitoring and evaluation systems.
What you will learn
By the end of this training the participants will:
· Understand key concepts in M&E and GIS
· Learn about the working of M&E information management systems
· Learn how to collect data using mob
About the course
In order to achieve a world free of hunger and malnutrition, it is vital to provide sustainable solutions that provide the largest impacts on development outcomes. Monitoring and Evaluation tools and techniques plays a key role in ensuring Food Security programs are designed, implemented as plan and that they improve the well-being of the target communities. This course equips the participants with adequate skills to develop and manage robust M&E systems for effective management of FSN programs. The learner is introduced to FSN indicators, tools and techniques for M&E in FSN.
This course is designed for researchers, project staff, development practitioners, managers and decision makers who are responsible for project, program or organization-level M&E in Food Security and Nutrition programs.
What you will learn
By the end of this course the participants will be able to:
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its third Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018! This call is applicable to companies registered and operating in Kenya, targeting the low-income consumers with safe and nutritious diets.
The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. It does this through improving access to knowledge, networks, technical assistance and funding by means of the following strategies: a) A Community of Practice for knowledge and networking; b) Innovation Accelerator to evaluate and provide advanced financial support and technical services to businesses showing the greatest potential for positive nutritional impact and business strength and; c) links eligible businesses with potential investors for further investment.
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Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land…
This training workshop is aimed at helping our client understand how well they can apply GIS and RS in their d... Read more
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.
Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency.
1. Farm Pond Planner
For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and... Read more
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
Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training courses on Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development to take place in Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda. These courses equip all Agricultural experts together with mid-level policy-makers, with knowledge and skills in understanding the context of the Agriculture Sector with the overall goal of strengthening technical capacity for increased consideration and use of Agriculture in decision-making aimed at tackling development issues.
Join us by registering for these scheduled training courses. These training courses will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other monitoring and evaluation professionals’ and project management officials from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.
Integrated Water Resource Management and Climate Change Course
This course takes participants through among other things the principles and practices of integrated water resources management.Read more
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
Promoting Agribusiness, Investment, Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is a platform that appreciates efforts by different stakeholders in supporting youth in agribusiness through initiatives that enable them access information, knowledge, resources, experiences and expertise. PAINT-Y therefore positions itself as a neutral platform to facilitate linking, learning and collective influencing by stakeholders who support youths in agribusiness.
Ms. Nynke Humalda, Food Security Expert at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands during her keynote address... Read more
Event Details: Food Security and Climate Change Training
Food insecurity and climate change are the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly being perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food security. This is because reduces the productivity of the majority of existing food systems and harms the livelihoods of those already vulnerable to food insecurity. Conversely, agricultural activities including indirect effects through deforestation and other forms of land conversion account for about one-third of total global warming potential from GHG emissions today. This training is thus intended to equip participants with strategies to realize food security, reduce climate change effects in agriculture, as well as reduce the contribution of the agriculture sector to climate change presently and in the future.
Event Details: Agribusiness Enterprise Development and Management Training
The agriculture sector plays an important role towards rural development which in turn plays a vital role towards economic development being one of the major sources of income in developing countries. It is a major creator of jobs and plays a key role towards the realization of food security in any particular nation. This training program is intended to help the participants embrace agribusiness enterprise development to promote rural development, economic development and act a means to sustain their livelihoods.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
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
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: