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.
Event Details: Resilient Livelihoods Training
Secure livelihoods are characterized by households that have different activities within the community that provide income, shelter, and other factors to ensure their well-being. This ensures that the society has adequate resources to fall back on in times of need.
Livelihood security can be promoted through improving diversity and security of resources, skills, and technologies that are available to agricultural communities. This training event is therefore intended to enable households, communities, and countries build resilience so as to strengthen their ability to manage change by maintaining or transforming their living standards in the face of shocks or stresses without compromising their long-term prospects.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
Food insecurity and disasters are directly related; therefore, institutions dealing with food and nutrition security should be prepared for such adversities and device means to respond. Relief aid institutions also play part in maintenance of food and nutrition security in emergencies by providing relief aid. Food aid is all about providing food and related assistance to tackle hunger, either in emergency situations, or to help with deeper, longer-term hunger alleviation and achieve food security. Thus, this training programme is designed to enable participants to gain skills on how to prepare, measure, and respond to nutrition emergencies to sustain food security.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course is intended for various actors in Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, fundin
Event Details: Value Chain Development Training
A value chain can is a set of linked activities that work to add value to a product. It consists of actors and actions that improve a product while linking commodity producers to processor sand markets. In agriculture, this includes activities such as product design, production, marketing, distribution and support services up to the final consumer.
A market linkage is comprised of one or more organizations that facilitate end to end integration of the entire supply chain, it provides necessary infrastructure, supply inputs, provide capacity building and by back the finished products This training programme is therefore designed to help the farmers and all other stakeholders in agriculture to develop sustainable value chains.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
AgriProFocus, Kenya in collaboration with Kenerava Group will today hold a stakeholders meeting on Youth in Agribusiness and how they can harness opportunities for collective action for scale and impact. The aim of the meeting is to share insights from the scan done by AgriFocus on the status of Kenyan youth in Agribusiness, provide a platform for youths in agribusiness to share their struggles, successes and the role of stakeholders in creating an effective support ecosystem for youth to thrive and grow. Lastly, there will be a launch of PAINT-Y, a platform that uniquely puts youth in the driving seat of their agenda. PAINT-Y aims to Inspire, Connect and facilitate Collaboration.
this is Christian Hülsebusch of the German Instiutute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) in Witzenhausen Germany www.ditsl.org - working since a long time with partners in Kenyan research oprganisations Egerton University, Nairobi University, Kenya Museums and others. Our main topics are dryland based livestock systems in Northern Kenya (mainly Marsabit County) and Smallholder Dairy Develpment mainly in Nakuru County. In this context we follo a value chain and agri-business development approach and this is why I have registered to AgriProFocus
Do you want to know how sustainable and inclusive your business/organisation operates?
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS
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➢ and ASSISTANCE ON IMPROVEMENT PLAN with
➢ 4 DAYS OF TRAINING and 6 MONTHS of improvement.
The programme will be run through 2 tailormade workshops on: 30th & 31st October 2018
B Lab East Africa and Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya created the B3 Programme for you.
The key elements of the programme:
1. General insights on the why, what and how of inclusive businesses
2. Provide a full impact assessment of your business on Governance, Community, Customer engagement, Workers and Environment using the B impact assessment tool in 2 workshop days.
3. Receive a full improvement report to start with a focused improvement plan.
4. 2 day Improvement plan workshop that will define areas of improvement and outline clear goals; tailor made assistance to roll out your improvement plan
5. Become an awarded champion by February 2019 w... Read more
Main Factors Affecting Manure Composting Process
◆ Carbon-nitrogen ratio
◆ Moisture content
◆ Ventilation for oxygen
◆ pH value
◆ Particle size of manure composting
In a word, it is quite essential to compost livestock and poultry manure properly before using them into crops and plants. In order to make manure compost faster and better, people also need to know the main factors affecting manure composting and fermentation process. Besides, for commercial and large scale composting business, professional compost turner machine is also of the essence in virtue of its outstanding turning efficiency, accelerating composting process significantly.
SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain.
In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved:
The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u... Read more
Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.
Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.
Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up... Read more
What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1.
This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.
An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated... Read more
A maximum of six grants will be awarded. The maximum amount that will be allocated to a winning proposal is Euro 60,000.
Applications must be submitted by email address by Monday 12 November 2018 @ 23:59 Netherlands time.
The subject heading of the email must bear the title “Blockchain use cases in Agriculture in African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries - Call for Proposals". Projects can be submitted in English or French.
Applicants may send questions by email no later than 21 days before the deadline for receipt of applications to: Ken Lohento, Senior ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator, CTA: email@example.com. Only inquiries (and NOT proposals) will be sent to that address. The email to which proposals will be sent is i... Read more
(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)
CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.
CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.
Duties & responsibilities
Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:
Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:
-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;
-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;
-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;
-Blockchain... Read more
PUM has participated in several successful dairy programmes and is developing new dairy programmes with different stakeholders in the emerging economies such as Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, etc. Based on these experiences, PUM summarized their approach and shared lessons learned in this publication.
This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently. (98 pages with many cases).
I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
Given the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, widespread land degradation and shrinking agricultural land, sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.
Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture's ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing. As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. This also sets the livelihoods of millions of subsistence farmers at risk.
Integrated soil health and fertility management (ISHFM) is the key in raising productivity levels while maintaining... Read more