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Dutch members 2018:




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Posted 12 hours ago

  Building a pasteurizer 2000 liter per hour in our working place in Holland  

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Posted yesterday at 01:14

the 2018 State of Inclusive Business

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

Check out this page for the full webinar presentation deck and recordings: https://globescan.com/webinar-recap-inclusive-business-survey/


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

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Posted yesterday at 08:03

Vote for the winner of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018!

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 : 

https://knowledge4food.net/vote-for-the-winner-of-the-agrofood-broker-of-the-year-award-2018/

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Posted 13 December 2018 at 03:41

2019 Call for P4G Partnership Applications

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030

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


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Posted 13 December 2018 at 08:15

About the NDC partnership

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 

Wim Goris PS: forgot to mention that the Netherlands (minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs) is co-chair of the NDC partnership, per 2019.

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Posted 12 December 2018 at 11:13

Socially responsible fruit growing

The experience of Afrifresh, in partnership with IFC: the business case for better work for women on fresh fruit farms in South Africa

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.

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Posted 12 December 2018 at 08:03

First sustainable Dairy Village of Indonesia initiated by Frisian Flag Indonesia

11 December 2018

Today the first Dairy Village of Indonesia was opened as part of the Dairy Development Programme of Frisian Flag Indonesia (FFI, a subsidiary of FrieslandCampina).

The dairy village, which was co-funded by the Netherlands’ Government and supported by the Indonesian Government, is a new, modern and sustainable farm in which 5 – 10 Indonesian farmers, who are part of the North Bandung Cow Farmers Cooperatives of Lembang, West Java, share the farm facilities including land and receive trainings together to improve efficiency and boost milk quality and productivity.

By supporting the setting up of the Dairy Village FFI shows its commitment to economically and socially empower Indonesian dairy farmers and to support the Indonesian Government to improve food security. 

Other partners in this FDOV project include Wageningen University and Research, Agriterra and The Frisian. 

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09

Food systems: towards food security in an urbanising society

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  09 September 2019 to 20 September 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen

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

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Posted 10 December 2018 at 08:49

CALL FOR INNOVATORS: SOCIAL INNOVATION CHANGE 2019


The Civil Society Academy in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe and Impact Hub are currently receiving applications from out-of-the-box thinkers and innovators with a passion for Zero Hunger and Social Justice who are willing to take part in the Social Innovation Challenge.

Winners will have the opportunity to receive up to 40,000 Euro in 2019 to operationalize/realize their idea against hunger and social injustice.

Challenge 1: How might we support rural women and their families to access public services that truly help them escape hunger and injustice?​

Solutions that...

Support vulnerable women improving their awareness, access and quality of services and help ensuring their rights at the local level

Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state services

Provide radical alternatives to current models of service delivery

Challenge 2: How might we support social activists and concerned citizens to become more powerful in combating

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Posted 8 December 2018 at 04:25

  Agripool event at Agriterra in Holland  

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 6 December 2018 at 02:41

Why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector: 

Case from the Ethiopian Flower sector

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

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Posted 5 December 2018 at 12:57

Beleidsmedewerker voedsel landbouw

Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Wil jij je inzetten voor een van de belangrijkste duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen van de Verenigde Naties? Die kans krijg je als beleidsmedewerker voedsel landbouw. Jouw betrokkenheid en kennis dragen bij aan het tegengaan van honger. Je betekenisvolle advieswerk richt zich op een toekomstbestendige balans in productiviteit en duurzaamheid.

Als beleidsmedewerker voedsel landbouw draag je namens de directie Inclusieve Groene Groei bij aan het Nederlandse internationale duurzaamheidsbeleid. De directie is onderdeel van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken dat samen met het ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit met kennis en kunde bijdraagt aan een van de belangrijkste doelen van de Verenigde Naties: het uitbannen van honger.

Speerpunten zijn: verhoging van productiviteit van familie-/landbouwbedrijven in ontwikkelingslanden, het tegengaan van ondervoeding en het verbeteren van het duurzaam beheer van landbouwgronde

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13

Innovative financing opportunities 4 inclusive agribusiness

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  13 December 2018, 10:00-11:00
  Online webinar

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.

Register for the webinar via: https://bit.ly/2BEYXzu

More background information on: https://bit.ly/2zF5PeN



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Posted 4 December 2018 at 04:11

Work session on smart water for horticulture


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

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Wim Goris Read about the cool farm tool on: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261832883X?via%3Dihub&utm_source=SFL+Main+Contacts+List&utm_campaign=eceac0c156-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_07_07_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03d98741b6-eceac0c156-324486229

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 December 2018 at 03:04

More and better milk

The business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers

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 say o

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Posted 3 December 2018 at 03:24

Vacancy: Network Facilitation Expert at AgriProFocus

Specialty: Partnerships for Impact
Focus area: Circular Economy Agribusiness
Position: Full time (36 hours)
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands with occasional travel
Reporting: Managing Director

AgriProFocus: Cultivating collaboration for collective impact

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food and nutrition 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. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration for collective impact.

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Posted 30 November 2018 at 01:08

Covenant Plant-Based Proteins 

Globally boosting sustainable production & consumption of plant protein

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

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Helene Ndindabo Tuyisenge Yes,I am firstly greeting to everyone.I believe that,night yield crop production will will make also the contribution of conserving our environment. Environment must be taken into account to reduce the impact of climate change.I also make my request ,university students need to be recognized in this program. We really want to be trained how Agri Pro Focus works.Especially to those who study rural development.I end by saying that projects to be sustainable, there must be an inclusiveness of rural interventions to reduce rural poverty. Thank you

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ABDOUL RAZAK ISSAKA thank you for this informative post, it is important for developing countries like Niger to focus on more sustainable alternatives to fight against malnutrition, we must know how to diversify food and vegetable proteins are solutions. with us, we have legumes very rich in these proteins are very unfortunately put in the background.

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Richard James Onyai I'm very interested in this program and would like to link up with the Uganda focal point. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 November 2018 at 06:52

AGRIPROFOCUS HOSTS THE NATIONAL YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y) took place on 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. The event themed, “Investing in the Youth as the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” brought together over 300 stakeholders in the agrifood sector among them; development partners, researchers, academia, government, private sector actors and farmers.

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 p

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Douglas, Muchai Hello Sharonkindly contact me via my emaildougstifler829gmail.comthanks

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Sharon Anyango Hello Douglas Muchai, I trust you are doing well. I will contact you via email as you have requested.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 November 2018 at 12:28

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day - Cultivating Collaboration

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?

In the Morning . . .


The morning session began by an overview of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network achi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 November 2018 at 09:35

Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition

‘We are not on track to realize Sustainable Development Goal 2, aiming to end hunger and malnutrition, by 2030. The number of people in the world affected by undernourishment, or chronic food deprivation, has increased from an estimated 804 million in 2016 to nearly 821 million in 2017, thus returning to levels from a decade ago, while overweight, obesity, and noncommunicable diseases are growing at alarming rates. Reversing these trends is critical, made more important by the close links between food security and nutrition and many other SDGs. A significant push to fast-track efforts at all levels is needed for the world to achieve the SDG target of hunger eradication by 2030.’

This conclusion from FAO and IFPRI forms the starting point for a three day event in Bangkok ‘Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition’ that brings together global practitioners, experts and leaders to explore how acceleration can best be achieved and what

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