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Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 14 hours ago

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted yesterday at 02:07

Fall army worm

CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.

http://www.invasive-species.org/Uploads/InvasiveSpecies/FAW-inception-report.pdf

- http://www.cabi.org/projects/controlling-invasive-species/fall-armyworm/

For more information, contact

Dr Janny Vos

Strategic Partnerships Director

CABI

Email: j.vos@cabi.org

Visit us at: www.cabi.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 01:57

Toegang tot onafhankelijke kennis en informatie leidt tot empowerment van kleinschalige familieboeren. Dit is de oplossing van het hongerprobleem; alle 17 Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen worden bereikt en Afrika kan de graanschuur van de wereld worden. 

Farming Africa is een NGO in oprichting. Wordt vrijwilliger, met uitzicht op een vaste baan. Ziehier de vacture: http://farmingafrica.net/vacature/ 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 06:12

Responsible agriculture finance for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda

Published by Mastercard Foundation; RAF Learning Lab, June 20th, 2017, text from Food and Business Knowledge Platform

This report (PDF), commissioned by the MasterCard Foundation, analyses input credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda. Agricultural inputs (either cash or in-kind) are provided on credit and the farmer reimburses the provider after harvest. Input credit products for farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are often ‘bundled’ with other compulsory services and fees. As a result, smallholder farmers may not fully understand the pricing structure and compulsory nature of bundled credit products, and may be taking on more risk than they can handle. It appears there may be a number of smallholder farmers who are indeed struggling to comprehend input credit bundles and the associated relatively high but variable risks of input credit. The objective of the study was to improve The MasterCard Found

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 05:57

The power of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition

Published by SNV, WUR, KIT, SDC, June 1st, 2017

This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 18 July 2017 at 08:03

LE DG DE LA BAD-RÉGION AFRIQUE CENTRALE APELLE LA RDC À TRANSFORMER SES OPPORTUNITÉS AGRICOLES

La RDC a pour priorité de savoir comment placer le secteur agricole au centre du développement. Il est donc question de se pencher sur les opportunités agricoles de la RDC pour transformer l’économie nationale.

Pour plus d'information, cliquez sur ce lien.

http://www.lepotentielonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17164:le-dg-de-la-bad-region-afrique-centrale-apelle-la-rdc-a-transformer-ses-opportunites-agricoles&catid=87&Itemid=474

Akibodé Djodji Il est grand temps , nous devons passer à l'acte et donc arrêtons de parler de potentiel agricole. Le potentiel est là, et tout le monde le sait depuis des décennies. A l'instar du réseau AgriProFocus, nous devons faciliter la structuration et le renforcement des capacités des petits producteurs ,faciliter l'accès au crédits ,  aux intrants de qualité, et surtout l'accès au Marché. Bref les défis sont grands et sont autant d'opportunités . Il est toujours important de rappeler que sans la PAIX, pas de développement. Merci pour ce partage, et mes salutations aux producteurs de la grande RDC. On est ensemble

1 day 12 hours ago

Dan Arhagerwarwa Vous avez raison Djodji, il est temps de passer à l'acte et changer les choses.

15 hours 17 min ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci mon cher Arhagerwarwa. Je veux aussi profiter de l'occasion pour partager ce magnifique doc avec nos chers membres et visiteurs de la plateforme .

Quel développement agricole pour la RDC - eraift www.eraift-rdc.org/index.php/telechargements/.../1-presentations?..    

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:38

Enabling environment: a prerequisite for a thriving agriculture sector 

We recently attended the 16th Community of Practice Convening by GAIN's MarketPlace for Nutritious Foods, a platform designed to strengthen networks, foster innovations and provide investment to bring affordable nutritious foods to market.

The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local entrepreneurs, investors and institutions working in agriculture and nutrition. Through periodic meetings and online discussions, the members explore solutions, share lessons learned and exchange knowledge about market opportunities and policy changes to improve the quality and delivery of nutritious foods.

The overarching theme of this year's convening was “support ecosystems in the agriculture and nutrition space”. The session brought the stakeholders to discuss the findings of a recent survey to the members of the Community of Practice on how the CoP platform addresses needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of the value chain

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Anne Marie Kortleve Great insights here Dorina! I think the AgriProFocus network can really contribute here, what are the next steps? Will we be further involved in this CoP?

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Dorina Prech Thanks Anne Marie, indeed we shall continue to be engaged with the CoP and we thank Jillian Kanaiza Makungu for inviting us to be on the panel and to exhibit. We had a couple of people registered on the online platform with lots of interests from the SMEs engaged in nutritious foods to exhibit at the Network Day in October. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 July 2017 at 02:12

We joined the food revolution - and you can, too

World Bank Blog by Nataliey Bitature and Manon Lavaud, 13 July 2017.

"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!

Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."

Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT

sep
04

Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 July 2017 at 10:25

A look in the life of a Gender in Value Chains Coach

Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's. 


Loes van Dijk Great to hear you talking about passion and a change in mindset, Knox Kalubi.  That is what matters!

1 week 12 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji Thanks for sharing. The video is to see and review because it is full of learning

5 days 16 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 July 2017 at 07:12

Report ARF-2 projects International workshop and public seminar in Benin

In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. Since the ARF project groups aim to ensure their research is taken up in society, they all have a private organization as project leader of their consortium. The projects also need to embed their research in society from the very beginning of the project. 

To support these groups in achieving these goals, the first two days of the workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. In addition a public seminar was organized on the role of nutrition in agricultural value chains. During this third day workshop lessons were brought further with food security professionals from Benin.

The three-day workshop was jointly organized by the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO, in

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL I really apprecNicole Metziate all the kinds of work you lay your hands onto so that agriculture must lead 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.

Insightful  views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;

1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus

2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive

participation by Agriterra

3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:08

Today is the start of the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York! It is a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This campaign by some of our Dutch members, raises awareness on Women Economic Empowerment.


Join the #HLPF2017 #FlowNL Twitter storm on women's economic empowerment from 10 to 14 July #genderequality #SDG5!  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:44

VLOG #6! KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Meet Bart and Gabriela, they work for the Gender and Sustainable Economic Development Unit at KIT! In this vlog they share their experiences with our network, like the coopration around the Farmers Innovation Fair held in West-Africa. Check it out!

For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership


Bakary DIARRA Indeed, I listened to it is interesting!

1 week 1 day ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Bakary, that's nice to hear!

1 week 20 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 04:19

Van Hall Larenstein, Egerton University and Agrikom Training and Consultancies organise a Refresher Course for Master alumni of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, about “Strengthening the role of institutions in the commercialization of agricultural value chains in Africa through capacity building of VHL alumni”. In the Refresher course 20 participants from 8 African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are working on a Theory of change for transforming the agricultural sector. It is taking place from 3-14 July 2017 at Egerton in Nakuru/Njoro, Kenya.

Thanks for sharing this Marco! I'm interested in the outcomes of the course, feel free to share them with our community as well.

1 week 6 days ago

wishing you good deliberations! I can see Anatole 

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 11:45

Our call to the next cabinet: Invest in Food Transition!

4th of July - Dutch Parliament - The Hague

A broad coalition of 45 parties urges the new Dutch cabinet in this manifesto to transition towards a sustainable food system, through which the Netherlands will contribute to green growth, healthy food for all, and a more peaceful world with less conflict and more stability. We ask the next government to invest in this, together with the private sector, consumers, civil society, farmers, education and science.

On July 4th a delegation of signatories presented the manifesto to the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. You can watch the livestream (in Dutch) HERE.

Masterclass FoodTransition

The work does not stop here! This manifesto was an initiative of the Food Security Policy Group of the AgriProFocus network. In September we will organise a Masterclass FoodTransition for Members of Parliament. If you are interested to join, please contact S

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Loes van Dijk Great!

2 weeks 14 hours ago

Sajji RYAKUNZE really great!

2 weeks 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 12:55

NEW BOOK: Managing for Sustainable Development Impact (M4SDI) - An Integrated Approach to Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

This guide shows leaders and development practitioners how to navigate complexity and manage their initiatives/organizations successfully towards sustainable development impact. It takes an integrated, results-oriented management approach, which can be used across a range of sectors and domains in a variety of contexts, and aims to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘This book is wise, practical and navigates complex dynamic systems. From contextual sensitivity to strategic design, from collaborative and participatory engagement to useful evaluation, from theories of change to scaling for impact, from generating evidence to communicating results, this book brings the latest research and insights to bear in service of sustainable development. In doing so, it stays focused on benefits to real people in the real world in real time. In all

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oct
30

Learning, action research and outreach-in higher education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  30 October 2017 to 17 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA course:  Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security , from 30 October to 17 November 2017,  in The Netherlands.

Lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education attend this course. Development of labour market responsive curricula is an important aspect.

After attending one participant said, “Since I apply methods from ICRA’s course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.

How can you benefit from the course? Listen to what our Alumni have to say here.

For application and information, see the course webpage       
Application is open until 5 September. 

Pay before 25 July and we offer a 10 % reduction on the tuition fee. 

Check us out on:
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | www.icra-edu.org/courses | info@icra-edu.org



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 July 2017 at 12:33

Challenges & opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in agriculture

An article by SNV

Over the past several years, there has been increasing evidence regarding the importance of women’s economic participation, both for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, as well as for the economic well-being of families, communities, sectors and nations. Advancing women’s political participation, leadership and economic empowerment is central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognising women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective and part of the solution. SDG5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these goals.

As Global Manager of SNV’s Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (EOWE) programme (funded by the Dutch government as part of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) funding stream), I participated in th

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