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nov
21

Community of Practice - Youth in AgriBusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  21 November 2017, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

Join us at the 2nd Youth in AgriBusiness - Community of Practice

YOUTH - professionals - YOUTH - members - YOUTH - stakeholders - YOUTH


The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with F&BKP, facilitates the second Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders! The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers. 

TOPIC OF THIS CoP: Is there a bridge in the room? How to design an end-to-end approach to closing the gap between unemployed youth and the agrifood sector? BY: Heifer and Edukans


How to “bridge the gap” between the skills of unemployed youth and the requirements for successful (self-)employment in the agrifood sector? Many interventions focus on either the supply side - improving youth skills - or the demand side - creating market and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 November 2017 at 01:44

Making the case for Gender in Agrifood Value Chains

Members of AgriProFocus inspired for joint action 

On September 21st, members of AgriProFocus came together and jointly established an agenda for network actions on gender in value chains. During this meeting, they expressed their need for continuous attention for the case for gender at all levels in organisations and companies. There is a lot of action at the level of the members themselves, most of them implementing tools to strengthen the gender dimension of private sector investment or value chain work. Members confirm that collaborating with the network can enhance the impact of their work. To meet the needs of the network, AgriProFocus proposes to facilitate a conference in Spring 2018, to facilitate exchange meetings between members and to centralize available resources.

Many member organisations have included gender equality goals, women empowerment and/or female leadership within their organisational policy. Most members have de

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Caroline. I think it is good for members (and other agencies reading news on this platform) to know that the conference will be organised a/o. in collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. For those who don't know yet, that Platform also has an interesting Portal that includes a page on gender http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/gender/

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19

Results Measurement for Private Sector Development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  19 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Bangkok

Apply for the Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development course 

19-23 March 2018, Bangkok


This 5-day course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course is offered by HPC, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.

For more information or to apply, see www.hposthumus.nl

HPC also offers a 4-day results Measurement course for Program Managers at 26-29 March 2018 in Bangkok. For more information or to apply, see: www.miehlbradt.com



Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 14 November 2017 at 12:47

Masisi

Des filières agricoles favorables à tous

Dans un contexte de densité croissante, de forte demande de terres agricoles, le bureau de la Coopération Suisse Grands Lacs au Rwanda a financé Oxfam pour exécuter un projet de protection et moyens de subsistance dans le Territoire de Masisi. A titre d’exemples les filières porteuses sont le haricot, l’arachide, le taro et la pomme de terre y ont fait leurs preuves.

Appuyés par Oxfam, à travers le Projet "Protection et moyens de subsistance", exécuté par la Fédération des organisation des producteurs agricoles du Congo (FOPAC/Nord-Kivu), 1800 producteurs (membres des communautés de Kaanja et Burora, Nyabyondo, Bukombo, Loashi-Mukohwa, Lushebere, Bihambwe et Matanda ciblées par le projet) peuvent mettre à la disposition des consommateurs, en moyenne 422 tonnes de haricots, 1442 tonnes de pommes de terre, 2 144 tonnes de taro et 252 tonnes d’arachides par saison culturale", lisons-nous dans le rapport de l’étud

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 November 2017 at 09:57

Opportunities Young Expert Programme

We would like to inform you that there is a fourth call for proposals for Young Expert Programmes (YEP) Water & Agrofood placements within the framework of the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The YEP programmes offers young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in the international Agrofood or Water sector. The YEP placements will be one of the instruments available to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The call is open until December 1, 2017 and offers two places for Dutch nationals and two places for local young experts. Since YEP professionals need to be employed by an organization that is registered by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, applications are likely to involve a collaboration between a CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) and a Dutch private sector, NGO or knowledge institute partner.

You can find more details on this fourth call in the attached flyer, including the contact details of Paul va

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 10 November 2017 at 12:31

La contribution du Taro ou Colocase à la sécurité alimentaire à Masisi

L’intensification de l’agriculture dans le Territoire de Masisi est incontournable si on veut accroître la sécurité alimentaire dans cette partie de la Province du Nord Kivu.

Généralement, les cultures vivrières, particulièrement les plantes à racines et à tubercules, sont destinées prioritairement à la consommation ménagère et à l’éradication de l’insécurité alimentaire en Afrique (J. Bindelle et A. Buldgen, 2004). Le Taro est l’une de ces cultures, il est cultivé surtout pour ses cormes.

Il est cultivé principalement dans les moyennes altitudes de Masisi (communauté de Kaanja, de Loashi et de Nyabiondo) et est pratiquée par environ 25% des agriculteurs de Masisi sur des superficies variant en moyenne entre 8 et 9 ares par producteur selon une enquête menée par AgriProFocus RD Congo sur les filières agricoles porteuses à Masisi en octobre 2017. Il joue un rôle important dans la

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Thaddée Hyawe-Hinyi Balundi Bonne information surtout que Goma et le Kivu consomme la taro pour éviter le cholestérol et le sucre dans les aliments.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 10 November 2017 at 11:58

L’énorme potentiel économique de la banane à Masisi

A Masisi, la banane a la côte. Elle est largement répandue sur le Territoire et sa capacité génératrice de recettes en fait encore une culture vivrière, de subsistance, commerciale et intégrée dans l’économie de la zone de Masisi.

La banane offre plusieurs possibilités de transformation (farine, beignets, jus, vin, boisson locale,…), contribue à la sécurité alimentaire et à l’augmentation du revenu. Sur une échelle de 1 à 10, la banane a la côte 5,8 pour sa contribution à la sécurité alimentaire, 5,86 pour ses possibilités de transformation alimentaire et 5 sur 10 pour ses facilités d’approvisionnement en intrants agricoles. Elle est tellement utile que même les voleurs ne s’empêchent pas d’en subtiliser des régimes dans la bananeraie à l’insu des propriétaires.

La banane est intégrée dans l’économie de la zone de Masisi qui offre un potentiel énorme pour cette culture. Une gr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 10 November 2017 at 06:43

AgriProFocus signs MoA with MAN at first Network Day

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

On November 9, 2017 we facilitated our first AgriProFocus Myanmar Network Day about Inclusive Agribusiness. We were happy to welcome more than 50 agribusiness professionals from different sectors: government agencies, academia, private sector and NGOs. The event was opened by HE. Wouter Jurgens, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He said that ‘we need multi-stakeholder cooperation to innovate the agrifood system in Myanmar.' Furthermore, he stated: 'We are here in Myanmar to support political transition and sustainable economic development. We will be your partner not just today, tomorrow and the day after, we want to partner with you to promote the development sector. I am really glad AgriProFocus is here to support this’.


Mr. Sander Mager, Managing Director of AgriProFoc

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

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Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 8 November 2017 at 09:03

Call For Successful Experiences in Scaling-up Agroecology

FAO calls for cases - deadline 13 November

As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:

· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology

· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out

· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)

· Regional balance will be ensured

· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included

· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 November 2017 at 03:09

Partnership cracks open the macadamia chain for small farmers

The cultivation of macadamia nuts in Malawi has been the preserve of big businesses to date. Small farmers lack the requisite materials, knowledge and a sales channel to start cultivating the popular nut themselves. Thanks to a Dutch-Malawian project, they too are now being given access to this growth market.

The project is providing 3,000 farmers in Malawi with a total of 300,000 small macadamia trees. This is being enabled by an investment on the part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seedlings are being grown centrally by Malawian processing firm Sable Farming, which is also taking responsibility for their distribution to the farmers. The impact for the farmers will be considerable, explains the firm’s director, H.S. Pannu. 'Macadamia cultivation will generate an extra, secure income for them. It will supplement income from crops such as maize and tobacco, which are harvested in the spring. Macadamia cultivatio

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Dorothy Maureen Otieno Like the social impact implication of the project in the long run and the fact that project is supporting the small holders in other food crops, for food security.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 November 2017 at 09:07

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Shadrack Agaki This is a wonderful article, looking forward to reading about the remedies for those soils that have been damaged by wrong application of fertilizers 

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nov
27

Short course: Write Winning Proposals

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2017 to 30 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Develop convincing and attractive proposals

You have a project idea which needs funding. You want to respond to a request for proposals or mobilise new resources for your organisation. You want to demonstrate your added value but are facing stiff competition.

Learn to write a proposal that stands out. We believe that writing a convincing and attractive proposal is something we all can learn.


- Learn to match your unique proposal idea and added value with funders needs.

- Know how to bring needed logic and structure to your proposal.

- Understand the pros and cons of forming partnerships.

- Understand the evaluation procedure and criteria that will be used to assess your proposal.

- Raise your confidence in proposal writing. 


Download the course flyer with extended course description here!



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 03:43

FDOV editie III

Op 12 october 2017 organiseerde MinBuZa een bijeenkomst over FDOV editie III. Plaats was de nieuwe locatie van het ministerie aan de Rijnstaat 8 in den Haag. 

Het doel van de bijeenkomst was tweeledig:

  • Presentatie door RVO en MinBuZa van hun ideeën voor een FDOV III

  • Ophalen van suggesties van geselecteerde belanghebbenden voor een nieuw FDOV

Namens AgriProFocus netwerk en F&BKP waren Rolf schinkel en Vanessa NIgten uitgenodigd. Volg de link en vind hun kort verslag van deze bijeenkomst.

En, bereid u voor op een nieuwe editie van het FDOV dat ergens begin 2018 gelanceerd gaat worden.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:16

The Importance of Testing Soil Quality

Why test soil? Find out in this article by SoilCares!

The importance of soil fertility for agriculture was one of the first realizations that hit farmers at the start of the Agricultural revolution back in the 18th century. Slowly, they realized that good quality soil is essential for high yield, and sufficient production to sustain families, villages, and entire societies.

The difference between types of soils, and variation in soil properties became apparent- soil moisture, soil texture and of course soil chemistry determined what crops can grow in particular regions, and how much yield the fields will produce.

However, something that was not very known at that time is that soils are a precious resource, which is easily exhausted. Continuous mismanagement and exploitation due to lack of knowledge, led to poor soil fertility, loss of soil and as a result, drastic decrease in agricultural production. It became clear to most specialists, that core of th

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Kris De Pooter I second this entirely.  In Kenya, we've been running with a business case for the past 2 years to find financing for a local Organic Fertilizer production (100 ton/day) with the sole aim of REGENERATING the soils already largely deprived of nutrients through mostly low quality and overuse of Chemical Fertilizer.  We cannot stress enough how important Soil Fertility/Condition is if we want to keep feeding the world !

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Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:12

Food for All Talk 05 - World Bank Group - Netherlands knowledge partnership

“Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”

On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).

In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 27 October 2017 at 03:31

Integrating behavioral change to accelerate Women's Economic Empowerment 

Two weeks ago I shared the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework on this platform. In this blog I want to ask your attention for interesting research supporting the logic of this framework and translating it into action by the Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme 

In many developing countries women’s productivity in agricultural businesses is lower than that of men. The key question is then: how do we diagnose this problem? Possible reasons for the lower productivity of women in agriculture may be that women have less access to inputs, finance, markets or knowledge.

Whereas increasing access to inputs, finance, markets and knowledge for female farmers makes sense in areas where access is lacking, it is also important to examine factors that could influence whether female farmers will actually make use of this access and benefit from it.

To get a better understanding

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Israel akyoo good balance in gender

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PETER KOLAWOLE Gender differences in roles and resources in agricultural production and in women’s and men’s participation in household decision-making around resource allocation, technology adoption, marketing and food consumption are relevant, though likely in different ways, across the different value chain sites. These differences imply that in order to achieve its expected outcomes, investments are to be made to understand these gender differences, their causes and their consequences.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 October 2017 at 12:20

Negatieve en positieve impact voedselproduct in beeld

True Price options being explored in the agrifood sector - new report WUR and TruePrice (in Dutch only)

Wageningen Economic Research en True Price hebben - in opdracht van het ministerie van Economische Zaken - een methodiek ontwikkeld waarmee positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten van de productie en consumptie van voedsel in beeld kan worden gebracht. Doel is bedrijven en consumenten hiermee meer mogelijkheden te geven beslissingen te nemen die bijdragen aan een duurzamere voedselketen.

“Elk voedselproduct heeft altijd positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten. Afwegingen van consumenten en bedrijven zijn alleen mogelijk indien deze effecten meegewogen kunnen worden. Dat doel is met deze studie weer een stap dichterbij.” Willy Baltussen, onderzoeker WUR.

http://www.wur.nl/nl/nieuws/Negatieve-en-positieve-impact-voedselproduct-in-beeld.htm


Het rapport is op 10 oktober besproken tijdens een seminar van het Ministerie van Economis

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