Dutch members 2018:
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).
• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst... Read more
YES! PIZZAPROFOCUS IS BACK!
Is blockchain technology the magical tool that will help solve many of the issues in sustainable food systems? From increased transparency in value chains to lower transaction costs and from improved chain collaboration to flawless traceability of fresh food and transformed food products?
Participate, share ideas and experiences (already?)about the potential and opportunities for using blockchain technology in your work. In the work we, Dutch Diamond partners, do together to achieve innovative results for actors in the agrifood sector in low and middle income countries.
We hope to see you on the 28th on our 4th PizzaProFocus session!
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Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.
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Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories... Read more
Mini power tillers are used in the hills,slopes, small field,garden,nursery,greenhouse, wet paddy, etc. Which is a new type of small agricultural tillers or cultivators used by farmers or homeowners. Compact, powerful and, most importantly, inexpensive, these agricultural rotary tillers are providing alternatives to four-wheel tractors and in the small farmers’ fields in developing countries are more economical than walking tractors and four-wheel tractors.
There are various types of power for them: diesel engine ,Gasoline engine/air cooled disel .You can choose each type according to your requirements.
The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.
The EOWE prog... Read more
(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')
Many female farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria have a few chickens for home consumption and for sale. To empower these women, several research institutes have partnered with governments and private sector actors within the African Chicken Genetics Gain programme (ACGG). The programme supports the female farmers with new productive breeds, and services to sustain these.
Research shows, however, that whenever chicken rearing becomes more profitable, men often take over the business. ‘For example, they may ask their wife for the income from selling eggs or chicks’, says Julie Newton, gender specialist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. To guarantee that women really benefit, KIT has formulated a gender strategy.
The strategy helps to make the needs and position o... Read more
Rwandan coffee will be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 21 to- 23, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has confirmed.
The World of Coffee exhibition is Europe’s largest coffee gathering and one of the world’s distinguished coffee events.
Over 6000 coffee professionals will convene in Amsterdam for the event organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which Rwanda subscribes to.
Rwandan Coffee with its complex and diverse flavours will be exhibited and tasted by prominent European specialty coffee importers, roasters and retailers.
Officials say the 2018 edition of the World of Coffee will be another opportunity for Rwanda Coffee to reach thousands of coffee industry stakeholders as the exercise will generate business deals and seek more investment opportunities within the coffee sector in Rwanda. Read more... Read more
In the past months, various members of the MAN and AgriProFocus networks indicated their interest to learn about contract farming to be able to start implementation in Myanmar. Therefore, we decided to dedicate our first joint learning and networking event to contract farming. This is an exciting first step in our joint learning agenda, that we agreed on in our Memorandum of Agreement last yea... Read more
On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.
This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve... Read more
According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.
How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?
“Agriculture in African countries is massively under-funded”.
1. Financial inclusion and innovation in Agriculture· Inclusive investment
2. Value chain financing· Building competitive commercial Value Chains
3.Doing Successful Agribusiness in Africa· 1) Enabling farmers to think like business people 2) Important Business initiatives and skills
4.Public-private partnerships· 1) Source of le... Read more
A Brief moment: with young entrepreneur Leyat Ali
Could you please introduce yourself and Fayalo Technology to the APF network members in Ethiopia?
My name is Leyat Ali, co-founder and CEO of Fayalo technology. Currently, I am also serving as the president of Agora Speakers Club, a non-profit organization that is devoted to develop people’s leadership and public speaking skills. Fayalo technology was formed on February 2018. It is a startup with a vision to become the biggest mobile enabled animal advisory and support service provider in Ethiopia.
Could you share the big achievements of Fayalo Technology in Ethiopia?
Our startup provides the first in Ethiopia service of a multi-lingual mobile advisory referral service that connects animal owners with qualified professionals according to language, specialty and proximity preferences.
How difficult is it to be a successful entrepreneur in Ethiopia?
Being a successful entrepren... Read more
(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')
Like many industries, coffee tends to be a male-dominated business, while 70 per cent of the work is done by women. This is one reason why the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), as part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports female entrepreneurs in its Ethiopia Coffee Program.
'We work with local organizations, to identify women’s needs from the start of a project’, explains Lisanne van Beek, gender coordinator of RVO.nl. For example, CBI supported Sara Yirga, owner of YA Coffee Roasters. Yirga’s ambition is to roast and export traceable, high quality Ethiopian coffee. CBI helped her to develop an export marketing plan, offered her advice on the market potential, and supported her with branding and packaging. Furthermore, CBI connected her to the international organization Women in Coff... Read more
Africa’s agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during the past month of May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.
African and International investors are also getting in on the action. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in food production and distribution – and venture capital investors are taking note.
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Local fresh food markets and value chains are potential vehicles to achieve inclusive development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. This course provides a platform for professionals where experiences in these domains are shared, and strategic action plans for positive change developed.
Date: 26 November – 14 December 2018
Registration deadline – general: 15 October 2018
Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellows: 20 July 2018
Location: The Netherlands
For more information and online registration please visit the website:
All participants prioritized to attend this training even they have personal, work related important cases because they really want to be active as a youth leader in their community. Training days are spent with interesting activities, concepts, discussion and brainstorming about how to be a leader for the youths in agricultural sector. HE. Wouter Jurgens, the Netherlands ambassador also visited the training to encourage the Agrifood youth ambassadors. Even the training is finished, it is not a finish, just a start for them.
Training objective is to know more about themselves... Read more
Watch this new video telling the story of Jennifer Nzioka Mutunga, a chicken farmer from Kenya, who turned chicken rearing from a household task into an enterprise with support from SNV's Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme.
The video was developed by the EU delegation to Kenya as part of this year's European Development Days under the theme ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.’
The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive.
Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'
With increasing needs and scarce resources available worldwide, organisations are under strong pressure to deliver and measure impact. But what do we mean by impact?
We define impact as the change that can be attributed to an intervention. This is particularly difficult to measure for projects occurring in complex environments, such as development projects, where many factors contribute to the changes. This is the challenge that we will address during this training. At MDF, we specialise in complexity aware M&E methods suitable for international development efforts. This course will guide you to select the methods and approaches that are most appropriate for your situation.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of common impact approaches.
- Become familiar with complexity aware methods suitable to measure the impact of development projects.
- Select effective strategies for determining the contribution of you... Read more
You want your programme to lead to meaningful change. You work together with numerous stakeholders in a multi-cultural context and you have numerous tasks. How to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate your programme so that you achieve results and ensure continuous learning in a complex multi-cultural environment? Learn to deal with challenges related to communication, negotiations, human resource and conflict management. And learn how to assess and boost your own and your partner’s organisational capacities. This training includes visits and learning experiences outside the training room.
- Are able to manage your staff and teams more effectively.
- Understand relevant methodologies and tools for results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Know how to assess your own and your partner’s organisational capacity.
- Be able to link your programme to the Sustainable Deve... Read more