The network identified four overarching thematic areas that will guide us in the years 2018-2022: Inclusive agribusiness, Climate smart agribusiness, Circular economy agribusiness and Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. These four themes are also closely aligned with the objectives of the Dutch development agenda regarding food security.
Around its thematic focus the AgriProFocus network will develop and implement network programmes, globally and in the country networks.
Within this thematic focus members in the Netherlands and in country networks have expressed a clear need to target the work of AgriProFocus to specific issues based upon the following criteria:
Zoom in on issues that currently block the development of a vibrant agripreneurs sector, and to opportunities to overcome this.
Choose those issues that various stakeholders encounter, but that no-one can solve individually - so-called ‘wicked problems’ or ‘complex problems’.
The networks joint solutions should be on sharing, co-creating and scaling-up practical action perspectives and business strategies for agripreneurs.
For 2018 AgriProFocus has selected, based on member interest, global ‘burning issues’ per theme. On each issue/opportunity we will facilitate exchange and reflection on results, experiences and lessons learned of members. Every theme will lead to a ‘publication’ (print/video) for members and broader audiences. Our ambition is that these insights spark opportunities for further network activities, using our signature network solutions (Linking, Learning, Leadership) to create joint network programmes.
An increasing number of interventions and programmes is being developed as well as research conducted to enhance so called Agriculture-to-Nutrition interventions. AgriProFocus members are initiating and involved in such interventions, e.g. by the transformation of the horticultural sector in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Pilot projects and new business strategies are developed in food processing, food fortification and reorienting investment strategies towards nutrient-rich products. The challenge for agripreneurs is to respond to the market demand for food products that have a high nutritional value and make this a driver for their business development. AgriProFocus members have identified the following burning issues:
The business case for affordable, nutritious food products. The triple burden of malnutrition (underweight, overweight, micronutrient deficiencies) hampers human development. Services and market drivers for agribusinesses and other value chain actors are often limited to the quantity of food products, post harvest storage, processing, transport and access to markets and less to the quality of food products. A challenging question for the network members is how to close this gap. How can contributing to the availability and affordability of nutritious food products become a business driver for new enterprises? How to facilitate linking and learning between members working in nutrition, health, the agri-food sector and business?
Fresh and healthy in the city: how can agribusiness contribute to nutritious urban diets? The unprecedented growth of urban populations causes a major challenge for the availability of affordable, nutritious food products in urban areas. How can (low income) urban consumers access fresh and healthy food products of good quality? What food systems are appropriate for metropolises and how can they be made effective? What are successful (commercial) models and lessons learned for urban food systems? What are the roles that private and public actors play? The AgriProFocus network will generate lessons learned by members and key players in the urban agri-food sector and make available proven innovative business solutions.
Keep an eye on this page for updates around these burning issues!
Global Lead Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness: Annette van Andel
The World Food Prize Foundation is now accepting nominations for its renowned award that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Nominations of worthy candidates are invited from public and private organizations, academic institutions, governmental organizations, and businesses. The nomination criteria, procedure, and on-line form are available at www.worldfoodprize.org/nominate. Nominations will be accepted through May 1, 2018.
The World Food Prize was created in 1986 to be the highest individual honor for truly exceptional and unique achievements in improving the quality, quantity, and availability of the world’s food supply, as well as the access of all human beings to it. This prestigious $250,000 award has been presented to 46 outstanding individuals from 18 countries and... Read more
Souvent, quand on parle de sexe et de l'agriculture, nous discutons des moyens d'accroître la participation des mères à la croissance des aliments nutritifs afin qu'ils puissent nourrir leurs familles ou utiliser les revenus de la vente des récoltes excédentaires pour acheter des aliments sains. Mais le genre doit être plus que sur les femmes. Comment pouvons-nous encourager les hommes et les pères à mieux soutenir leurs partenaires afin d'assurer les meilleurs résultats de la récolte et de la nutrition?
Un projet de nutrition multisectorielle a été développé par l' USAID, entre autres par le renforcement des partenariats, les résultats et innovations en matière de nutrition. À l' échelle mondiale (PRINTEMPS) , fait la promotion de la participation des hommes au Niger est par vidéo communautaire.
Lien vers la vidéo (10 minutes, langue locale, avec sous-titres): https://yo... Read more
OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NUTRITION
Nestle East African Region (EAR) are looking for a creative and innovative idea that will improve the health of the generations to come through knowledge of nutrition.
If you have an innovative idea that can help spread nutrition knowledge and empower people to improve health, Sign up, submit your idea and you could get funding of US$50,000.
The deadline for the application is 4th February 2018.
To apply for this go HERE and see more details.
Join us in Wageningen, the Netherlands for our 4th edition of the International course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society (10 – 21 September 2018).
You will get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas. Will be able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues. Participants will be able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies.
For more information about our course and fellowship opportunities:
Life Beyond Maize shows a farmer and father, the Minister of Agriculture, and a mother, who all became convinced of the need to diversify: their crops, their consumption patterns, and also the national policies that support those. Zambia's double malnutrition burden - stunting and overweight - has a major cause, i.e. the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 per cent of agricultural produce is maize.
The Hivos and IIED Sustainable Diets for All programme helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian production and supports consumers to diversify their diets. "Food diversity counts!"
Pulses are a leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed and they include beans, lentils, chick peas, cowpeas, groundnuts and peas. FAO have shared an interesting article about this type of crops and why you should choose pulses for your health as explained below;
1- Low in fat and contain no cholesterol.
2- Low in sodium.
3- Great source of plant -base protein.
4- Good source of iron.
5- High in potassium.
6- High in fibre foods.
7- Excellent source of folate.
8- Pulses can be stored for long time.
9- Low glycemic index foods.
10- Pulses are naturally gluten-free.
Read int details about this ten benefits of pulses HERE.
FAO e-learning center offers free interactive courses- in English, French and Spanish on topics ranging from food and nutrition security or climate change to land tenure.
The courses are suited to agricultural and food security professionals, students, and anyone interested in the broad range of topics offered by FAO. Also this will give you more opportunity to learn and knowledge in agriculture.
Find the topics titles below;
Photo source: FAO Knowledge
"Le Rassemblement mondiale 2017 du Mouvement SUN est terminé, mais nos efforts pour améliorer la nutrition continuent! En remerciant la Côte d'Ivoire d'avoir accueilli cet incroyable rassemblement, revenons sur cette troisième journée d'échange et d'apprentissage mutuels."
Voir un résumé en images, plein de liens aux rapports et aux vidéos sur YouTube spécifiques:
Plus d'infos sur le mouvement SUN http://scalingupnutrition.org/fr/
Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!
The United Nation, Food and Agriculture Organization is offering an online course based on trade, food security and nutrition for free.
Find the content of the course below;
The course consists of 7 lessons, organized in three units. Lessons last approximately 30 to 80 minutes each.
Unit 1: Introduction to Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 1.1 Definitions and Linkages between Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 1.2 Impacts of Trade on Food Security and Nutrition
Unit 2: Trade Policy Supportive of Food Security
- Lesson 2.1 Trade Policy Measures and Agricultural Development
- Lesson 2.1 Design and Implementation of Trade Policy Measures
Unit 3: Governance of Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 3.1 Introduction to the Multilateral Trading System
- Lesson 3.2 Policy Space for Food Security in the Multilateral Trading System
- Lesson 2.3 Towards Improved Governance for Trade, Food Security and N
Siku ya Kimataifa ya mtoto wa kike!- International Day of Girl Child.
In celebrating International day of a girl child, which was declared for the first time by United Nations in October 11, 2012. Apart from a girl child facing different problem among them is nutrition.
APF Tanzania is joining hands in supporting agriculture which in one way or another lead to better nutrition in the agricultural sector. Also use our search tab to explore more about gender in value chain and find report about it there.
To read more about the day of girl child go to this link.
Maxwell Stamp are now recruiting for highly experienced Team Leaders to manage forthcoming donor-funded resilience projects in Africa.
Team Leaders are responsible for overall co-ordination and management of the programmes. This includes managing relationships with the donor, the government, any consortium partners and other key stakeholders. Team Leader positions are full time for the duration of the project, based in-country and typically last between four and six years.
Find details of job description and application procedure HERE.
Deadline for application: 1 November 2017
FHI 360 (Alive & Thrive Ethiopia)
Alive & Thrive (A&T) anticipates being awarded a new grant by the BMGF to advance the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)’s National Nutrition Program II and National Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Strategy. Under this new grant A&T will provide analyt... Read more
19 Juli 2017 lalu AgriProFocus Indonesia menyelenggarakan Workshop Desain I-PLAN bersama dengan Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) dan Dalberg. Acara ini membawa aktor kunci dalam rantai nilai ikan Tongkol untuk mendiskusikan dan mengeksplorasi program PLAN untuk Indonesia. Pertemuan ini menjadi titik awal penting untuk membangun aliansi, dimana pemangku kepentingan dengan peran berbeda dapat bekerja sama sekaligus mendukung inisiatif yang telah ada. Mengurangi susut hasil pasca panen dan limbah pada ikan Tongkol sangatlah penting mengingat banyak orang Indonesia, terutama anak-anak, menderita kekurangan gizi sedangkan terjadi susut hasil yang signifikan pada setiap tahap rantai nilai ikan Tongkol.
Kesenjangan ini dapat diatasi dengan cara mengurangi susut hasil dan limbah pasca panen ikan Tongkol, sehingga ketersedi... Read more
Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.
The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.
This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards... Read more
Have you ever considered 'Cockroach' as a business opportunity!
Have you ever thought that a cockroach can be used as a source of business, a young man in Tanzania Rwehura Daniel in his interview with BBCSwahili reporter David Nkya says through research for dirt and find an opportunity to start a business. He learned about cockroaches in a different way compared to what he knew that they were just bugs. Cockroach contain a large amount of protein and it is used as food for human and animals. Instead of looking at cockroaches as dirt insects now is an opportunity for a business Rwehura explains where he is getting them from around his area and keep them and grew them more in a room and sell them in boxes to his customers. Due to this his income increased and get to learn more about cockroaches.
Also a nutrition specialist from Muhimbili hospital Mariam says "cockroach has special protein which is 3 times better than buffalo's and 5 times cow's milk". Also according... Read more
Frank Berthe, 17 August 2017 on WBG website
Interesting blog describing how the livestock sector could contribute to nutrition and publich health, while also describing the risks on the human-animal interface. I copy-paste the final sections here, but please refer to the original blog via the link below.
'The global demand for livestock products is set to increase by 70% in the next 30 years and nearly all that growth will occur in developing countries. The increasing demand for animal-sourced food and the associated expansion of livestock production systems are likely to raise the risk of emerging infectious diseases at the human animal interface; because of increasing livestock numbers, accelerating animal turnover, confinement of large numbers of animals in small spaces, as well as habitat fragmentation and encroachment with wildlife.'
'Another possible consequence of this increasing demand is an expected increase of... Read more
Le 7 juillet 2017, le gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a publié un nouveau rapport révélant le coût social et économique de la sous-nutrition dans le pays. Cette étude met l’accent sur les pertes considérables subies chaque année en raison des coûts accrus des soins de santé, des fardeaux supplémentaires pesant sur le système éducatif et de la productivité amoindrie de la population active. On estime le montant de ces coûts à 1,637 milliard de francs congolais par an, soit 1 milliard de dollars US.
L’étude sur le coût de la faim (CDFA) a été entreprise par le gouvernement de la RDC en collaboration avec le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM), la Commission de l’Union africaine (CAU), le nouveau partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD) et la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Amérique... Read more
SMEs constitute around 80% of food manufacturing sector in Ethiopia and they play an important role in improving access to affordable and nutritious diets. However, most often they receive little attention in the nutrition agenda in the country.
I would like to share with you a proceedings of a joint field visit that was organized by GAIN in collaboration with UNICEF and Concern Worldwide with the aim of sharing experiences and progress of the Integrated Home Fortification (IHF) and Community Based Complementary food (CBCF) projects with key stakeholders including government officials from Federal and Regional levels, Kingdome of Netherland’s mission in Ethiopia, and partners working in the area of IYCF.
The visit was conducted on December 22 and 23, 2016 in four selected Woredas in Gulo Mekeda and Sassie Tseada Ambaworedas that are implementing the IHF project and in Seharti Samreand Endamehoni woredas that are implementing CBCF project. Click the... Read more