Nutrition-sensitive Agribusiness

moderated by Annette van Andel

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.

Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness

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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 hours ago

First Special Business Drinks in Hawassa

For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University.

The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.

The second pitch made by Abinet Tekle from NEED Nutritiona

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 August 2018 at 10:01

INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION AND FOOD INDUSTRIES CONFERENCE

“Partnership for Food/Nutrition Training and Sustainable Development” hosted by Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition, Hawassa University.

16-18 August 2018

Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

The objectives of this conference: -

- To create forum for networking opportunities

- To prioritize areas of partnership

- To share experiences and success stories

- To acknowledge organizations that support Hawassa University

- To get feedback about Hawassa University graduates and labor market

- To experience hosting international forums

Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition (ACEN) was launched in 2015 at School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University. Its major successes to date: -

- Produced manpower in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology

- Hosted two National Nutrition Conferences

- Laid a foundation for Human Nutrition program in other sister universities in Ethiopia

- Made a success

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:05

Apply now for the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition

Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.

The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018.  For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition. 

Apply now or no later than September 1st, through https://vc4a.com/sun-business-network/sbn-regional-pitch-competition/application/

Application Process and Timeline

1) Ap

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Niek! Sarah Assefa, maybe you can announce this during the nutrition conference in Hawassa these coming 2 days?

5 days 4 hours ago

Niek van Dijk That would be great Sarah Assefa !

5 days 4 hours ago

Mahder Akalu Of course! We will! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 12:29

How can Food and Nutrition Security programming “do good” in fragile settings?

Closing workshop of The Broker’s project on conflict sensitivity in Food Security Programming, funded by Food & Business Knowledge Platform.  

On February 1, 2018, The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured in the final report), present the tool for conflict sensitivity that was developed based on the project’s main findings, and discuss ways forward for integrating conflict sensitivity and stability into FNS programming. You can download a full report of the workshop here.

The workshop, hosted at the F&BKP offices in The Hague, was kicked off by a brief presentation of The Broker’s own project results

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aug
16

Nutrition & Agroindustry Business Drinks, Hawassa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 August 2018, 17:30-19:00
  Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

Special Business Drinks in Hawassa at Haile Resort, Thursday August 16th

Agriculture sector professionals with an interest in nutrition and agro-industrial development are welcome to participate in this networking event. Registration to participate in this event is required. You may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com to register. 

This event is organized as a side event of the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference organised by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition of Hawassa University, and made possible by AgriProfocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). 

For more information on the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference, or to participate in agro-industry visit to meat processing and beverage processing facilities on August 15, you may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com.   

(Photo Credit: Haile Resort Hawassa, www.expedia.com)



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Posted 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  


A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 


oct
10

Food Valley Summits: Protein for the Future, Sports & Nutrit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  10 October 2018 - 09:00 to 11 October 2018 - 17:00
  Ede-Wageningen, aux Pays-Bas

Les sommets de Food Valley auront lieu du 10 au 11 octobre à Ede-Wageningen, aux Pays-Bas. Un programme de deux jours portera sur l'avenir des protéines, le sport et la nutrition. Les sommets offrent un excellent programme de lancement et de jumelage d'entreprises aux Pays-Bas. 

Envisagez-vous de visiter les sommets avec un groupe de sociétés et / ou de scientifiques? S'il vous plaît laissez-nous savoir en nous evrivant au : jolanda.wels@foodvalley.nl 

Pour en savoir plus, allez sur : https://www.foodvalley.nl/program-sports-nutrition-summit-2018/



jul
21

Natani Organic Cafe & Market Opening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 July 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Accross Bole Rd from Millenium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Farm-to-plate healthy food celebration will be held on Saturday the 21st of July as Natani Cafe expands to offer organic dishes, and kicks off a regular organic farmers market on the cafe premises, featuring organic farmers and their produce from Holeta (with ISD) and other organic producers. Map of location available HERE.   Invitation flyer attached. 




sep
04

ICSD 2019International Conference on Sustainable Development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2019 - 09:30 to 05 September 2019 - 19:45
  Rome, Italy

The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University.
The 7th ICSD 2019 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.
The Conference venue is: Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy

Read more:  https://ecsdev.org/conference/7icsd-2019



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 July 2018 at 09:35

Addis Ababa grabs attention in global dialogue on accessing healthy food in Africa’s cities

Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.

On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.

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MBONIHANKUYE Ferdinand c' est intéressant!!

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Posted By in Publications
Posted 3 July 2018 at 07:52

Developing Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains In Indonesia

In Indonesia’s eastern Maluku and North Maluku provinces, malnutrition levels are high. Nutrition challenges include monotonous diets with inadequate levels of energy, micro-nutrients and protein. Studies commissioned by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggest that strengthened value chains for foods such as bananas, cassava, maize, spinach, sweet potatoes and fish could make business sense for smallholders and lay the foundations for a strong local food system that sustainably delivers nutritious foods for healthy diets.

Download the report here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 June 2018 at 11:43

Nutrition and climate change in rangelands

The argument to change diets to save the planet appears regularly in the UK press. A flurry of articles is usually prompted by a new study that ‘proves’ that giving up meat and milk is a good thing. And so it was the case with the publication of an article in Science by J. Poore and T. Nemecek, titled ‘Reducing food’s environmental impact by producers and consumers’. The media bombardment was intense; perhaps even more so than previous rounds (see earlier blog).  

This news item reflects on the Science article, which is ao not taking into account pastoralist production from rangelands.  As VSF International points out, a one-size-fits-all approach to dietary change potentially excludes 3.1 billion small-scale livestock producers across the world, where multiple opportunities lie for more sustainable livestock production; a point echoed in CELEP’s earlier response to a similar article in The Economist about meat and pastoralism.

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Wim Goris another read on this same topic:  https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/news/avoiding-meat-dairy-single-biggest-way-harm-poor-livestock-herders/

1 month 4 weeks ago

Josef Garvi Well, I think the problem might be more valid in marginal lands of the Sahel than one thinks. Look around the pastoral areas of Niger's Sahel, and it's obvious that the vegetation is under pressure from overgrazing: small shrubs that remain very small, with their leaves growing in dense thickets in response to the heavy grazing. Trees that are denuded of foliage because herders have harvested "le fourrage aérien". If we agree that reforestation is the best cure we have to desertification, then we need to soften the pressure on our trees and shrubs a bit. And the interesting part is that these trees and shrubs are often very good and nutritious food sources too, so we could win both environmentally and nutritionally at the same time by shifting some of the animal husbandry to tree stewardship. The question is not so much whether we should reduce meat consumption or not, as what we should replace it with. If we replace it by tree foods, we will still support small-holders and nomads, and we will still be able to obtain rich quantities of protein. If we switch to imported foods, then it's a disaster indeed.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Wim Goris hello Josef, thanks for sharing your take on this.  Do you know whether this UK discussion is also happening in the francophone countries? Please share sources if you have them.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Josef Garvi It has happened a bit on Facebook. Otherwise, a couple of articles on the subject:https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/nature-environnement/climat/la-viande-et-le-lait-polluent-plus-que-la-salade_124750https://www.terraeco.net/viande-CO2-steack-elevage-methane,60200.html

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nov
19

Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Abuja, Nigeria

Soil analyses from several African countries indicates multiple micronutrient deficiencies appear to be common. Trial results from many countries confirm significant and widespread response to micronutrients. In response, fertilizer manufacturers and blenders are bringing a host of new fertilizer products to Africa. However, challenges still remain in developing and delivering balanced fertilizers to smallholders at the massive scale required.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist participants, in their various roles, in bringing balanced crop nutrition to smallholder farmers. Participants will have many opportunities to interact and understand the added value of the multiple stakeholders working together to bring balanced crop nutrition to farmers.

Get more info and register here. 



Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 31 May 2018 at 03:01

Second Call for Proposals 2018 

The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its second Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018! This call is applicable to companies registered and operating in Kenya, targeting the low-income consumers with safe and nutritious diets.

The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. 

The application should be completed using the Innovation Accelerator application form and company self-assessment form, which can be downloaded along with application instructions (including eligibility and evaluation criteria) on the Marketplace website. Once completed the form should be saved as a PDF document and emailed to MNFproposalsKenya@gainhealth.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 May 2018 at 04:57

NEW FARA REPORT: PATHWAYS FOR IMPROVED NUTRITION IN ZAMBIA: LESSONS FROM PRO-VITAMIN A RICH MAIZE INNOVATION PLATFORM


ABSTRACT

The high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency in Zambian population, particularly among the young children of rural areas, has been a consistent phenomenon in the country for a while. In response to this, several government’s policies have, since 1998, been formulated to promote increased intake of the vitamin while encouraging healthy food intake. This policy resulted in the establishment of National Pro- Vitamin A Orange Maize Steering Committee (NPASC), an Innovation Platform (IP) formed in 2010 to promote bio-fortification of maize following. Complimentary measures of addressing Vitamin A deficiency among the Zambian population include: (i) Fortification of processed cane sugar; (ii) Production and consumption of orange maize (Pro-vitamin A maize); (iii) Administration of “high” dosage of Vitamin A (medical treatment); (iv) Breeding and production of orange-flesh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 May 2018 at 01:37

Measuring the nutrition effects of food security and agriculture programs

Sharing approaches, metrics and practices.

This new brochure presents experiences and practical lessons of members of the Netherlands Working Group for International Nutrition (NWGN) (e.g. ICCO, SNV and KIT), and opportunities for action by NGOs, companies and public institutions. It summarises the findings from an internal workshop by NWGN in December 2017 held at KIT/Royal Tropical Institute. 

Support of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform helped realising this brochure.

The brochure will serve as input for an expert meeting with a key note by IFPRI this Thursday 17 May 2018 in The Hague. (fully booked) 

This is the link to the brochure: http://knowledge4food.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nwgn_nutrition-metrics-publication180515.pdf


!Find the outcomes of the expert meeting on 17 May on www.knowledge4food.net soon.

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 10 May 2018 at 02:09

Call for Proposals- Sustainable Diets for All Kenya

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. We cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Background

Sustainable Diets for All is a Dialogue and Dissent strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is implemented by the Citizens Agency Consortium, consisting of Hivos and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The main goal of the programme is to work with citizens and partner organizations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions (at global level) to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green.

The programme focuses on building

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 4 May 2018 at 01:35

Call for Proposals- Sustainable Diets for All Kenya

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. We cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Background

Sustainable Diets for All is a Dialogue and Dissent strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is implemented by the Citizens Agency Consortium, consisting of Hivos and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The main goal of the programme is to work with citizens and partner organizations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions (at global level) to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green.

The programme focuses on building

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 May 2018 at 01:53

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CONSULTANCY

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is currently implementing a project in Kenya titled, the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods which targets agricultural value chains and looks to shape markets to ultimately deliver more diverse and nutritionally rich diets.

As part of this project we will be providing both financial and technical assistance to small and medium size enterprises who are delivering nutritious foods to low income domestic markets. In order to help us do this, we are currently looking to build out our database of consultants that can support us in the delivery of this technical assistance. These technical assistance will be delivered through both joint/group trainings and tailored technical assistance to individual companies.

We are looking for expression of interests from consultants/experts in the following areas:

 Financial management

 Nutrition

 Accounting

 Product formulation and development

 Ma

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Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 3 May 2018 at 11:39

Join the Food & Nutrition Security Advocacy Group!

Do you want to have a direct influence in Dutch policy making on Food and Nutrition Security? Join the AgriProFocus Food Security Advocacy group! Nout van der Vaart from Hivos explains the benefits and successes from last year in this video. 


Current members: ICCO, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Oxfam Novib, Hivos and Woord en Daad