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


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jun
23

Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  23 June 2018, All Day Event
  ILRI, Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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

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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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 May 2018 at 10:05

Brief moment with Mahder Admasu

"AgriProFocus Ethiopia platform is the best place for networking"

Could you please introduce yourself and Maheder Food Processing to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

I am Mahder and the manager of Maheder food Processing. Maheder food Processing produces Ethiopian traditional foods and drinks which include packaged products and Order based products. The packaged products are packed and available any time sales outlet of the organization. The main products include Shiro, Berebere, Mitimita, Beso, various spices powder and ketchup and mayonnaise, while the Ordered based Products are readymade stew & sauces (Doro or Chicken) Beef, Miser (lentil stew), Tej, Tella, and providing catering services. All products have high quality in terms of purity (raw material), taste and cleanness.

Could you share the big achievement of Maheder Food Processing in Ethiopia?

Maheder foods received so many awards from different organizations: we have four recognition c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 April 2018 at 12:41

Big Bite: Food Sustainability in Cities

Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.

How are cities coping with feeding their populations?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.

The online discussion will include topics such as:

• Infrastructure

• Waste

• Urban farming

• Nutritional value and food miles

• Food deserts and processed food

• Urban food security and policy

This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:

• Hunger & Obesity

• Food & Fuel

• Starvation & Waste

Applications are open until May 31, 2018!

Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com

aug
07

Symposium- Best Practises to improve nutrition in drylands

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 August 2018 to 09 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

World Vision Tanzania, ECHO East Africa and Amaranth Institute are jointly organizing a symposium on Best practices to improve nutrition in drylands.

The public is cordially invited to join this important symposium which offers a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region.

Symposium Fees
Registering is done simply online. The cost of registering for the Symposium is $175 USD or equivalent per person. This covers three mid-day meals, morning and afternoon teas, a banquet on the closing evening, and all materials.. It does not include accommodation or other meals during the week. Please note that spouses of a paying delegate will only be charged $100 USD equivalent. Payment may be made online in advance using the following link for registering OR payment may be made at the door on the 6th August, 2018 in the afternoon or 7th August, 2018 in the morning. If you wish to pay at the door, check th

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apr
24

National Food & Nutrition Summit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  24 April 2018 to 26 April 2018 - All Day Event
  Mulungushi International Conference Centre

NATIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION SUMMIT 

Theme: "Investing in food and nutrition for accelerated National development - walk the talk"


The Nutrition Sector in Zambia is currently preparing for a National Food and Nutrition Summit scheduled to take place from the 24th - 26th April 2018. The theme for this years gathering is: Investing in Food and Nutrition for Accelerated National Development - Walk the talk.

Overall Objective: To translate increased political and multi-stakeholder will and commitment to food and nutrition security priorities into tangible measurable multi-sectoral actions for accelerated national development.

Specific Objectives:

  • To generate recommendations for strengthening the policy and regulatory environment for scaling up coordinated multi-sectoral food and nutrition interventions.
  • To increase awareness and commitments of high-level policy-makers in the fight against malnutrition.
  • Discuss and address the challenges affecting adoption of evidence-based practices that prioritis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 03:08

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter April 2018

In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:

- the first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs”
by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP, 
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Nicole Metz, a lot of helpful news!

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mar
15

Marketplace COP Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  15 March 2018, 08:00-13:00
  Kigali,Rwanda

What: The Marketplace Community of Practice Meeting

When: 15/03/2018 (8.00 to 12.30)

Where: Lemigo Hotel, Kigali

Who: Get invitation at marketplacerwanda@gainhealth.org 

The Marketplace is a platform that fosters innovation and drives investment in the production, marketing, and consumption of nutritious foods made from locally-produced agricultural products. The Marketplace’s two-pronged approach supports a broad network of stakeholders, with information and knowledge, through the Community of Practice, while targeted technical and financial support is offered to promising, innovative enterprises through the Innovation Accelerator. The project is currently funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The theme of the convening will be; ‘’the role of businesses in delivering safe, nutritious foods to the mass market’’. During the event, GAIN will also present an updated approach for the delivery of technical and financial support to small and medium sized enterpris

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 February 2018 at 10:05

Co-creation, research uptake and nutrition-sensitive value chains

Results of the third ARF international workshop in Ethiopia

How do we ensure that practitioners and researchers in a consortium exchange and create knowledge together? How do we stimulate that research is taken up by a wider community of stakeholders? And how do we improve attention to nutritional enhancements within food security work? 

These were the key questions during the third international workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), that took place from February 13 to 16, 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), in collaboration with AgriProFocus and IFPRI Ethiopia.


Fifteen projects from the third ARF call came together to learn and exchange on the topics of co-creation and research uptake. Additionally, on the last day, to translate lessons into practice, a public seminar took place. The ARF project members were joine

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 February 2018 at 07:36

The Story of Postharvest Loss

Check out this video by GAIN to see the costs we are endured because of postharvest loss and waste in agriculture commodities. The damage are ranging from lost in income revenue, green house gasses, to malnutrition which is the most devastating impact caused by postharvest loss.

GAIN have been working  to eliminate food loss between the farm and the market through Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN). We are happy to work with the alliance by brought our network for Indonesia PLAN (I-PLAN)'s initial scoping last year. 


may
21

Semaine de Promotion des Produits Agricoles Transformés

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  21 May 2018 to 27 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Bamako

"Consommons ce que nous produisons ", le réseau AgriProFocus et ses partenaires (RFEO, ICCO, FENATRA), organisent la 3ème édition de la semaine de Promotion des Produits Agricoles Transformés (SPPAT).

Cette grande campagne de promotion des produits MADE IN MALI, vise à booster la consommation des produits locaux et créer  une meilleure valeur ajoutée économique pour les acteurs de la chaîne à travers des activités d'accès au marché (Linking), de formation et d'apprentissages mutuels (Learning) et surtout l'émergence des champions de l'agroalimentaire (Leadership). 

Rejoignez-nous donc du 21 au 27 Mai 2018 dans toute la capitale Bamakoise à travers :

-  les émissions radios pour des débats ;

- les  échanges avec nos consommateurs;

-  les foires expositions pour la vente et la promotion de nos produits, 

- les caravanes de promotion;

-  les séances de dégustations;

-  les ateliers de formation pour promouvoir les innovations.

Nos produits a

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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 1 February 2018 at 04:06

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Supported EKN in Promoting Healthy and Nutritious Diets

The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held a family day on 27 January 2018 for its staff members and their families. Next to a lot of sport and fun activities for young and old, the EKN asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia to organize an interactive session to promote ‘healthy and nutritious diets’.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia provided an 1-hour-long knowledge exchange session on how to make healthy food choices for yourself and for your household. For this interactive knowledge sharing session,  AgriProFocus Ethiopia worked together with one of its network members called Sara Antonio, who is a professional nutritionist.

The session started with a clear explanation of the food pyramid. The best way to understand what is exactly a healthy and balanced diet is to use this food pyramid as a guide. This food pyramid shows 7 layers of 7 different food groups. On each layer, we have

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feb
16

Public Seminar: The Potential of Value Chains for Nutrition

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  16 February 2018, All Day Event
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole Area), Addis Ababa

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform, NWO-WOTRO and AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in close collaboration with IFPRI and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing the public seminar “The potential of value chains for nutrition: Knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” on Friday 16 February 2018 in Azzeman Hotel, in Addis Ababa.

The public seminar will focus on the potential of nutrition-sensitive value chain interventions for improved nutritional intake in Ethiopia. Experts working with and in Ethiopian food value chains from policy, practice and research will be invited to exchange with Applied Research Fund projects (third Call) from Africa, Asia and the Netherlands that will be in Addis Ababa for their kick-off workshop that week.

The seminar will look at how knowledge co-creation, sharing and research uptake throughout the food value chain can be improved in order to contribute to Food and Nutrition Security. Please download the 2-page background document e

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 January 2018 at 09:40

Call for Proposals (Food Businesses Operating in Kenya)

Applications for our first Call for Proposals 2018 are still open for food businesses operating in Kenya. 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 marketplacekenya@gainhealth.org

The deadline for submission of these proposals is 6th February 2018 at 11:59 PM (East Africa Time).

Should you have any queries regarding this application please email us . Frequently Asked Questions will be posted here. “