Organised together with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government, our event will dive deep into the challenges of the current food system. Hivos and our partners believe that despite its phenomenal productivity, the current food system is not oriented towards delivering healthy, diverse and high quality diets for all people. Today, over 60
We are excited to invite you to the Members Meet-Up where not only the Dutch AgriProFocus team will be present but also our Country Coordinators. We have previously discussed that we want to jointly set our agenda, and this is the time! Don’t miss this opportunity!
+ Welcome by managing director Sander Mager
+ Introduction by Aaltje de Roos (DGIS)+ Presentation by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’, followed by participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath this mission.
+ Theme-oriented working groups with members on the 4 themes of AgriProFocus. Input for this session is the outcome of member consultations in the countries and the survey send to Dutch members (Dutch outcome) This session is to further zoom in on the 4 themes: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most bur... Read more
Members of the Twaweza group live in the mountain village of Mundu on the outskirts of Morogoro, Tanzania. But despite their isolated location, they have managed to become a strong agricultural trading network.
We've just wrapped up the 2017 Oportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) Boot Camp. After three days of intensive workshops and a wealth of knowledge and experience gained, 30 ambitious participants anxiously waited to hear the names of the 2017 winners. The competition was fierce and in the end, female entrepreneurs dominated the field and took home most prizes.
The mobile research facility Cool – Research on the Move allows you to conduct research on the quality of fresh products anywhere in the world. It is the ideal way to gain insight into the quality of your products and optimise the storage process, reducing food waste and making the most of export opportunities. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and Fotein have brought together state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to create this unique facility for your convenience.
Cool – Research on the Move means you can guarantee the quality and shelf life of your products. Your own people, trained by experts from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, can use Cool to decide the best moment for harvesting, the optimal storage conditions and the best transport methods. The data provided will enable you to make informed decisions which reduce postharvest losses and generate more added value for your product. This will in turn strengthen your co... Read more
Grameen Foundation will replicate a debate held during the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on the best way the close the digital financial services (DFS) Gender Gap. One side will offer the proposition that digital platforms allow for more specialized and focused financial products. Using behavioral economics, our sector should focus on developing products that meet the specific needs of women and the way they manage money. The con side will argue that financial products are all similar, and what we need to focus on is greater financial and digital literacy and increasing equitable household relations.
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MoMo4Climate is inviting you to submit your creative ideas for the third call of 2017. You are challenged to submit an innovative business proposal that attracts private investment for a climate mitigation or adaptation project in a developing country. This year, the reward for the two most promising proposals is € 25,000. Have a look at www.momo4climate.org and submit your plan on 17 September latest.
Additionally, a special opportunity is offered for entrepreneurs in Indonesia. This year, in cooperation with the Dutch embassy in Jakarta, one of the winners will be selected from the project proposals that are to be located in Indonesia. The other winner will be selected from the regular proposals.
What is in it for you?
Since 2014 we have received about a hundred business proposals in total. MoMo4Climate has helped several of these proposals a step forward. The prize money has enabled Royal IHC, one of last year’s winner, to conduct a pilot stu... Read more
This report (PDF), commissioned by the MasterCard Foundation, analyses input credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda. Agricultural inputs (either cash or in-kind) are provided on credit and the farmer reimburses the provider after harvest. Input credit products for farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are often ‘bundled’ with other compulsory services and fees. As a result, smallholder farmers may not fully understand the pricing structure and compulsory nature of bundled credit products, and may be taking on more risk than they can handle. It appears there may be a number of smallholder farmers who are indeed struggling to comprehend input credit bundles and the associated relatively high but variable risks of input credit. The objective of the study was to improve The MasterCard Found... Read more
This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017 till August 12
The online discussion forum is to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (July 15) and International Youth Day (August 12) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. The discussions will be focused on the... Read more
Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's.
Over the past several years, there has been increasing evidence regarding the importance of women’s economic participation, both for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, as well as for the economic well-being of families, communities, sectors and nations. Advancing women’s political participation, leadership and economic empowerment is central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognising women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective and part of the solution. SDG5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these goals.
As Global Manager of SNV’s Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (EOWE) programme (funded by the Dutch government as part of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) funding stream), I participated in th... Read more
Improved nutrition is critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Chronic malnutrition, including stunting, is an important example of a global challenge that spans multiple sectors, including health, agriculture and food systems, water and sanitation, education and gender. Addressing malnutrition requires a strong focus on governance, involving coordinated actions by many actors across sectors and across levels of government.
Dutch ODA for agriculture has been on the rise in the last five years. However, it remains unclear whether Dutch ODA expenditures on agriculture are reaching female smallholder farmers. Empowering smallholders, specially women, is a proven solution for reducing hunger and poverty. This is particularly true of the rural poor, who are the worst affected by the impacts of climate change. This paper calls on the Dutch government to combine a strong ODA budget for agriculture with a solid strategy for resolving hunger by 2030, to scale up climate finance for adaptations in the agricultural sector, and to supply improved data on the impact of agricultural investments for each target group and gender.
Oxfam Novib published this paper which you can find here.
Oxfam Novib works on sustainable rural livelihoods for all people, to make it possible for communities to grow or buy enough food, now and in the future.
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12, 13 and 14 June 2017 a meet up was held in Kampala Uganda for Gender Coaches from all over the world. Organised by AgriProFocus for the coaches to share experiences, learn from each other and built the Gender Coaches community.
Presentations for but also by the participants, brainstorms were held and creative flip charts were made. There were lots of ideas and suggestions for the future to expand the community of coaches.
If you want to know more about Gender Coaches trajectories or Gender in general, please contact email@example.com
During this event we will focus on:
Participation is by invitation only. For questions you can contact Caroline van der... Read more
SNV Uganda has once again surpassed the sanitation target of one of its WASH projects, with 770,000 people now having latrines for the first time. This is a 45% increase from the target in 2016 of 530,000 people gaining access to sanitation.
Within the Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All Results (SSH4A Results) project in Uganda, SNV has focused on training local actors to trigger communities to invest in sanitation at household level, which lead to a reduction in open defecation. This is supported by findings in the 2017 Mid-term Monitoring Report. As a result, the project currently has a resource pool of 100 Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) promoters.
Open defecation has reduced by 11% – from 16% in 2014 to 5%. Environmentally safe sanitary facilities (latrines that have a drop hole cover to prevent human contact with faeces) have grown by 20% and more households are now constructing them.... Read more
Voor Nederlandse bedrijven die klimaattechnologie of -diensten leveren, liggen er grote kansen in ontwikkelingslanden en opkomende economieën. De vraag naar klimaatoplossingen is immers niet beperkt tot Nederland. Maar hoe maak je daadwerkelijk de stap naar Afrika, Azië of Latijns-Amerika? Wie kan je helpen om de kansen die je ziet voor ontwikkelingslanden aan te pakken?En hoe financier je zoiets? Deze vragen komen op dinsdag 13 juni aan de orde op de bijeenkomst 'Internationale klimaatfinanciering: een kans voor het mkb'.
Tijdens de bijeenkomst geven experts uitleg over het krijgen van toegang tot klimaatfondsen en het ontwikkelen van klimaatfinanciering. Hierbij ligt de focus op kansen en barrières voor het mkb. Daarnaast is er ruimte om ervaringen uit te wisselen in de interactieve deelsessies, waarbij wordt ingezoomd op specifieke focuspunten.
Het programma van de dag is... Read more
Hussein Ahmed and Worknesh have been married for more than 20 years. They experienced many problems in their marriage. Now their relationship has improved significantly as a result of their participation in the 'Gender and youth empowerment in horticulture markets' (GYEM) project.
Hussein and Worknesh were selected as champion farmers for the GYEM project. As a part of that, Hussein took part in a training session. SNV brought together champion famers, men and women, from different villages who all experience problems in their household such as alcoholism or domestic abuse.
The champion famers create a vision on what they would like to reach in their lives, such as a car or a better house, and the steps they need to take to realise their dream. As a part of this process, participants discuss their household situation, for example their relationship with their spouse and the division of labour at home, and what changes are neede... Read more