New types of packaging can extend the shelf life of produce, helping to combat food waste. Wageningen University & Research is one of the bodies worldwide testing prototypes to see what works best.
How can we reduce food waste through packaging? It’s a question research centers around the world are focused on. The answer is not straightforward, says Dr. Jenneke Heising, who specializes in smart packaging that monitors food quality.
Different packaging materials affect the quality of food differently, she explains. “At Wageningen we are conducting research into new solutions with extra features, like active and intelligent packaging.”
Heising: “Active packaging protects food by reducing negative factors. For example, oxygen in the air affects the quality of many products. You can embed oxygen scavengers into the packaging material. These scavengers ensure the oxygen level inside th... Read more
Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.
In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.
Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.
The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.
Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indi... Read more
The Global SME Finance Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.
In the last year, if your institution has successfully launched an innovative product or service for SME clients, achieved remarkable results in providing finance to SMEs, or is an innovator in digital financial services, submit your nomination in these categories (each institution can be considered for up to two categories). Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.
- Product Innovation of the Year
- SME Bank of the Year
- Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year
Deadline for submission: 23 July 2018
Reach: What is the number of MSMEs served/financed and volume of fina... Read more
“Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”
The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that contribute to improved access to financing for many micro, small and medium sized enterprises from around the world. Under the theme “Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”, the forum will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services.
Furthermore, the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards - that recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients - will be announced during the event! The deadline for submission of nom... Read more
A unique opportunity to learn from ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance!
International Training Centre of the ILO • Turin, Italy
The ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.
By combining plenary sessions with specific electives by the choice of participants, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.
The Impact Insurance Academy targets mid-to senior-level insurance practitioners exploring and setting up inclusive insurance programmes in their organizations. Regulatory and supervisory authorities willing to support inclusive and responsible insurance in their countries are also invited to attend. The Academy is also tailored fo... Read more
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) continues its activities to improve vegetable production and to strengthen private sector development in Indonesia. A two-year program funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta succeeds the vegIMPACT program that finished in 2017. The new vegIMPACT NL program was officially launched during the Wageningen Indonesian Network Exposure Scientific Meeting 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia, July 6th.
To read more about the vegIMPACT NL program, in which also AgriProFocus and members are involved, please follow this link.
For more information on the activities of AgriProFocus and its members regarding post harvest losses in shallots as part of VegImpact NL, follow this link.
Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of all harvested crops is lost during storage and distribution. Increasing globalisation necessitates long-term transport and the demand for high quality products stresses the need for innovative and sustainable postharvest technologies. Prevention of postharvest losses therefore is of major importance for global food and nutritional security.
Organised by Wageningen Academy, Horticulture & Product Physiology Group, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
This course gives participants an in-depth view on:
• The latest insights in the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration processes in fresh horticultural produc... Read more
The transition towards a circular economy is expected to generate multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. Financiers play an important role in accelerating this transition by facilitating finance for businesses and projects applying circular economy business models.
In December 2014 the FinanCE working group was founded by PGGM and brought together a group of organizations related to the world of finance that were interested in the transition to a more circular economy. The group was supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
For this publication the FinanCE members ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank sought active support and feedback from all FinanCE Working Group Members. The overarching goal is to create and stimulate a common understanding of circular economy finance.
This common understanding will accelerate financing and investing in c... Read more
By definition, a circular agrofood system is ‘zero waste’. All products leaving an agricultural farm are used as an end product or raw material for one of the other links in the circular economy.
Take a look at this infographic:
Resource Use Efficiency stands for the sustainable use of resources such as water, energy, fuel and soil. Although the term may sound new and complex, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) researchers have been working on this theme for years. They are always looking for ways to use renewable and green resources in the production of food and non-food, new and existing crops and technologies that can be used to this end, and feasible changes within the chain for a more sustainable production. All under the motto: Beyond recycling, towards upcycling. This long read explains how WUR is initiating a revolution in the use and reuse of resources, to allow our available resources to go a much longer way.
This long read is a relatively long article on how WUR is contributing to Resource Use Efficiency. The article consists of the following chapters:
- What is Resource Use Efficiency?
- Towards a circular... Read more
All things considered, the entire biobased & circular economy starts with the soil, which provides the biomass that will form the basis for a post-fossil economy. It is therefore essential to keep the soil ‘in shape’; it is a storage cupboard that can only deliver what it contains and needs to be refilled at set times. Peter Kuikman recognises this analogy and takes it one step further: “The soil is in fact a finite, fossil station that provides nutrients for plant growth. If we do nothing, it will eventually run out,” says the soil specialist from Wageningen Environmental Research. And this also applies to the physical aspects, such as the sponge effect and water retention capacity. “Not only do we have to preserve the contents of the pantry, we also have to respect its construction by cleaning the cupbo... Read more
A short movie (in English) about the approach and services of Wageningen University regarding Circular Economy in Food.
You can watch this short movie:
In this short video Mr. Martin Scholten, director of the WUR Animal Sciences Group, explains how Circular Agriculture can be a solution for producing sufficient, healthy and sustainable food production in the future.
Follow this link to see the video in Dutch on YouTube
At the the National Conference on Sustainable Development in Hanoi-Vietnam, Heineken Vietnam - the Most Sustainable Manufacturing Company in Vietnam in 2017 - shared their success story of incorporating sustainability to its core business strategy, enhancing competitiveness and providing long-term socio-economic benefits.
The sustainability strategy of Heineken on a global level as well as in Vietnam is in line with and designed to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through innovative partnerships with relevant stakeholders from both State and private sectors, focused on key areas where the Company believes it can have the greatest impact in Vietnam, Heineken has contributed to implementing 8 out of 17 SDGs:
Taking care of our people by Advocating Responsible Consumption; Promoting Health and Safety; People Development; and Growing with Community. In particular:
In 2017, Heineken Vi... Read more
The e-MFP Summer 2018 Newsletter is now out with:
* Update on the call for applications for the €100,000 European Microfinance Award on Financial Inclusion Through Technology;
* Past Awards revisited;
* Offsite Session - our joint event with the Financial Inclusion Forum UK;
* Save the Date for European Microfinance Week 2018;
* What Role can Microfinance Play in Increasing Access to Affordable Clean Energy?;
* Focus on the Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility in Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA);
* 100 Smart Certifications - a Milestone for Responsible Inclusive Finance;
* A look at the new study 'Critical Capital for African Agri-food SMEs';
* Updates from our Action Groups
* plus all the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members complete the edition.
Read the online version here
Read the pdf here
The ILO’s Social Finance Programme is inviting proposals from financial institutions in Indonesia and the Philippines that aim to implement an integrated risk-management solution for low-income households and/or small enterprises. The objective is to test risk-management solutions that combine savings, credit, insurance, and risk prevention. The ILO seeks partners for whom improving customers’ ability to manage risks is a strategic priority and who have the potential to leverage technology to scale the innovations quickly and achieve sustainability, while improving customers and shareholder value.
We are looking for partners that are interested in implementing innovations in the following areas:
* Bundling a range of financial services that improve consumers’ ability to manage risk
* Developing risk management solutions that supplement existing social pro... Read more
Interesting article by CGAP about a recent survey which shows that a/o funders are prioritizing countries where women are more financially excluded and that funder support has not resulted in much progress in addressing the gender gap. And quoting a blog post by Mayada El-Zoghbi suggesting that perhaps the financial inclusion community has prioritized the wrong barriers. Access to credit may be a need for many women, but funders encouraging FSPs to offer this service may just not be the answer. There are other reasons why women remain financially excluded, such as social and cultural norms, as well as policy and regulation. It is perhaps time for funders to also focus on these issues to achieve meaningful progress.
Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and agricultural firms that are interested in digitizing agricultural value chains.
Digital financial services are transforming the world's financial sectors. At the heart of this transformation is the rise of digital payments services like mobile money, through which nearly any individual or business can send or receive money in real time for almost any purpose and from nearly anywhere in the country - an inclusive payment ecosystem. While much has been written about the success of mobile money in Kenya, little is known about other African countries' experiences. What lessons do these markets hold for other countries seeking to build inclusive payments ecosystems? In a new publication, CGAP follows the journeys of Tanzania, where 60 percent of adults have used mobile money in the past year, and Ghana, which is today one of Africa's fastest growing mobile money markets. READ MORE