Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.
How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:
- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions
- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’
- By promoting a favourable international policy climate
- By strengthening local sustainabl... Read more
The SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems hosted a virtual, e-conference on fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa from October 22 to 26, 2018. Fall armyworm is an agricultural pest native to the Americas but introduced to Africa in 2015 or 2016. In the 3-4 years since its introduction, it has spread across the entire continent and is responsible for maize yield losses ranging from 20-50%. This is especially challenging for smallholder farmers, where yield declines result in lost income and hunger, and who often lack the knowledge or financial resources to recognize and respond to new pest species.
A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective respo... Read more
Many of us intend to share experiences, ideas, good practices with others, and use this platform or Facebook or other online media to do so. Blogs are a great tool for this. The tips by Duncan Green (blog: From Poverty to Power) can be helpful! Check them quickly!
It is that time of the year again! The nomination round for the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018 is open. Since last year, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform annually awards a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. Starting today, you can nominate someone who has been actively and enthusiastically connecting actors to align policy and/or practices with knowledge (development) in order to contribute to FNS in 2018.
In December 2017, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) handed out the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award for the first time. The winner, Addis Teshome (IFDC) was merited for his work on the 2SCALE portfolio of public-private partnerships in Ethiopia, which was developed under his leadership. He was honoured for “bringing key actors together to discuss how to move the development of critical value chains forward”.... Read more
What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1.
This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.
An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated... Read more
HortiFresh is a programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which has prioritized commercial agriculture in its strategic plan of moving from aid to trade. The programme’s mission is to establish “a sustainable and internationally competitive fruit and vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food and nutrition security” in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The objectives include improving productivity in the vegetable sector; facilitating more efficient markets, including linking vegetable producers and other value chain operators with the Dutch private sector; improving the business climate and further professionalizing the value chain for vegetable production and consumption. It also aims to reach 15,000 farmers and increase their productivity by 20% by 2021.
Under its ‘Access to Finance’ component HortiFresh is supporting four so-called financial p... Read more
In its September newsletter the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) presents reports of several workshops, among them the session about the UNSC resolution 2417 on conflict and hunger; the Food Systems Approach workshop at the WUR SDG conference; and the CoP on Youth, employment and migration.
And information is shared about two calls under the NL-CGIAR partnership, one for senior experts and one for a PPP and Research Uptake expert.
Furthermore, the Platform refers to the evaluation 2013/2018 “Co-creating (Dutch) diamonds, gold (standards) and silver (bullets) in the food security and agricultural business maze” by Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek, which is available at the F&BKP website.
Moreover, a new topic on the Knowledge Portal, is highlighted, where Food and Nutrition Security professionals can find relevant cutting-edge knowledge products on Food security & stability. To stay tuned to specific topics of t... Read more
Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?
Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.
As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.
What cases are we looking for?
A project/programme that used a particular targeting str... Read more
Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored.
Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.
Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th... Read more
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.
The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal... Read more
Two years ago, fall armyworm (FAW) arrived in Africa. What we have learned so far? What are effective strategies in reaching farmers across the continent? How effective have responses so far been? What are the long-term consequences of these responses? What innovative ideas might work better?
Find out and share your insights during our carbon-free e-conference on responding to the fall armyworm outbreak in Africa, from 22-26 October. Subscribe here to join daily sessions on various aspects of responding to the FAW outbreak in Africa and access an online platform to meet, share work and discuss with others. The e-conference and the online platform will result in a shared action agenda that everyone can contribute to.
Program summary, daily sessions from 13:00-14:30 GMT:
The Foodathon was a 36-hour event providing a digital platform through which youth teams worldwide could interact, exchange knowledge and create solutions to challenges related to SDG 2 Zero Hunger. The solutions they developed are shown here
This study (PDF) in Open Agriculture is an attempt to develop an innovation consultation approach for yield gap assessment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), based on syngergies between modelling techniques and historical non-published data of potato experiments.
We need to transform our food systems if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and combat climate change. This is the message of an article published in the journal “Agronomy for Sustainable Development” on August 9th. According to the authors, food systems “are at the nexus that links food security, nutrition, and human health, the viability of ecosystems, climate change, and social justice.” They are not just vital for achieving SDG2, which focuses on ending hunger and malnutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture – they concern the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “We need to implement a comprehensive transformation in food systems, centering on different paradigms and models from those of the 20th century,” said lead author Patrick Caron, a researcher with CIRAD and Chair of the UN’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. He stressed that the... Read more
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... Read more
Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs
"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "
Link to the full blog:
Follow Marcel Vernooij on twitter: https://twitter.com/Marcel_Vernooij if you like to read more blogs
This newsletter includes interesting articles on the following issues:
- Dutch Food Security Policy Evaluation (2012-2016) was published by IOB and discussed in a multistakeholder dialogue in The Netherlands on 31 May. Blogs with outcomes of that dialogue, as well as links to the full Evaluation report can be found here. http://knowledge4food.net/iob-dialogue-summary-outcomes/
- Youth and Agripreneurship workshop, including the Youth caravan and Youth market, which the Platform co-organized together with AgriProFocus during the foodFIRST conference on 1 June.
- Studies on the Learning Platforms for land-based investments (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda)
- Final report of a study on Agribusiness-Based Advisory Services by KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the F&BKP, which was discussed during a workshop on June 19.
- Report explaining the Food Systems Approach (by Wageningen University Economic Research, commissioned by Ministry of Agricultu... Read more
Aan: Leden van de algemene commissie BHOS van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
Betreft: Notaoverleg Beleidsnota Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking op 28-6-2018
Utrecht, 20 juni 2018
Geachte leden van de commissie BHOS,
Op 28 juni gaat uw commissie met Minister Kaag in debat over de BHOS nota ‘Investeren in perspectief’. Namens de beleidswerkgroep van AgriProFocus (eindnoot 1) willen wij u graag onderstaande vijf punten meegeven om in te brengen in dit debat, omdat die o.i. noodzakelijk zijn voor een effectiever beleid op voedsel- en voedingszekerheid wereldwijd, het behalen van SDG2 en het versterken van agribusiness in ontwikkelingslanden.
1. Preventieve inzet op voedselzekerheid is meest effectief
Het AgriProFocus netwerk onderschrijft het belang van het voorkomen van conflicten en aanpakken van grondoorzaken van conflict en instabiliteit. Armoede is v... Read more