(free download of article until March 2 , 2019 via link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YNVO6fSi9gLHQ )
This article is co-authored by Gidi Smolders, who as an expert for PUM worked with AgriProFocus in various APF dairy learning labs. It is an easy to read 11pager with some scenarios for improved crop-livestock interactions.
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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
As a child growing up in Tanzania, Azalia William Kyando always dreamed of making a difference. He watched as his hometown of Dar es Salaam quickly became the largest growing city in East Africa and the third largest on the continent. As Kyando grew, the city grew as well, experiencing a level of development and change that has left the metropolis grappling with massive waste.
While studying business and marketing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Kyando and his friends Noah Bendera, Ahad Katera and Latifa Mafunbi, were concerned about the amount of waste being produced by the city and decided to act.
"We spent a lot of time thinking about different options to address the need we had identified while still being able to make a living," Kyando said. "Then we realized that in Tanzania, a country of farmers, 95% of fertilizer is imported into the country."
It was through that realization that Guavay Company Limited was born. Guavay is the first company in... Read more
The competition 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' (SusTech4Africa), is organised by Belgian organisations Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs, VITO, The African Diaspora Projects Initiative and Thomas More highschool. SusTech4Africa helps (aspiring) entrepreneurs with African roots by developing their idea and transforming it into a complete business plan. During the past weeks, eleven young shoots were intensely accompanied and assisted.
Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.
I'm doing my fourth year Research Project on: Analysis of the post harvest handling of carrots in Nakuru County: A case study of Mau Narok.
I'm looking for documents that could help me put up a meticulous research work. Particularly on these areas:
. Packaging policies for agricultural goods in Kenya.
. Value addition
Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.
Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)
Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.
AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.
Video shown during network day AgriProFocus Zambia - November 2016.
There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.
'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.
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