Do you test your soil before planting?
Is the crop you’re planting perfectly suited to the quality of soils in your field?
And did you know that it is important to understand the nature and quality of the soils before planting?
If your responses to the aforementioned questions are in affirmative then you are doing the right thing! But if your answers are in negatives then you need to change and you need to do it quickly. This is because good soils make fine gardens and the quality of soil determines the yields a farmer gets, as long as all other factors remain constant.
Importantly perhaps, after more than 500 million years of working the land, a cross-section of scientists now believe that Uganda’s fields have already entered the final stages of weathering.
This means that the soils fertility of the land is not the same anymore. The situation has been worsened by bad farming practices, swamp degr... Read more
On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.
This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve... Read more
In this 3rd Community of Practice meet-up, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) shares insights of recent studies on youth involvement in food systems. How are young people organising themselves and how do they influence food systems? Insights are shared and some questions the studies raised are discussed. Look here for more information about this meet-up.
Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Date: May 22nd, 2018
Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri... Read more
The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with F&BKP, facilitates the second Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders! The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers.
How to “bridge the gap” between the skills of unemployed youth and the requirements for successful (self-)employment in the agrifood sector? Many interventions focus on either the supply side - improving youth skills - or the demand side - creating market and... Read more
Many of us recognize the important role of young women and men in realizing a sustainable agri-food sector in the near future. We are also aware of the many challenges young people face as agripreneurs in the sector. Many stakeholders, including members of AgriProFocus, develop and implement projects and programmes in low and middle income countries for and with youth in order to find innovative solutions for these challenges and explore, pilot and upscale opportunities that contribute to the transformation of the agri-food sector. Collaboration and sharing of experiences are important to inspire, increase synergy, to improve and be more effective in tackling worldwide challenges in the agri-food sector.
The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates a Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders, with the aim to jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful agripreneurs in the agri... Read more
We recently attended the 16th Community of Practice Convening by GAIN's MarketPlace for Nutritious Foods, a platform designed to strengthen networks, foster innovations and provide investment to bring affordable nutritious foods to market.
The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local entrepreneurs, investors and institutions working in agriculture and nutrition. Through periodic meetings and online discussions, the members explore solutions, share lessons learned and exchange knowledge about market opportunities and policy changes to improve the quality and delivery of nutritious foods.
The overarching theme of this year's convening was “support ecosystems in the agriculture and nutrition space”. The session brought the stakeholders to discuss the findings of a recent survey to the members of the Community of Practice on how the CoP platform addresses needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of the value chain... Read more