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may
31

Food for thought - Review of Dutch Food Security Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 May 2018, 09:00-13:00
  Wageningen University, The Netherlands

On May 31, a public dialogue is organized around the recently published IOB review of Dutch food security policy in the period 2012-2016. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will be a space to understand the success factors and challenges of policy implementation by the Netherlands through its bilateral, multilateral and civilateral programmes in low and middle income countries, in collaboration with an extensive range of partners. Many of these partners will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s findings and their translation into practice. The results of these discussions are in particular expected to help shaping the future Dutch food security policy, in the context of the adapted policy for International Trade and Development Cooperation.

IOB review

The IOB review analyses the food security policy’s effectiveness, discusses its efficiency and coherence and concludes with recommendations. It is based on an inventory of food security activities and available evaluations, complemente

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may
22

Changing food systems and the power of youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 May 2018, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.   

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2018 at 09:26

New study challenges funds and governments to invest in African agrifood SMEs

Today Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation publish the study ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. The study evaluates the access of risk capital by agrifood SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are key for establishing sustainable food systems, while at the same time face difficulties to access capital.

Offer agrifood SMEs an assortment of services

The study focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the ‘missing middle’: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs, that are usually under 250.000 USD and rarely higher than 1M USD. Such smaller investments are tedious and costly for investment funds, even for those set up with the explicit goal to stimulate the development of the agrifood sector.

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Endale Hailu it is vert great updating and boost us to strive more in altering our life!!!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Onesmo Kenneth This is very helpful

2 months 3 weeks ago

GOOD JOEL well this is great and i like it 

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 February 2018 at 07:31

More potatoes – Secure food in Burundi

Research, development and knowledge transfer on special care are needed to make sure planted "seed" potato tubers are well sprouted and avoid diseases. This project selected three varieties with good performance and facilitates the training of farmer on seed conservation.

Read more in this Factsheet final findings Applied Research Fund Call 1: Development of potato seed quality based innovations for small scale farmers in the three provinces around Bujumbura town in Burundi.

feb
06

Launch GCP climate research projects

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  06 February 2018 to 07 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha

On earlier invitation only by CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BK. On 6 and 7 February 2018, the GCP projects will be officially launched in Arusha, Tanzania. The projects are expected to achieve impact on the objective of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) which is to promote research-based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in global and regional food security and their impact on local food security, and the role of private sector development. The kick-off meeting is the start of a collaboration between CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BKP. A key focus of this collaboration is on impact, and how to realize the involvement of target groups and the back flowing of results into society, in particular policy and practice.  


Read more here: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/unpacking-climate-smart-agriculture-upscaling-east-africa#.WnREaYjOVPY



feb
16

Public Seminar: The Potential of Value Chains for Nutrition

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  16 February 2018, All Day Event
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole Area), Addis Ababa

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform, NWO-WOTRO and AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in close collaboration with IFPRI and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing the public seminar “The potential of value chains for nutrition: Knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” on Friday 16 February 2018 in Azzeman Hotel, in Addis Ababa.

The public seminar will focus on the potential of nutrition-sensitive value chain interventions for improved nutritional intake in Ethiopia. Experts working with and in Ethiopian food value chains from policy, practice and research will be invited to exchange with Applied Research Fund projects (third Call) from Africa, Asia and the Netherlands that will be in Addis Ababa for their kick-off workshop that week.

The seminar will look at how knowledge co-creation, sharing and research uptake throughout the food value chain can be improved in order to contribute to Food and Nutrition Security. Please download the 2-page background document e

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

6 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

6 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 8 September 2017 at 01:06

Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice Kick-off 5 September at AgriProFocus Utrecht office

AgriProFocus, in collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Programme, hosted the first Community of Practice on Youth in Agribusiness. The objective of the CoP is to share recent work of members on Youth in Agribusiness, 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 members as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Members in the lead!

KIT presented last Tuesday the research results of a research they did for Plan International in El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil: Youth employment and entrepreneurship programs: critical factors for effective interventions.

During an interactive programme, Ingrid Flink and Gabriela Quiroga from KIT guided us through some critical questions with regard to youth employment and youth entrepreneurship programmes:

How to define youth employment and youth en

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Janine Schoeman Ingrid Flink thank you for Gabriella and your contribution! Hope to see you all next time.

8 months 2 weeks ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA  Dear Gabriella and KIT team, Let me take this occasion to express my warm thanks for the contribution and  work done and wish to meet you again. Dr. Innocent SIMPUNGA Rwanda 

8 months 2 weeks ago

CASTORY WILLIAM thank Gabriella and KIT team hope i will among of them next time

8 months 2 weeks ago

Walusungu Banda This is a great step in building capacity in the youths as most of them lack knowledge in agriculture and making it as a business. Bravo! 

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:04

Call for Consultants - Tanzania - Venture Capital Research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia, Mali and Tanzania.

While local consultants from Kenya, Zambia and Mali have alrea

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Simon Ngwira Thank you.

8 months 2 weeks ago

Aart van den Bos Hi LIsette. you already  have the senior consultant?

8 months 1 week ago

Lisette van Benthum Hi Aart, in the Netherlands we already have a senior consultant who has started his research. At the moment we are only looking for a consultant located in Tanzania, who can be senior or somewhat junior.

8 months 1 week ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello

4 months 2 weeks ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello van  how  can you  help the Rwandan  exporters  to go to Benin and explore the new market  around the word as expert . please help me .be blessed

4 months 2 weeks ago

sep
05

Kick Off! Community of Practice - Youth in Agribusiness

Event posted by in Youth - Jeunesse
  05 September 2017, 16:00-18:00
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

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.

WHAT?

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.

The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level. 

Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform. 

The full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

10 months 21 hours ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Dorina! The learning journey outcomes are relevant for all AgriProFocus networks across Africa and Asia. As a facilitator of this learning journey, I really enjoyed the open sharing that happened during the field visits and reflection sessions. I highly recommend all of you to watch the video (only 10 minutes) and read the different articles. Also check the original link if you like to http://knowledge4food.net/learning-journey-kenya-2017/  or the link to the 'Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands' page on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/embassies-kingdom-netherlands/

9 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Nicole Metz indeed thank you for your wonderful facilitation at this learning journey. I also absolutely enjoyed the open sharing of experiences especially from the other countries. That's why it's great that all the AgriProFocus networks get to see what transpired during the journey. We look forward to the continued dissemination of the outcomes. 

9 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 July 2017 at 01:21

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans?

Check the study on Finance for Smallholders and the workshops held in different country networks

together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:

“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz

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Anne Marie Kortleve

I can imagine MUWANGUZI SAMUEL When I read the overall conclusion of the participants of the workshops I see there is an urgent need for appropriate, flexible and timely financial services tailored to the production cycle of small farmers and that government support is needed through a regulatory framework and stimulation of innovation and finally that donors and investors are to take a facilitating role, also supporting innovation, partnership and high risk investments. Do you agree or do you ahve other suggestions?

10 months 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by

The workshop to share the results of the study entitled "FINANCES FOR SMALL PRODUCERS - RISK MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS"

10 months 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Nous restons convaincus que les résultats de ses études serviront de base à l'amélioration des différentes politiques et stratégies de facilitation d'accès au crédit des petits producteurs agricoles.  Vous pouvez suivre la vidéo de l'atelier de restitution de l'étude en cliquant sur ce lien  https://agriprofocus.com/post/587cac31a93f251491aac11a        MERCI, on est ensemble

10 months 5 days ago

Julius. M 1-Being a sector reliant on weather, they are unsure of the harvest (which harvest they also use to repay the loan after selling). 


2-High interest rates. 

3-Some lenders want a farmer deal in/grow a specific crop (like telling a farmer in Northern Uganda to grow cabbage). Automatically he/she won't get the loan.

10 months 2 days ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Julius! Lisette van Benthum, can you add anything to the discussion?

10 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 July 2017 at 07:12

Report ARF-2 projects International workshop and public seminar in Benin

In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. Since the ARF project groups aim to ensure their research is taken up in society, they all have a private organization as project leader of their consortium. The projects also need to embed their research in society from the very beginning of the project. 

To support these groups in achieving these goals, the first two days of the workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. In addition a public seminar was organized on the role of nutrition in agricultural value chains. During this third day workshop lessons were brought further with food security professionals from Benin.

The three-day workshop was jointly organized by the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO, in

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL I really apprecNicole Metziate all the kinds of work you lay your hands onto so that agriculture must lead 

10 months 1 week ago

Rapport 2ème atelier international du Fond de recherche appliquée (ARF) 

En octobre 2016, les membres du projet ARF-2 se sont rencontrés pour un échange d'apprentissage lors du deuxième atelier international du Fonds de recherche appliquée sur les aliments et les entreprises (ARF) à Cotonou, au Bénin. Étant donné que les groupes de projets ARF visent à assurer leur recherche dans la société, ils ont tous une organisation privée en tant que chef de projet de leur consortium. Les projets doivent également intégrer leur recherche dans la société dès le début du projet. Pour soutenir ces groupes dans la réalisation de ces objectifs, les deux premiers jours de l'atelier ont porté sur l'échange de connaissances et les stratégies de co-création et de recherche. En outre, un séminaire public a été organisé sur le rôle de la nutrition dans les chaînes de valeur agricoles. Au cours de cette troisième journée, des ateliers ont été approfondis avec des professi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 May 2017 at 08:11

Losses, inefficiencies and waste in the global food system

Article used from Food & Business Knowledge Platform, Published by Agricultural systems, May 1st, 2017


This article (PDF), published in the Agricultural Systems journal, aims to better understand the magnitude of food losses in different stages in the food system and provides insights into how these influence overall food system efficiency. A systems view is taken from primary production of agricultural biomass through to human food requirements and consumption. Quantities and losses over ten stages are calculated and compared in terms of dry mass, wet mass, protein and energy. The results suggest that due to cumulative losses, the proportion of global agricultural dry biomass consumed as food is just 6% (9.0% for energy and 7.6% for protein), and 24.8% of harvest biomass (31.9% for energy and 27.8% for protein). The highest rates of loss are associated with livestock production, although the largest absolute losses of biomass o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 May 2017 at 08:25

Horticultural exports – a threat or a boost to food security?


This article (PDF) in Rural21 Journal assesses the impact of horticultural exports on food security in the exporting country. Horticultural produce is mostly destined for high-income countries and it contributes to food intake there, however it is unclear what their food security consequences are in the countries of origin. Many countries that have become important suppliers of horticulture produce to the world market – such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru and India – have high rates of poverty and food insecurity within their borders, and especially so in rural areas. In this article, a variety of direct and indirect effects of horticultural exports on food security in these exporting countries are discussed. Four components of food security are considered: food availability, food access, food utilisation and stability. The authors conclu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 May 2017 at 12:25

Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness

Report by Food & Business Knowledge Platform of the workshop on March 7 & 8, 2017

Beginning March some 35 experienced practitioners came together to consider how to learn more effectively from the wealth of work being done on inclusive agribusiness, and to formulate key points for a global research and learning agenda. By the end of the workshop six collaborative action priorities for taking the inclusive agribusiness agenda forward were agreed upon.

The workshop “Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness” took place in Brighton to foster strategic action in the field of inclusive agribusiness. Participants represented the full range of parties working on inclusive agribusiness: private sector, knowledge institutes, donors & implementing agencies, governments from the Global South, producer organizations and NGOs. Initiaters of the event were Seas of Change, the Global Donor Platform

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 April 2017 at 01:23

Do you want to set up a challenge? Best practices from the Food Connection Challenge

Article of IBA, by Rosanna Martucci on March 6, 2017

The Food Connection Challenge Ghana (FCC), an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and CrossWise Works facilitated by F&BKP and IBA, was launched as a business-led response to post-harvest losses in Ghana. The FAO indeed reports that post-harvest loss amounts up to 30-40% of the total food produced in Ghana, due to poor harvesting, storing and transportation facilities.

In June 2016, After an open application process targeting Ghanian agribusiness SMEs, FCC selected four Ghanaian agribusinesses producing tilapia, pineapple, peanut and groundnut products. Lack of proper storage facilities being one of the main causes of losses in their operations, FCC matched them with Dutch companies offering cold and non-cold storage facilities. Four student teams were involved to adapt the Dutch technologies for scaling in the context of the Ghanaian entrepreneurs.

The inn

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 April 2017 at 09:49

Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance & Food Security

An article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Innovative developments – An overview  

On Thursday February 16, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) organized the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aimed to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Geo-data and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as geographic information systems, drones, and cloud computing are now being used to boost smallholder’s production and their income.

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications were pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 April 2017 at 08:15

Effectiveness of Networks in Seed Potato Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.

The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:

  1. Measure the sustainable upsc

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