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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.

1 month 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 

1 month 1 week ago

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

1 month 1 week 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! 

2 weeks 4 days 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 I recently graduated from from Natural Resources Development College  (NRDC) studied agriculture and majored in crop science science with more than 3 year work experience do i stand a chance??.

1 month 1 week ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Simon, thank you for your question. We are looking for consultants who have 5-10 year experience with Financial Service / Venture Capital and SME development.... If you have that experience, please do not hesitate to apply.

1 month 1 week ago

Simon Ngwira Thank you.

1 month 1 week ago

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

1 month 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.

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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.

2 months 3 weeks 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/

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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. 

1 month 4 weeks 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?

3 months 18 hours 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"

3 months 15 hours 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

3 months 15 hours 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.

2 months 3 weeks ago

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

2 months 3 weeks 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 

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 April 2017 at 08:11

“The Gold Standard: Exploring the added value of the Dutch knowledge platforms”

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Dutch Knowledge Platforms are said to ‘have gold in their hands’. A recently launched learning review provides insight into the achievements and added value of the five Knowledge Platforms since their kick-off three years ago.

While the Knowledge Platforms are diverse in their organization and strategy, the reviewers identify common “gems”. These include the multi-stakeholder approach that lies at the core of their institutional strategy. The Platforms do not operate in a vacuum, they are positioned in a context of diverse actors (ministries, NGOs, research institutes, consultancies, businesses, etc.). This shows that their approach is not installed to fulfil only the needs of the Dutch government, but a meaningful way to take stock of multiple perspectives in order to achieve a greater good. Other achievements mentioned in the learning review are the c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 March 2017 at 10:48

Sketch for a research & training facility, starter culture production, and market research

Article Food & Businss Knowledge Platform, by Sijmen Schouten - GCP1 Zambian traditional fermented foods 


In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.

Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders. T

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 March 2017 at 10:42

Global Challenges Programma - GCP-1 Midterm progress

F&BKP Newsletter 2017

 We are excited to send you this special edition of our newsletter, fully dedicated to the research projects funded within the first call of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP), that is managed by NWO-WOTRO. GCP research is carried out in consortia consisting of Southern and Northern scientific and other partners. The projects have a duration of four to five years and are aimed at enhancing the understanding of food and nutrition security in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The five projects funded within the first GCP call (GCP-1) started in 2014 and now have interesting midterm results on food chain efficiency and inclusive sustainable increase of quality food.

Please have a look at the various articles on how these GCP-1 projects work on different continents on a range of themes via co-creation and research uptake, engaging smallholders and other stakeholders throughout their research execution.

  • First of all, meet the projects at their actual stage in their project factsheets.
  • In addition, three reflecting articles will introduce you to custom-made pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 March 2017 at 09:38

Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), together with CIFOR and Shared Value Foundation have started the Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security. Building on activities of the LANDac and F&BKP, the Learning Platforms will facilitate exchanges and dialogue between private sector partners and local stakeholders in investment hubs in different countries. Activities are part of the LANDac/F&BKP learning agenda on land governance and food security, including the scoping study Flowers for Food? and three country-specific workshops on Land Governance and Food Security (LGFS).

In the coming two months, Emilinah Namaganda and Gemma Betsema will start working in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania to collaborate with stakeholders and identify common objectives and action plans for the coming year. Investment areas in Uganda

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 March 2017 at 01:33

Poultry development in Eastern Africa, a regional perspective

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

To harmonize the country-oriented Dutch development and economic diplomacy policies with increasing regional influences in poultry value chain developments, better insight is needed in the interdependency of the poultry sectors of different countries. Therefore, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) has decided to support a study and learning project that will look into the various aspects of this interdependency in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda).

The objective of the study and learning project is to gather relevant information on poultry developments in the Eastern African region with the aim of collecting and sharing this information with relevant stakeholders and advise the Netherlands Government on more regional-economic responsive policies for sector/value chain development.

Whilst the issues of interdependency can be recognized across the whole of Africa,

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Alphaxrd Gitau It will be interesting to see what comes out of this and whether there are any aspects regarding the engagement of youth in the value chain and how they can be supported.

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2017 at 08:35

“The role of private sector in city region food systems”

RUAF analysis report   - an article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Today, food security and the need for a food policy, increasingly feature on the agenda of cities and city regions. RUAF Foundation, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), has published an analysis report in order to better understand the role of the private sector in building more sustainable city region food systems.

Context

It is recognized that urban growth, urban poverty, food price hikes, climate change, changes in consumption patterns and the increase in diet-related health problems, all require attention. The rapid expansion of cities puts a geographical burden on agricultural land, threatening rural livelihoods, peri-urban food production and supply chains, and poses challenges in the areas of water management and use of natural resources. In this context, city region food system development will need to go hand in hand with en

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 February 2017 at 01:02

Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars East Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for this region, and to identify interested partners from both private and public sectors to support research, development and commercialization of this technology. The mission was implemented by Solynta and took place in six countries.

Please download the full mission report “Exploring the Potential of Hybrid Potato Cultivars in East Africa” (PDF).

A new hybrid breeding technology has been developed to accelerate breeding activities and propagation of starting materials. This technology enables breeders to develop new potato cultivars that are attuned to the needs of the local producers and markets, much more rapidly than conventional breeding. In addition, the high performing products are uniform hybrid true seeds. Tens

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Hilda Okoth Owekisha Kwigizile this could be interesting for you.


7 months 3 weeks ago