food

nov
20

Delivering on the transformational potential of PPPs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 November 2018, 09:30-16:30
  New World Campus, The Hague

Over the last four years, PPPLab, our partners and organisations engaged in PPPs have explored the transformational potential of PPPs. The emergence of the SDG-P facility is a good moment to concretely spell out how this potential should be delivered upon and what the implications for our collective roles are.

That means PPPs must:

• Aspire to deliver systemic change

• Be fit to realise their aspirations

• Rethink risk and blend finances

By the end of the day you will have a sharp idea of where you can take your PPP work to a next, necessary level and we will have formulated an action and learning agenda for a PPP community of practice.

More information & registration:

https://ppplab.org/2018/10/deliver-potential-ppp-nov-20/




Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 05:28

‘Waste food could feed 48m people’

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka, July 10, 2018
THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says crops which go to waste due to poor storage facilities could feed about 48 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Post-harvest loss refers to a reduction in the quality and quantity of food such as cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and milk, between the farm and the point-of-sale before consumption.
According to FAO estimates issued in a statement on Friday, post-harvest losses is expected to reach up to 20 percent for cereals, 30 percent for dairy and fish while fruit and vegetables, it will be around 40 percent READ MORE

https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/waste-food-could-feed-48m-people/

Wow! This is interesting! An opportunity for Agripreneurs.

Perhaps there is also need as a country to undertake an inventory of the innovations that have been developed to mitigate Post Harvest Losses and there after Improve on the existing Innovations and commercializing them.

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Posted By in Publications
Posted 19 July 2018 at 04:48

Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: 20 interconnected actions to guide decision-makers

Feeding the 10 billion people projected to live on planet earth in 2050 must aim to go beyond producing more with less to balancing the focus on quality and diversity, linking productivity to sustainability and addressing the needs of people. A fundamental premise for delivering sustainable food and agriculture is the creation of an enabling policy environment and the need for sectoral ministries to change the way they work and coordinate policies across government. 

The transition to more sustainable agriculture and food systems requires action that builds political alliances and coalitions with actors beyond food and agriculture. Consistent with the 2030 Agenda’s call for transformation, many of the approaches presented in this guide cut across sectors and depend&nbsp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 July 2018 at 09:29

Food Outlook

Biannual Report on Global Food Markets 

released by FAO, July 2018

Amid increased uncertainties from recent rising trade disputes, agricultural markets have so far remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most commodities. Nonetheless, in the context of heightened food import bills, food markets remain vulnerable, with weather shocks and external developments always difficult to predict. Read the full report here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 June 2018 at 08:46

World Bank calls for more funding to agriculture:

Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.


The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.


Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.


Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 18 June 2018 at 11:36

Plateforme de Connaissance en affaires et Alimentaire.

La plateforme alimentaire et d'affaires en collaboration avec ses partenaires conjuguent leurs efforts pour développer l'économie émergente des Hollandais et celles des pays en voie de développement. Pour se faire la plateforme facilite les échanges de connaissances disponibles telles que la Co-création de connaissance, l’utilisation des solutions évolutives qui rendent la production alimentaire et la distribution plus accessibles.

Pour plus d'informations sur les activités de 2017 cliquez sur:  http://knowledge4food.net/gold-standard-exploring-added-value-dutch-knowledge-platforms/

Source: Food & Business knowledge platform.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 May 2018 at 01:27

EAC countries join efforts to increase trade on staple foods

  KAMPALA - The East African Community has launched the Regional East African Trade in staples (REACTS-II)project that will increase production of staple food to reduce importations from non-member states.

The three-year project worth sh22.2b agricultural covers Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda.
It is aimed at helping 300,000 small holder farmers across the three countries. The project is funded by Kilimo Trust with support from Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Speaking at the launch on Monday, the Deputy Prime minister, Moses Ali, presiding over the event said the project was timely as it will provide alternative guaranteed markets for farmers and formalise business in agriculture in the EAC partner states.
“At the moment our farmers are held hostage by the middlemen and Uganda has no arrangement to buy from farmers as it was before liberalisation, in the 80s. We thought that with the introduction of the Wareh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 May 2018 at 07:56

Which Climate-Smart Technologies Will Pay Off for African Farmers?

When Ugandan farmer Eveline Aryemo first tried the NABE 15 improved bean variety, she did not know that this seed contained superior abilities to not only tolerate drought conditions and diseases common in her farm but also triple yields.

imageThe seed was promoted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) together with partners. A truly “climate-smart” technology, the drought tolerant variety has helped Eveline meet market demands and to farm in challenging climate conditions.

NABE15 cooks faster than most of the other commercial varieties and thus requires less firewood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saves time for women to engage in other activities. When grown in drought-stressed environments it is more productive compared to other varieties, which assures women farmers of a surplus for sale and hence income for home expenses s

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jun
25

Agro Enterprenuership & Market Facilitation Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  25 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Agro Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 25th – 29th June 2018.

NITA CERTIFIED

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations.

RECENT CLIENTS

INTRODUCTION

Markets are important for rural transformation and poverty alleviation. They provide the direct means through which the poor participate in economic activity as producers (farmers, business groups); as employees (providers of labor); and as consumers (of goods and services).

Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable beneficiaries. The participants will be guided through participatory processes for identifying market opportunities a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 May 2018 at 07:24

Brighter Living Scholarship to Attend the Young World Summit in The Hague 

For young Ethiopians and Zambians making a positive impact to reduce malnutrition and improve food value chains 


With the Brighter Living Scholarship, DSM will offer 4 scholarships to young leaders from Zambia and Ethiopia, who are working in the field of nutrition, towards eradicating malnutrition and tackling the issue of food security.

The scholarship builds on the Africa Improved Foods (AIF) partnership, which is an innovative public-private partnership making nutritious fortified foods locally in Africa for Africa with the objective of ending malnutrition. AIF is a partnership between DSM, IFC, CDC, FMO, Government of Rwanda and the World Food Programme. A short video by CEO and 2018 OYW Counsellor Feike Sijbesma on the start of this partnership can be found here.

Who should apply:

In line with the expansion objectives of DSM/AIF to more African countries, this scholarship seeks to support young leader

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jun
18

Gender Approaches to Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 June 2018 - 09:00 to 22 June 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

 Event: Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 18th – 22nd June 2018.

NITA CERTIFIED

NB: Discounts up to 25 % for group registrations

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INTRODUCTION

Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people of all walks in life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the di

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 April 2018 at 12:41

Big Bite: Food Sustainability in Cities

Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.

How are cities coping with feeding their populations?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.

The online discussion will include topics such as:

• Infrastructure

• Waste

• Urban farming

• Nutritional value and food miles

• Food deserts and processed food

• Urban food security and policy

This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:

• Hunger & Obesity

• Food & Fuel

• Starvation & Waste

Applications are open until May 31, 2018!

Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com

may
21

Agro-Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  21 May 2018 - 09:00 to 25 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Agro Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 21st – 25th May 2018

NITA CERTIFIED

RECENT CLIENTS

Offers: Register Today as a Group and get 25% discount. Offer valid till 31st of May 2018

INTRODUCTION

Markets are important for rural transformation and poverty alleviation. They provide the direct means through which the poor participate in economic activity as producers (farmers, business groups); as employees (providers of labor); and as consumers (of goods and services).

Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable bene

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 April 2018 at 05:49

Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance

Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya's rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.

The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. As a result of th

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may
07

Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  07 May 2018 - 09:00 to 11 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 07th – 11th May 2018

NITA CERTIFIED

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INTRODUCTION

Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide.

While the number of food insecure population remains unacceptably high, massive quantities of food are lost due to spoilage and infestations on the journey to consumers. However, one of the major ways of strengthening food security is by reducing these losses. It is of high importance in the effort to combat hunger, raise

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 5 March 2018 at 05:37

Cities for Our Future Challenge 2018

The Cities for our Future challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with the UK National Commission of UNESCO.

They are inviting imaginative problem solvers from the wider field of surveying, urban design, architecture, and engineering to submit transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining challenges of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change, and Resource Scarcity.

Benefits

If you have e got a transformative idea for a project or policy and you want to make a positive contribution to the world, potentially build your professional profile at an international level and kick-start a rewarding and varied career, then this is the competition for you.

If you win, there’s also a £50,000 prize up for grabs and the chance to work with experts and mentors from within the surveying industry.

Your idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 February 2018 at 12:57

Apply as a startup to our Horti-Tech Accelerator

Does your startup have a solution that helps to feed the world’s cities in vertical farming or horticulture? Does your innovation improve efficiency in water, energy or soil usage? Does your startup have a solution that helps to feed the world’s cities? Rapid population growth, urbanization and the effects of climate change challenge the way we are producing our food. 

FoodStars mobilizes broad alliance to invest in innovative startups World Startup Factory and Truvalu.startups, two international innovation accelerators, initiated FoodStars to invite a broad coalition of corporates,  research and knowledge institutes, government bodies and investors to invest together in boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. Innovation and investments in smart farming for metropolitan areas are crucial to achieving a sustainable food production in the future. We are going to select 10 startup teams. 

Start date:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 February 2018 at 07:11

Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance

Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.

The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. Becaus

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mar
26

Agriculture Value Chains Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 March 2018 - 09:00 to 30 March 2018 - 17:00
  Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Agriculture Value Chains Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 26th March– 30th March 2018

NITA CERTIFIED

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INTRODUCTION

Value chains are a key framework for understanding how products move from the producers to the customers. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand the business to business relationships, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value.

It provides a reference point for improvements in services and the business environment. It is a vehicle for pro-poor initiatives and for linking small businesses with the market. Value chains therefore reside at the core of high-impact and sustainable initiatives focused on improving productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and SME growth.

This one week course will provide hands-on training in Agriculture value chains and the application

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mar
26

Promoting Entrepreneurship & Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 March 2018 - 09:00 to 30 March 2018 - 17:00
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Event: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 26th March– 30th March 2018

NITA CERTIFIED

RECENT CLIENTS

INTRODUCTION

Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development are the best hope for reviving weak world economies. Entrepreneurs cannot do it alone; they need an enabling environment in which their business can grow. This course is designed to give insights into the basic requirements for increasing the level of entrepreneurship in communities at local and national levels.

In order to build the capacity of Development professionals who are actively engaged in the Agriculture and food security activities in governmental and non-governmental organizations to support efforts in improving survival rates of Agribusinesses that currently have a high rate of failure, (I.e. 70 to 80 per cent of new businesses end their operations in their first year. And of those that survive, o

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