Food security

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 September 2018 at 11:51

Newsletter Food  & Business Knowledge Platform September 2018 (#5)

In its September newsletter the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) presents reports of several workshops, among them the session about the UNSC resolution 2417 on conflict and hunger; the Food Systems Approach workshop at the WUR SDG conference; and the CoP on Youth, employment and migration.

And information is shared about two calls under the NL-CGIAR partnership, one for senior experts and one for a PPP and Research Uptake expert.

Furthermore, the Platform refers to the evaluation 2013/2018 “Co-creating (Dutch) diamonds, gold (standards) and silver (bullets) in the food security and agricultural business maze” by Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek, which is available at the F&BKP website.

Moreover, a new topic on the Knowledge Portal, is highlighted, where Food and Nutrition Security professionals can find relevant cutting-edge knowledge products on Food security & stability. To stay tuned to specific topics of t

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MUBARAK INUWA Thank you Nicole Metz,It is very important approach, to have such a Newsletter on food and business platform For September 2018#5.Alot of guidelines and principles on Agricultural skills and ideas would be derived.I hope, all the stalkholders on the themes would have a closer exchange of ideas on their deliberations.

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oct
15

Climate Resilience and Food Security Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 October 2018 to 19 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Meridian Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Event Date: 15th – 19th, October 2018

Register online to attend

Organizer: Foscore Development Center


Introduction

This course will equip you with knowledge on protecting people’s livelihoods from shocks, and strengthening their capacity to absorb the impact of, and recover from, disruptive events. It is a necessary ingredient for food and nutrition security. The course is also in line with the first millennium goal on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

Course Objective:

· Understand various terms in food security and risk reduction

· Food Security interventions

· Food Security analysis and tools

· Food Security Programming

· Improve agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practice

Duration

5 days

Who should attend?

National governments, UN partners and NGOs, Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, fundi

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sep
17

Climate Resilience and Food Security Training Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 September 2018 to 21 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Meridian Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Click here to Register online to attend

Organizer: Foscore Development Center


Introduction

This course will equip you with knowledge on protecting people’s livelihoods from shocks, and strengthening their capacity to absorb the impact of, and recover from, disruptive events. It is a necessary ingredient for food and nutrition security. The course is also in line with the first millennium goal on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

Course Objective:

· Understand various terms in food security and risk reduction

· Food Security interventions

· Food Security analysis and tools

· Food Security Programming

· Improve agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practice

Duration

5 days

Who should attend?

National governments, UN partners and NGOs, Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations

Course content

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 August 2018 at 09:04

Global Vegetable supply to dwindle by more than a third!

Climate change and food security is ever becoming a key area of discussion. A recent study by  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine predicted that global average yields of vegetables and legumes such as soy beans and lentils are predicted to be reduced by 35% and 9% respectively.  What does this mean for the local Zambian horticulture farming communities?


Read the article through this link


aug
29

5th Annual Farm Camp

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  29 August 2018 to 30 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Gayaza High school

Gayaza High School in collaboration with like-minded organizations like Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Heifer International, AgriProFocus Uganda, Uganda Christian University and NARO in Uganda are working together to develop opportunities for students to learn and acquire agricultural skills while eating healthier and nutritious food. The farm camp project initiated to help the high school acquire production input and facilities is showing promising results. Through the project, a greenhouse for vegetable production was set up and so far, five tomato harvests were achieved. Moreover, a piggery unit was built which now holds over 50 pigs. The two facilities provide learning opportunities not only for students of the Gayaza high school, but also for the neighboring schools which converge over 450 students. In addition,Agricultural-interested schools have been working in close collaboration with Gayaza High School to further develop it’s School Farm Camp initiative, which seeks to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 August 2018 at 02:34

Dear AgriProFocus network,


Grounded is looking for suppliers of solar dryers in Zambia. If you know companies that can help us out, please let me know. Your help is much appreciated. 

Thank you once more!


Warm regards,

Gijs, Grounded

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Gijs, maybe my APF colleagues Lawrence Shonga or Yvonne Mtumbi in Lusaka can help you out! Lawrence or Yvonne, what do you think? Good luck Gijs!

2 months 1 week ago

Lawrence Shonga Hi Gijs. You can check with TDAU (Technology Development Advisory Unit) located at the University of Zambia. You can find their contact details via this link https://www.unza.zm/l/units/tdau/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85&Itemid=78

2 months 1 week ago

Gijs Boers Thank you very much!! We will check it out. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 12:29

How can Food and Nutrition Security programming “do good” in fragile settings?

Closing workshop of The Broker’s project on conflict sensitivity in Food Security Programming, funded by Food & Business Knowledge Platform.  

On February 1, 2018, The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured in the final report), present the tool for conflict sensitivity that was developed based on the project’s main findings, and discuss ways forward for integrating conflict sensitivity and stability into FNS programming. You can download a full report of the workshop here.

The workshop, hosted at the F&BKP offices in The Hague, was kicked off by a brief presentation of The Broker’s own project results

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nov
19

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nakuru, Kenya

ICRA course:  Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
                    Key skills for inclusive business brokerage

This course is meant for agribusiness service providers working with smallholder farmers, processors, affiliated enterprises ànd for professionals working  in producer organisations, educational institutes and development organisations with agribusiness as their domain.  

Candidates with funding can approach me by email:  saskia.vleer@icra.global

application deadline is 1 October for those who need a visa for Kenya
application deadline is 1 November for those who do not need a visa for Kenya

To get updates on our courses  and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here 



oct
01

M&E,Data Management and Analysis for Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  01 October 2018 - 09:00 to 21 December 2018 - 05:00
  Indepth Research Training center Nairobi & Kigali

The demand for data on impact of policies, programmes and interventions on food and nutrition security is rapidly growing. Both governments and civil society have a need for information on food and nutrition conditions and trends and the impact of policies and interventions.

Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment are undertaken by governments, NGOs, international agencies and donors. The course emphasizes the need for careful selection of indicators in designing information support systems at various administrative levels and the skills required for analysis and interpretation of data collected for policy making.

The courses are job-oriented and the training approach is interactive. They provide the participants with the possibility to learn from expert facilitators as well as from each other.

Indepth Research Services, Africa’s leading Training and Consultancy Center since 2003, Invites you to our trainings on:

September 

· M & E, Data Management & Analysis in Food Security & Nutri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:56

Hello Everyone,

I, BIZUMUREMYI Jean Claude I am 21 years old, I am 1.78 m height. I have A2 certificate in electricity from ECOLE TECHNIQUE SAINT KIZITO. Now I study in year one in electrical and electronic engineering department, my option is electromechanical technology in KIGALI COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY located in KIGALI CITY, KICUKIRO district. I am the most reliable person with discipline. I am sympathy with Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds, Ability to work under minimum supervision and Very effective team work. I originate from eastern province, Nyagatare district, Krangazi sector, Mbare cell, Karohoza village.

I like working hard. Also since I was a kid I like innovation and I am good at studying, innovating, inventing, communication, ask when I get confused with the aim of understanding more and analyzing every technical situation by considering myself as a problem solver, and I don’t force myself to do these I always find myself already done with that.

After seei

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Bizumuremyi Jean Claude, thanks for joining AgriproFocus Network, please use the search portal and starting following, connecting and learning your fellow agribusiness men and other key stakeholders in general.

3 months 1 week ago

Bizumuremyi Jean Claude thanks a lot,I will keep on this

3 months 1 week ago

Emmanuel Dusabimana This is great

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 July 2018 at 08:31

UNFFE advocates for value addition as the National Agricultural show draws closer:

This year’s agricultural show will be the 26th and it is slated to take place from 13th to 22nd July under the theme; “Fostering Agricultural Value Chains, Innovation for Farmer led food Security, Household Income and Job Creation." The Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFFE) will hold the annual National Agricultural show at the Source of the Nile Jinja show grounds.


The challenge with Uganda’s agriculture is competitiveness. Uganda’s agriculture does not have a competitive advantage over others due to production of less quantity to meet the outside demand and leave enough for domestic consumption and production of ‘not good enough’ quality to compete with in the globalised agricultural value chains.


This years’ show will therefore focus more on irrigation technologies, value addition, and livestock. The theme brings out the opportunity that aims at preparing and organising the small ho

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 June 2018 at 09:27

Proper Value Chain Development and Actor Empowerement Course

06th August - 10th August 2018

Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

The future of African small-scale producers depends on their ability to play an active and meaningful role in market dynamics. By effectively participating in and influencing the value chains that link them to suppliers, traders and consumers, smallholders will be able to earn more from their crops, livestock and small businesses. This 5 days training programme equips researchers, rural development practitioners and service providers with the competencies needed to assist small-scale farmers, traders and businesses to strengthen their position in value chains and, by so doing, contribute to economic development and poverty reduction. Overall the workshop consists of a mixture of brief interactive lectures to introduce various concepts, principles and approaches (questions and discussions encouraged during the presentation), plenary exercises, brainstorms, role

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nov
26

Course: Market access for food and nutrition security

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  26 November 2018 to 14 December 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen

Local fresh food markets and value chains are potential vehicles to achieve inclusive development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. This course provides a platform for professionals where experiences in these domains are shared, and strategic action plans for positive change developed.

Date: 26 November – 14 December 2018
Registration deadline – general: 15 October 2018
Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellows: 20 July 2018
Location: The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:
https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/show/CDicourse_market_access_2018.htm



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 June 2018 at 10:26

Why #AgriTechTalk forums for Digital Farmers In Africa?

This week I had a privilege of attending the 1st East Africa Digital Farmer conference that was organized by the Smart Farmer Magazine in Nairobi. Agriculture conferences, to my opinion seem to isolate individuals who have not done courses related to Agriculture, of course this might my perception but i am always pushing the boundaries to get into such conferences because I know my skills as a communication practitioner are as important as those of an Agronomist. Of course my clever way of getting into such conferences has been through Volunteerism. I am proud of Agriprofocus Kenya for being the first in opening their doors for me to volunteer. Now i have what will open greater opportunities as Food Security and Social Justice Advocate 

Volunteering is what was my ticket to the 1st East Africa Digital Farmer Conference. Pitching my idea of breaking down technology into understandable information for the farmers who were to come

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 May 2018 at 06:41

DISCUSSION ON FOOD SECURITY

When we last had this discussion on agriculture/food insecurity and what is ailing our production, we discussed planning or the lack of it. In this sector what has inhibited growth of it. Today I wish to discuss another aspect touching on the structures of management in this sector.

In most parts of the developing world, governments seem never to plough back proportionate resources to the agricultural sector as to its production. This has over the years made it difficult to retain or to recruit qualified staff in the sector. Let’s take extension services as an example of a service that’s responsible for disseminating Knowledge, technology, agricultural information and linking farmers to other actors of the economy. In most African countries except for a few, these services are as well as dead. Considering the importance of extension services in promoting and transforming of subsistence farming to modern and commercial agriculture, it would be considered unw

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 21 May 2018 at 06:46

ELEVATOR PITCH CONTEST 2018

DO YOU HAVE A DISRUPTIVE FOOD/NON FOOD SOLUTION FOR AN AFLATOXIN-FREE FOOD SYSTEM?

Aflatoxins, toxic metabolites of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus fungi, are one of the greatest risks to food security in developing countries. Over 4 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxins through contaminated foods. Significant health problems caused by aflatoxins include acute liver damage and liver cancer. Aflatoxins may be also involved in immune suppression, and growth impairment in children.

Aflatoxins significantly impact trade and economy. Inability to achieve import standards can create barriers to the development of sustainable agriculture, e.g., Africa loses approximately US$670 million annually in lost trade to Europe alone as a result of raw materials failing to meet EU import standards. High yield crop years can often result in even more waste due to limited storage facilities and an inability to export. Economically viable alternati

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Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 3 May 2018 at 11:39

Join the Food & Nutrition Security Advocacy Group!

Do you want to have a direct influence in Dutch policy making on Food and Nutrition Security? Join the AgriProFocus Food Security Advocacy group! Nout van der Vaart from Hivos explains the benefits and successes from last year in this video. 


Current members: ICCO, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Oxfam Novib, Hivos and Woord en Daad


Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 10 April 2018 at 08:10

Scholarships for MSc and PhD at GENES

The GENES Project was established in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to:

1) Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;

2) Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry;

3) Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of geno

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may
21

Irrigation and Operational Maintenance Course

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

Event: Irrigation and Operational Maintenance Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 21st – 25th May 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Irrigation can be used to produce outcomes in terms of crop production. Irrigation schemes may also have other outcomes. It is now playing a more important role in agriculture than ever before. However, depending on the climate, the value of the plants or animals, the value of the land and it's suitability for irrigation, the cost, reliability and quality of the water supply, irrigation may or may not be possible or feasible.

Irrigation may enable plants (i.e. crops, pasture) to be grown in a dry climate where it would not otherwise be possible, or it may supplement the existing rainfall and improve growth rates by extending the growth period of the plant, or by ensuring there is adequate moisture during critical periods when the plant is growing mo

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apr
23

Climate Resilience and Food Security Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  23 April 2018 to 27 April 2018 - All Day Event
  The Clarion Hotel Nairobi

This course will equip you with knowledge on protecting people’s livelihoods from shocks, and strengthening their capacity to absorb the impact of, and recover from, disruptive events. It is a necessary ingredient for food and nutrition security. The course is also in line with the first millennium goal on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

Course Objective:

· Understand various terms in food security and risk reduction

· Food Security interventions

· Food Security analysis and tools

· Food Security Programming

· Improve agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practice

Duration

5 days


· For any inquiry at: training@fdc-k.org or +254712260031

· Website: www.fdc-k.org

· View course content and register as individual or group - https://bit.ly/2pPMRN3