Indonesian food prices are one of the highest among South East Asian countries and some basic food items are more expensive in Indonesia than in countries with a higher GDP per capita such as Australia and Singapore. This presents a massive challenge for the nearly 100 million poor and vulnerable people in the country, and contributes to the greater issue of chronic malnutrition across the nation.
Come and join Hizkia Respatiadi, Head of Research from the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) to discuss how Indonesia's food trade policy is linked to this situation and what policy alternative the government could use to lower food prices in Indonesia.
The focus area of Hizkia's research is policy issues in Food Trade and Agriculture. He leads the Affordable Food for the Poor project at CIPS hat aims to lower basic food prices in Indonesia by reducing trade barriers between Indonesia and other countries. Previously, he worked as a civil servant at the Indonesian Ministry of
The effort to find global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be urgent in 2018 than it has never been. Given the rapid growth of world population and the shrinking economic fortunes,unsustainable food production coupled with unstable political environment in most developing countries, call for change of habits and strategies in seeking solution to persistent social problems the world faces today is mandatory. The challenges we face have been created and build over time; in deed the world reluctance to solve them accelerated their compound interest, these social evils as Daniel Goleman calls them in his book Focus can be solved but again as Albert Einstein opines “ We cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Hence we need new thinking.
This new thinking in my opinion, just like many other thinkers have indicated lies in embracing Circular... Read more
Circular Economy is a significant step towards achieving Zero hunger goal, creating employment and solving climate change challenges. In deed starting with Agriculture would help us increase the probability of averting major crisis of food insecurity by over 50%.
Towards the end of 2017 I was initiated into Agriprofocus family as a volunteer in communication department in Kenya. My short stint at the organization opened floodgates of insight and understanding of Agriculture issues. My hunger towards understanding what ails agriculture and how that can be solve is now insatiable. In fact, I am persuaded that Agriprofocus Network is among the few leading minds in advancing appropriate Knowledge and skills in the agricultural sector.
However, we have a long way to go in achieving Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger . An opinion today 04/01/2018 by Bitange Ndemo in Business daily in Kenya indicated that over 15 million people in three countries Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing dangerous food shortage due to prolonged drought that affected the said countries in 2017.
Because of the prevailing circumstances, and future prediction of food insecurity due to rapidly... Read more
On 24th October 2017, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Nairobi organised a Food Security Partners' Day themed “From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain”. The goal of the Partners' Day was to provide a platform for interaction, build new and strengthen existing alliances.
The topics covered during the day were inclusivity and scalability. Inclusivity and scalability are relevant topics in the context of the Aid to Trade transition spearheaded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nairobi. The ambition with the Aid to Trade agenda is that the Embassy will cease to directly manage development projects and focus on strengthening trade relations with Kenya. There were two sessions during the Partners' day; morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session covered an o... Read more
Analysis: Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Development
The writer thinks achieving sustainable development in developing countries like Ethiopia calls for the adoption of a set of diversified Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) practices. The analysis continues:
"Since the Ethiopian economy is mainly dependent on the productivity of smallholder farmers, this makes SAI, which is an increase in agricultural production per unit of inputs, the order of the day.
According to, Dr. Tagel Gebrehiwot of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), tripling food demand from 2010-2050 is going to become a major challenge in Africa. Ethiopia's domestic demand for cereals in 2050 will be 2.62 times higher than was in 2010.
Referring to the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy of Ethiopia, Tagel says agricultural land will need to expand by 3.9 percent per year in order to achieve the growth targets set for the agricultural sector from 2010-2030.
Under the Business as... Read more
Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.
Improving farmers’ performance and business relations
This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.
Upon completion of the course you will:
Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)
Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
Join us in Wageningen, the Netherlands for our 4th edition of the International course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society (10 – 21 September 2018).
You will get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas. Will be able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues. Participants will be able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies.
For more information about our course and fellowship opportunities:
My one month working as a volunteer at Agriprofocus Kenya enjoined me to a community with a clear magnanimous vision of Linking ,learning and leading in matters Agriculture. With my new born enthusiasm in matters Food Security as a mean to an end of achieving my vision of Restoring Dignity of African People; I am compelled to share with the world what I think we need to do for us to attain the sustainable Development Goal 2 – Ending all forms of Hunger.
There is no doubt as to what extent the world's apprehension of the impending danger of food insecurity in the coming days is . In fact, in his inaugural speech for the second term as President of Kenya Mr. Kenyatta indicated clearly that his government would target creation of over 1000 small and Medium scale enterprises in Agro-processing.
But what would be required for this to be achieved? To me it would take the initiative of well meaning individuals and Organizations to lead... Read more
International conference with agripreneurs and farmers’ organizations; policymakers from government, business, academy and civil society; students - from Africa, the Netherlands, Europe.
The booming urban markets provide business opportunities for those African farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) that are able to supply the urban consumers with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat.
The challenge for Dutch Diamond actors - government, research institutions, business and civil society organisations - is to perceive and connect to this opportunity, to establish partnerships through which their multiple assets for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and improving the food chain can be deployed in the most effective way.
Speakers, workshops, networking.
Further information on the website: http://www.foodfirst.eu/index.php?a=201802
The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.
Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.
Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.
While attending a con... Read more
I have read through a report prepared after SNV’s Smart water for Agriculture (SWA) learning event that took place on 18 September 2017 in Nairobi Kenya; it is clear new technologies in water harvesting, storage, and usage would lead to transformation of lives. This new knowledge and technologies if embraced would lead to eradication of poverty and ensure food security.
In the report one thing is evident – change of tact in SWA programs is necessary if we have to achieve SDGs No. 1,2 &13 . According to National irrigation Board (NIB) in Kenya, The government is re-looking into policies that have existed on irrigation, which have not borne fruits with intention of instituting changes. In fact the government is now seeking to empower and encourage private sector as strategic partners to take a bigger role in spearheading smart Water Agriculture technologies and practices.
Given that Agriculture is a devolved function in Ken... Read more
By Wambi Michael
Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.
A number of African governments have either introduced or are piloting index insurance while some are still waiting and watching to see if it will have any tangible impact. Various experts attending the Global Green Growth Week conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia discussed and shared experiences with index insurance as an innovation in agriculture for climate and food security in Africa.
Uganda is among the African countries that have just introduced an index insurance scheme run on a public private partnership basis between insurance firms, the insurance regulatory authority and the Central Bank of Uganda, which holds the money.
The Government of Uganda allo... Read more
Is your company operating in the food processing sector in Kenya and are you facing a specific challenge for which you need an innovative solution? Would you like to take the chance to benefit from applied, market-driven research and to develop innovative solutions with the help of multi-disciplinary teams of students and faculty members at a renowned Technical University?
Register here for the business challenge that will take place on 21st of November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
To conduct the food processing survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/innofoodKE
The INNOFOOD initiative is a project of MDF Training and Consultancy (MDF) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc) in partnership with the Ho Technical University in Ghana and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Kenya. It is made possible by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE... Read more
What could be the problem?
Today is World Food Day but about 69% of the total population of Uganda is food insecure, a report released by the Office of the Prime Minister's Department of relief, disaster preparedness ad Management titled; Food security assessment says. The report further says, food insecurity has been a great threat to Uganda as some Ugandans hardly access a meal a day. It states that, majority of people especially in rural areas survive on porridge and wild roots.
It is believed that; political instabilities in the neighboring countries have led to many immigrants to come to Uganda thus creating tensions where resources especially; land are scarce, poor climatic changes and other related factors have caused food insecurity in the Country. Poor soils and low participation of youth in Agriculture are also lined as a cause of hunger in the Country.
What is Uganda doing about this? Uganda through the... Read more
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) boss Mr. Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security. “Many studies reveal that small farmers who follow agro-ecological practices cope with, and even prepare for climate change. Through managing on-farm biodiversity and soil cover and by enhancing soil organic matter, agro ecological farmers minimize crop failure under extreme climatic events,” he explained.
Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security.
Full article here
This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:
++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?
++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?
++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?
Read more in this concept paper.
In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.
Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours... Read more
Facing rural innovation
challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security ,
14 May - 1 June 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands
This course is highly valued by its participants, professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory
services, food security and producer organisations.
Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.
For more information see the course webpage
Candidates can: APPLY HERE
Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018
Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands
for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.
After attending this course one participant said:
“Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.
More information is available on the course webpage
Candidates can: APPLY