food security

Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 11 January 2019 at 06:31

How farmers can reap big from pigeon peas

The plant grows best when the temperature is from 18 to 38°C and with a dry weather for about a month before harvesting.

Pigeon peas grow in a variety of agro-ecological zones and are well adapted to semi-arid climate conditions. In sub-Saharan Africa it is widely grown in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique for subsistence, domestic and international markets.

As drought become common and dry lands expand due to climate change, pigeon peas will continue becoming important for managing food security and nutritional situation in Africa.

Unlike other legumes, pigeon peas is one of the few crop species that can utilise iron bound efficiently making it capable of producing appreciable yields even under soil PH limiting conditions which are widespread in Sub Sahara Africa.

Pigeon peas are perennial shrub that is commonly grown as an annual crop. It has very slow initial development after planting. With a deep taproot, pigeon peas are able

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 11 January 2019 at 01:20

Saline Futures Conference: Addressing Climate Change and Food Security & Building a community of science and practice on saline agriculture

10-13 September 2019, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Call for abstracts and sessions

We invite you to submit an abstract or a session proposal for the Saline Futures Conference taking place 10-13 September 2019 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

The aim of this conference is to showcase the global potential of saline agriculture. All stakeholders are invited, including political decision-makers, business operators, land managers, civic society, researchers and research planners. With your participation, we aim to create a platform for researchers and research-users to enhance food production on saline lands.

Research underway in the North Sea countries and elsewhere in the world illustrates the vast and as yet underrated potential of growing food on soils generally qualified as saline. Food production on present and future saline soils deserves the w

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sep
09

Food systems: towards food security in an urbanising society

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 September 2019 to 20 September 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen

The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.

Upon completion of the course you will:

- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;

- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;

- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies

The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 December 2018 at 01:58

Beans Enterprises and Structures Traded in the East African Community:

The East African Common Market Protocol (EACM) presents unique opportunity for delivering food security in the region because increased regional trade that effectively utilizes comparative advantages and economies of scale in the production of food staples would increase availability, in space and time, of nutritious foods at affordable prices for the low-income earners, while increasing profitability and income security for producers.

In the past, most of the efforts and investment in the sector have consistently focused on increasing on-farm productivity but average yields for major commodities in the region remain largely unchanged. To turn the on-farm efforts into tangible results, attention should be to developing sustainable markets and enhancing market access by low-income producers as well as low-income consumers. This requires the development of a thriving and profitable market-driven food sector so as to provide su

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 December 2018 at 02:09

Netherlands Embassy (EKN): "Development of horticulture in Kunzila improves food security in Ethiopia" 

Five Dutch floriculture companies are going to develop a sustainable large-scale horticultural area in the Ethiopian Kunzila area, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) programmes DGGF and GRO. The project sets an example for food-producing farmers: it can enhance the productivity and food security with minimal negative impact on the local community, nature and climate.

Read the full blog post on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) here

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 5 December 2018 at 08:19

Gender, agriculture and climate change:

Climate change is a global threat to sustainable development and food security. In developing countries, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources as the main livelihood strategy, is making farmers, especially women, extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach to ensure food security, increase productivity and incomes, build resilience to climate change, and reduce emissions from agricultural systems. Gender, however, is a critical dimension of CSA that cannot be ignored as gender inequalities can hinder the transition to CSA for millions of farmers.

To see transformative changes in agriculture and food systems in a changing climate, all stakeholders, including scientists, governments and development practitioners, must tackle gender issues. By mainstreaming gender into CSA, identifying the constraints and needs of women and men farmers, and providing opportunities to accelerate CSA a

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jan
07

Food Security and Climate Change Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  07 January 2019 to 11 January 2019 - All Day Event
  +254

Event Details: Food Security and Climate Change Training

INTRODUCTION

Food insecurity and climate change are the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly being perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food security. This is because reduces the productivity of the majority of existing food systems and harms the livelihoods of those already vulnerable to food insecurity. Conversely, agricultural activities including indirect effects through deforestation and other forms of land conversion account for about one-third of total global warming potential from GHG emissions today. This training is thus intended to equip participants with strategies to realize food security, reduce climate change effects in agriculture, as well as reduce the contribution of the agriculture sector to climate change presently and in the future.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:
  • Integrate food security and climate change concerns.
  • Increase resilience of fo

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 22 November 2018 at 07:08

Ugandan research project hopes to make nutritious grasshoppers available year-round:

Short-horned bush crickets, also known as grasshoppers, are rich in protein, fat and fiber.

And they just might be an answer to Uganda’s malnutrition challenges, says Dorothy Nakimbugwe, a senior lecturer in the Department of Food Technology and Human Nutrition at Makerere University.

“Grasshoppers are a delicacy, but they are seasonal,” she says. “Mass breeding of grasshoppers could be part of the solution to malnutrition problems and protein crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Launched in April and now well underway, the collaborative project of Makerere University and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology aims to breed grasshoppers year-round. The bugs are reared in a university lab, where it takes about two months for each grasshopper to grow from an egg into an edible insect. When ready, the grasshoppers will be made available to a variety of partners to distribute and sell year

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2018 at 09:30

Investors climbing into Africa’s agri and food sectors, backing everything from blueberries to beef

Many commentators have touted Africa as the future breadbasket of the world, which is plausible given the continent’s large areas of open arable land. Investors, too, are seeing the promise in the agriculture sector. Africa Private Equity News, an industry information service, reported a significant number of agribusiness and food-related investments throughout 2018, and the month of October was no different. Some of the most notable deals that took place are highlighted below

 In Uganda, the Yield Uganda Investment Fund committed Ush5.1bn ($1.37m) to Central Coffee Farmers Association Ltd (CECOFA), a farmer-owned primary coffee processor located in the capital Kampala. The fund is managed by Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) and was set up with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and quasi-governmental agency National Social Security Fund Uganda (N

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nov
22

AgriProFocus Ethiopia - Annual Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2018, 08:30-18:00
  Azzeman Hotel, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development. 

More specicfically this event features the following activities: 

* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture. 

* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on  agroecology.

* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media. 

* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!

* Networking over booths and drinks.

Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.





dec
17

Food Security, Safety and Quality Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018 - All Day Event
  +254

Event Details: Food Security, Safety and Quality Training

INTRODUCTION

Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life at all times. Food insecurity, on the other hand, is part of a continuum that includes hunger (food deprivation), malnutrition (deficiencies, imbalances, or excesses of nutrients), and famine. This training program is therefore designed to act as a guide on how to ensure access to safe and quality food is one of the human rights as well as a sustainable development goal.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand basic skills in food security, safety, and quality.
  • Understand the classification of food into different food groups.
  • Understand what constitutes an adequate diet and optimal feeding to children.
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition and health.
  • Gain skills in cro

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dec
10

Food Security and Climate Change Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  10 December 2018 to 14 December 2018 - All Day Event
  +254

INTRODUCTION

Food insecurity and climate change are the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly being perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food security. This is because reduces the productivity of the majority of existing food systems and harms the livelihoods of those already vulnerable to food insecurity. Conversely, agricultural activities including indirect effects through deforestation and other forms of land conversion account for about one-third of total global warming potential from GHG emissions today. This training is thus intended to equip participants with strategies to realize food security, reduce climate change effects in agriculture, as well as reduce the contribution of the agriculture sector to climate change presently and in the future.

DURATION

5 days

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is intended for various actors in Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, sen

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 1 November 2018 at 06:13

Farming together reaps benefits for Mubende family:

A farming project that ropes in both husband and wife has brought food security and cohesion to a family in Mubende.

Margaret Lutaaya managed to harvest more than 700kgs of beans from the land she has been cultivating in Kawagalo Village, Bukuya Sub-county in Mubende District 118km from Kampala. “I can even pay school fees for my daughters and take care of my husband.”

Painful history

Over a decade ago, Lutaaya was engaged in unfruitful mixed farming with poor harvests for more than 30 years. She recalls, with pain, the pressure of paying school fees for her seven children. She did not believe that she would become this self-reliant.

Convincing her husband who was doing odd jobs as a builder, she opted to go into farming on a large scale.

Starting out was a gamble. She first convinced her husband, Paul Lutaaya, who she has been married to for more than 30 years, to quit his job to join hands and increase yields.

The results were obvio

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Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 31 October 2018 at 01:27

Jaguza livestock app seeks to make hi-tech farming a reality

Afrosoft, an IT company, has combined technological advancements with the ethos of local techprenuers to create a system it calls the “solution to animal health.

Being a farmer is hard work. You get to spend all day outdoors. There’s also the crack of dawn starting times and 14-hour days filled with hard physical labour, ripe animal manure and delicate cow udders.

Fortunately, technology is making its way down on the farm to make the work easier. Ugandan researchers are hoping to bring technology to small farms around the country.

Ronald Katamba, a multi award winning innovator, is a director at Afrosoft IT Solutions, a Microsoft certified partner. As a 12-year-old orphan, he reared rabbits to raise school fees but they died mysteriously after an unknown sickness attacked without notice.

“When I graduated from university, I thought of developing an application that could help farmers,” Katamba said while unve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 October 2018 at 12:36

Grant Management and Fundraising Training (10th - 14th December 2018)

Register as an Individual  | Register as a Group

INTRODUCTION

This course is comprehensive on grants management and fundraising, spanning the grants lifecycle from pre-award through grant closeout. The course provides the Federal, pass-through, and recipient workforces with the knowledge and skills they need to improve program and public accountability, efficiency, and outcomes for beneficiaries.

DURATION

5 days

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

  • Identify and understand the critical terms and conditions of grant aid for donor-funded projects
  • Ensure compliance with donor terms and conditions
  • Understand the donor requirements in relation to supporting documents, correct procurement of goods and services and meeting financial reporting requirements
  • Managing multiple-funded programmes
  • Understand proposal writing, project planning and problem analysis
  • Prepare a donor financial report to match with a project narrative report
  • Describe the phases in t

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Philippe AKPAKI Une session peut être prévue pour les francophones?

2 months 3 weeks ago

Indepth Research Services Hello Phillippe, Unfortunately, we currently do not offer the course in French only in English. 

2 months 3 weeks ago

Indepth Research Services Bonjour Phillippe, Malheureusement, nous ne proposons pas actuellement le cours en français uniquement en anglais.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Philippe AKPAKI Merci. C'est une doléance que je fais afin que vous pensiez à prévoir une session pour les francophones. 

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 October 2018 at 09:29

WFD call to action: Eradication of hunger is a multi-stakeholder target:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries was joined by partners including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Food Rights Alliance to organise activities for the 2018 World Food Day in Uganda.

The official hosts of these activities were selected as Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute which is under the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) one of seven Agencies of the Ministry that hosts the activities annually.

To maximise outreach and popularise the 2018 theme which was set as “Our actions are our future. A Zero Hunger world by 2030 is possible” partners developed roles of different stakeholders in eradicating hunger to be shared in a buildup to the 16th October climax.

What farmers and agribusinesses can do to help achieve Zero Hunger

The women and men who work in agriculture play a vital role in achieving Zero Hunger. Whether

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dec
03

Linking Emergency Aid to Food and Nutrition Security Trainin

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  03 December 2018 to 07 December 2018 - All Day Event
  +254

Event Details: Linking Emergency Aid to Food and Nutrition Security Training

INTRODUCTION

Food insecurity and disasters are directly related; therefore, institutions dealing with food and nutrition security should be prepared for such adversities and device means to respond. Relief aid institutions also play part in maintenance of food and nutrition security in emergencies by providing relief aid. Food aid is all about providing food and related assistance to tackle hunger, either in emergency situations, or to help with deeper, longer-term hunger alleviation and achieve food security. Thus, this training programme is designed to enable participants to gain skills on how to prepare, measure, and respond to nutrition emergencies to sustain food security.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand classification of emergencies in particular famine and food crises. Food insecurity and malnutrition and how these have shaped operational response and practice.
  • Explore f

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nov
26

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food Security  Workshops

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  26 November 2018 - 09:00 to 31 December 2018 - 17:00
  Stipp Hotel Rwanda

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training courses on Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development to take place in Kigali Rwanda . These courses equip all Agricultural experts together with mid-level policy-makers, with knowledge and skills in understanding the context of the Agriculture Sector with the overall goal of strengthening technical capacity for increased consideration and use of Agriculture in decision-making aimed at tackling development issues.

Join us by registering for these scheduled training courses. These training courses will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other monitoring and evaluation professionals’ and project management officials from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.

Resilient Livelihoods Course

This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor and develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management a

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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.

4 months 57 min ago

dec
10

Climate Resilience and Food Security Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  10 December 2018 to 14 December 2018 - All Day Event
  Meridian Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Event Date: 10th – 14th, December 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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