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
You are cordially invited to join us as delegates from the 20 – 22 November 2017, African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) 2017 to be held at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa.
The African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) is the world’s meeting place for investment in Africa’s agriculture and agro processing sectors. The African food and agribusiness industry requires investment to drive commercial farming, mechanization and processed product through value addition. Governments across the continent are increasingly redefining policies to attract initiatives to support this industry so to lift its citizens out of poverty.
The AAII 2017 provides a forum for investors, bankers, mining projects, project owners, entrepreneurs and governments to connect and identify real opportunities in African agri. The Indaba creates a structured and efficient platform for investment ready projects across the food value chain to be showcased and attract interest from the investment and financial industry.... 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.
For more information see the course webpage
Get some tips on the art of
listening in this
video by our trainer Mariette Gross.
The scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
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
Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.
The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.
This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards... Read more
This course aims to offer a systems thinking and systems dynamics approach on agriculture as well as skills and tools to design innovative, resilient and sustainable food systems. It looks at how to balance between producing food, managing natural resources, dealing with uncertainty and providing an livelihood base for the rural population. It will move beyond the technical realm looking also at the role and involvement of public, private and civil stakeholders for inclusion of social, environmental, economic, and political aspects.
We invite technical staff, policymakers, scientists, private sector professionals and programme / project managers who want to build resilient and sustainable food system in their home countries, to enrol. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification and preferably several years of work experience in the agricultural domain.
- 20 April 2018
Application deadline: 2... Read more
I am a Consultant in Public Health, Counselling Psychology and Wellness, Managing Director of JSR Traders and Agri Bio Developments, a division of Ednel Minerals Marketing Group (T) Limited. Tutor, Online Facilitator, Mentor and Ambassador of People’s Open Access Education Initiative [Peoples-uni http://www.peoples-uni.org/], Manchester Metropolitan University [http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/] and African Changemaker Network [http://africanchangemakers.org]. I am the President of African Union Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly in Africa [EBAFOSA Tanzania Chapter http://www.ebafosa.org/] I designed a Five Year 2017-2021 Action Plan to support Tanzania Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, National Resilience and Food Security Day , National Inter Agency Task Force to monitor and evaluate interventions on adaptation and mitigation of Global Climate Change in Tanzania.JSR Traders executes an innovation that is positioning and branding the Health, Education,Environment, En... Read more
SMEs constitute around 80% of food manufacturing sector in Ethiopia and they play an important role in improving access to affordable and nutritious diets. However, most often they receive little attention in the nutrition agenda in the country.
I would like to share with you a proceedings of a joint field visit that was organized by GAIN in collaboration with UNICEF and Concern Worldwide with the aim of sharing experiences and progress of the Integrated Home Fortification (IHF) and Community Based Complementary food (CBCF) projects with key stakeholders including government officials from Federal and Regional levels, Kingdome of Netherland’s mission in Ethiopia, and partners working in the area of IYCF.
The visit was conducted on December 22 and 23, 2016 in four selected Woredas in Gulo Mekeda and Sassie Tseada Ambaworedas that are implementing the IHF project and in Seharti Samreand Endamehoni woredas that are implementing CBCF project. Click the... Read more
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 key take-home lessons from the journey include:
• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T... Read more
BY Mike Listman / July 19, 2017
He has been involved since the early 2000s in promoting quality protein maize (QPM). The grain of QPM features enhanced levels of lysine and tryptophan, amino acids that are essential for humans and certain farm animals. Wegary took part in a CIMMYT project that supported the release of five new QPM varieties.
Read the full Article from CIMMYT
Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs
African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.
Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce a competition for U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkage Seed Grant projects through the Public Diplomacy Grants program.
Three grant proposals will be funded up to $15,000 with a project duration of up to one year.
Agriculture and Food Security are among the key areas listed.
This funding opportunity will target seven first generation universities in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University, Bahar Dir University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Jimma University, Mekelle University, and the University of Gondar.
Deadline: August 24, 2017
The ETH Zurich World Food System Center, together with the Yamsys Project and the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire, is pleased to announce the call for applications for next year’s World Food System Summer School, “Food Systems in Transition,” which will be held from 27 January- 10 February 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. The two-week intensive academic course will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and a number of field sites.
The program spans the food system and includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors.
To apply, you must complete an online application form and submit (upload via the form) the following:
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
The Junior Consultant will work on the Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger Challenge (RI-ZHC) in the Social-Economic, Development and Policy Support Group (ESP).
Expected starting date is June 1, 2017. Expected end date of the assignment is November 30, 2017.
Please find the TOR attached.
Pertanian Indonesia menghadapi persoalan serius, tak hanya terkait problem daya dukung lingkungan yang semakin menurun, lahan yang terus menyusut, pasar yang tak seimbang namun juga degradasi petani. Setiap tahun jumlah petani terus menurun. Sementara generasi muda sedikit sekali yang terjun didunia ini. Data BPS menunjukkan hanya 12 persen dari total petani yang ada saat ini yang berusia dibawah 35 tahun. Sisanya merupakan petani tua. Hal ini dapat berpengaruh terhadap pembangunan perdesaan dimana pangan diproduksi serta ketersediaan pangan di masa yang akan datang.
Sehubungan dengan itu, Koalisi Rakyat untuk Kedaulatan Pangan (KRKP) bersama Oxfam di Indonesia dan KAIL yang tergabung dalam kelompok kerja Youth and Farming di jaringan Agriprofocus Indonesia menginisiasi kampanye regenerasi petani sebagai bentuk rekomendasi dari hasil kajian regenerasi petani bersama Kajian Strategis dan Kebijakan Pertanian (KSKP) IPB sebelumnya. Kampanye yang dimaksud adalah Pemilihan Duta Petani Petani Muda... Read more