food security

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 04:21

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 09:13

The Important Role of SMEs in Ethiopia

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

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Gizaw Legesse Dear Alem Abay , Thank you for sharing us this relevant insight about SMEs. Please keep on bringing it.

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 August 2017 at 02:05

Agroecology for Food Security and

Nutrition

Proceedings of the FAO International SymposiuM

Our global food system is at a crossroads. Agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. While past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. In many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental benefits while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods. Agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building syn

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

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 full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 07:39

“I want to be a key player in the battle towards the realization of food and nutritional security"

Breaking Ground: Dagne Wegary at a busy intersection on the maize value chain

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 

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

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.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

1 month 12 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 03:16

Seed Grant for University Projects in Ethiopia

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

How to Apply: https://et.usembassy.gov/u-s-ethiopian-university-linkage-seed-grant-competition/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 May 2017 at 09:10

World Food System Summer School 2018 application window now open  

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:

  • your curriculum vitae (maximum two pages and in English)
  • a motivation letter (in English). The motivation letter should communicate your answers to the following th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 May 2017 at 08:25

Horticultural exports – a threat or a boost to food security?


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 May 2017 at 09:14

Position Junior Consultant Food Security and Nutrition at FAO regional office for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok) 

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. 



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Diskusi Publik Regenerasi Petani 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  25 April 2017, 09:00-12:30
  Bakoel Koffie, JL. Cikini Raya No. 25 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 April 2017 at 04:05

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuniti

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Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

You are Invited!

Date: 18 April 2017

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)

Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international co

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 6 April 2017 at 04:45

A new network and fresh perspectives on Nuffic Alumni food security event Yangon

On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.

All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGO’s, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.

On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.

Critical questions to the government

The aft

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Wim Goris thanks for the update. will you circulate presentations too?

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Bente Meindertsma Yes, we sent around the presentations to all the participants. If you're interested, I can share them with you too. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 April 2017 at 11:59

4 Job opportunities at the international Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

The international Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a Public international Organization governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The nonprofit centre focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

lFDC is recruiting staff tor a current call for proposal for a potential 46 month project, focusing on interventions in the potato value chain for the following positions;

Position 1: Nutrition and Communication Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 2: Potato Expert & Team Leader

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 3: Short term Nutrition Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 4: Short term Potato Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Duty Post: Mbale District covering neighboring districts in the proximity of Mt Elgon

Duration: 45 months project expected to start latest October 2017

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 April 2017 at 07:31

Improving nutrition through biofortification: A review of evidence from HarvestPlus

Article from sciencedirect.com

This review article (PDF) in Global Food Security Journal summarizes key evidence from the HarvestPlus program on how biofortification has helped improve nutrition worldwide between 2003 and 2016. Delivery experiences in various target countries (Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) are discussed, as well as farmer and consumer adoption. Since 2003, HarvestPlus and its partners have demonstrated that this agriculture-based method of addressing micronutrient deficiency through plant breeding can be successful. More than 20 million people in farm households in developing countries are now growing and consuming biofortified crops. The article highlights a few common themes that have emerged among successful delivery programs. First, multiplication of sufficient planting material is a crucial first step. Second, demonstration trials have been key in driving

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Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.

On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.

Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

April 18

The main goal of the publication is to inform

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 March 2017 at 02:01

Taro Flour Innovative Project of Send a Cow wins the 2017 Bond Innovation Award

The project was funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ethiopia via the FSRE Innovation Fund

Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services. Annually it awards innovations supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential.

The Taro flour innovation processes taro in to flour to extend shelf life and improve food security of Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Read a story posted earlier.

Send a Cow Ethiopia received an innovation grant through the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund), financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia, and m

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 March 2017 at 07:19

BCFNY YES! YOUNG EARTH SOLUTIONS RESEARCH GRANT COMPETITION

BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability.  

The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.

The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.

Research fields

The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/o economic aspects. Areas of particular interest include:
  • Sustainable and healthy diets;
  • Urban food systems and policies;
  • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology;
  • The nexus between climate cha

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 14 March 2017 at 05:03

Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director

The Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) is implementing a USAID-funded initiative in Uganda focusing on the Karamoja sub-region with the primary goal to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations working to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity and strengthen transformative opportunities. The project is planned to start in October 2017 and operate for a minimum of five years.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of the Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director (SLSD).

This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.

Position of: Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Directorender Advisor

Locations: Uganda

Job Category: Senior-level, Full-time staff position

Deadline: 13th April, 2017

Full Job details & how to apply here

Note:

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All

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