Food security in times of climate change is the theme of the new Special on Agroberichten Buitenland. In 35 contributions, Dutch agricultural councillors outline the developments in the various countries to make agriculture more robust for climate change, and the role that Dutch companies from the agrofood and horticulture sector and knowledge institutions can play in this.
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Women are critical actors in food and nutrition security through their primary responsibilities in household activities, and have been the core of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)’s support in the region.
After the devastating earthquake of 2016 in the region, the ministry responsible for agriculture made a request for FAO technical assistance towards restoring agricultural livelihoods among its residents. Regional authorities, with support from FAO, set up a network of Farmer Field Schools as mediums for learning, exchanging agricultural knowledge, and multiplying quality seeds.
Since then, most smallholder farmers in the 16 mitaa hamlets of Bukoba municipality and 26 villages in Bukoba, Missenyi, Kyerwa, and Muleba districts have been fully involved in production of quality food crop seeds and planting materials to improve household food security availability, nutrition security, and incomes.
A renewed FAO partnership with the T
This training programme aims to improve the effectiveness of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Food Security and Nutrition programs by identifying and disseminating successful methods, tools, and practices. This will, in turn, improve the monitoring and evaluation skills of the personnel implementing food security and nutrition programmes in the implementing agencies.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This is a general training is targeting variety of programme staff, management team members and thematic staff, Project Management Officials, government officials, programme managers; policymakers and programme implementers; development practitioners and activists and NGO and CSO members, Research organizations among others for Agriculture support activities.
The training will enable participants to;
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The U.S. Government, in partnership with other governments, civil society, multilateral development institutions, research institutions, universities, and the private sector, will build on experience to date through Feed the Future to address these challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and advance food security and improved nutrition by focusing efforts around three interrelated and interdependent objectives:
Inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, as growth in the agriculture sector has been shown in some areas to be more effective than growth in other sectors at helping men and women lift themselves out of extreme poverty and hunger. It does this by increasing availability of food, generating income from production, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout value chains, and spurring growth in rural and urban economies.
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The United Nation, Food and Agriculture Organization is offering an online course based on trade, food security and nutrition for free.
Find the content of the course below;
The course consists of 7 lessons, organized in three units. Lessons last approximately 30 to 80 minutes each.
Unit 1: Introduction to Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 1.1 Definitions and Linkages between Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 1.2 Impacts of Trade on Food Security and Nutrition
Unit 2: Trade Policy Supportive of Food Security
- Lesson 2.1 Trade Policy Measures and Agricultural Development
- Lesson 2.1 Design and Implementation of Trade Policy Measures
Unit 3: Governance of Trade, Food Security and Nutrition
- Lesson 3.1 Introduction to the Multilateral Trading System
- Lesson 3.2 Policy Space for Food Security in the Multilateral Trading System
- Lesson 2.3 Towards Improved Governance for Trade, Food Security and N
The refresher course on the role of local Government planners on ensuring Local Economic Development for Food security is a 2 week EP- Nuffic funded training that will work with participants whose work addresses food security, agriculture, energy, infrastructure and financial services in East Africa.
It is particularly relevant for local government planners. It will support participants in developing integrated approaches to deal with the complexity of local economic development (LED) in these specific areas. In turn, this increased knowledge and skills will contribute to the capacity development of participants’ organisations.
Who can Participate:
You are an eligible candidate for the refresher course if you meet the following criteria:
Will there be algae tagliatella on our plates, combined with some insect chips, lab produced milk and fresh home-grown tomatoes from our rooftop kitchen garden? The question about our food future concerns many of today’s food experts, civil actors, policy makers and academics. Louise Fresco is one of them. As a food expert of the University of Wageningen she has been honoured by the University of Leuven for her groundbreaking research on this topic. In return she took us on a journey to our Foodture by sharing her experience, research and dreams.
One thing is clear from the beginning: how we will feed the future generations is a complex topic and calls for multi- angle, systematic solutions. Fresco’s discourse opens a debate on food, based on scientific facts and meanwhile accepting the complexity of the problem and solution.
Read the full article here with the more information:
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WAKANADA WALIUZIA NA WATANZANIA WAKAJIBU
Ni mara nyingi sana barani Afrika, mwananchi akapata fursa ya kusikilizwa na mashirikia au wadau wa maendeleo. Hii inasababisha ba umbali wa maeneo pamoja na ukosefu wa miundo mbinu ya kukusanya maoni ya wananchi. Hivi karibuni, shirika ilislo la kiserikali la Farm Radio International limeweza kushinda changamoto hizi na kuwasikiliza wananchi hasa wanaoishi vijijini kwa kutumia radio na simu za mkononi. Takribani watu 3000 waliweza kushirki kwenye kutoa maoni yao.
Mambo makuu yaliowakilishwa na wananchi ni:
1. Usalama wa kipato na chakula – Watanzania wengi walipendekeza kuwa uwekezaji kwenye kilimo, uvuvi na ufugaji ni njia inayoweza kuleta usalama wa chakula na kipato. Lakini pia msisitizo uliwekwa kwenye mafunzo na elimu.
2. Usawa wa kijinsia – Uboreshaji wa sharia za kijinsia ndio njia pekee ya kuporesha usawa wa kijinsia.
3. Kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa – Kuotesha miti, upandaji wa mazao yanayostahimili ukame... Read more
The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy is a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing.The aim of the ANH Academy is to foster a global community of interdisciplinary researchers working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
The objectives of the Academy are to:
1. Share innovative research in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health;
2. Stimulate the development and harmonisation of new research;
3. Help strengthen the capacity of the research community to undertake inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research;
4. Facilitate the uptake of robust evidence in policies and programming in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
Read much more here:
As family farming, nutrition and agrobiodiversity are increasingly put in the spotlight, Farming Matters focuses its attention on ‘underutilised’ crops. These are plant species that have been used for centuries or even millennia as food, fibre, fodder, oil or medicine, but are no longer very common. Many of these crops are of great value for nutrition, climate resilience and risk diversification. The globalisation of food systems, however, has led to a situation where currently a mere fifteen crops provide 90% of the world’s food, with three crops - rice, maize and wheat - making up twothirds of this total (FAO).
Different factors have pushed the revaluation of underutilised species. In rural and urban communities India, there is a revival of minor millets as nutritious and climate resilient food. Andean chef cooks ‘rediscovered’ a diverse range of potatoes, beans, tubers, and traditionally used vegetables and grains... Read more
The report is one of a series of commodity studies to be carried out by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) at the request of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). The general goal of these studies is to provide a comprehensive description of the commodity marketing channel from production to consumption to assist the ATA in its work of raising crop productivity and improving market efficiency.
Compared to other crops, pulses already have a low food wastage footprint, as illustrated in the chart below. FAO’s Food Wastage Footprint model (FWF) indicates that the contribution of pulses to total food wastage—including the carbon footprint and the blue water footprint—is low in all regions, making them an environmentally-friendly source of key nutrients. Pulses are also highly water efficient, especially in comparison to other sources of protein. For instance, one kilogram of cooked beef requires 10 times as much water than 1 kilogram of daal.
Read more here at the FAO Int Year of the Pulses website:
La deuxième et dernière journée de ce 13 novembre 2015 du premier forum sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle en lien avec la gouvernance foncière dans les communes du Bénin a été consacrée à trois communications essentielles suivies des débats :
- Communication 1 : Partage d'expériences de l'Alliance Sécurité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle (ASAN Bénin) sur le Projet Spécial des ONG pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle (ProSSAN)
- Communication 2 : Partage d'expériences de la Plateforme Béninoise pour la Sécurité Alimentaire (PBSA) en matière d'accompagnement des communes pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle des populations
- Communication 3 : Partage d'expériences de Synergie Paysannes (syndicat des paysans du Bénin) sur leur contribution active à l'élaboration du Code Foncier et Domanial (CFD) du... Read more
This workshop introduces participants to state-of-the-art knowledge and current debates on the linkages between land governance and food security in Ethiopia. Participants will share own experiences and learn about best practices in land governance, policies and regulations, and how to optimize the food security outcomes of activities. Topics are discussed in interactive mini-courses, presentations by local experts, solution-oriented workshops and field visits. Topics include: International and national land and food policies; The role of local governments, farmer organizations, civil society and private sector in land governance and food security; Access to land for food production; Gender issues in land governance and food security..
Participation fee is Birr 7300 (for board and lodging)
Find more info in the flyer or at LANDac: www.landgovernance.org
The Third Edition Food Processing & Packaging Expo attracted top Manufactures in food packaging innovations from 13 Nations. This took place on 3rd and 4th November 2015 at KICC. The Expo was a great opportunity for making new business contacts in Kenya as there is a rising demand for food packaging innovations. There are more retailors and super markets coming up thus the standards for packaged foods are rising.
“Value addition and food processing activities are going to be key to save food” said Dr Wilson Songa the permanent secretary in the ministry of industrialization and Enterprise Development who officially opened the Expo on 3rd November 2015. He pointed out that East Africa is a fast growing consumer market and there is great potential in agribusiness.
30% of food in Kenya is lost in retail stores and supermarkets. Good packaging of produce will ensure food safety, extended shelf life and reduce food... Read more
Food Security Vacancy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, based in Cotonou, Benin (in Dutch)
De ontwikkeling van voedselzekerheid en de private sector zijn speerpunten van het Nederlandse OS- beleid. Bijna 1 miljard mensen hebben honger en 2 miljard mensen hebben een chronisch tekort aan essentiële voedingsstoffen. In Benin ben jij verantwoordelijk voor de uitwerking van (nieuwe) beleid.
Als beleidsmedewerker analyseer je problemen binnen het huidige beleid en schrijf je (verbeter)plannen. Daarbij zorg je voor de goede uitvoering van het door jou ontwikkelde beleid en adviseer je over de toepassing ervan.
Het gaat bij de ontwikkeling van voedselzekerheid en de private sector niet alleen om de voedselproductie en -consumptie, maar ook over de verbanden daartussen. Denk hierbij aan de markt, infrastructuur en een stimulerend ondernemingsklimaat. Het Nederlandse program... Read more
In July 2015 the Netherlands Space Office granted ten projects out of the 33 project proposals submitted for the G4AW second call.
On Monday 21 September to Thursday 24 September the Netherlands Space Office organised the G4AWEEK2015 bringing together all G4AW projects and other stakeholders in the domain of food security and satellite data with the aim to share knowledge and identify synergies between projects and partners.
During the G4AWEEK2015 the ten new G4AW grantees of the second call presented themselves and the four running G4AW projects of the first call shared their lessons learned. Further, relevant G4AW related organisations like IFC, IFAD, GSMA, Syngenta Foundation, and CABI shared their knowledge and experience in the field.
The fourteen G4AW projects will implement a variety of information services ranging from weather forecasts and early warning to crop management advisory services combined with crop index insuranc... Read more
Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) is financed by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia, and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus. It has two windows of funding facilities: Innovation Grant (up to 100,000 Euros per project) and Matching Grant (up to 40,000 Euros per project).
Until now 29 projects under the Innovation Grant facility through four Calls and 20 projects under the Matching Grant facility through three Calls have been funded.
As a task of monitoring project statuses, Ato Desta Damena (the Fund Manager) was visiting a number of projects in different parts of the country. I to, representing AgriProFocus, was part of the visit.
In Wolayta, Send a Cow Ethiopia has been engaging on Taro value chain to organize and teach farmers a new way of processing, ma... Read more