Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 November 2018 at 06:51

AgroSpecial on Food Security in times of Climate Change (in Dutch)

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 October 2018 at 08:20

Joint efforts by Govt, FAO help to restore lives in Kagera

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.

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Training on Monitoring and Evaluation for Food Security an

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  10 September 2018 to 21 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Appleton Resort, Westlands Nairobi Kenya

Event Details: Training on Monitoring and Evaluation for Food Security and Nutrition Programs 


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.


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.


10 days


The training will enable participants to;

  • Gain insight into the principles of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment in food and n

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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 April 2018 at 10:06



Due date : 12 October, 2018

Presentation of the donor

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 October 2017 at 10:28

Apply for an Online e-Learning Course for Trade, Food Security and Nutrition!

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

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Anatole Majyambere Thank you for sharing dear Victoria. On the same link, I found so many other courses that could be of interest to members. Hope many people will benefit from this post

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Victoria Gama You are welcome, am glad that you find it useful and for others too Anatole Majyambere

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David Mpanga Looking forward to be part of dis  

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Deborah Namayi Muricho I really really enjoy the tutorial. Facts are stated clearly and concise. I have really learned alot so far. I have one more lesson to go. Am so grateful Victoria Gama for posting.

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ISS  Refersher Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  04 September 2017 to 15 September 2017 - All Day Event

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.

The Refresher Course is organized by the ISS and the Insititute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) by Professor Leo de Haan (ISS), Professor Adalbertus Kamanzi (IRDP), and Mr. Teun van Dijk (ISS).

Who can Participate:

You are an eligible candidate for the refresher course if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are an alumnus of a Dutch educational inst

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2017 at 03:32

Louise Fresco and the incomplete truth about food production and food security

An article from Veco

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 September 2016 at 08:39


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

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  20 June 2016 to 24 June 2016 - All Day Event

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:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 February 2016 at 12:46

Call for articles: Valuing underutilised crops (April 1, 2016)

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

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Wim, thank you for the information. This is interesting call and it seems many stories about underutilised crops in Indonesia. I need further information, though, is this call only for farming matters (AgriCultures) network country or the other country could apply?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 January 2016 at 03:11

FAO Checklist and guide for designing Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Investments

FAO has released a step-by-step approach to situation appraisal and programme design for nutrition-sensitive agriculture. The document (51 pages) expands on the 10 Key Recommendations for Improving Nutrition through Agriculture previously established through the FAO, the Agriculture-to-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut), and others. Stakeholder input as well as results of field testing were included prior to publication, and used to refine the suggested questions, information sources, and tips. Among the many agriculture-nutrition resources available, this stands out for its emphasis on operational questions and considerations, marking an important progression in getting practical tools in the hands of programme planners.​

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 January 2016 at 08:27

IFPRI Report - The wheat supply chain in Ethiopia: Patterns, trends, and policy options

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 January 2016 at 08:05

The food wastage footprint of pulses is low

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:



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  11 December 2015, 02:00-04:00
  Equator Hotel, Arusha

Post-harvest losses have been a big challenge in the Agriculture sector in the country. Approximately 37% of what is harvested is lost along the value chain. Do the Small holder Farmers and agriculture professional understand post-harvest issues? Are there any opportunities related to post harvest issues? Value Addition perhaps?

Want Answers for the above questions?

AgriProFocus Tanzania is organizing a public dialogue during its Annual Network Day with a theme of, Post-Harvest Issues:Rethinking Value Addition for Food Security and Nutrition.
The public dialogue aims at;
  1. Instilling a understanding of post-harvest issues on farmers and agriculture professionals
  2. Stimulate best practices for value addition to minimize post-harvest losses, enhance and improve on food security and nutrition
  3. Identify policies and advocacy actions concerning post-harvest and value addition
  4. Formulate recommendations on policy lobbying and advocacy actions
Who is this dialogue for
  • Farmers and agri-enterpre

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Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 13 November 2015 at 03:39

Fin du premier forum sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle en lien avec la gouvernance foncière dans les communes du Bénin :  

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

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HOUNDAGNON A. A. Jean-Eudes Quel forum!!!!! vraiment riche en connaissances et enpartage d'expérience. Nos paysans vont enfin pousser un ouf de soulagement lorsque le code foncier et de domaine sera mis en oeuvre.

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Méré CHABI BOUM O.B. Merci pour votre participation au forum. Les conclusion vous parviendront d'ici la fin de la semaine

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ONG GBEWA Merci Méré pour la bonne organisation du forum. C'était vraiment une réussite. On est ensemble pour la suite.

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AYEDEGUE Lionel C'était une première édition très riche!!!

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Akotchayé NANAKO Courage à vous tous pour la suite de la lutte

3 years 2 months ago


Land Governance & Food Security workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 December 2015 to 11 December 2015 - All Day Event

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:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 9 November 2015 at 07:46

Better solutions to food loss: 3rd Food Processing & Packaging Exposium 2015

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 November 2015 at 11:19

Food Security Vacancy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, based in Cotonou, Benin (in Dutch)

Senior beleidsmedewerker voedselzekerheid en private sector

Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 October 2015 at 10:14

G4AW 2nd call: 10 projects granted and presented at G4AWEEK2015

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 August 2015 at 05:57

Updates on FSRE Fund

4th Call Innovation Fund: Concept Notes Assessment Underway

4th Call Matching Grant Fund will be Announced Soon

Field Visits to FSRE Fund Projects

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

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