In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:
first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs” by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP,
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene
Life Beyond Maize shows a farmer and father, the Minister of Agriculture, and a mother, who all became convinced of the need to diversify: their crops, their consumption patterns, and also the national policies that support those. Zambia's double malnutrition burden - stunting and overweight - has a major cause, i.e. the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 per cent of agricultural produce is maize.
The Hivos and IIED Sustainable Diets for All programme helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian production and supports consumers to diversify their diets. "Food diversity counts!"
Summary (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)
This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper... Read more
A three-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. Presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs organized by farmers’ groups.
Purpose of the Conference: To build knowledge and generate compelling narratives around agro-ecology as a genuine and holistic alternative to industrial food systems, and to strategically engage key stakeholders, including government actors, to support alternative food systems for better health and nutrition.
The conference will discuss the following five thematic areas:
1. Food systems (production and process) and policies;
2. Ecological organic agriculture and African agriculture challenges (climate change adaptation, biodiversity, soil health, poverty reduction etc.);
3. Seed systems and food sovereignty;
4. Land access and rights, knowledge and investment capital for smallholder farmers;
5. Agriculture, nutrition and health.
ABSTRACTS: Please submit... Read more