Launching Forum Jejaring I-PLAN & Innovation Challenge

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  11 October 2018, 09:00-13:00

Sejak tahun 2017, AgriProFocus memfasilitasi Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) untuk mengimplementasikan program I-PLAN (Indonesia - Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition) di Indonesia yang berfokus pada ikan tongkol/tangkap laut untuk memastikan ketersediaan nutrisi. Program ini dimulai dari pemetaan susut hasil pascapanen ikan tongkol dan paparan hasil kepada publik melalui workshop serta menjaring masukan untuk desain program yang sesuai dengan konteks di Indonesia melalui roundtable discussion dan lokakarya. 

Kementerian Kesehatan dan Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) kemudian menandatangani kesepakatan pelaksanaan Indonesia-Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (I-PLAN). Salah satu kegiatan utama I-PLAN adalah terbentuknya kerjasama antar pemerintah dan pemangku kepentingan terkait dalam bentuk Forum Jejaring I-PLAN.  Agar jejaring I-PLAN dapat merangkul pihak yang lebih luas, maka diperlukan acara peluncuran forum Jejaring I-PLAN. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:05

Apply now for the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition

Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.

The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018.  For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition. 

Apply now or no later than September 1st, through

Application Process and Timeline

1) Ap

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Niek! Sarah Assefa, maybe you can announce this during the nutrition conference in Hawassa these coming 2 days?

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Niek van Dijk That would be great Sarah Assefa !

2 months 1 day ago

Mahder Akalu Of course! We will! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 19 June 2018 at 07:39

Pleased to inform you that the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Rwanda is inviting applications to our Second Innovation Accelerator Call for proposals 2018!   

This call is meant for Businesses that are already operating in Rwanda in agricultural Nutrition Space.

Visit: to know much about this call

 Deadline is 8th July 2018.  


Community of Practice Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  14 June 2018, 08:30-14:00

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) through the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods (Marketplace) project, is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Community of Practice (CoP) convening of 2018 with the theme: ‘’Complying with food standards and regulation to ensure food reaching consumer is safe and nutritious”. It will be held on Thursday 14 June 2018 from 8:30am to 14.00pm at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali.

GAIN has been implementing the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods project in Rwanda since 2015. The project is currently funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a goal of supporting Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the production of nutritious foods in Rwanda.

The Marketplace is a platform that fosters innovation and drives investment in the production, marketing, and consumption of nutritious foods made from locally-produced agricultural products. The Marketplace’s two-pronged approach supports a broad network of stakeholders, with information and

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 31 May 2018 at 03:01

Second Call for Proposals 2018 

The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its second Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018! This call is applicable to companies registered and operating in Kenya, targeting the low-income consumers with safe and nutritious diets.

The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. 

The application should be completed using the Innovation Accelerator application form and company self-assessment form, which can be downloaded along with application instructions (including eligibility and evaluation criteria) on the Marketplace website. Once completed the form should be saved as a PDF document and emailed to

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 May 2018 at 01:53


The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is currently implementing a project in Kenya titled, the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods which targets agricultural value chains and looks to shape markets to ultimately deliver more diverse and nutritionally rich diets.

As part of this project we will be providing both financial and technical assistance to small and medium size enterprises who are delivering nutritious foods to low income domestic markets. In order to help us do this, we are currently looking to build out our database of consultants that can support us in the delivery of this technical assistance. These technical assistance will be delivered through both joint/group trainings and tailored technical assistance to individual companies.

We are looking for expression of interests from consultants/experts in the following areas:

 Financial management

 Nutrition

 Accounting

 Product formulation and development

 Ma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 March 2018 at 03:14


The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) acts as a catalyst – bringing together alliances of governments, business and civil society to find solutions to the problem of malnutrition.

GAIN invites grant applications from eligible entrepreneurs for its Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Innovation Accelerator. GAIN is looking for your innovative ideas from across the food value chain that brings affordable, diverse and nutritious foods to market and contribute towards the fight against malnutrition.

Selected innovations will be eligible to receive technical assistance and / or funding to support their business innovation.

More info:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 February 2018 at 07:36

The Story of Postharvest Loss

Check out this video by GAIN to see the costs we are endured because of postharvest loss and waste in agriculture commodities. The damage are ranging from lost in income revenue, green house gasses, to malnutrition which is the most devastating impact caused by postharvest loss.

GAIN have been working  to eliminate food loss between the farm and the market through Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN). We are happy to work with the alliance by brought our network for Indonesia PLAN (I-PLAN)'s initial scoping last year. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 January 2018 at 02:38

I am pleased to announce that The Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) is accepting applications from promising enterprises for its February 2018, Enterprise Showcase in Nairobi.

We kindly request you to refer to us promising early stage social enterprises in your knowledge which meet the below criteria:

· Are in the sectors of Agriculture, Education, Clean Energy, Healthcare, Financial Inclusion, Water, and Sanitation clearly catering to rural, low-income, disadvantaged communities.

· Have an experienced and dedicated promoter team

· Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale

· Have some proof of concept on the ground, and are preferably generating revenues

· Are looking for funding in the range of USD 100K - USD 1mn

8 companies will be chosen from the applicants to get in-depth hand-holding and investment readiness support from the I3N team, and then be showcased to I3N angel investors for investment. Furthermore, these enterprises will

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME This is a great opportunity as i see!Thank you very much for sharing with us!

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 16 January 2018 at 02:08

New Call for Proposals January 2018 

Deadline for submission of these proposals is 6th February 2018 at 11:59 PM (East Africa Time).

The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its first Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018!

The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. It does this through improving access to knowledge, networks, technical assistance and funding by means of the following strategies: a) A Community of Practice for knowledge and networking; b) Innovation Accelerator to evaluate and provide advanced financial support and technical services to businesses showing the greatest potential for positive nutritional impact and business strength and; c) links eligible businesses with potential investors for further investment.

The application should be complet

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing this call Jillian! Dorina Prech, can we promote this through our social media channels as well?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2017 at 04:23

Implementing large scale inclusive agribusiness programs

Sound solutions for critical challenges

On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting  on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.

1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships

By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation

In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information

The Issue

Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 27 September 2017 at 09:39

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Workshop Merancang Aliansi Pengurangan Susut Hasil untuk Peningkatan Nutrisi (Indonesia Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition)

19 Juli 2017 lalu AgriProFocus Indonesia menyelenggarakan Workshop Desain I-PLAN bersama dengan Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) dan Dalberg. Acara ini membawa aktor kunci dalam rantai nilai ikan Tongkol untuk mendiskusikan dan mengeksplorasi program PLAN untuk Indonesia. Pertemuan ini menjadi titik awal penting untuk membangun aliansi, dimana pemangku kepentingan dengan peran berbeda dapat bekerja sama sekaligus mendukung inisiatif yang telah ada. Mengurangi susut hasil pasca panen dan limbah pada ikan Tongkol sangatlah penting mengingat banyak orang Indonesia, terutama anak-anak, menderita kekurangan gizi sedangkan terjadi susut hasil yang signifikan pada setiap tahap rantai nilai ikan Tongkol.

Kesenjangan ini dapat diatasi dengan cara mengurangi susut hasil dan limbah pasca panen ikan Tongkol, sehingga ketersedi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 8 September 2017 at 01:58

GAIN is hiring!

Senior Project Manager, Indonesia Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition

Location : Indonesia
Salary : Competitive
Job Advert

GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) to bring together the multitude of public and private sector actors addressing this issue to collectively reduce loss and waste of nutritious foods. PLAN acts as both a global nucleus for coordination, programming, research, knowledge exchange and investment on Postharvest food loss as well as a national hub in emerging markets for business to business (B2B) engagement.

The I-PLAN Senior Project Manager will work closely with the GAIN Global Team and the Indonesia Country Director to set up and implement the I-PLAN program and help strategically build a portfolio of activities. The position is responsible for operational delivery of a core business area or operation and has a significant management responsibility and operational impact. This is expected to be a

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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 AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 08:50

I am Alem Abay and work with GAIN as consultant in the capacity of Senior National Advisor for the SUN Business Network in Ethiopia. We are developing a national strategy to engage the private sector(large, medium and small industries) address nutrition by creating a Public-Private-Partnership(PPP) platform.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:38

Enabling environment: a prerequisite for a thriving agriculture sector 

We recently attended the 16th Community of Practice Convening by GAIN's MarketPlace for Nutritious Foods, a platform designed to strengthen networks, foster innovations and provide investment to bring affordable nutritious foods to market.

The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local entrepreneurs, investors and institutions working in agriculture and nutrition. Through periodic meetings and online discussions, the members explore solutions, share lessons learned and exchange knowledge about market opportunities and policy changes to improve the quality and delivery of nutritious foods.

The overarching theme of this year's convening was “support ecosystems in the agriculture and nutrition space”. The session brought the stakeholders to discuss the findings of a recent survey to the members of the Community of Practice on how the CoP platform addresses needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of the value chain

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Anne Marie Kortleve Great insights here Dorina! I think the AgriProFocus network can really contribute here, what are the next steps? Will we be further involved in this CoP?

1 year 2 months ago

Dorina Prech Thanks Anne Marie, indeed we shall continue to be engaged with the CoP and we thank Jillian Kanaiza Makungu for inviting us to be on the panel and to exhibit. We had a couple of people registered on the online platform with lots of interests from the SMEs engaged in nutritious foods to exhibit at the Network Day in October. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:55

Roundtable Discussion on Post Harvest Loss for Nutrition in Mango & Tongkol

After the workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition on March 21st 2017, GAIN futher explored post harvest loss in Mango and Tongkol with an in-depth study by Dalberg. The aim is to assess the post-harvest losses in these two value chains and identify potential intervention to bring Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in Indonesia by engaging key relevant stakeholders. Together with GAIN and AgriProFocus Indonesia, Dalberg presented their preliminary findings on Mango and Tongkol value chains through a round table discussion, on May 23 – 24th 2017 in Jakarta.

The broad topic areas covered during the roundtable are: an overview of the Mango and Tongkol value chains and associated Post Harvest Loss and Waste, the financing landscape for key actors involved in the Mango and Tongkol value chains, and potential opportunities and intervention areas as part of PLAN. Mr. Galopong Sianturi, Directo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:38

Workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition

According to FAO estimates about 1/3 of all food that is produced worldwide is lost or wasted between production and consumption. The impacts are social, economic and environmental as this wastage exacerbates hunger and under - and malnourishment of about 800 million people, leads to an estimated $940 billion in economic losses per year and has a significant impact on the use of water, cropland and greenhouse gas emissions (FAO, 2011). Turning this around we can also state that reducing food loss and waste offers opportunities for positive social, economic and environmental impact.

GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in order to decrease Post Harvest Losses and Waste (PHL/W) globally by “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains”, with a particular focus on those value chains that provide or have the potential to pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 April 2017 at 11:54

Can technology help to make fresh food available and affordable?

Poor dietary diversity in developing countries can be a key contributor to health problems because it increases the likelihood that people are not getting sufficient nutrients. Making fresh food more safe, affordable and available provides an opportunity to increase the variety of foods they eat and reduce malnutrition. Herbert Smorenburg, Senior Manager at GAIN writes.

The main drivers of dietary diversity are availability and affordability of micronutrient-rich foods such as horticultural crops, animal-sourced foods, pulses, and nutritious grains. Availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in particular, due to their seasonal production and perishable nature, present one of the greatest challenges. Without suitable technologies, such as pickling, fermenting, drying, cooling and freezing to conserve, store and process nutritious foods, the cost of such foods, and therefore the cost of better, diverse and

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Laura, thanks for sharing this :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 April 2017 at 04:07

I-PLAN goes Vietnam

Last week I was in Vietnam, where I also participated in the Regional Food Security Conference ‘Let’s get to work. Building a food secure future’. In her key-note address vice-Minister Marjolijn Sonnema rightfully added the word ‘together’ to the title: building a food secure future together. 

I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).

Food losses

In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translate t

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