Multi-stakeholder action & food diversity from farm to plate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 October 2017, 18:00-19:30

Hivos, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government invite you to the following official side event at the 44thcommittee for World Food Security meeting (CFS44):


Despite their phenomenal productivity, current food systems are not oriented towards delivering healthy, diverse and high quality diets for people. Humans have utilized 7000 food plants over the millennia, however today over 60 per cent of dietary calories worldwide are derived from just four crops – wheat, maize, rice and potatoes. The result is a loss of diversity on the farm and on the plate, with damaging impacts on human health and the resilience of agroecosystems.

The event will launch and present policy recommendations that outline challenges and solutions to diversifying food production and cons

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Food Diversity: multi-stakeholder action needed!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 October 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event

Hivos and IIED promote food diversity at CFS 44th annual meeting

Article from Hivos website

From 9 to 13 October 2017, the UN’s Committee on World Food Security will hold its 44th plenary session (CFS44) in Rome. Organised annually, the CFS Plenary is the central body for global decision-making, debate, coordination, lesson-learning and convergence by all stakeholders on food security issues. Hivos is attending the conference and will organise a side-event about the need for multi-stakeholder action to safeguard diversity within the global food system.

Loss of diversity negative for health and agroecosystems

Organised together with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government, our event will dive deep into the challenges of the current food system. Hivos and our partners believe that despite its phenomenal productivity, the current food system is not oriented towards delivering healthy, diverse and high quality diets for all people. Today, over 60

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 2 August 2017 at 12:10

#Highlight2016: Campaign: Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2016

Tina Napitupulu, (former) Country Coordinator, AgriProFocus Indonesia:

“The Young Agripreneurz Ambassador is a competition and campaign organised by the Innovation and Learning Community Youth and Agriculture under the AgriProFocus Indonesia network. The goal of the campaign was to promote agri-entrepreneurship among youth and make agriculture more attractive as a source of income. The chosen ambassadors set up a campaign to show the young generation that agribusiness is cool and there are young farmer entrepreneurs who have been successful in developing their agribusiness, especially in Indonesia. The candidates who entered the competition were provided with a series of trainings and classes, including IT and business, value chain analysis, but also training in leadership and public speaking. We visited companies, a school, and even held a press conference with much media attention.

Our network involved various members and stakeholde

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 26 July 2017 at 03:14

Consultancy - ToR for a mapping study in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


Freedom of expression is the main measure of openness in a society, but globally, the space for free expression is dwindling. Resistance to this development is led by young frontrunners: artists, musicians, hacktivists, vloggers, writers etc. As these ‘young makers’ challenge the perspectives of older generations, they can break through the hegemonic structures in society.

In May 2017, Hivos launched its

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:08

Today is the start of the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York! It is a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This campaign by some of our Dutch members, raises awareness on Women Economic Empowerment.

Join the #HLPF2017 #FlowNL Twitter storm on women's economic empowerment from 10 to 14 July #genderequality #SDG5!  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 11:45

Our call to the next cabinet: Invest in Food Transition!

4th of July - Dutch Parliament - The Hague

A broad coalition of 45 parties urges the new Dutch cabinet in this manifesto to transition towards a sustainable food system, through which the Netherlands will contribute to green growth, healthy food for all, and a more peaceful world with less conflict and more stability. We ask the next government to invest in this, together with the private sector, consumers, civil society, farmers, education and science.

On July 4th a delegation of signatories presented the manifesto to the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. You can watch the livestream (in Dutch) HERE.

Masterclass FoodTransition

The work does not stop here! This manifesto was an initiative of the Food Security Policy Group of the AgriProFocus network. In September we will organise a Masterclass FoodTransition for Members of Parliament. If you are interested to join, please contact Sander Mager (Chair of the Poli

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Loes van Dijk Great!

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Sajji RYAKUNZE really great!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 June 2017 at 05:16

Promoting diversity on the farm – and the plate

As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 April 2017 at 03:58

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2017 at 01:34

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Seed - Uganda

There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems. 

Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!  

Dorina Prech Great video and insightful information there!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 March 2017 at 09:39

AgriProFocus Zambia collaboration with Hivos Women@Work Campaign

AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a two day workshop for Hivos during their  Annual Partners' Planning and Training Session held in Lusaka from February 27th to March 4th for Eastern and Southern Africa partners. This workshop was to help the Hivos partners and staff to have a better understanding of the Horticulture Value Chain in the East and Southern African region. The partners included women lawyers associations, labor and trade unions, and farmer organisations. Hivos and each partners see an opportunity to promote decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower, fruits and vegetable industries. 

We  introduced the partners to our Toolkits on Gender in Value Chains and It Takes Two to Trade that they can use in practice to identify the constraints women and men face in the horticulture sector. Presentations were given by network members and partners: Dutch E

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2017 at 08:36

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Hivos

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- serie we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

In this first vlog I take you to The Hague at the headquarters of Hivos. I talked to Frank Mechielsen, programme manager Sustainable Diets. He explains to us in 2 minutes how Hivos makes agribusiness work for development!

If you have any questions or comments on the video, please let me know in a comment below. Thanks!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 February 2017 at 09:12

Armyworm Maize Attack: A Case for Sustainable Food Production Strategy in Zambia

Blog post by William Chilufya, advocacy officer Sustainable Diets for All, Hivos Zambia

Maize - Zambia's most favoured crop - is under attack from alien armyworms. The pest has already invaded more than 10 percent of farms in the country. The army worms are caterpillars that "march" across the landscape in large groups feasting on young plants, leaving devastation in their wake.

In Zambia, maize is the primary staple crop, and over 90 percent of smallholders rely on it for food security and income. As with other countries in the region, maize dominates production. Despite being a beloved crop in Zambia and other countries in the region, maize is proving a costly crop both at production level and to the dietary needs of Zambia.

The armyworms have a voracious appetite and can eat through a whole maize field if not sprayed with highly expensive pesticides. Invaded fields could lose 30 to 40 percent of their crop

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Disrupt! Open Source Seeds

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 February 2017, 08:30-14:00
  Kenya Climate innovation centre, Nairobi

Invitation Disrupt! Open source seeds!

Market based solutions for open source seeds in Africa

Next week Hivos will organise a workshop at Kenya Climate innovation Centre - a coworking place in Nairobi - for social seed entrepreneurs followed by a PUBLIC EVENT!

This public event is the final part of a competitive ideathon event. Social seed entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa will pitch their improved ideas in front of jury and public.
The jury consists of William Kithui (Alphamundi), Paul Ohaga (KCIC) and Gloria Otieno (Bioversity International).
We are looking forward to a nice fruitful inspiring meeting with entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers, researchers, ngos ..... 

Please join to help bring the best ideas to the next level and meet your peers over lunch!

You can register via Ernest Chitechi - or 
Willy Douma - 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 January 2017 at 01:17

Akses Database Jaringan AgriProFocus

Untuk mempermudah anggota jejaring dalam melakukan kerja-kerjanya, semenjak kwartal akhir 2016 AgriProFocus mulai membangun database jaringan AgriProFocus di Indonesia. Database jaringan ini berisi informasi tentang program dan aktivitas, area kerja, isu pertanian yang dikerjakan, jaringan mitra lokal dan kontaknya, serta dokumen pengetahuan/pembelajaran. Kontribusi informasi dari empat organisasi yaitu Hivos, ICCO, Oxfam dan SNV menandai mulainya pembangunan database ini.

Setiap anggota jaringan AgriProFocus di Indonesia bisa mengkases database ini dengan menghubungi tim sekretariat AgriProFocus. Agar database terus tumbuh, setiap anggota yang mengakses diharapkan juga memberikan informasi tentang organisasi dan aktivitasnya.


Access AgriProFocus Network's Database

In order to increase member's networking accessibility, since fourth quarter of year 2016 AgriProFocus has been developing network database of AgriProFocus  Indonesia. This database contain informati

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 January 2017 at 01:16

Call to participate in the Gender in value chains Trajectory 2017 

It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].

Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.

AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.

Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.

Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 January 2017 at 12:00

Tiga Pengalaman Mengintegrasikan Gender dalam Rantai Nilai

AgriProFocus Indonesia menyelenggarakan Network & Learning Event kedua di tahun 2016 dengan mengundang Hivos Hub SEA, Swisscontact, dan Oxfam di Indonesia untuk berbagi strategi mereka dalam mengintegrasikan gender dalam rantai nilai. Acara ini berlangsung tanggal 01 Desember 2017, di Hotel Sahati, Jakarta.

Peran gender dalam rantai produksi dalam sektor pertanian sering kali belum diperhatikan. Ini berdampak pada banyak hal, seperti kurang tepatnya target penerima manfaat dari program peningkatan produksi, hilangnya kesempatan bisnis, pengelolaan usaha yang kurang efektif, hingga rendahnya kesejahteraan produsen (petani). Agar kinerja rantai nilai lebih efektif dan bermanfaat bagi perempuan dan laki-laki, perspektif gender sangat diperlukan dalam merancang program-program pengembangan bisnisnya.

Dari komoditas Kakao, kita belajar dari pengalaman Swisscontact membangun pendekatan yang sensitif gender. Di lapangan, perempuan pe

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Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 19 December 2016 at 02:00

Report: East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016 

Download Report Here

The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.

Key highlights

1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).

2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women int

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 19 December 2016 at 09:51

Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultants For Pig Farming Project

Hivos call for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultants to Develop Training Modules and Facilitate Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop For Pig Farming Project
Vacancy Name:
Consultants to Develop Training Modules and Facilitate Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop For Pig Farming Project
Number of hours:
January to March 2017 - 30 working days
Southeast Asia
Surabaya, West Flores, East Flores and Sumba Island areas

Background and Introduction

Since 2014, Hivos Southeast Asia has been implementing a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) project on behalf of the DFAT-funded Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (AIP-PRISMA) program. The project, entitled “Commercial Pig Rearing in Nusa Ten

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The East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016

Event posted by in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
  08 November 2016 - 08:30 to 11 November 2016 - 19:00
  Meru County

AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.


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Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 19 May 2016 at 09:25

I have the pleasure to share with you the Joint learning Platform newsletter.

The Joint Learning Platform (JLP) is an annual cross-learning platform whose partners are the Food Security Programme for Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) and the Sustainable and Secure Smallholder Systems program (4S@Scale). The two programs are co-funded through the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) and Private sector partners. They have a common objective of increasing farmers’ income through sustainable coffee productions systems and diversification. Read More about the JLP

Elijah Gakomo Thank you. I have have a long hard look at the coffee sector having grown up in coffee growing region and worked for a leading coffee exporter in Kenya. The sector have unique challenges but holds mega potential.

1 year 5 months ago

FRIDAH MBAYA coffee has great potential in Kenya, but at the same time faces great extinction. Its time we really appreciate the farmers who labor so hard on the farm by giving them a better price for their products. This can be achieved if we can sell our coffee as a finished product opposed to the raw material and the same is brought back to us as final product.

1 year 5 months ago

Elijah Gakomo Fridah, you Nailed it.

1 year 5 months ago

Elijah Gakomo I believe once you have a good coffee that is well packaged as per target market, e-commerce enables you to present your offering across the world efficiently.

1 year 5 months ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Elijah and Fridah, Glad to have you on board and thank you for your contribution. Let us explore ways to make coffee a prime product in the market. Thanks

1 year 5 months ago