In the December Newsletter, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) indicates that Food and Nutrition Security in conflict sensitive areas is nowadays high on the policy agenda and a priority theme of the Platform. In the newsletter a report is presented about the recent Food _ Stability mission to the Horn of Africa, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO, joined by the F&BKP.
Furthermore the Platform shares an inventory by Nuffic on Dutch-African partnerships in support of SHAEA; an update on the food systems approach and insights of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report.
The rewarded projects under the LEAP-Agri and the Seed Systems Development call are also presented; and the findings of several Global Challenges Programme (GCP) projects and an interview with a team member of the research consortium of the successful GCP aquaponics project.Read more
Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
I have been working on a peer to peer video learning platform for farmers and I Just finalized working on the the MVP. Please check it out at www.icedtube.com.
I developed it with the aim of making agribusiness knowledge/information available to all for free. Please feel free to share your feedback on how I can make this platform better or advice on the challenges that I may encounter going forward.
Agriculture is a science, art, practice and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies. However, all farming generally relies on techniques to expand and maintain the lands suitable for raising domesticated species. Agriculture is the only culture on the earth which doesn't have an alternative. Which is why a research project on the Agribusiness community in Uganda has been launched under the theme: "Progress and Impact of AGRI-QUEST"
The AGRI-QUEST project was premised on the foundation that despite the benefits of embracing ethical behaviour and quality standards in agri-businesses to strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for accelerated transformation, value chain actors (VCAs) in Uganda do not exhibit sufficient competence in e... Read more
Plateforme de Connaissance en affaires et Alimentaire.
La plateforme alimentaire et d'affaires en collaboration avec ses partenaires conjuguent leurs efforts pour développer l'économie émergente des Hollandais et celles des pays en voie de développement. Pour se faire la plateforme facilite les échanges de connaissances disponibles telles que la Co-création de connaissance, l’utilisation des solutions évolutives qui rendent la production alimentaire et la distribution plus accessibles.
Pour plus d'informations sur les activités de 2017 cliquez sur: http://knowledge4food.net/gold-standard-exploring-added-value-dutch-knowledge-platforms/
Source: Food & Business knowledge platform.
The Dutch Knowledge Platforms are said to ‘have gold in their hands’. A recently launched learning review provides insight into the achievements and added value of the five Knowledge Platforms since their kick-off three years ago.
While the Knowledge Platforms are diverse in their organization and strategy, the reviewers identify common “gems”. These include the multi-stakeholder approach that lies at the core of their institutional strategy. The Platforms do not operate in a vacuum, they are positioned in a context of diverse actors (ministries, NGOs, research institutes, consultancies, businesses, etc.). This shows that their approach is not installed to fulfil only the needs of the Dutch government, but a meaningful way to take stock of multiple perspectives in order to achieve a greater good. Other achievements mentioned in the learning review are the c... Read more
Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)
PAINT aims to bring together local, regional and international agribusinesses to build long term sustainable business relationships.
The initiative shall support the growth of the agribusiness sector by linking investable and profitable agribusinesses in the sectors of horticulture, coffee, oilseed, dairy & livestock to financing , technology, knowledge and markets.
1. To connect prequalified agribusinesses to financing
2. To link buyers to suppliers of inputs (commodities, equipment and services)
3. To link investors to investable businesses and opportunities
4. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology among businesses
ActivitiesWe are currently receiving application from interested businesses in the sectors mentioned above who wish to participate in the trade and investment matchmaking event that will take place on 5th & 6th October 2... Read more
How do we apply new knowledge and resources so extension services will provide more equitable support to both men and women farmers and contribute to improved nutrition? Does this question cause you to sit up and want to engage? Then read on because there is an upcoming opportunity to join us in Zambia in January 2017.
This is not your average symposium. It’s three days of sharing past experiences, human-centered design, and innovations in gender and nutrition issues in extension. Bring your questions, knowledge, enthusiasm, and even your skepticism. Leave with a holistic sense of the patterns and values of gender equity in agricultural extension and its connection to nutrition. In your “pocket” you will have new ideas, as well as the newly honed skills, access to resources and tools, and connections nee... Read more
With the links below find an insightful report from the RVO-EKN learning event held on 26-27th January 2016 and a video capturing key lessons.
As a knowledge network, we look forward to hosting more insightful knowledge sharing and experience sharing platforms.
Insightful meeting with Agriculture counselor, Bert Rikken and Agriculture officer Liz Kiamba at the Dutch embassy in Nairobi during our Managing Director's Mr Sander Mager visit to Kenya accompanied by the network facilitator.
A two day event for people who enable and facilitate different types of participatory multi-actor events, processes, engagements. With a strong emphasis on interaction and rich participation. We look for people to join to share and learn; also people who have a specific approach or experience they want to share, explain or improve.
Costs USD110 for both days, covering lunches and breaks and expert facilitation.
Follow this link for more info: http://ilri-events.wikispaces.com/2015_Process_ShareFair
A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme
of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation
for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity
to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while
discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of
each of the exhibitor countries
Tanzania will participate in the World Exposition (EXPO 2015) Milan, Italy under the Spices cluster. The theme of the Expo is "Feeding the Planet Energy for Life". During the Expo, there will be an extraordinary universal event displaying tradition, creativity and innovation in the business of food where more than 147 countries will participate. Tanzania will showcase different opportunities related to spices, investment, tourism, and culture among other issues.
During the Expo, the following topics will be discussed in relation to food production, availability, nutrition and cultu... Read more
This is where you can access additional knowledge related to how to improve on food processing, storage, and other post-harvest handling issues. The network is a Dutch initiative that brings together stakeholders from universities, ministries, private sector, civil society.
It is closely collaborating with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform around the theme 'Food Wastage'. See the Platform's website too: Link
6th Call for Proposal under the Graduate Research Grants (GRG)
RUFORUM announces its sixth call for proposals for graduate research grants. The broad theme is "innovation for sustainable crop systems and/or livestock systems within value chains that improve smallholder incomes." The lead applicant must be from an eligible RUFORUM Member University. Universities not eligible for the award of grants are encouraged to participate by twinning with eligible member institutions. The deadline for proposals is 12 February 2015.
New booklet on Integrated Soil Fertily Management - Fertile Ground Initiative!
Part of Fertile Grounds Initiative, a partner of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
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