Livelihoods

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 hours ago

DISCUSSION ON FOOD SECURITY

When we last had this discussion on agriculture/food insecurity and what is ailing our production, we discussed planning or the lack of it. In this sector what has inhibited growth of it. Today I wish to discuss another aspect touching on the structures of management in this sector.

In most parts of the developing world, governments seem never to plough back proportionate resources to the agricultural sector as to its production. This has over the years made it difficult to retain or to recruit qualified staff in the sector. Let’s take extension services as an example of a service that’s responsible for disseminating Knowledge, technology, agricultural information and linking farmers to other actors of the economy. In most African countries except for a few, these services are as well as dead. Considering the importance of extension services in promoting and transforming of subsistence farming to modern and commercial agriculture, it would be considered unw

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jun
18

Gender Approaches to Agriculture

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  18 June 2018 - 09:00 to 22 June 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

 Event: Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 18th – 22nd June 2018.

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INTRODUCTION

Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people of all walks in life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the di

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may
21

Agro-Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation

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  21 May 2018 - 09:00 to 25 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Agro Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 21st – 25th May 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Markets are important for rural transformation and poverty alleviation. They provide the direct means through which the poor participate in economic activity as producers (farmers, business groups); as employees (providers of labor); and as consumers (of goods and services).

Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable bene

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may
21

Irrigation and Operational Maintenance Course

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  21 May 2018 - 09:00 to 25 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Irrigation and Operational Maintenance Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 21st – 25th May 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Irrigation can be used to produce outcomes in terms of crop production. Irrigation schemes may also have other outcomes. It is now playing a more important role in agriculture than ever before. However, depending on the climate, the value of the plants or animals, the value of the land and it's suitability for irrigation, the cost, reliability and quality of the water supply, irrigation may or may not be possible or feasible.

Irrigation may enable plants (i.e. crops, pasture) to be grown in a dry climate where it would not otherwise be possible, or it may supplement the existing rainfall and improve growth rates by extending the growth period of the plant, or by ensuring there is adequate moisture during critical periods when the plant is growing mo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 April 2018 at 05:49

Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance

Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya's rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.

The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. As a result of th

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may
07

Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses

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  07 May 2018 - 09:00 to 11 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 07th – 11th May 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide.

While the number of food insecure population remains unacceptably high, massive quantities of food are lost due to spoilage and infestations on the journey to consumers. However, one of the major ways of strengthening food security is by reducing these losses. It is of high importance in the effort to combat hunger, raise

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16

Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

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  16 April 2018 - 09:00 to 20 April 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Event: Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 16th - 20th April 2018.

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INTRODUCTION

Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people from all walks of life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity among different groups o

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02

Livelihoods Assessment and Analysis

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  02 April 2018 - 09:00 to 06 April 2018 - 17:00
  Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Livelihoods Assessment and Analysis Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event date: 02nd April- 06th April 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Livelihood means the means of making a living. In a food security context it refers to people, their capabilities, their assets (both material and social), their income and activities required for a means of living that include ways to obtain food.

Livelihood assessments serve to identify the most appropriate livelihood interventions. The interventions aim to provide livelihood protection, rehabilitation or promotion, depending on the context. This training programme introduces the concept of livelihoods and provides guidance on assessing and analyzing livelihoods in different food security contexts and on selecting and interpreting livelihoods indicators.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:

· Understand basic concepts in livelihood analysis.

· Unde

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mar
26

Agriculture Value Chains Course

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  26 March 2018 - 09:00 to 30 March 2018 - 17:00
  Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Agriculture Value Chains Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 26th March– 30th March 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Value chains are a key framework for understanding how products move from the producers to the customers. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand the business to business relationships, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value.

It provides a reference point for improvements in services and the business environment. It is a vehicle for pro-poor initiatives and for linking small businesses with the market. Value chains therefore reside at the core of high-impact and sustainable initiatives focused on improving productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and SME growth.

This one week course will provide hands-on training in Agriculture value chains and the application

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mar
26

Promoting Entrepreneurship & Agribusiness

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  26 March 2018 - 09:00 to 30 March 2018 - 17:00
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Event: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 26th March– 30th March 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development are the best hope for reviving weak world economies. Entrepreneurs cannot do it alone; they need an enabling environment in which their business can grow. This course is designed to give insights into the basic requirements for increasing the level of entrepreneurship in communities at local and national levels.

In order to build the capacity of Development professionals who are actively engaged in the Agriculture and food security activities in governmental and non-governmental organizations to support efforts in improving survival rates of Agribusinesses that currently have a high rate of failure, (I.e. 70 to 80 per cent of new businesses end their operations in their first year. And of those that survive, o

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sep
17

Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

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  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 September 2017 at 08:14

Smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change and determinants of their adaptation decisions in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Abrham Belay, John W. Recha, Teshale Woldeamanuel and John F. Morton

Abstract

Background

The agricultural sector remains the main source of livelihoods for rural communities in Ethiopia, but faces the challenge of changing climate. This study investigated how smallholder farmers perceive climate change, what adaptation strategies they practice, and factors that influence their adaptation decisions. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study, and a multinomial logit model was employed to identify the factors that shape smallholder farmers’ adaptation strategies.

Results

The results show that 90% of farmers have already perceived climate variability, and 85% made attempts to adapt using practices like crop diversification, planting date adjustment, soil and water conservation and management, increasing the intensity of input use, integrating crop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 July 2017 at 09:08

Exciting Job opportunity for a Livelihoods and Markets Technical Lead!

Does working in Northern Kenya excite you? Have you built your career supporting rural communities create businesses and access markets as a pathway out of poverty?

If so join BOMA Project, a Nanyuki based NGO as their Livelihoods and Markets Technical Lead.

Application details here http://bit.ly/JoinBOMAteam

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 14 March 2017 at 05:03

Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director

The Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) is implementing a USAID-funded initiative in Uganda focusing on the Karamoja sub-region with the primary goal to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations working to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity and strengthen transformative opportunities. The project is planned to start in October 2017 and operate for a minimum of five years.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of the Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director (SLSD).

This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.

Position of: Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Directorender Advisor

Locations: Uganda

Job Category: Senior-level, Full-time staff position

Deadline: 13th April, 2017

Full Job details & how to apply here

Note:

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 February 2016 at 08:47

Shaping Sustainable Markets

Courtesy of Emma Blackmore - IIED , Delia Grace - IIED and Silvia Alonso - ILRI

When five per cent of milk fails to meet standards, you have a problem with milk. When 50 per cent does not meet standards, you have a problem with standards. In developing countries, perishable food is mostly sold in informal markets and often does not meet national food safety standards. Government regulation in informal markets has not improved food safety in the past and formalization does not guarantee safe food. New approaches, based on gradual improvements and an inclusive path to formalization, show greater promise. A scheme to train and legitimize dairy traders in Kenya has revealed benefits for public health, farmers, vendors and consumers. But governments must withstand pressure from vested interests and show genuine commitment to supporting progressive, effective and inclusive Policies if these are to be successful.

Read the entire report here