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 Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 August 2017 at 02:05

Agroecology for Food Security and


Proceedings of the FAO International SymposiuM

Our global food system is at a crossroads. Agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. While past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. In many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental benefits while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods. Agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building syn

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 24 July 2017 at 01:25


Le New York Times, le Washington Post, la James Beard Foundation et Today, tous journaux américains ;ont tous désigné le sorgho comme une tendance alimentaire de 2017. Le Sorghum Checkoff a permis d'augmenter la promotion du sorgho en tant que super grain pour les consommateurs l'été dernier quand il a lancé

Comme tous les programmes de cotation, Sorghum Checkoff est chargé de créer et de créer de nouveaux marchés. Seulement 3% du sorgho est consommé comme nourriture aujourd'hui (le reste est destinée à l'alimentation du betail, de l'éthanol et de l'exportation), de sorte que le checkoff travaille à faire croître ce marché relativement nouveau et petit en sensibilisant les entreprises alimentaires, les chefs, les diététiciens, les meuniers, Les boulangers et les éditeurs de nourriture.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 07:39

“I want to be a key player in the battle towards the realization of food and nutritional security"

Breaking Ground: Dagne Wegary at a busy intersection on the maize value chain

BY Mike Listman / July 19, 2017

He has been involved since the early 2000s in promoting quality protein maize (QPM). The grain of QPM features enhanced levels of lysine and tryptophan, amino acids that are essential for humans and certain farm animals. Wegary took part in a CIMMYT project that supported the release of five new QPM varieties.  

Read the full Article from CIMMYT 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:03

East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 21st July 2017

Maize (9,489MT) was the highest traded commodity in the region in the week ending 21st July 2017, a decrease from the previous week (11,304MT). The price of maize is on a decline across all Kenyan markets, as many parts of the country have started harvesting fresh maize. The Government of Kenya’s promise to import more maize at a much lower price seems to have finally pushed the price of maize on a downward trend. Zambians and Malawi traders continue looking at exporting maize to Kenya, which seems to offer a much more favourable price, despite unconfirmed reports of Tanzania’s continual barriers towards Kenyan imports from Southern Africa region. Maize wholesale prices were highest in South Sudan, Juba Ksh83($0.80)/kg, and Burundi Gitega, Ksh72($0.69)/kg. The lowest prices were in Tanzania, Mbeya Ksh21($0.20)/kg and Uganda, Kampala Ksh24($23)/kg. Kenya reported the following wholesale prices Kisumu, Ksh60($0.

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Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

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Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz

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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?

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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 Kenya
Posted 12 July 2017 at 12:43

Marketing Nutrition: Shaping businesses for better nutrition

Consumers shop for food and not for Nutrition. People choose foods based on appearance, taste, convenience and cost. Educating consumers around the importance of better, more nutritious foods can help them make better food choices- but education alone will not change behavior. It is essential that we work together to create and foster businesses that provide foods that are desirable, accessible, nutritious and safe.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 09:31

Projections have Ethiopia shifting from 20% urban to 60% urban in 50 years... so window gardening may become more and more important for nutrition of urban populations.

Ted talk by Britta Riley on window gardening available via this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 27 June 2017 at 09:56

L’Entreprise MALISHO BORA pour la promotion des produits locaux

MALISHO BORA est une entreprise agroalimentaire spécialisée dans la fabrication des aliments pour enfants. Mme MATEGA NSHOKANO Sandra et son mari BECAS BUKANDA Ildefonse se sont lancés, depuis Février 2017, dans cette activité avec pour but de contribuer à la disponibilité des aliments pour enfants, un des besoins primaires des ménages.

« Dans nos Provinces, nous trouvons une gamme d'aliments pour enfants, mais importés pour la plus part et inaccessibles à un bon nombre des ménages. Ceci nous a incité, mon mari et moi à penser à la fabrication d’un produit pouvant palier à ce problème. La farine ‘’UJI NZURI’’  est désormais vendue sur le marché de la ville de Bukavu afin de procurer aux parents un aliment de qualité pour leurs enfants et à un prix abordable », explique Mme Sandra.

Appréciés par les consommateurs, ses produits sont vendus dans la ville Bukavu, notamment aux établi

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Akibodé Djodji

Un bon exemple de Co-entrepreneuriat familiale ,BRAVO vous etes sur un segment qui regorge de potentiel. Au Sénégal 14 marques de farine infantile sont présentes sur le marché , dont deux fabriquées localement.    Je dis bien 2 seulement, d'ou la nécessité de promotion des produits locaux , merci de nous montrer la voie, comme le chante feu Papa Wemba (Show me the way). Lonque vie à votre entreprise.

Au Mali, les marques de farine infantile sont généralement déclinées en plusieurs variétés en fonction des différents éléments constitutifs des produits.   

Les produits sont principalement commercialisés sous forme de pots, de boîtes en cartons, et de  sachets. La vente du produit se fait auprès des libre- services (grandes surfaces, superettes, boutiques de stations, épiceries), des pharmacies, et des boutiques de quartier auprès desquelles on ne trouve presqu’ exclusivement qu’une seule marque (Cérélac).C'est triste, nous ne le dirons jamais assez, "produisons ce que nous consommons, et consommons ce que nous produisons" mais bien sur avec des exigences de qualité.

Le prix des farines pour bébé est très fluctuant. Au sein d’une même marque, on peut constater entre les différentes variétés proposées, des écarts de prix très significatifs. 

 De l’avis des commerçants , la motivation à l’achat de farine infantile serait fortement dépendante du prix, de la disponibilité et des éléments constitutifs du produit. En outre l’achat de farine se fait souvent sur prescription du pédiatre ou médecin.Donc Madame ,vous devez aller prospecter du coté des pédiatres, des pharmacies et certifier votre produit Les farines infantiles sont de façon générale utilisées par la quasi-totalité des mères.. Les mères utilisent les farines infantiles en raison du fait  qu’elles estiment que cela aide à varier l’alimentation de l’enfant, inspire confiance, contient les ingrédients nécessaires, en raison également du caractère  hygiénique et riche en vitamines. Les mères pensent   

qu’à partir de 6 mois le lait maternel ne suffit plus et qu’il faut commencer à y associer d’autres aliments. Elles considèrent également  que les farines infantiles conviennent à cet âge. Elles la perçoivent comme un produit indispensable du fait qu’il contient tous les ingrédients nécessaires au développement et à la bonne croissance de l’enfant. La farine aide les mamans à gagner du temps, à s’occuper et à avoir des activités professionnelles Aliment donné aux jeunes enfants en complément du lait maternel, une farine infantile doit répondre à certains critères pour couvrir leurs besoins nutritionnels. Elle doit être salubre, accessible,  au plus grand nombre d'enfants et avoir une bonne valeur nutritionnelle. Mme vous êtes avec AgriProFocus RDC, profitez-en.  On est ensemble

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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 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 Indonesia
Posted 6 June 2017 at 05:25

Eksplorasi Solusi Pertanian Pangan lewat Idea Jam

Pada 2050, 70% penduduk dunia akan terpusat di area urban, terutama negara-negara Asia seperti India, China dan Indonesia. Tanpa inovasi yang memadai, area urban akan kesulitan memenuhi kebutuhan pangan penduduknya. Pangan tak bisa dilepaskan dari peran pertanian. Selain jumlah penduduk yang makin meningkat, sektor pertanian menghadapi berbagai tantangan seperti perubahan iklim, kemiskinan, akses terhadap sumberdaya tanah dan air. Di sisi lain, kelaparan termasuk malnutrisi dan pangan yang terbuang masih terjadi dimana-mana. Petani pun masih menghadapi ketidakpastian pasar dan fluktuasi harga. Hal-hal ini tak bisa diselesaikan dengan bisnis seperti biasa, perlu terobosan kewirausahaan sosial untuk menjawab tantangan tersebut.

AgriProFocus Indonesia memfasilitasi anggota jaringannya dalam Idea Jam #1 untuk memikirkan bersama solusi persoalan pertanian pangan, 20 Februari 2017 lalu. Acara ini menantang peminat kewirausahaan sosial untuk m

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2017 at 12:57

World Bank Group – WBG-NL Partnership “Food for All”

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

In May 2015, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group signed a “Food for All” Partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to increase knowledge, support job creation, and secure the long-term sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. “Food for All’’ brings together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

The agreement focuses on strengthening collaboration in key strategic areas such as food, nutrition and health; inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth with a focus on pro-poor value chains and market transformations that better link farmers to markets; and ecologically sustainable food systems for climate-smart, resilient agriculture.

The aim is to match cutting-edge Dutch technical expertise and private sector innovation with programs and investments by the World Bank and

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Posted by Janine Schoeman in AgriProFocus Netherlands 1 June 2017 at 08:15

Open data benefits for agriculture and nutrition

Article from Food & Business Knowledge PlatformCurated from

This issue of ICT Update (PDF) by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) portrays how GODAN and other stakeholders are creating a global open data movement in agriculture and nutrition from the perspectives of its users by showcasing some of the best practices and the most common challenges in this field. The article ‘The impact of open data on smallholder farmers‘ discusses the degree to which more freely available data could be of use to smallholder households and the current impact of existing open data initiatives. There is a lot potential, but a lack of reliable and contextualised data is currently working against smallholder farmers. Potential benefits for smallholder farmers are identified as increased participation and self-empowerment, improved or new products s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 May 2017 at 09:34

Open data benefits for agriculture and nutrition

Article from Food & Business Knowledge PlatformCurated from

This issue of ICT Update (PDF) by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) portrays how GODAN and other stakeholders are creating a global open data movement in agriculture and nutrition from the perspectives of its users by showcasing some of the best practices and the most common challenges in this field. The article ‘The impact of open data on smallholder farmers‘ discusses the degree to which more freely available data could be of use to smallholder households and the current impact of existing open data initiatives. There is a lot potential, but a lack of reliable and contextualised data is currently working against smallholder farmers. Potential benefits for smallholder farmers are identified as increased participation and self-empowerment, improved or new products s

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La patate douce à peau orange pour améliorer les revenus et la nutrition, Nigéria


Workshop: Nutrition-Sensitive Ag. through Homegardening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  31 May 2017, All Day Event
  EU Delegation (Across the street from Desalegn Hotel), Addis Ababa

The EU/AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture invites you to the first workshop of this year to discuss the topic of homegardens. This first workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Homegardens Network. In the morning, we have different guest speakers talking about their experiences with homegarden projects and how homegardens can contribute to better nutrition while also talking about the success and failures in their implementations. Working group discussions will be held in the afternoon to exchange knowledge, best practices and challenges regarding homegardening and its impact on nutrition.

This full-day workshop will be held at the EU Delegation, on Wednesday 31 May from 9AM-4PM.

Since space is limited, we will allocate space for interested people on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to participate, please register with Ms. Ursula Truebswasser,, or with Mr. Pierre-Luc Van Haeverbeke, pierre-luc.vanhae

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Aflatoxins and Extension in Zambia Webinar

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 April 2017, 15:30-16:30

Mark your calendars! You are invited to an INGENAES webinar focusing on how agricultural extension services can help support women’s strategies for reducing household exposure to aflatoxins.

Link to Invitation

When: April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM Central

Time (US and Canada)/15:30 Central African Time (Zambia)

Topic and Background

  • What are the household-level factors that constrain Zambian women farmers’ ability to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts?
  • What is the potential role of agricultural extension services (AES) for helping women decrease household mycotoxin exposure?

Dr. Alyson Young (University of Florida) will lead the discussion as we dive into this topic. Aflatoxin contamination of staple crops poses an important risk to nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing aflatoxin contamination is complicated by its ubiquity in staple foods and the need for multisectoral approaches to address contamination issues.

This presentation is an overview of research on women’s kn

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