Policy

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 October 2018 at 05:05

Climate Change Job Vacancy at GIZ Uganda

Position: Junior Advisor Climate Policy, GIZ Uganda

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ Uganda)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Deadline for Application: 12 October 2018

Job details and how to apply here

GIZ brief:

We develop tailor-made solutions to challenging problems for our clients. As a competent service provider, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives. Visit our website for more information

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 September 2018 at 09:44

Vacancy announcement at WFP

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. WFP cherishes and takes pride in its human capital; therefore, we seek to recruit competent persons for the position below;

Post Title 1Monitoring and Evaluation Officer 

Grade: SC8

Contract TypeService Contract

Duty Station: Arua

Latest date for submission of applications: 4th October 2018

Job details here

Post Title 2Programme Policy Officer (Post-Harvest Management)

Grade: SC9

Contract Type: Service Contract

Duty Station: Kampala

Latest date for submission of applications: 18th October 2018

Job details here

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ),

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 September 2018 at 07:15

EAC Gender Policy launched on Monday 17 September, 2018 in Arusha

The East African Community (EAC) Gender Policy has been launched, with a call to member states leaders and stakeholders to use it to deliver gender equity and equality to all East Africans. The policy is aimed at mainstreaming gender in all aspects of the EAC integration process by promoting the different and complementary roles of men and women in all regional activities. 

The policy will further strengthen the mainstreaming of gender concerns in the planning and budgetary processes of all sectors in the EAC organs, institutions and partner states. 

In August 2012, a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers directed the secretariat to develop policies on gender equality, youth, children, social protection and community development. Broad consultations with gender experts, civil societies, interest groups and all stakeholders have since been held on development of a responsive policy document to ensure that the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 September 2018 at 12:44

Effective targeting of farmers

Looking for good practices from AgriProFocus network members

Key question

Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?

Background

Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.

As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.

What cases are we looking for?

A project/programme that used a particular targeting str

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MUBARAK INUWA Effectiive Targeting Of  Farmers:If  an Agririan is asked, how can he effect targeting farmers, in his farming operation for the benefit of farmers who produce crops or animal husbandry.The answer perhaps, might be by adapting the knowledge of Agricultural services skills.This would give a farmer how he would achieved in raising a profitable farming practices.Either rainfed  season operation or irrigated season practices.

1 month 5 days ago

MUBARAK INUWA By advising farmers on the right time of planting crops, so that the planted crop would reach of to the optimum period of growth before the yield could be harvested.Though these could be on the case of annual crops only not the perennials.

1 month 5 days ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Nicole's posting/idea indeed deserves a serious consideration when proposing interventions for impact. For agribusinesses in Rwanda - likely all Africa & other developing countries, programmes need not only focus on specific value chains - e;g; banana, potato, maize, rice, etc; but also on specific & special needs of various categories: subsistence, small-holder commercial, to medium-large scale. There is also need do override generalization e.g. "horticulture" and start focusing on individual chains - e.g. wine banana, dessert banana, cooking banana, spices, etc.Hi Nicole?

1 month 4 days ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Mubarak Inuwa and Richard Kanyarukiga for your comments. Let me try to respond: Mubarak I think you refer to well-targeted Agricultural extension and support services. That is helpful, could you give an example of such well-targeted services in your country/region? Richard, indeed we are looking for examples of interventions adapted to specific and special needs of various categories indeed. The categorisation may be according to value chain, as you point out, but it may be according to e.g. socio-economic, cultural or market access differences in addition. If you have examples, Richard, of organisations or companies that have found good practices to adapt their way of working with different categories, that would be helpful. best regards, Nicole

1 month 4 days ago

Susan Mbanda Am very much impressed with the video and what was discussed.  I agree with Ben on design and implementation part.  It would be good when the target in this case poor farmers are thought of during the designing phase and have their user requirements in mind.  This would then  be passed on upto implementation and so they will not end up being left out.  Thanks for the video

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 September 2018 at 04:14

Call For Consultant to Conduct a PEA on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and  on Uganda Parliamentary Forum on youth Affairs (UPFYA) are soliciting proposals from individual consultants to conduct a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill.  

Call details and how to apply: here

Deadline: 7th September, 2018 by close of business day


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 September 2018 at 07:14

Heed warnings on soil fertility

In Summary

The issue: Soil fertility.

Our view: A policy on soil, if passed and implemented, would benefit both the farmers who want high yields, and would ensure that Uganda remains the land that feeds us.

On Wednesday, the ministry of Agriculture rang an alarm bell regarding the fertility of Uganda’s arable land. Findings showed that 21 percent of Uganda’s arable land is infertile. This means that the soil on this land cannot support plant growth. 

Read full article here to find out the worrying reasons based on the findings

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 August 2018 at 08:14

ANALYSIS: HOW CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IS HELPING ETHIOPIAN FARMERS BECOME MORE THAN SUBSISTENCE FARMERS

Please find an interesting article in the Addis Standard on conservation agriculture in Ethiopia. The Article is complete with discussion of good practices, a strong business case, and discussion of policy issues.

https://addisstandard.com/analysis-conservation-agriculture-helping-ethiopian-farmers-become-subsistence-farmers/

(Photo of edible cover crop seeds taken from the article itself, by Apollo Habtamu, ILRI)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:58

Food & Business Knowledge Platform Newsletter July 2018

This newsletter includes interesting articles on the following issues:

- Dutch Food Security Policy Evaluation (2012-2016) was published by IOB and discussed in a multistakeholder dialogue in The Netherlands on 31 May. Blogs with outcomes of that dialogue, as well as links to the full Evaluation report can be found here. http://knowledge4food.net/iob-dialogue-summary-outcomes/

Youth and Agripreneurship workshop, including the Youth caravan and Youth market, which the Platform co-organized together with AgriProFocus during the foodFIRST conference on 1 June.

- Studies on the Learning Platforms for land-based investments (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda)

- Final report of a study on Agribusiness-Based Advisory Services by KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the F&BKP, which was discussed during a workshop on June 19.

- Report explaining the Food Systems Approach  (by Wageningen University Economic Research, commissioned by Ministry of Agricultu

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NL Launch IFPRI 2018 Global Food Policy Report

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  18 April 2018, 14:00-17:00
  The Hague

The IFPRI 2018 Global Food Policy Report was officially launched in Washington, DC on 20 March. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality are organizing the launch event in the Netherlands in close cooperation with IFPRI and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, will introduce the report and Reina Buijs, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will share her first impressions. The presentation of the report will be followed by a multi-stakeholder panel discussion.

Link to full information on event: 

http://knowledge4food.net/event/nl-launch-ifpri-2018-global-food-policy-report/

Link to the IFPRI 2018 Global Food Policy Report: https://gfpr.ifpri.info/



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 03:46

AgriProFocus members' response to Dutch policy consultation! 

In reaction to the online consultation for the upcoming policy Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

On February 22, 2018 the newly installed Dutch Rutte-III government opened an online civil consultation to feed into its upcoming policy brief that will guide Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (FT&DC) in the coming years.

All (inter)national partners active in this field were warmly invited by Minister Kaag to share their ideas and knowledge. In particular civil society organizations, enterprises and related sector organizations operating in Dutch partner countries, cities and regions with international ambitions and knowledge institutes are invited.

AgriProFocus members have provided their input:

- Jointly, the AgriProFocus policy working group developed a clear set of recommendations for Dutch policy. This will be the basis for dialogue with the Ministries and other stakeholders in the coming months. https:/

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FAO Agroecology Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 April 2018 to 05 April 2018 - All Day Event
  Rome

There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.

Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.

This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.

The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2017 at 11:09

Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO host a conference

Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact

This conference takes place tomorrow 1 Dec 2017 in the Netherlands and will be attended by approx. 120 guests, of which about 30-35 are from Africa and Asia. The guests are representatives of GCP and ARF research consortia, involved in these research initiatives touching upon a range of specific topics related to Food and Nutrition Security and to agri-food sector development. (see http://knowledge4food.net/research-projects/ ) and representatives from policy, civil society and private sector.

The conference will be used to discuss interim findings of research with Dutch policy makers and a broader multi-stakeholder community.

The concept notes for the different sessions are worth reading also if you don't attend yourself. You may download them through the links below:

Session 1 – Innovations for food security: concept note

Session 2 – Nutrition and consumpti

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Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck tomorrow Nicole! A very nice programme and I love the title :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 28 November 2017 at 05:38

Learning event Agricultural Development Strategy; From just another document to a successful living strategy

On 22 November 2017, Oxfam and AgriProFocus Myanmar facilitated a learning event about the Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS). The ADS is regarded as the most comprehensive new strategy for the agricultural sector in Myanmar. After an extensive consultation process, the ADS is now in its final stage of development and will be launched soon by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI). We invited members of our network to discuss the key elements of the ADS, the consultation process and the critical steps toward successful implementation.


We invited Madelon Meijer, Policy Advisor Agriculture at Oxfam Novib to share her assessment of the ADS from her wider perspective. She has wide experience in supporting the development of agricultural strategies around the world and visited Myanmar to peer-review the ADS.

The development of the ADS started in August 2016, w

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Thura Aung It is need that we don't want to see the showcase perhaps we want the living document and roadmap for the action all stakeholders digest and well-costed

8 months 4 hours ago

Bente Meindertsma Hi Thura Aung, yes I agree! I think it's our joint responsibility to keep advocating for that, let's do it together within the AgriProFocus network! 

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI. 

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 October 2017 at 03:22

Agricultural Policies should be analyzed in Conjunction with other Policies

Dr. Demese Chanyalew at the fifth 2017 Business Drinks

We have announced the sixth and final Business Drinks of the year 2017 to be held on November 2nd (See event post HERE). However, because of time constraint, we haven’t yet shared you the event summary of the last Business Drinks organized on 28 September 2017. With our deepest apologies, we present here what happened that late afternoon.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity to members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the fifth Business Drinks, just

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 September 2017 at 04:57

Meet Dr. Demese Chanyalew at the Business Drinks

He is an agricultural economist who has devoted himself in research, academic and consultancy works for over 40 years. As a lecturer, consultant and trainer, Dr. Demese Chanyalew has served in various governmental and non-governmental, public and private, bilateral and multilateral organizations, including the United Nations. He has published a number of articles and books. A 2015 book entitled “Ethiopia’s Indigenous Policy and Growth: Agriculture, Pastoral and Rural Development” is his major contribution with nine hundred pages of critical observations and analysis.

And yet, a few weeks ago, he published another book called “The Quest for Change: Ethiopia’s Agriculture and Pastoral Policies, Strategies and Institutions”. We invited Dr. Demese to have an Extended Pitch at the next Business Drinks event jointly organized by AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) to be held on 28 September 2017

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Next Business Drinks - You're Invited

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 September 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

What's New in the 5th Business Drinks?

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the fifth Business Drinks of this year which will be held on Thursday 28th September at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself an

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A 2 day training workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  23 October 2017 to 24 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Morogoro, Tanzania

The International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) in partnership with Campbell Collaboration  and  Sokoine University of Agriculture prepared a two day training workshop with a theme of "Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses".

This workshop will took place at Sokoine University of Agriculture, and aim to promote demand of and the use of evaluation by national governments, researchers, policy makers and academia to inform and shape policy processes and practices, and development programmes. 

Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses explore variety of questions, what is the extent of a problem? Which risk and protective factors are associated with specific condition? etc. The course will be delivered in terms of lectures, group discussion and computer exercises.

The facilitators are Dr Ekwaro Obuku( Africa Centre FOR Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation at Makerere University, Uganda) and Laurenz Langer (Africa Centre for Evidence at the University o

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 September 2017 at 11:50

Women in agriculture must be facilitated, panel hears

African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017

Today’s technological advances and innovations in agriculture should touch every aspects of women’s lives in order for them to have the desired impact on African societies.

This was deliberated on Tuesday, September 5 at the 7th African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

In a session on “Women in Agriculture”, leaders in politics, business and civil society discussed how challenges to women in agriculture can be overcome and how young women can be facilitated to join the sector.

Read the full article here:

http://reliefweb.int/report/c-te-divoire/women-agriculture-must-be-facilitated-panel-hears

PETER KOLAWOLE Women have value beyond the homeIn homes across the world, women are the keystone. The health of the family—physically and financially— is strengthened when women are empowered to gain knowledge, make decisions, and become leaders. We invest in the power of womenbecause they are the source from which water, fuel, and food flows into the home.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 September 2017 at 02:14

Book Release: The Quest for Change - Ethiopia's Agriculture and Policies, Strategies and Institutions

This book outlines briefing the reader to existing agriculture, pastoral and related policies and strategies with synoptic descriptions which are informed by the latest five-year development plan, i.e., the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II). The book is designed to help policy and strategy analysts have a quick reference and a swift guide for dialogue in their endeavors to study policies and strategies in the agriculture and allied sector. It also has a reasonable coverage on institutional issues. This book may also help policy makers and those implementing policies, strategies and programs give answers for questions of change that may originate from various actors and stakeholders. The book may also be used as a reference and a guide to direct different questions that might have been raised in various forums and need to be channeled to policy and strategy dialogue and r

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