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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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
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:


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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 June 2017 at 01:28

Stay informed on the latest Food & Nutrition Security publications!

Use the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal

To ensure you stay updated on new publications in the field of Food & Nutrition Security, you can now subscribe to the topics of your interest on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal.

The Knowledge Portal provides you with selected references to knowledge and innovations in the field of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS). Items such as reports, briefs, toolkits and articles are shared in the Portal. Selection criteria for the Portal are defined in the Guidelines, indicating that items should offer innovative insights to FNS professionals, deepen current knowledge and be aimed at poverty reduction. The Knowledge Portal is updated with relevant knowledge items on a regular basis, divided into 6 main topics which consist of several sub-topics. Under the sub-topics annotated references can be found on subjects like nutrition security, urbanizat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 May 2017 at 11:58

New Book Available for DOWNLOAD

Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice

Please read the foreword and download the book below, also take a look the brief presented by Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitator, at the book launch on 19 April 2017.


In agricultural development, Ethiopia and the Netherlands are strategic partners. The government of Ethiopia pursues its growth strategy by emphasizing agricultural transformation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting Ethiopian ambitions for food security and agricultural growth. This cooperation aims for an intensification of production and processing, which are necessary to feed the growing population and for export earnings.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is part of an international network with Dutch roots. AgriProFocus promotes the network approach as a growth diamond of collaboration between farmer entrepreneurs, companies, governments, knowledge institutions, consultancies, financial instituti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 May 2017 at 04:42

New policy to reform coffee trade

A document drafted by a group of 20 people representing the public and private sector, and refined by an institution called Economy Success Planning Sector, formed under the Office of the Prime Minister and led by Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), which attempted to figure out how to improve the coffee trade has recommended the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) terminate some process it uses for trading coffee. It also raised concerns about how effective EXC has been in trading coffee. ECX begn operating nine years ago in an attempt to modernize the trading system and coffee was its first commodity. However eventually, exporters and international buyers including the Specialty Coffee Association of America began expressing their disappointment to the former Prime Minster because they were unable to obtain premium products. To address this, specialty trading was introduced at ECX. . . .

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History of Agroecology in Ethiopian Agriculture Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 03:30-05:00
  Africana Restaurant and Bar, Carl Square, Addis Ababa

A presentation on the history of Ethiopian agricultural policy and institutions shall be given by Dr. Demese Chanyalew on Friday April 28th at 3:30 pm at Africana Restaurant and Bar (Carl Square, near the South African Embassy). After Q&A pertaining to the presentation subject, participants are invited to network over drinks. To attend, please RSVP to sassefa@agriprofocus.com.

Dr. Demese is an independent consultant based in Addis Ababa with over 25 years of research and consulting experience covering agriculture sub-sectors, and agriculture sector-wide analysis and policy. His clients include UNECA, USAID, World Bank, COMESA, EU, AfDB, international NGOs, UNDP and FAO. Dr. Demese’s analysis and reviews have shaped the Ethiopia CAADP program, and he remains a key resource person for REDFS and donors involved in agricultural development and food security in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD from Kansas State University.

This event is organized by the Agroecology Network and its lead partners, Ag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 April 2017 at 01:53

Change of Date: Poultry Platform Meeting

The third Poultry Platform Meeting is changed from 26 to 28 April 2017.

You are warmly invited to the third Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Friday 28, 2017afternoon start from 12:30 PM in Addis Ababa AZEMMAN hotel. This, the 3rd poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on challenges and importunity of Ethiopian private poultry sector

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Please note that lunch is served before the meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in AZZEMAN Hotel

Please find attached program here.

To confirm your participation and make enquiries , please contact ENTAG poultry sub sector facilitator Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn, by Email poultry@entag.org/ demeke.wonde@gmail.com or telephone 09849580

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Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  19 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Date: 19 April 2017
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Afternoon)

On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.

Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:

§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery

§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia

§ Seed Potatoes – Solagrow

§ Sesame

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 April 2017 at 08:21

Global food policy report 2017

Published by IFPRI, March 23rd, 2017  

The Global Food Security Report (PDF) is a reoccurring IFPRI publication that provides a synthesis of all major developments regarding food policy. This edition pays special attention to the challenges of urbanization for food and nutrition security (FNS) since rapid urbanization and population growth are expected to put growing pressure on the global food system as agricultural production comes under stress. In addition, urban poor face unique challenges since they are highly dependent on the informal sector, are more vulnerable to income and price shocks and have limited access to basic services. While informal markets are key to ensure FNS, government policies tend to focus on control, regulation or eradication of urban informal food economy. Urbanization also reshapes the agricultural value chains since commercial flows of agricultural goods increase, diets change, and commercial markets become more important. In

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA East Africa Economic Corridor especially in cooperative society need more training in mobile internet skill for the power of information.

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Poultry Platform Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 12:30-17:00
  Addis Ababa

Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA) organizes the second poultry platform meeting on April 26, 2017.

HE Professor Fikadu Beyene, Minister, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, will attend the event which mainly focuses on the challenges of the poultry sector in Ethiopia.

Relevant stakeholders, as well as members of the poultry platform will participate in the meeting to discuss the current and existing challenges of the sector and the Minister will elaborate on the policy directions priorities.

For more information you can contact:

Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn

+251 (0)91 195 2228

+251 (0)93 986 5714


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 February 2017 at 05:55

WFP Job Opportunity

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on four priority areas to support the government to achieve zero hunger: saving lives in emergencies, building resilience through predictable safety nets, increasing market access for smallholder farmers and reducing post-harvest losses, and improving nutrition. In 2016, WFP procured more than 100,000 mt of food from local suppliers in Uganda.

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and therefore seeks to recruit competent persons for the following,

Position: Programme Policy Officer – Capacity Strengthening

Area of expertise: Programme & policy

Type of contract: Long term opportunities

Closing date: 16 February 2017, 21:59 GMT

Full Job details & how to apply here


WFP is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a Zero Tolerance P

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 November 2016 at 08:24


Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is a global network organization with expertise in developing sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmer training, certification and credit linkages. The organization has experience in managing international programmes working with grass-roots organizations, producers, civil society and governments, as well as core and support role private sector actors.

Solidaridad with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, AgriProFocus Uganda, the Uganda Tea Association (UTASSo) an umbrella body of companies and individual actors engaged in the business of tea production, processing and trading, other stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), National Agriculture Advisory Service (NAADS), Nationa

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Okello Justine Am i did agriculture engineering yes am interested to join or even volunteer if goes wasted

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Marion Alyek Dear Okello,

Please apply if you meet the criteria

1 year 2 months ago

Okello Justine Thanks,how can one apply

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 25 October 2016 at 08:41

From Rice Bowl to Food Basket; Myanmar Agricultural Reform White Paper

Last April, the Myanmar National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC) developed a new vision for Myanmar’s Agricultural Development: From rice bowl to food basket; Three pillars for modernizing Myanmar’s agricultural and food sector.

'Myanmar is ready to seize that promise for its own future. But we must break away from a legacy of policies that have held back, rather than stimulated, our farmers’ potential', writes Tin Htut Oo, Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Committee. 'A mind-set change is needed to step out of the Green Revolution, business-as-usual approach that focused on supply-led yield increases and domestic food self-sufficiency. We need to shift to an innovative new agricultural policy vision that centers on a demand-led approach driven by domestic consumers and foreign markets with increased productivity throughout the sector. To succeed in practice, we need to break down narr

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