policy

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 14 hours ago

Job openings at AGRA

1. Senior Policy Officer – Regional Food Trade

2. Senior Program Officer: Markets – Regional Food Trade 

3. Senior Strategy Analyst 

4. Program Officer, Advocacy (Research & Data Analytics) – Policy and Advocacy

Deadline: 29th January 2019

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

If you are interested, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to recruit@agra.org. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of the application e-mail.

For details; please access the following link: https://agra.org/careers/vacancies/

AGRA is an equal employer. Suitable internal candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Company brief

AGRA is an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent. We understand that African farmers need uniquely African solutions design

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 December 2018 at 10:37

Consultation en ligne: Décennie des Nations Unies pour l'Agriculture Familiale (2019-2028)

Tous membres de ce plateforme AgriProFocus et vos partenaires pourront participer à cette consultation en ligne, avant le 31 janvier 2019:

En Décembre 2017, l'Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies a proclamé la Décennie des Nations Unies pour l'Agriculture Familiale 2019-2028 pour servir comme cadre d’élaboration des politiques publiques d’appui à l’Agriculture Familiale dans le monde entier.

Constituant une opportunité extraordinaire, la Décennie peut ainsi contribuer de manière significative à la réalisation de l’Agenda 2030 d’une manière inclusive, collaborative et cohérente en abordant l’Agriculture Familiale dans une perspective holistique et en éradiquant la pauvreté rurale sous toutes ses formes.

Afin de faciliter la mise en œuvre de la Décennie, un plan d'action global sera élaboré sur base des besoins et des priorités de toutes les parties prenantes concernée

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Merci, Nicole de ce partage important qui nous renseigne sur la nouvelle dynamique de l'agriculture au niveau mondial.

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL Really awesome

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 December 2018 at 08:15

About the NDC partnership

In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.

Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.

The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map 

Wim Goris PS: forgot to mention that the Netherlands (minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs) is co-chair of the NDC partnership, per 2019.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2018 at 04:09

Kenya launches framework to implement climate-smart agriculture

On 31 October 2018, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I) launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027 at Kilimo Grounds, Nairobi.

The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. The purpose is to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth sustainable agriculture that ensures food security and contributes to national development goals.

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The framework focuses on four objectives:

  1. Develop a sustainable system for achieving a coordinated, coherent and cooperative governance of climate resilience and low carbon growth in the agricultural sector;
  2. Mainstream CSA to support the transformation of Kenya’s agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and modern industry that contributes to poverty reduction and improved food securi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 November 2018 at 06:51

AgroSpecial on Food Security in times of Climate Change (in Dutch)

Food security in times of climate change is the theme of the new Special on Agroberichten Buitenland. In 35 contributions, Dutch agricultural councillors outline the developments in the various countries to make agriculture more robust for climate change, and the role that Dutch companies from the agrofood and horticulture sector and knowledge institutions can play in this. 

Filter throught this list and use google translate 

https://www.agroberichtenbuitenland.nl/specials/voedselzekerheid?utm_source=e-mailnieuwsbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Highlights+Landbouwradennetwerk


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 November 2018 at 05:27

Working with power in MSPs

Today I attended this seminar at Wageningen CDI https://agriprofocus.com/post/5be315fe26b72a71f45d4e5d It was part of an international training course on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.  And it was really interesting, especially for us working in coalitions and networks

A presentation by professor Aart DeWulf elaborated on sources of power: resources, legitimacy and authority. Power is present in any coalition where partners represent different stakes. There is also a common interest, an issue that requires joint action.  In this action, the stronger partners need the weaker partners, despite the systemic power imbalance.  There is power playing within the MSP: framing the problem, shaping the outcome. There is also power over the MSP: who sets the agenda, the rules and manages the information flow. 

A second presentation by Geertje Schouten discussed the Round Tables on Palm Oil and Soy. Both are MSPs that started around 2004 and ad

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Working with power in MSPs (seminar)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2018, 09:00-12:30
  Wageningen

A seminar on working with power in MSPs

Join us in sharing your experiences and be inspired to facilitate change processes to address structural power inequities. Also in attendance are 25 professionals from 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America participating in the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation facilitated course on Facilitating multi stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems.

Schedule

Two key note speakers have been invited. The event will be facilitated and the presentations will be followed by interactions and debate.


09:00Welcome and introduction by the organizers
09:30Power in and over cross sector partnerships, Prof. Dr. Art Dewulf, Wageningen University
10:15Coffee break
10:45Deliberative capacity in MSPs, Dr. Greetje Schouten. The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
11:30Plenary interaction and debate
12:30Lunch



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 26 October 2018 at 02:17

ADA Consortium works on climate in the five ASAL counties of Kenya

The counties of Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui and Makueni cover approximately 29% of Kenya’s land area and have a population of over 3 million people. The first three counties are arid while the last two are semi-arid.

Majority of the population in the five counties are vulnerable to the changing climate due to heavy reliance on climate sensitive sectors like agriculture and livestock but also inappropriate planning and implementation of development interventions.

ADA offers a range of policy briefs and backgrounders on their climate work. A recommended site !

http://www.adaconsortium.org/index.php/ada-resources/publications

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.

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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.

4 months 4 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?

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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

4 months 2 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 :)

1 year 1 month ago