REPORT: OPTION FOR REDUCING FERTILIZER PRICES FOR SMALL HOLDER FARMERS IN TANZANIA
FAO Tanzania published a report based on the option for reducing fertilizer prices for small holder farmers. This technical report reviews issues related to fertilizers access in Tanzania and identify policy options that would enable smallholder farmers to continue to access fertilizer at reasonable prices, also in the absence of subsidies. Where possible, the options have been assessed against their potential impact on input cost reduction; the implications for the government budget, mostly in qualitative terms; and the time and coordination required for their implementation.
The report recommends to consider a balanced package of options to address the aspects currently undermining the effectiveness and efficiency of the fertilizer sector with a view to increase access to and reduce the retail price of fertilizer for smallholder farmers. In particular, a gradual phasing out of farm-level fertilizer subsidi... Read more
Dutch ODA for agriculture has been on the rise in the last five years. However, it remains unclear whether Dutch ODA expenditures on agriculture are reaching female smallholder farmers. Empowering smallholders, specially women, is a proven solution for reducing hunger and poverty. This is particularly true of the rural poor, who are the worst affected by the impacts of climate change. This paper calls on the Dutch government to combine a strong ODA budget for agriculture with a solid strategy for resolving hunger by 2030, to scale up climate finance for adaptations in the agricultural sector, and to supply improved data on the impact of agricultural investments for each target group and gender.
Oxfam Novib published this paper which you can find here.
Oxfam Novib works on sustainable rural livelihoods for all people, to make it possible for communities to grow or buy enough food, now and in the future.
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Harriet Okunia, the Relationship Manager,Housing Finance Bank, Gulu Branch, confirmed that they have opened between 50-100 accounts for the youth in agribusiness during and after the agri finance fair. "Thank you AgriProFocus and partners for organizing this event “
On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.
The event attracted a total of 739 participants and 69 exhibitors of whom 34% were female... Read more
On a global scale, more and more people are making the decision to become social entrepreneurs in business while aiming for impact in food security. Those entrepreneurs are trying to fill gaps that the private sector, public sector, and civil society actors have left open; issues that need improvement when tackling food insecurity and malnutrition. To gain more insight into their potential contributions, within the F&BKP, social entrepreneurs that work in food value chains in the seven Dutch partner countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin) and their related challenges and opportunities have been mapped within their supporting and surrounding ecosystems.
The report that synthesizes the mapping results has revealed that resource, awareness, and knowledge gaps exist between the social entrepreneurs’ demand for su... Read more
Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas
- Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.
- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average terms o... Read more
Thank you to our members (old and new!) who were able to attend our Network Day. Our network day brought together members in the public and private sectors to share results, meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network.
Download the presentations below
AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.
Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.
1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)
rom a global perspective,
food markets are
expected to remain
generally well balanced
in 2016/17 amid large export
availabilities and relatively low and
more stable international prices,
especially for cereals. The world
food import bill is set to dip to a
six-year low, while still remaining
above the USD 1 trillion mark.
To download the report, click HERE
Recently the first two evaluation reports of Product Market Combination (PMC) projects have been published. Learn more on how vegIMPACT has set up these demand driven supply chain projects to connect small hot pepper en bell pepper farmers to modern markets in Indonesia. In the reports we also share the results and challenges of these two projects.
HOT PEPPER (Cabeh besar)
BELL PEPPER (Paprika)
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any quiestions.
This week an American journal called Foreign Affairs has released an excellent collection of essays entitled: “African Farmers in the Digital Age: how digital solutions can enable rural development.”
In this new report, 20 African and global experts discuss ways to transform African agriculture, with a focus on food systems and rural smallholder farmers. A quick summary of a few priorities to speed up change:
# Rethink agricultural policies;
# Expand access to digital technology (to help smallholder farmers carry out business transactions like banking, networking and sourcing info on inputs, innovations, pricing, markets, training, etc.); and
# Improve collaboration and information sharing.
__Most important of all is… wider access to valuable information, which is why I’m telling you about this new report right away!
The report is 141 pages long so I'll share just one excerpt written by Bill Gates (fo
Under the project “Support for development of ethical and high value markets”that aims to remove barriers that are hampering the development of and access to ethical and highly value markets for the horticulture products by small scale horticultural producers; SAFE partnering with PELUM Association with funding from OXFAM Rwanda, are implementing activities to enhance horticultural sector in Rwanda to reach a high value market impact and outcome generation.
The project strategic approach is making certification work for the poor, by increasing to certification services and benefits for the low, medium and high income farmerentrepreneursand agribusinesses. In close collaboration with various stakeholders such as civil society, public institutions, private sector, local non-government organizations, SAFE convened a one day workshop/national roundtable with a theme ‘’MAKING CERTIFICATION... Read more
From 7-8 October 2015 was held the Agricultural Finance Conference organised by the Access to Finance Rwanda. The Conference: "Understanding agriculture finance and its role in financing growth" took place at Hotel Umubano/ Kigali and had three major objectives:
1.To share global knowledge on agriculture finance including best practices and possibilities for their replication in Rwanda.
2. To demonstrate existing innovations and products, both from within and outside of Rwanda in defined agriculture value chains and how these can be replicated in other value chains.
3. To present lessons on different approaches to risk mitigation and to understand practices that have been used to facilitate finance for agriculture.
For more information, please find the attached detailed report.