Tea is Uganda’s third most important agricultural export earner after coffee and fish. It is one of the commodities selected for the government strategic intervention programme for National Development aiming at promoting production, processing, marketing and export of strategic commodities in the agricultural sector. Tea has contributed approximately 3.6% of Uganda’s export earnings over the last five years and is recognized to be with higher potentials to contribute more to national income, employment and environment conservation.
Despite the good performance and its socio-economic importance, the tea sub-sector is replete with many challenges along the entire value chain. Key among the many include the lack of a comprehensive national tea policy, low research funding, poor quality of planting materials, inferior clones, low quality of tea green leaf hence poor quality of processed tea, low operational capacities of some... Read more
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.
The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal... Read more
African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) are pleased to announce that the call for the second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is now open! The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship was initiated in 2017 with support from the Agropolis Fondation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country missions. It seeks to extend the benefits of the AWARD Fellowship to female scientists from francophone Africa and to maximize interactions between English and French speaking African women agricultural scientists.
We invite applications from African women scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo and have completed... Read more
Le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD a été lancé en 2017 avec le soutien de la Fondation Agropolis, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) et l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (the United States Agency for International Development, USAID).
Les femmes scientifiques dans la recherche agricole sont invitées à postuler pour le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD. Les candidates doivent résider en Afrique et mener leur recherche dans les disciplines telles que l’économie agricole, l’ingénierie agricole, l’agronomie, les sciences alimentaires et nutrition, l’éducation, recherche et vulgarisation, l’écologie, la biologie moléculaire, la sélection des plantes/des animaux, la phytotechnie, les sciences animales et systèmes d’élevage, l’entomologie, la gestion des ressources naturelles, la virologie, la science des sols, la pêche... Read more
Alban Singirankabo was offered a SEAD PhD scholarship at TU Delft, after a thorough selection process. As a lecturer at UR/CST-CGIS, with a Master from Twente ITC in Land Administration 2009-2011, Alban has already some experience from the Netherlands. He also knows Nuffic quite well since he was coordinator of a NICHE project implemented by ITC in Rwanda.
His research looks at the relations between land tenure security, agricultural productivity and food security. This is very relevant for the SEAD project. In particular, his research will assess the changes in agricultural productivity and ascertain their links with land tenure security and food security. Rwanda has been very successful in only 7 years to register all plots of land. Alban wants to find the reasons behind this success. His research will focus on plots and look at historical developments, linking plots to owners. To do this, the study will examine, archives, literature on land tenure and... Read more
Entre 2014 et 2017, les partenaires CAPAD, ISABU, ITEC et Wageningen University ont developpe un project de recherche sur le pomme de terre. Le résumé des résultats se trouve ci-dessous
Objectif: La recherche, le développement et le transfert de connaissances impliquant les producteurs dans le cadre d’une attention particulière pour s’assurer que les tubercules de semences de «semences» plantés sont bien germés et évitent les maladies.
Objectif: Contribution à la production de nourriture et de revenus pour les familles d’accueil à petite échelle.
Méthode: Développer et promouvoir des technologies de traitement et des innovations qui contribuent à la sécurité alimentaire et aux besoins commerciaux connexes dans le cadre du MASP de l'ambassade des Pays-Bas. Des recommandations pour une application appropriée de la réglementation sur les pommes de terre de semence seront élaborées.
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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... Read more
In Indonesia’s eastern Maluku and North Maluku provinces, malnutrition levels are high. Nutrition challenges include monotonous diets with inadequate levels of energy, micro-nutrients and protein. Studies commissioned by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggest that strengthened value chains for foods such as bananas, cassava, maize, spinach, sweet potatoes and fish could make business sense for smallholders and lay the foundations for a strong local food system that sustainably delivers nutritious foods for healthy diets.
Download the report here.
Wahana Riset Indonesia is an initiative from WRI Indonesia to nurture a battalion of young researchers to generate high-quality knowledge products, which will support science-based policy-making in sustainable development. This initiative has entered its second year, where WRI Indonesia once again invites young people who has a specific interest in research to join.
For this year, Wahana Riset Indonesia has chosen the research theme of “Reducing GHG Emissions from Forest and Land-Use Governance in Indonesia.” To support this theme, the young researcher, at the end of this program, is expected to produce research products in two main research clusters as shown in the poster below.
Further details, please click here.
The Orange Social Venture Prize is awarded to entrepreneurs and start-up organizations that make innovative use of ICTs in agriculture, energy, and other fields of development. The geographical focus is Africa and the Middle East. Prizes range from €10 thousand to €25 thousand, plus professional support for a period of six months. The eligible countries are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem Rep Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. The registration deadline is 31 May 2018.
In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:
first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs” by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP,
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene
The projects funded by the ARF tackle challenges related to Food and Nutrition Security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. They all stem from the knowledge and innovation needs of farmers, practitioners and policymakers. The research-driven innovations support new tools and technologies for Food and Nutrition Security that should ultimately benefit the world’s most vulnerable people.
Follow this link: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-special-arf-01/
Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia (fs-ethiopia.com) in collaboration with AgriProFocus, ICCO Cooperation and Edukans seek a consultant to assess and map agri-skills services in two parts of Oromia region (Arsi and West Shewa zones).
This person will be responsible to conduct a study on public and private agri-skills and agricultural extension services. The consultancy includes developing research tools, conducting field research, and reporting on results.
Key competencies sought:
- At least 5 years of working experience in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
- Knowledge of agricultural development; vocational training or skills development expertise and familiarity with the agricultural extension service and network is a pre
- Awareness of inclusive agriculture development challenges from the perspective of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
- Excellent research and report writing skills.
- Ability to collaborate and work j... Read more
As part of its efforts to improve the research and innovation capacities of its beneficiary institutions, the SEAD Project funds a number of research teams. Their aim is to carry out practical research, which will ultimately help the Rwandan agricultural sector to address the challenges it faces. To this effect, all value chain teams are requested to identify relevant, and practical, topics that are researchable under the scope of SEAD. Through a series of workshops, the selected teams are prepared to actually carry out their research proposal, using the funds that are availed through the SEAD Research & Innovation Promotion Fund. In March, 7 teams from the 1st RICD cycle presented the progress of their research, whilst 21 teams embarked on the 2nd RICD cycle, and are now ‘en-route’ to getting their proposals selected for funding under our Fund.
Being provided with a research budget of approximately 5,000,000 RwF, 7 research teams st... Read more
The Netherlands-CGIAR partnership has launched a Call for research proposals which generate insights that contribute to improving “seed” systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Applications for pre-proposals can be submitted until April 12, 2018. The deadline for full proposals will be August 30, 2018.
The Netherlands – CGIAR research programme contributes to transformational change in agriculture around the world by advancing food system knowledge and joint public and private innovation. From 2017-2021, this programme is part of a cooperation agreement between the government of the Netherlands and the CGIAR System Organization. This call is one of the four instruments of the partnership.
In many LMICs, getting improved seed and animal seed stock of good quality from breeders to smallholder and family farms is challenging. While good improved genetic material may be... Read more
I'm doing my fourth year Research Project on: Analysis of the post harvest handling of carrots in Nakuru County: A case study of Mau Narok.
I'm looking for documents that could help me put up a meticulous research work. Particularly on these areas:
. Packaging policies for agricultural goods in Kenya.
. Value addition
Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.
You are embarked in a Master of Science or Ph.D in the agricultural sector, a young professional, on Youth and Agribusiness domain and you wish to broaden your knowledge on them? This is for you.
Under the framework of his project, IITA is pleased to announce 20 research fellowships for 2018. The Call for Applications for the fellowships is meant to promote research on “Youth engagement in Agribusiness and Rural economic activities in Africa”. This is an action-oriented fellowship for young academics and professionals, and students at the post-course work/research stage of their programs. The research will be carried out in the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia.
Kindly consult the PDF file attached or go to http://bit.ly/2C57Gs for more information.
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This learning trip was hosted by the partners of the Agroecology Platform - AgriProFocus, Canadian Food Grains Bank and AKLDP with the support of GIZ AMTP, and collaboration from Adama Science and Technology University, Farmers and local government authorities of Menjar, and Melkasa Agricultural Research Center. Please find full report attached.
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... Read more