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
New Mobile App for Crop disease.
Watch the video below to learn about the App that diagnose Cassava diseases in the field and alerts rural farm. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with collaborating with Penn State and Google to create a smartphone app for automatic and live cassava disease diagnosis.
The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.
If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.
AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p... Read more
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.Read more
To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA
Duties and responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:
Assistant Professor Dawit Dalga had been working on researching the pest, and he said the new chemical was tested on farmlands in 14 villages and proved successful. The pest is locally being called the "strange American pest" because it made its way into Africa from the Americas.
Summary (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)
This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper... Read more
Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.
By Andualem Sisay Gesesse
As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.
“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.
Read the full Article from Spore Magazine.
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The University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography would like to engage directly with local businesses, individuals and public institutes in Tanzania, and in particular the Kilimanjaro region, around the broad theme of agricultural and environmental management.
The objective of this 1-day workshop is to initiate an exchange of knowledge on experiences in agricultural practices and environmental management in order to explore innovations for enhancing food production whilst preserving soil and water resources. Specific areas to explore are:
1) Pesticide and fertiliser application, transport within the soil and diffuse pollution of surface water
2) Nutrient quantification and diffuse pollution monitoring technologies
3) Soil physical structure and soil health under different tillage and management practices
4) Soil amendments
These areas are at the core of the University’s expertise focused around the themes of soil health, sediment dynamics and erosion, pl... Read more
In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):
(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)
Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda
Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)
Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
Enhanci... Read more
ICRA course: Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security , from 30 October to 17 November 2017, in The Netherlands.
Lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education attend this course. Development of labour market responsive curricula is an important aspect.
After attending one participant said, “Since I apply methods from ICRA’s course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.
How can you benefit from the course? Listen to what our Alumni have to say here.
Pay before 25 July and we offer a 10 % reduction on the tuition fee.
(or "CA" for short) include minimum
tillage, use of cover crops, crop rotations and associations, and use of crop residues to
build soil fertility and health.
On June 2 in Addis Abeba, 17 presentations sharing practical CA experience and research from 5 regions in Ethiopia were made, interactive and participatory question and answer sessions where held with panelists, and demonstrations of mechanization for CA in Ethiopia were displayed. The Soil Fertility Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources announced the status of their visionary work to integrate CA into extension policy.
CA successes and challenges identified by practitioners and researchers were discussed. Solutions for dilemmas such as integrating livestock with CA, use of herbicides in weed management, etc. were debated.
Proceedings from this event are attached.
This event was organized by three partners of the Agroecology Pla... Read more