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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 03:08

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter April 2018

In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:

- the 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

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Nicole Metz, a lot of helpful news!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2018 at 01:11

Applied Research Projects

Special newsletter with updates on projects financed from the Applied Research Fund (ARF-1), facilitated by Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO/WOTRO

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/

masseni sanogo je suis sur la finition de mon plan d'affaire. Merci.

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 29 March 2018 at 03:30

DEADLINE EXTENDED to APRIL 16th - Seeking Research Consultant

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

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 March 2018 at 07:02

Research & Innovation Capacity Development continues!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 February 2018 at 12:30

Netherlands-CGIAR partnership launches

Research call on improving Seed Systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa

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.

The challenge

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 January 2018 at 03:08

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

. Marketing

Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.


Moses Auma.

Egerton.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 December 2017 at 05:35

Fellowship Opportunity at IITA

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.

Read and share to other networks.

Good luck

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for sharing a such opportunity Didier MUYIRAMYE!

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Jean Wilson TWIZERIMANA we are appreciating you Didier for your great job of sharing this link.thank u alot!

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GUELIH Kodjovi thank for this news i appreciated it

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omar sadd Merci Didier. Très intéressante offre

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Innocent SIMPUNGA Thanks a lot Thacien , good opportinity

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 December 2017 at 01:31

Field Report: Agricultural Mechanization at Melkasa Agricultural Research Center & Menjar Agroforestry and Rainwater Harvest

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.


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 Tanzania
Posted 20 October 2017 at 08:48

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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:14

Research projects locator (GCP and ARF)

World map indicating where Food & Business Research projects take place

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

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23

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 AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:52

FARA is seeking to engage a Gender, Youth and Agribusiness Consultant (end 28 aug)

Main Purpose

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:

  • Facilitates the effective integration of gender and broader social development dimensions in FARA core programs, including (i) gender equity and equality, (ii) benefit sharing, (iii) social safeguards, (iv) grievance redress mechanisms with a focus on women, youth and other marginalized groups, and (v) social accountability including good governance.
  • Develops and refine responsive policy elements and inputs for FARA management to consider incorporating in ongoing and planned

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Akibodé Djodji Le FARA cherche à recruter un conseiller en genre, jeunesse et agrobusiness (fin 28 août)Objectif principalFormuler des politiques, mettre en œuvre des programmes, des modules de recherche et de formation pour promouvoir et renforcer l'inclusion et l'intégration des questions de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social dans les programmes et projets de recherche et de développement agricoles par FARADevoirs et responsabilités Relevant du directeur, de la recherche et de l'innovation, le candidat retenu doit exécuter entre autres les fonctions clés suivantes, mais sans s'y limiter:  Facilite l'intégration effective des dimensions du genre et du développement social dans les programmes de base du FARA, y compris (i) l'équité et l'égalité entre les sexes, (ii) le partage des avantages, (iii) les garanties sociales, (iv) les mécanismes de recours en matière de règlement des griefs axés sur les femmes et les jeunes Et d'autres groupes marginalisés, et (v) la responsabilité sociale, y compris la bonne gouvernance. Élaborer et affiner les éléments de politique réactifs et les intrants pour que la direction du FARA envisage d'intégrer les programmes en cours et planifiés.Fournit des conseils stratégiques et techniques à jour pour renforcer la capacité du Secrétariat et des constituants du FARA.  Aider le FARA à concevoir, mettre en œuvre et surveiller des programmes et des projets de recherche et de développement agricoles ayant des dimensions solides en matière de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social; Et contribuer à l'analyse sexospécifique et sociale des données et à la déclaration de l'impact des interventions sur les bénéficiaires ciblesPour plus d'info: http://faraafrica.org/vacancy-announcement-consultant-gender-youth-agri-business-specialist-ref-faraadv-gyagri2017/    

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:17

Researchers in Wolaita Sodo managed to eliminate the "stranger American" maize pest

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.

More on: 

Fana Broadcasting Corporate (Amharic)

Anadolu Agency

Picture: aa.com.tr

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 July 2017 at 10:32

Feeding Dar es Salaam: a symbiotic food system perspective

PhD Thesis by Marc C.A. Wegerif


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 04:40

Barley for brewing: Improved malt for Ethiopia’s beer industry

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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28

Enhancing agriculture practices

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  28 July 2017, All Day Event
  KEDA Field Centre, Njia’panda, Moshi, Tanzania [see attached map]

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

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)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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30

Learning, action research and outreach-in higher education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  30 October 2017 to 17 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

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.

For application and information, see the course webpage       
Application is open until 5 September. 

Pay before 25 July and we offer a 10 % reduction on the tuition fee. 

Check us out on:
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | www.icra-edu.org/courses | info@icra-edu.org



Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 3 July 2017 at 02:32

Conservation Agriculture Event Proceedings

Conservation Agriculture techniques (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

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