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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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Felicien Nteziryayo I'm happy to join you here and we shall be sharing in terms of ideas and information. Thank you

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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

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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

3 months 4 days ago

oct
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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 June 2017 at 07:50

Call for research fellowship proposals  (deadline July 7)

The deadline for this fellowship has been extended and will close on Friday, 7 July 2017 at 23h59 (BST). Please note that previous applicants need not re-apply 


The Chatham House Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs is now inviting applications from emerging leaders and practitioners who are citizens of Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique or Tanzania to submit research projects under the topic of ‘Transition experiences and developments in relations between Central and Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa’.

The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests. However, proposals should take into account the broader context of the project, which places particular reference on bilateral relations and cooperation, democratic transitions, institutional capacity-building, and public policy reform.

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jun
02

Conservation Agriculture Experience Sharing and Networking

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  02 June 2017, All Day Event
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Abeba

Conservation Agriculture Experience Sharing Workshop June 2, 2017, AA

Conservation Agriculture Workshop Objectives

· To share conservation agriculture research and experience from 5 regions in Ethiopia.

· Interactive and participatory conservation agriculture learning among stakeholders.

· Networking for supportive relationship building to enhance conservation agriculture practice and scaling efforts.

We have invited practitioners from different regions to share their experiences implementing conservation agriculture. We have also invited researchers to share their research findings. Demonstrations of conservation agriculture inputs (tools and cover crop seeds, etc. will be on display. Posters regarding conservation agriculture research and activities are welcome.

The morning is dedicated to practical experience sharing by conservation agriculture practitioners in Ethiopia. The afternoon consists of conservation agriculture research presentations and round table discussi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 March 2017 at 07:25

Joint SDG research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research  (Call with deadline 23 May) 

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).

The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.

Members of this platform

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 March 2017 at 12:43

Ethiopian Biotechnology Institutes call for research project on mentioned thematic area.  

And Agriculture & Biotechnology is one of the thematic areas

Gizaw Legesse Thank you Firaol for sharing. I recommend you attend the next Business Drinks on March 30 and make a pitch about this. It would be nice for a lot of members also. Here is the Business Drinks event post: http://agriprofocus.com/post/58c396810b34d915e2e91561

7 months 2 days ago

Firaol Tafa Thank you Gizaw and I will take part on the event


7 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 March 2017 at 07:14

  The Role of the Financial Sector in Addressing Food Insecurity

Many farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to formal credit and turn to costly coping strategies to make ends meet between harvests, including reduced food consumption, informal borrowing, short-term work on other farms, and selling off assets like livestock. Providing credit, either in the form of food or cash, could allow farming families to increase their food security and agricultural output, as farmers would not be forced to find off-farm income to feed their families between harvests, and would therefore be able to spend additional time applying fertilizer, weeding, or harvesting the crop, which may increase yields. In the long run, this gain in productivity might increase incomes by more than farmers could earn through casual labor.

In Zambia, most of the smallholder farmers depend of the inputs provided by the government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which has provide to be inadequa

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RICHARD MUSOKWA Educative

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 February 2017 at 01:42

A New Super Food to Combat Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious problem in the world today. Developing countries are mainly affected by under nutrition while developed countries are mostly faced by the challenge of over nutrition. Malnutrition all in all affects development of a nation by diminishing human capital . 

In most countries, malnutrition is as a result of insufficient advocacy strategies, inadequate resources, absence of  nutrition donor agencies and lack of effective coordination in the sector. However, in Zambia, the coming on board of many non governmental organizations to support the nutrition sector, the sector has taken a new shift. 

There is a lot of nutrition education taking place and identification of the most  nutritious foods for human consumption.  This has led into the introduction of new foods such as spirulina. 

 Spirulina is a food supplement (micro-algae)  which appears blue green in colour. It contains nutrients ( vitami

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Nicole Metz

Thanks for posting Leah. Good you draw attention to Nutrition.
At the same time, the title of your article doesn't really seem to point in the right direction (and it also doesn't reflect the article's content, really). In my opinion, promoting particular 'Super Foods' is not what helps to generate sustainable solutions for malnutrition problems. I think the Zambian SUN movement (Scaling Up Nutrition) has produced lots of interesting recommendations to address Nutrition challenges. See e.g. http://scalingupnutrition.org/news/civil-society-proposes-agriculture-policy-reform-to-curb-malnutrition-in-zambia/

7 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 January 2017 at 04:41

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

ICRA is a member of the AgriProFocus and Agrinatura networks.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:53

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website www.knowledge4food.net. An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to follow us on Twitter

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

1 year 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 September 2016 at 03:47

ICRA courses for professional in agricultural education and research  

ICRA organises two interesting courses in March and May 2017 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. These courses are highly valued by professionals working in agricultural higher education, research, outreach, and agribusiness.

Scholarship application is now open for two courses:

Learning, action research and outreach - Making higher education boost food security

13 - 31 March 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.


Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges

15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.

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Linking research to inclusive development for food security

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 May 2017 to 02 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen

ICRA strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. We believe that food and nutrition security, inclusive development and sustainable rural livelihoods can be achieved when people and organizations address their collective challenges by sharing knowledge and by working together to create joint solutions. ICRA organizes courses for professionals in agricultural education and research, outreach and agribusiness. 

The following ICRA course is OPEN FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW :

Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges

All information on the webpage: http://bit.ly/2dg09uf 

Deadline for fellowship application is 19 October 2016.  

 www.icra-edu.org/courses | info@icra-edu.org