I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI.
Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp... Read more
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has over 35 years’ experience conducting research and providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of agro-input markets in the developing world. At the request of some governments, IFDC has provided technical support in the introduction of subsidy programs and also has provided capacity building though seminars and workshops to share lessons learned and best practices, working in collaboration with local and international partners.
This training program will draw on lessons learned and the latest research findings and recommendations from IFDC and partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
Register here: bit.ly/IFDCJinja2018
Workshop brochure is attached.
Vacancy seed sector advisor
Welthungerhilfe (www.welthungerhilfe.de) is one of the large and respected private organisations in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. It carries out projects in 39 countries and campaigns for fairer cooperation with developing countries. If you are prepared to dedicate yourself to carrying out projects under sometimes difficult conditions and you match the requirements set out below, we look forward to receiving your application for the position of
Seed Sector Advisor (m/f) in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Delta Region, Myanmar
The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration until June 30, 2019. There are good prospects for an extension. The place of work will be Pathein, the provincial capital of the Ayeyarwady Delta Region, Myanmar. Travel for work will be required.
Quality seed is a key input for increasing crop productivity, and experts generally estimate that 50% of the yield gap can be cl... Read more
BY Kanayo Nwanze
. . . My vision for Africa’s future is not built on a foundation of extractive industries. These riches have not translated into wide-ranging job creation, or social welfare and stability. They have not fed hungry people. They have not reduced poverty.
I see Africa’s economic growth predicated upon unlocking and fully tapping into the potential of smallholder farmers who make up 70% of our population. When I insisted for many years that small-scale farms were as much businesses as large-scale operations, my views were considered at best romantic and at worst foolish. I am glad to note that the concept of smallholder farms as a business has become commonplace today. . .
... Read moreEthiopia, for example, has reaped huge benefits for the last two decades from visionary leadership and by honouring its development commitments. The government set up the growth and transformation plan (GTP) to bolster smallholder farmers’ productivit
East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 21st July 2017
Maize (9,489MT) was the highest traded commodity in the region in the week ending 21st July 2017, a decrease from the previous week (11,304MT). The price of maize is on a decline across all Kenyan markets, as many parts of the country have started harvesting fresh maize. The Government of Kenya’s promise to import more maize at a much lower price seems to have finally pushed the price of maize on a downward trend. Zambians and Malawi traders continue looking at exporting maize to Kenya, which seems to offer a much more favourable price, despite unconfirmed reports of Tanzania’s continual barriers towards Kenyan imports from Southern Africa region. Maize wholesale prices were highest in South Sudan, Juba Ksh83($0.80)/kg, and Burundi Gitega, Ksh72($0.69)/kg. The lowest prices were in Tanzania, Mbeya Ksh21($0.20)/kg and Uganda, Kampala Ksh24($23)/kg. Kenya reported the following wholesale prices Kisumu, Ksh60($0.... 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
The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.
Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.Read more
ISSD Africa has engaged in action research and network building on Integrated Seed Sector Development from 2014-2016. The results of these efforts are published in a first series of 9 working papers, in the KIT Working Paper Series, focusing on 3 themes:
1. Promoting seed entrepreneurship
2. Increasing access to varieties from the public domain
3. Matching global commitments with national realities
KIT Working Papers aim to share the results of work by KIT and its partners with development practitioners, researchers and policy makers. We welcome your feedback. Readers are encouraged to reproduce, share and quote this paper, provided due acknowledgement is given to KIT.
The Royal Dutch Embassy has partnered with Uganda to create opportunities for increased income and food security through market linkages and access to quality seed for rural households in Uganda.
The integrated Seed Sector Development Plus(ISSD Plus) project and the resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains(REACH Uganda) project under the international fertilizer Development Center will run for a period of 4years.
Speaking at the official launch of the two projects at his residence in Kololo Hank Jan Bakker, the ambassador of the Netherlands highlighted that the two projects will follow the agricultural value chain right from inception, by providing access to quality seed to mainly rural farmers and to end chain of providing market linkages for the farmers to the consumers of their produce.
The ambassador added that this will particularly be achieved through the promotion of quality declared seed(QDS) which is high quality seed produced pr
There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!
Do you want to become an eco-entrepreneur and find solutions for one of the key challenges your country is facing? Then the Starter is what you have been waiting for. Building an enterprise takes many different tasks, from stepping into the shoes of potential customers in order to design a product or service to running a marketing campaign. A single person, or even most teams of motivated people, can easily feel overwhelmed. The Starter shows future entrepreneurs where to start to turn their ideas into reality. By asking the right questions, it guides you through the process of setting up your enterprise. What it does not do is to offer ready-made solutions – with a bit of guidance you are about to discover the best solutions yourself!
How does it work?
During the application period for the SAG-SEED Starter Months future eco-entreprene... Read more
Some of the 14 topics presented may include:
- Biochar and water filters
- Seed banking and seed saving
- Integrated agriculture options for sustainable land use
Presented in both English and Birmese.
Registration fee: $110, including workshop, meals and basic accomodation.
For more information or to register please contact:
Expats: Echoasia@echonet.org, or register at echocommunity.org
Myanmar nationals: CSSDD at Myanmar Babtist Convention, email@example.com
SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) – SEED Awards. The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.
For the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards, the call for applications is open to enterprises within the six focus Countries; Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius South Africa active in the following four sectors:
Does your enterprise produce food in an unpredictable environment, while creating decent jobs and
Does your enterprise produce goods or provide services for the manufacturing sector while ensuring
energy and water efficiency and providing employment opportunities?
Does your enterprise promote tourism... Read more
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.
Is your enterprise small, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth?
Does your enterprise need tailored support to grow to its full potential? Apply!
The Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards will end on 8 March 2017!
Who can participate?
For the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards, the call for application is open to enterprises within Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South-Africa and Uganda and are active in agriculture, waste management, tourism or manufacturing.
What do you win?
No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards to their operating environment. SEED offers each SAG-SEED Award Winner a custom... Read more
Agritech Expo Tanzania is an outdoor expo enabling the event to host unique event features such as live technology demonstrations of agricultural machinery and products, amongst others.
The event offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet some of the world's leading agricultural companies, network with fellow agricultural professionals as well as government and union officials.
Provides take-home knowledge and skills from the free-to-attend interactive training workshops, in order for farmers of all scales to make informed decisions on new products and agri supplies by comparing them side by side in one location.
Agritech Expo was first launched in Zambia in conjunction with the Zambian National Farmers Union in 2014 to establish a leading business-to-business annual trade expo in Zambia; it is now in its 4th edition.
Why you should Attend
1. Grow your agribusiness, increase profits and yields while networking with industry professionals
2. Meet new suppliers and partners... Read more
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy that was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. SEED promotes eco-inclusive solutions for sustainable development by shaping a supportive ecosystem and increasing the resilience of small and growing enterprises in developing countries. Partners in SEED, in addition to the Founding Partners, are the governments of Flanders, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States of America; Conservation International; the European Union; SWITCH Africa Green; Hogan Lovells; UNIDO; UN Women and SEED’s Corporate Partner, Hisense. SEED is hosted by adelphi research gGmbH, based in Germany.
‘Integration of small-scale farmers into formal seed production in South Africa: A scoping report.
‘ Available here.
The report found that
while there is extensive reference across government policies to
indigenous knowledge and biodiversity conservation, economic
development, transformation, job creation, and food security, government
does not consider small-scale farmer involvement in seed
production a priority.
Government policy and programmes accept that multinational corporations (MNCs) control seed production and there are very few public sector efforts to integrate black small-scale farmers into commercial seed production. Nevertheless the report does outline a few projects on community seed production, indigenous crops and black-owned private sector seed production efforts. These few efforts highlight important lessons for the support of small-scale farmer seed production, including: the importance of participatory... Read more
Dear Ugandans, we are looking for eco-entrepreneurs who want to find solutions for one of the main challenges in Uganda: Sustainable agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism. If you want to receive support to turn your idea into reality apply now with your team for the SAG-SEED Starter Months 2016 in Kampala, Uganda! Deadline: 1 May, more information: www.seed.uno/support/starter
March 9, 2016, 9.00am till 6.00pm
Orange Bar, Green City Energy – Munich
How can companies get a foothold in emerging markets and make good social returns? Should it build a business that targets the low- and/or middle-income segment or buy into one? What are the risks and opportunities of investing in inclusive businesses? And what are potential investment vehicles?
Endeva’s Corporate Impact Venturing workshop will answer these and other questions with a practical, interactive introduction to investing in and partnering with inclusive businesses.
There you will meet emerging inclusive businesses from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, compare notes with other corporations setting up venturing partnerships with inclusive businesses, and quiz financial intermediaries creating new investment instruments.
Wanna venture? You bet!
By Christina Tewes-Gradl & Sarah Worthing on Business Fights Poverty
Venture capital is undergoing a transformation. A term once only heard around the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, venture capital is now on the lips of development experts and social entrepreneurs in low-income markets around the world.
Corporate Impact Venturing (CIV), a subset of traditional venture capital, is proving to be an innovative financing tool for low-income markets. CIV is the practice of a corporate providing capital to a inclusive business with the expectation of financial, strategic and social and/or environmental returns. Rather than creating their own inclusive business models from scratch, corporates invest in field-tested models, providing much-needed finance and expertise to social entrepreneurs. The previous separate spheres of social impact and corporate strategic gains are united under this emerging financing practice. In Endeva’s forthcoming rep... Read more