seed

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

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

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feb
19

Lessons Learned & Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  19 February 2018 - 08:00 to 23 February 2018 - 17:30
  Jinja

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.




Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 October 2017 at 11:00

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 August 2017 at 09:45

Seeds, not diamonds, will make Africa great

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. . .

Ethiopia, 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

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for sharing  this article with us.i think it can help for our agriculture development!

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:03

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.

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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

6 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 June 2017 at 09:30

A good crop starts with good seed!

Every farmer will tell you that a good crop starts with good seed. Whatever the size of the company, the type of product or the type of consumer – the seed needs to generate a good yield, be resistant to diseases and produce a nutritious harvest. 

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.

Download the brochure!

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Akibodé Djodji

Seeds are the key to sustainable and productive agriculture. With a seed you can feed the world.

The importance of seed as a factor in improving agricultural productivity and production is clear. The use of quality seeds contributes to a large extent to the increase in crop yields (30-40%). In Mali, we can recognize the essential place of Dutch seed companies like Bejo Seeds, which has become a reference through the quality of its seeds. The AgriProFocus network has positioned itself for the organization of seed fairs with Partners such as the Mali Seed Association and the Bejo Corporation.Thanks Anne Marie for sharing

7 months 4 days ago

Nicole Metz For all with an interest in seed systems, seed sector development, etc.: please also visit this knowledge portal: http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/seed-systems/

7 months 4 days ago

Mahamadou Guindo You're right. No ood seed no good yield

7 months 3 days ago

Posted By in KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Posted 3 May 2017 at 09:46

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


The Working Papers can now be downloaded from our website! 


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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Annelie! We will make sure the papers are spread througout our networks, looking forward to more working papers.

8 months 3 weeks ago

Annelie Wambeek Thanks Anne Marie Kortleve - looking forward to sharing more updates soon!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 April 2017 at 09:24

Netherlands partners with Uganda to boost agriculture

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2017 at 01:34

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Seed - Uganda

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!  


Dorina Prech Great video and insightful information there!

10 months 4 days ago

mar
23

SAG-SEED starter Uganda 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  23 March 2017 to 25 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Kampala, Uganda

4 days left to apply!
Want to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise in Uganda?

Apply for our upcoming Starter Workshop in Kampala!

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

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feb
07

NW Myanmar Agriculture and Community Development Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  07 February 2017 - 08:00 to 10 February 2017 - 17:00
  Kalay Myo, Sagaing Region

ECHO Asia, in partnership with the CSSDD of the Myanmar Babtist Convention, is pleased to offer training in NW Myanmar. 

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, mbc.cssdd@gmail.com



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 January 2017 at 11:05

Call for Applications: SWITCH Africa Green – SEED Awards 2017

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.

Requirements

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:

Agriculture:

Does your enterprise produce food in an unpredictable environment, while creating decent jobs and

preserving resources?

Manufacturing:

Does your enterprise produce goods or provide services for the manufacturing sector while ensuring

energy and water efficiency and providing employment opportunities?

Tourism:

Does your enterprise promote tourism

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 January 2017 at 10:36

Apply for the Africa Green - 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. 

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

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jan
26

AGRITECH EXPO TANZANIA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  26 January 2017 to 27 January 2017 - All Day Event
  Arusha

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 October 2016 at 05:11

SEED Promoting Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

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.

Three eco-enterprises from Uganda honoured with pres

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 June 2016 at 02:59

New Report from the ACB: Integration of small-scale farmers into formal seed production in South Africa

‘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. Integration of                           small-scale farmers into formal seed                           production in South Africa

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 April 2016 at 12:30

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

Alex Byamukama Am looking for funds

1 year 9 months ago

mar
09

Corporates Venturing into Inclusive Business - workshop

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  09 March 2016, All Day Event
  Munich, Germany

Capturing BoP Markets: Corporates Venturing into Inclusive Businesses

Practitioner Workshop

March 9, 2016, 9.00am till 6.00pm

Orange Bar, Green City Energy – Munich

About

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.

So please join us – Endeva, and its co-hosts Business Fights Poverty and SEED – in Munich on March 9 fo

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 2 March 2016 at 01:15

3 Models of Corporate Impact Venturing

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

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