Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 February 2018 at 12:49

Swedish Institute Management Programme Africa

Deadline: 06 February 2017

Do you want to be a part of a network of emerging leaders with a shared interest in exploring 21st century business perspectives? Join the Swedish Institute Management Programme for change-makers focusing on lasting success through responsible leadership and sustainable business. The programme started in 2014 and this year SIMP Africa opens up for participants from Uganda. The call for applications is open and will close 6 February.

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for sharing with us Didier MUYIRAMYE, this is a good opportunity for our capacity building!

5 months 2 weeks ago


Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 August 2017 at 02:05

Agroecology for Food Security and


Proceedings of the FAO International SymposiuM

Our global food system is at a crossroads. Agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. While past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. In many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental benefits while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods. Agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building syn

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 27 July 2017 at 01:41

Better and Different!

Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology

Agroecology is not merely an agricultural approach that reduces the need for pesticides and fertilisers, recycles plant remains and harnesses biological processes to grow food. Rather, agroecology emphasises a particular perspective vis-à-vis our relationship to nature. Around this perspective, a social movement is growing, which encourages peer-to-peer exchanges of information between farmers. The chief goal being to develop locally adapted solutions for peasant farmers that work with the available resources.

The agroecological perspective invites us to embrace the complexity of nature and to see this complexity not as a liability, but as an asset. Farmers are discoverer: he or she proceeds experimentally, by trial and error, observing what consequences follow from which combinations, and learning from what works best in their local context. So-called ‘modern’ agriculture did the exact opposite. It sought to

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 26 July 2017 at 01:50

Agroecology: sustainable land use

“… The man begins to assert, as he learns to respect and understand the ground he walks on.” Atahualpa Yupanqui

It is common to consider soil as an inert, lifeless, made only for minerals. But hundreds of species of animals, plants, fungi and bacteria are found inhabiting soil and they play a very important role in the ecological and environmental balance.

The reality we seldom fail to see is desertification is progressing slowly. This process involves the degradation of environment in general and soil degradation in particular due to climate changes but mostly due to human activities. The problem with these degraded soils is a slow recovery and the great effort to reverse this situation.

The full article is found here:

Sarah Assefa Lovely! Please add the first part of the asserted quote! Nice link, I want to learn to better respect the ground that I walk on, the ground that feeds me!

10 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:47

AgriProFocus facilitated the Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

In Ethiopia tree seedling are planted every year but the survival rate is very low. The Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project was organizing a tree competition event aimed at speed up tree planting with a higher rate of survival. The Surviving Tree Competition and tree planting activities took place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture (a youth-run integrated urban farm, with permaculture vegetable plots, poultry, pigs, sheep and cows) hosted a tree planting event on the side of Kebena river. The event were opened by the song by the Ethiopian Environmental Club children on Endemic trees, Global warming, River health and Sustainable development continued from the song indigenous tree seedlings like Cordi Africana (Wanza), Croton (Bisana), Juniperus Procera (Tsid) , Olive (Weyra) etc from seedling supplier at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources were planted. Peace and Green also pro

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this article Sewmehon! It is really nice to get a feel of what the day was like, keep it up.

1 year 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 January 2017 at 02:34

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Amharic Translation of Fair Trade Principles now available

An Amharic translation of the ten WFTO principles of Fair Trade was developed by the Environmental Science and Sustainable Development Students of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. Please find the full translation in the PDF attached. Viva sustainable business!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 15 December 2016 at 05:50

Rantai Nilai Berkelanjutan untuk Sistem Pangan yang Berkelanjutan

Sebuah workshop oleh FAO/UNEP Programme on Sustainable Food Systems

FAO dan UNEP dengan dukungan dari Swiss mengadakan workshop Rantai Nilai Berkelanjutan untuk Sistem Pangan yang Berkelanjutan di Roma, Italia, pada 8 – 9 Juni 2016. Workshop ini bertujuan melakukan framing yang lebih baik tentang gagasan rantai nilai berkelanjutan. Workshop menjadi tempat diskusi dinamis membahas berbagai topik yang relevan dengan keberlanjutan di sepanjang rantai nilai pangan. Seperti perbedaan dimensi konsep keberlanjutan (khususnya yang sering dilupakan yaitu dimensi sosial dan biodiversitas dalam dimensi lingkungan), perbedaan saluran dalam di rantai nilai dan perbedaan skala aksi.

Sangat jelas bahwa rantai nilai pangan yang berkelanjutan perlu diintegrasikan dengan konsep berkelanjutan yang multidimensi, termasuk kesematan mendapat lapangan kerja dan pendapatan di area pedesaan, khususnya perempuan. Penciptaan nilai sepanjang

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Agroindustri Indonesia support

1 year 7 months ago

Angelica Senders Thanks for sharing this interesting report. Maybe good to kow that on page 117 an article can be found on FAO’s approach to gendersensitive and sustainable food value chains.

1 year 7 months ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks Angelica Senders
for highlighting gender aspect on that report, it can be published in seperate post.

1 year 7 months ago

Angelica Senders Good suggestion I will do!

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 4 March 2016 at 08:31

Hi All,

Hivos SEA recently publish a new book regarding the sustainable palm oil. The book was officially launched in Jakarta on January 26th, 2016 with the support of Indonesia’s Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The event was attended by Biranchi Upadhyaya, Director of Hivos Southeast Asia, the Head of LIPI Regional Resources Research Center, Dundin Zaenuddin. and the authors, Panca Pramudya and Rini Hanifa.

The book is based on Hivos’ experiences working with smallholder farmers in the palm oil sector in 2004. Hivos provided financial support, helped them develop a certification system and increased their institutional networking capacity.

For those who interested to have the soft copy of our book "Menghijaukan sektor sawit melalui petani", please go to the link bellow and download the PDF file in Bahasa Indonesia version.

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Devi, thank you for sharing this valuable publication. Hivos experience on driving sustainable palm oil could become lessons learn for other institution. Looking forward for another Hivos's works in the future!

2 years 4 months ago

Posted By in Publications Kenya
Posted 28 January 2016 at 09:39

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 January 2016 at 12:13

The State of Sustainable Markets: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2015

The first global data report on fast-growing voluntary sustainability standards outlines the share of bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, forestry, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar and tea in 14 major standards.

The report is based on a partnership between the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and ITC, and is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

You can download it here


Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 December 2015 to 02 December 2015 - All Day Event
  Durban, South Africa

GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect real change and offer hundreds of practical solutions that can raise productivity and stop post harvest losses in all parts of the continent while mitigating the effects of over farming and climate change.

The innovators, the food producers, the farmers unions, the policy-makers, the donors, the development agencies, the ministerial buyers, the NGOs, the research organisations, resellers and agents will all be there.

> 50+ speakers in the conference

> 100+ innovation presentations

> 200+ exhibitors

> Round table discussions

> Networking events

> Farm tours

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 March 2015 at 12:57

2015: International Year of Soils

This year is declared by the UN as the International Year of Soils. AgriCultures Network dedicated the March edition of their Magazine 'Farming Matters' to this theme, and this is why: 

Healthy soils contribute to resilient food production. Soil carbon is a key to healthy soils but, today we see the long-term consequences of agricultural management that has neglected soil carbon – degraded soils, polluted waters, and unprecedented rates of hunger and malnutrition. There are good examples of agroecological practices that were developed by farmers who have long known the importance of soil carbon. Yet, in many cases these practices are being re-learnt, adapted and new practices are being developed to reconnect with the soil and rebuild soil carbon.

This issue of Farming Matters presents the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. The stories on these pages show that h

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Nicole Metz Thanks Inger for posting this information here. For those with an interest in soils, it is recommended to also visit the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform page on Integrated Soil Fertility Management. See this link: We have worked with the so-called Fertile Grounds Initiative, and jointly produced an overview of African actors which are active in the area of soil fertility which is worth reading! Particularly if you look for connections with institutions or networks in this area of soil fertility. See this link:

3 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 January 2015 at 11:41

Nice video ! Perspectives from farmers: What is the future of food for the world?

Click here to watch it.

Farmers from India, Peru and Kenya share their climate change stories, and tell us what they want to see in the future.

Climate change is wreaking havoc on global food systems but those most affected are poor farmers in tropical climates. Scarcity of water, increased temperatures and erratic rainfall are just a few of the issues farmers are faced with due to climate change, which all have profound affects on yields, ecosystems and income. 
In the video above farmers from India, Peru and Kenya share their climate change stories. Take a look and listen to the methods they have adopted to cope with the impacts of climate change and hear what it is they would like to see happen in the future.

Source: CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 December 2014 at 02:23

New booklet on Integrated Soil Fertily Management - Fertile Ground Initiative!

Part of Fertile Grounds Initiative, a partner of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Enjoy reading & please send comments on this site!