Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 May 2018 at 12:51


SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION is looking for innovations in city region food systems that can reach millions of people living in poverty.

Deadline: 11th June 2018

Who can apply

1. Any local or international institution or consortium with experience in the above-mentioned field

and able to demonstrate a capacity to develop and implement projects of similar volume and

complexity may participate.

2. Consortium of complementary institutions are allowed.

3. Applicants, which already receive a programme contribution from the SDC, through the

Institutional Partnership Division, will not be eligible for proposing a project. The conditions of the

federal department of foreign affairs regarding contributions are applicable.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 April 2018 at 12:41

Big Bite: Food Sustainability in Cities

Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.

How are cities coping with feeding their populations?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.

The online discussion will include topics such as:

• Infrastructure

• Waste

• Urban farming

• Nutritional value and food miles

• Food deserts and processed food

• Urban food security and policy

This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:

• Hunger & Obesity

• Food & Fuel

• Starvation & Waste

Applications are open until May 31, 2018!

Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com


Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  23 June 2018, All Day Event
  ILRI, Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:

• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.

• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).

• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.

To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.

To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst

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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!

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58c2ca460b34d915e2e9155e

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 9 August 2017 at 03:47

Applications have opened for Hivos Residency Program at Impact Hub Jakarta!

Are you a social entrepreneur? Do you have an organization or a business and are you looking to make sustainable social impact? The Hivos Southeast Asia Residency Program might just be for you!

The program will recruit two fellows whose business ideas focus in addressing renewable energy or sustainable food issues. Within a 3-month period (September – November), the fellows will be closely mentored by Hivos Southeast Asia and Impact Hub Jakarta professionals as well as able to enjoy free access to a coworking space, networking opportunities, events, and trainings. A tailor-made Sustainable Social Impact guideline support is also developed to help shape and develop initiatives of those fellows into sustainable ventures

If you are working on solutions in renewable energy or sustainable food issues, learn more and apply before 21 August via here

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hi Queen, thanks for your post! Its very interesting opportunity, will spread it out whitin our network. Keep posting :)

1 year 5 months ago

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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How to ensure access to food for all in a urbanising world

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  08 December 2016, 09:00-14:00

Seminar: How to ensure access to good food for all in a rapidly urbanising world

The world is becoming increasingly urban. Today, more of us live in cities than in rural areas. It is expected that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s urban areas is a pressing challenge, due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and natural disasters which affect food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.

This seminar will take place in the Impulse building on the campus of Wageningen UR, from 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, including a lunch buffet. Participation is free.

For more information and online registration please visit our website:


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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 12 August 2016 at 09:56

Riverside agriculture associated with disease threatens dietary diversity

Many of the urban vegetables supplied to consumers in Addis are grown on the banks of polluted rivers. It is no surprise that vegetables grown on the river banks are associated with water born disease.

Dietary diversity is already a big challenge in Ethiopia. The current “Atit” (acute diarrhea also recognized as cholera by some health professionals) outbreak has resulted in a massive public health awareness campaign to reduce infection through sanitation and care in vegetable consumption. This blogger is worried that associating vegetables with illness will further challenge work to increase dietary diversity. The long term solution to this challenge in healthy nutrition is to clean up our riparian habitats. Read more here.

"We are sick because our rivers are sick."

Posted By in Dairy - Worldwide
Posted 23 April 2015 at 08:49

Interesting research paper!

Production characteristics and gender roles in dairy farming in peri-urban areas of Eastern and Central Africa.

Article #122 in Livestock Research for Rural Development, Volume 24. (Njarui DMG, Kabirizi JM, Itabari JK, Gatheru M, Nakiganda A, Mugerwa S; 2012)

Inger Janssen Hi Nicole, do you have the link to the article as well?

3 years 9 months ago

Nicole Metz Sorry!! Please find the link here: http://www.asareca.org/content/production-characteristics-and-gender-roles-dairy-farming-peri-urban-areas-eastern-and

3 years 9 months ago

Inger Janssen Thanks Nicole, I've made the link clickable in your original post as well.

3 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 January 2015 at 09:47

FAO launches new training handbook for farmer field schools:

'On-farm practices for the safe use of waste water in urban and peri-urban horticulture'

This training handbook, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production.

The best practices described in this handbook were designed and field-tested as part of a Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Phase 1 project under the coordination of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the International Water Management Institute(IWMI)

More information about the handbook can be found here

Or download the guide here.

Lisette van Benthum There was a problem with the links in the message above. Please find the links here; more information: http://wle.cgiar.org/blog/2012/10/01/fao-launches-new-training-handbook-for-farmer-field-schools/ The handbook can be found here; http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3041e/i3041e.pdf

3 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 January 2015 at 03:13

dear all,

I am looking for recent research initiatives and/or reports on:

- urban agriculture, and/or on:
- the impact of urbanisation on agriculture and food security.

Could you send me some suggestions or links to relevant websites?

owomukama matthew visit www.inachee.com

4 years 1 week ago