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:
• 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
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promoting safe and sustainable nutrition, we will organize the following activities:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Pan-African urban food system experts live Addis Ababa presenting on a panel streamed online to the world.
• Presentations, discussions and mixers for network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To register to participate in the events of the day, please register HERE.
For more information, please contact AgriProFocus Ethiopia: firstname.lastname@example.org, [+251 (0)937896415] or email@example.com [+251(0)919313031].
This day of events is sponsored by Wageningen University on its 100th Anniversary and implemented by AgriProFocus Ethiopia in support of Ethiopian Holland Alumni and The E... Read more
In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:
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
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... Read more
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:
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
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
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... Read more
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:
http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/shor... Read more
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.
Interesting research paper!
Article #122 in Livestock Research for Rural Development, Volume 24. (Njarui DMG, Kabirizi JM, Itabari JK, Gatheru M, Nakiganda A, Mugerwa S; 2012)
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.