In the December Newsletter, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) indicates that Food and Nutrition Security in conflict sensitive areas is nowadays high on the policy agenda and a priority theme of the Platform. In the newsletter a report is presented about the recent Food _ Stability mission to the Horn of Africa, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO, joined by the F&BKP.
Furthermore the Platform shares an inventory by Nuffic on Dutch-African partnerships in support of SHAEA; an update on the food systems approach and insights of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report.
The rewarded projects under the LEAP-Agri and the Seed Systems Development call are also presented; and the findings of several Global Challenges Programme (GCP) projects and an interview with a team member of the research consortium of the successful GCP aquaponics project.Read more
Launched by the World Bank Group in 2017, World Bank’s L’Afrique Excelle Programme is the Francophone edition of XL Africa, a successful pan-African accelerator. Since the completion of its first edition, half of the XL Africa portfolio has successfully secured almost $18 M in funding.
The World Bank’s L’Afrique Excelle programme is searching for 20 scalable companies in the late seed or pre-series, keen on discovering high-development startups from Francophone Africa that are hoping to raise between the range of $250,000 and $5 million
During this six-month business acceleration programme, entrepreneurs will receive mentoring from both global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their brand visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors, through collaboration with prominent Francophone Afric... Read more
Application Deadline: 21st December 2018
Non-refundable fee: 50,000ugx
A pre-accreditation meeting: 12th December 2018 at 10:00 am in the Ministers Boardroom
The Government of Uganda has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards a matching grant that will help finance the purchase of key production inputs and on-farm storage materials. MAAIF, therefore, requires accrediting agro-input dealers to supply inputs through the E-voucher system these include;
Lot 1. Bean Seed, Lot 2. Maize Seed, Lot 3. Rice Seed, Lot 4. Cassava Cuttings, Lot 5. Fertilizer, Lot 6. Pesticides and Lot 7. Post-Harvest Handling Materials and Farming Equipment
See details attached
Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.
The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.
Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.
Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati... Read more
On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).
In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.
Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc... Read more
Frank Berthe, 17 August 2017 on WBG website
Interesting blog describing how the livestock sector could contribute to nutrition and publich health, while also describing the risks on the human-animal interface. I copy-paste the final sections here, but please refer to the original blog via the link below.
'The global demand for livestock products is set to increase by 70% in the next 30 years and nearly all that growth will occur in developing countries. The increasing demand for animal-sourced food and the associated expansion of livestock production systems are likely to raise the risk of emerging infectious diseases at the human animal interface; because of increasing livestock numbers, accelerating animal turnover, confinement of large numbers of animals in small spaces, as well as habitat fragmentation and encroachment with wildlife.'
'Another possible consequence of this increasing demand is an expected increase of... Read more
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You can now watch the video recording, the Food for All Talk #4 “Exploring Public-Private Solutions to Agri-Food Value Chains” go through the power point presentation and read the summary of the discussions.The presentation in the webinar challenged a World Bank Group audience to expand its concepts of applying public-private partnerships to agricultural sector transformation. Jan Ubels of PPPLab presented various examples which were shared drawn from a large number of PPPs implemented over the past 5 years in agricultural value chains under Dutch development instruments. These PPP examples present a participatory and bottom-up approach from the sector level to achieve inclusive development objectives with farmers, but also local system change for scaling.The presentation and
"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!
Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."
Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT
On April 13, the third Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place. Ethel Sennhauser, Director Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank Group, welcomed guest speakers from Access to Seeds Index and East-West Seed to discuss the role of seed companies in helping smallholder farmers diversify into growing vegetables for income and better nutrition.
In this third edition of the Food for All Talk series, Ido Verhagen (Executive Director of the Access to Seeds Index) and Mary-Ann Sayoc (East-West Seed company) shared their experiences on what seed companies can do for smallholder vegetables farming.
East West Seed’s tailored business model focuses exclusively on smallholders, and extends far beyond seeds – they offer knowledge transfer on the farming system, thereby creating the basis for future sales. Ms. Sayoc noted t... Read more
Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are among the most expensive in the world for businesses, relative to income levels, and will remain “closed to the world” unless policymakers reform urban land markets and invest in infrastructure, a new report by the World Bank has found.
The number of people living in sub-Saharan African cities is growing rapidly: An additional 187 million people are expected to live in urban areas by 2025, the equivalent of the entire population of Nigeria. However, the economies in these cities are not keeping pace because they are crowded, disconnected and costly, according to “Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World,” a report published today.
These factors make cities such as Lagos in Nigeria, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Kampala in Uganda relatively unattractive to investors and entrepreneurs, meaning they produce few goods and services for trade on global and
Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.
RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challenges in... Read more
Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.
My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:
- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?
- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?
- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?
Haramaya University has this year won a competitive World Bank grant amounting to 6,000,000 (six million) US Dollars to establish an African Center of Excellence in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. This is good NEWS for Africa that disproportionately affected by climatic change and food insecurity. For more information
This newsletter includes interesting highlights: the launch of the third call of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund; and several knowledge products and event reports. Those include the complete report of the successful Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop held in Uganda (in collaboration with AgriProFocus), an essay on micronutrient management, an exploration on youth in agriculture, a report of the “Food for All Partnership” learning journey on food safety, and the report about the Extensive Livestock Expo (which AgriProfocus Kenya co-organised).
Please draw your attention to the proposal deadline for the Young Expert Programmes (YEP). Until June 1, Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organizations can submit a proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert in Agrofood. Please v... Read more
Food & Business Knowledge Platform, 10th newsletter.
Interesting updates about inclusive agribusiness, horticulture, World Bank knowledge programme, etc.
This December newsletter presents various reports on events, new studies
and expert opinions developed within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
(F&BKP) in the last months.
In addition to the articles below, on the F&BKP website you now can find a description of all granted GCP and ARF research projects, including from the latest Calls. In that website section you can also read about the supporting role of the Platform and NWO-WOTRO in knowledge sharing and research uptake of all awarded Food & Business Research projects.
Please enjoy reading this newsletter and exploring our website at www.knowledge4food.net. To constantly stay updated on the activities of the Platform, you can follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.
Are you interested in knowledge and innovations in the area of Food, Nutrition and Agriculture!?
Newsletter no. 10 of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform is now available and recommended reading to all! It also includes a brief update on the AgriProFocus & partners Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda (November 25-27).
P.S. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can also do so through the link on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website. http://knowledge4food.net/subscribe-newsletter/
Visiting World Bank officials asked Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) to host a meeting where they could hear and learn from those in the private sector of Uganda how they saw the way forward for climate smart agricultural development. UAA gathered 16 private sector colleagues who we knew had good insight into and vision for agricultural development in Uganda: 6 farmers, 2 processors, 2 exporters, 2 providers of agribusiness development services, one provider of agribusiness ICT services, 2 managers of agribusiness incubators, and one provider of market information and networking services. All gave the World Bank officials their thoughtful input, including 6 women and 5 youth. Among the main conclusions: successful agricultural/agribusiness development depends on individuals who have a combination of passion for what they do, education on how to do it, and patient perseverance that is committed to a long-range view of their agricultural efforts as a business.
(Deadline: 27-Aug-2015 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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This years World Development Report highlights an interesting dimension: human behavior and the implications for the development sector. The report gives refreshing insights in a topic that is not often addressed. For instance chapter 10: The biases of Development Professionals.
Download all chapters via this website: http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/wdr2015
Do we make rational choices in our behavior? Not always (or, very rarely!):