Wageningen University & Research (WUR) continues its activities to improve vegetable production and to strengthen private sector development in Indonesia. A two-year program funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta succeeds the vegIMPACT program that finished in 2017. The new vegIMPACT NL program was officially launched during the Wageningen Indonesian Network Exposure Scientific Meeting 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia, July 6th.
To read more about the vegIMPACT NL program, in which also AgriProFocus and members are involved, please follow this link.
For more information on the activities of AgriProFocus and its members regarding post harvest losses in shallots as part of VegImpact NL, follow this link.
Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of all harvested crops is lost during storage and distribution. Increasing globalisation necessitates long-term transport and the demand for high quality products stresses the need for innovative and sustainable postharvest technologies. Prevention of postharvest losses therefore is of major importance for global food and nutritional security.
Organised by Wageningen Academy, Horticulture & Product Physiology Group, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
This course gives participants an in-depth view on:
• The latest insights in the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration processes in fresh horticultural produc... Read more
By definition, a circular agrofood system is ‘zero waste’. All products leaving an agricultural farm are used as an end product or raw material for one of the other links in the circular economy.
Take a look at this infographic:
Resource Use Efficiency stands for the sustainable use of resources such as water, energy, fuel and soil. Although the term may sound new and complex, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) researchers have been working on this theme for years. They are always looking for ways to use renewable and green resources in the production of food and non-food, new and existing crops and technologies that can be used to this end, and feasible changes within the chain for a more sustainable production. All under the motto: Beyond recycling, towards upcycling. This long read explains how WUR is initiating a revolution in the use and reuse of resources, to allow our available resources to go a much longer way.
This long read is a relatively long article on how WUR is contributing to Resource Use Efficiency. The article consists of the following chapters:
- What is Resource Use Efficiency?
- Towards a circular... Read more
All things considered, the entire biobased & circular economy starts with the soil, which provides the biomass that will form the basis for a post-fossil economy. It is therefore essential to keep the soil ‘in shape’; it is a storage cupboard that can only deliver what it contains and needs to be refilled at set times. Peter Kuikman recognises this analogy and takes it one step further: “The soil is in fact a finite, fossil station that provides nutrients for plant growth. If we do nothing, it will eventually run out,” says the soil specialist from Wageningen Environmental Research. And this also applies to the physical aspects, such as the sponge effect and water retention capacity. “Not only do we have to preserve the contents of the pantry, we also have to respect its construction by cleaning the cupbo... Read more
A short movie (in English) about the approach and services of Wageningen University regarding Circular Economy in Food.
You can watch this short movie:
In this short video Mr. Martin Scholten, director of the WUR Animal Sciences Group, explains how Circular Agriculture can be a solution for producing sufficient, healthy and sustainable food production in the future.
Follow this link to see the video in Dutch on YouTube
This workshop initiated by 2 researchers from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Utrecht University (UU) in cooperation with ENTAG BENEFIT- Partnership, the WUR project office in Ethiopia. The role of AgriProFocus Ethiopia network was to assist the facilitation of the workshop as part of its network building activities within the AgroFood Sector.
Please find the full report of the Half-Day Workshop - Hybrid Potato Seeds in Ethiopia.
Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.
On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.
Du 19 au 21 juin 2018, s'est déroulé sur la ferme Kakalakah, à Sorgho, la formation des pisciculteurs sur l'application "Feed calculator". Cette formation s'inscrit dans le cadre du projet pilot sur l'utilisation de l'application "Feed Calculator" et les essais d'alimentation par les éleveurs de Tilapia au Bénin.
Le but de la formation est de préparer les participants à la comparaison d'un aliment commercial avec la recette de l'application, pendant un cycle de production du Tilapia.
Au total, 14 pisciculteurs dont 3 femmes ont participé à la formation.
A l'issu de la formation, ils auront à nourrir les alvins de tilapia durant 6 mois avec des aliments commerciaux et aliments locaux à des fins comparatives.
Tous les partipants ont trouvé pertinents l'utilisation d'une telle application et son importance pour le développement de la pisciculture.
YES! PIZZAPROFOCUS IS BACK!
Is blockchain technology the magical tool that will help solve many of the issues in sustainable food systems? From increased transparency in value chains to lower transaction costs and from improved chain collaboration to flawless traceability of fresh food and transformed food products?
Participate, share ideas and experiences (already?)about the potential and opportunities for using blockchain technology in your work. In the work we, Dutch Diamond partners, do together to achieve innovative results for actors in the agrifood sector in low and middle income countries.
We hope to see you on the 28th on our 4th PizzaProFocus session!
THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME
On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.
This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve... Read more
Local fresh food markets and value chains are potential vehicles to achieve inclusive development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. This course provides a platform for professionals where experiences in these domains are shared, and strategic action plans for positive change developed.
Date: 26 November – 14 December 2018
Registration deadline – general: 15 October 2018
Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellows: 20 July 2018
Location: The Netherlands
For more information and online registration please visit the website:
In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.
The key questions to be discussed at the ICA2018 Research Conference relate to innovation in enterprise and community. For the sustainability and resilience of the cooperative model, innovation is paramount. Which internal and external factors provide the fertile ground for such innovation? What are the key success factors for continuous (or renewed) member commitment and stakeholder legitimacy?
Main theme of the conference is: Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in Enterprise and Community. Under this overarching theme, the conference will address a wide range of topics, including:
+ Innovations in internal governance
On Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Chez Lando Hotel, AgriProFocus Rwanda invited all Dutch members working in Rwanda to a half day workshop in which AgriProFocus Rwanda wanted to share with the members new directions of the network.
The objectives of the workshop were:
1. Sharing with Dutch members APF new strategy and annual plan 2018,
2. Co creating together with Dutch members what to collaboratively work on together that brings up member coalition.
3. Discuss on how AgriProFocus Rwanda can be relevant to Dutch members intervention in Agrifood sector
The workshop started with a welcoming message from the AgriProFocus Network Country Coordinator, Madam Sajji RYAKUNZE and a brief introduction about AgriProFocus new strategy and annual plan 2018. In her speech, Madam Sajji said that “The network is currently in a transition phase from Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship to Making AgriBusiness work for Development. With this new strategy, AgriProFocus wi... Read more
Around the world, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. The Netherlands and its Wageningen University and Research (WUR) are globally recognized as big players in the area of sustainable agrofood systems. To tackle the challenges related to feeding a growing urban population, the Wageningen University will use its 100-year celebration to organize multi-stakeholder exchanges on “Access to healthy food in mega cities”. One of the Wageningen University events will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23rd 2018.
For this event, we are looking for evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia). These researches will then be transformed into poster presentations to be shared during the Wageningen University Event.
Sub-topics of interest under the umbrella of acce... Read more
Could you please introduce yourself and Maheder Food Processing to the APF network members in Ethiopia?
I am Mahder and the manager of Maheder food Processing. Maheder food Processing produces Ethiopian traditional foods and drinks which include packaged products and Order based products. The packaged products are packed and available any time sales outlet of the organization. The main products include Shiro, Berebere, Mitimita, Beso, various spices powder and ketchup and mayonnaise, while the Ordered based Products are readymade stew & sauces (Doro or Chicken) Beef, Miser (lentil stew), Tej, Tella, and providing catering services. All products have high quality in terms of purity (raw material), taste and cleanness.
Could you share the big achievement of Maheder Food Processing in Ethiopia?
Maheder foods received so many awards from different organizations: we have four recognition c... Read more
In 2018 many exiting activities will take place, where we can partner up: like the Wageningen University Alumni Day with Netherlands Embassy in Ethiopia and the Hawassa University Food Conference. See more:
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... Read more