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Smallholder agriculture: Research-based opportunities for improved food and nutrition security
May 25, 2020Study
Smallholder agriculture: Research-based opportunities for improved food and nutrition security
By: F&BKP Office

This fourth thematic synthesis paper discusses Research for Development insights and innovations regarding smallholder farmers. The paper stresses that differences among smallholders have significant implications and require an integrated approach from donors, governments and development agencies. Any such approach should be rigorously monitored on process and results to enable adaptive programming and learning. »

Inclusive business for sustainable food systems: Putting the last first
May 22, 2020Study
Inclusive business for sustainable food systems: Putting the last first
By: F&BKP Office

How can business models be profitable and benefit low income populations, aim to address societal problems, including poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and promote sustainable livelihoods? This is the key question explored in a synthesis paper that has recently been produced discussing Research for Development insights and innovations regarding these business models, commonly referred to as Inclusive Business models. »

Scaling for impact: strengthening Benin Food & Nutrition Security in policy and practice
May 14, 2020Knowledge activity
Scaling for impact: strengthening Benin Food & Nutrition Security in policy and practice
By: F&BKP Office

During a three-day workshop in Cotonou end November 2019, all Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects of NWO-WOTRO in Benin got together. Since these projects are finished or almost finalised, it was time to take stock of their outcomes, share lessons learned, and tackle issues related to scaling-up of project results. The final report (in French) and video are now available. »

COVID-19 and the impact on food security: suggestions for the Dutch international effort
May 1, 2020Expert opinion
COVID-19 and the impact on food security: suggestions for the Dutch international effort
By: AgriProFocus Fo... Theme: Food security and COVID-19

As a result of a parliamentary debate on April 16, 2020, the Dutch government has asked the Advisory Council on International Affairs to urgently draw recommendations on the role of the Netherlands in combating and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in developing countries. Members of the AgriProFocus Food Security Policy Coalition, including HIVOS, »

Rapid appraisal of food system risks with Covid-19 measures: Voices from the field
April 30, 2020Study
Rapid appraisal of food system risks with Covid-19 measures: Voices from the field
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Food security and COVID-19

Understanding the vulnerabilities of local food systems is a key priority as the world is gaining more knowledge and information of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our food systems. A rapid appraisal carried out by Wageningen University and Research contributes to this emerging understanding of Covid-19 impacts, specifically on perceived Covid-19 control measures and their potential effect on local food systems. »

Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown
April 28, 2020Expert opinion
Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Food security and COVID-19

In this report, Pepijn Schreinemachers from the World Vegetable Center, and Kanokwan Chodchoey, Steven Layne and Weeranuch Mhadlhoo from the Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA) give the results of a survey, which recorded the opinion of seed company managers on how the crisis has affected their business and identified emerging bottlenecks in the seed supply chain. »

Key challenges for post-COVID food systems
April 24, 2020Expert opinion
Key challenges for post-COVID food systems
By: multiple authors Theme: Food security and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has a large and decisive impact on public health, and generates major consequences for social relationships, economic development and food systems. In this note, Ivo Demmers and Ruerd Ruben focus on four food system dimensions that are most critical for outlining the (likely) impact of COVID-19 induced changes on agri-food systems’ performance, and outline the main challenges that have to be addressed during the post-COVID-19 recovery period. »

Lessons on market-oriented food security programming in fragile settings
April 21, 2020Study
Lessons on market-oriented food security programming in fragile settings
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Food security and stability

As part of an ongoing study on “Aid transitions in fragility and protracted crisis settings” two quick-scans were produced. The first inventories typologies and frameworks used to design agricultural development programmes in fragile settings. The second captures lessons on market-oriented food security programming in fragile settings. »

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May
:aunch dairy paper 29 May 2020
Friday 29 May 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

This event is the online launch of the position paper “Dairy for nutrition, employment and sustainability – An action agenda for the Dutch contribution to dairy development in Africa and »

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Aug
Eurosoil 2020
Monday 24 August 2020
until Friday 28 August 2020
All day event

Eurosoil 2020 takes place on August 24-28 in Geneva, Switzerland with the objective to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasised during Eurosoil 2020. »

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Sep
AGRF Summit 2020
Tuesday 8 September 2020
until Friday 11 September 2020
All day event

The AGRF Summit is designed to energize political will and advance the policies, programs and investments required to achieve an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation across the continent. This year it is held in Kigali, Rwanda, on September 8 – 11, 2020. »

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