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Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts
February 20, 2019News
Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts
By: multiple authors

Senior Experts, employed by Dutch research organizations and involved in CGIAR research or management, are offered a chance to spend (more) time on their CGIAR activities. The call to cover some of their personnel costs has been reopened with an adjustment in requirements for the Senior Expert. The deadline for the next assessment round is June 4, 2019. »

The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies
February 20, 2019News
The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies
By: F&BKP Office

Global seed companies are adapting their products to combat the impact of climate change and address nutrition needs. But limited access to quality seed in many emerging economies persists, with the global seed industry reaching just 10% of the world’s smallholder farmers, according to a new study. »

Innovative insurance service for farmers based on satellite data gets commercial follow up in Uganda
February 15, 2019News
Innovative insurance service for farmers based on satellite data gets commercial follow up in Uganda
By: G4AW Netherland...

Smallholder farmers in Uganda are increasingly vulnerable to risks associated with changing weather patterns. The SUM-Africa project, supported by the G4AW program of Netherlands Space Office (NSO), provides satellite based drought index insurance to protect these smallholders. This week the Ugandan Agro Insurance Consortium (AIC) and the Dutch company EARS) signed a long-term contract to continue the delivery of this service. »

Knowledge Programme for Food Security
February 7, 2019News
Knowledge Programme for Food Security
By: F&BKP Office

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), Embassy Support Programme and Talent Pool will continue as the Knowledge Programme for Food Security. This Programme will increase the impact of Dutch projects, programmes, policies, investments and business on SDG2 by knowledge brokering across professional divides. It will facilitate the creation, exchange and – particularly – the use of knowledge by Dutch actors and their LMIC partners. »

What is climate smart in Africa’s horticulture?
February 7, 2019Study
What is climate smart in Africa’s horticulture?
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Fruits and Vegetables

Climate change is and will continue to be a major challenge for East and Southern African horticulture. Its effects on horticulture are lower water availability, lower soil health, higher disease pressure and planning disruptions. With support of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, AgriProFocus and Verbos Business Development carried out a scoping study of business drivers for Climate Smart Horticulture in Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. »

Practice note: Adaptive programme management in fragile and complex settings
February 5, 2019Study
Practice note: Adaptive programme management in fragile and complex settings
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Food security and stability

Adaptive programme management (APM) is an evidence-based approach to programme design and implementation increasingly used in international development. At the core of APM approaches lies a deliberate strategy for interim adjustments to a programme on the basis of focused learning around its objectives. This note produced by The Broker, supported by the F&BKP, provides insight into the core aspects of APM strategies with concrete examples from practice. »

Supply and demand factors influencing youth employment and entrepreneurship in agrofood systems
January 30, 2019Knowledge activity
Supply and demand factors influencing youth employment and entrepreneurship in agrofood systems
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in agrofood systems

In many continents, young people represent a promising, yet untapped potential for disruptive innovation for transforming food systems. Though, many young people struggle to make the transition from education to work to become financially independent. In the fifth CoP Youth meet-up on January 23, CTA and WUR presented a comprehensive framework and brief on supply and demand factors impacting youth employment & entrepreneurship. »

International Seed Money Projects of Dutch TopSectors (Call 2019)
January 24, 2019News
International Seed Money Projects of Dutch TopSectors (Call 2019)
By: F&BKP Office

In 2019, Dutch Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) again have the possibility to submit a proposal for Seed Money Projects (SMPs). SMPs serve to initiate (or act as the ”seed” for) international partnerships for Dutch SMEs in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors. The main focus is on forming a consortium and exploring the possibilities for international activities. »

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Upcoming events
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Feb
4th Congress Hidden Hunger
Wednesday 27 February 2019
until Friday 1 March 2019
All day event

The 4th International Congress Hidden Hunger focuses on “Hidden hunger and the transformation of food systems: How to combat the double burden of malnutrition?” and takes place at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany from February 27 till March 01, 2019.  »

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Feb
Brussels Briefing no. 54
Wednesday 27 February 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The next Brussels Briefing no. 54 on “Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation” will take place on February 27, 2019. This Briefing will be organized  by CTA, the ACP »

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Feb
EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, and Health: Ag2Nut webinar co-hosted with ANH Academy
Wednesday 27 February 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ANH Academy is hosting a webinar with co-authors of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health report “Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems” on February 27, 2019.  »

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