Technology and the internet are probably the first things that come to mind when you think about the future of work for young people; not agriculture or farming. This makes historic sense, as agriculture sheds labor when countries develop. And the traditional ways of producing food do not look particularly sexy. Yet, technology and the internet are also opening up opportunities for agriculture, and urbanization and changing diets are calling for new ways to process, market and consume our foods. So, can agriculture provide job opportunities for youth?
Deadline: 04-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC plans to assist a large domestic buyer to increase the quantity of malt barley procured from local smallholder farmers by aggregators such as cooperatives or “lead farmers”. Part of the project includes improving the professionalism of approximately 80 aggregators so that they can function more effectively as businesses and provide better services to their members and/or smallholder farmer clients.
Deadline: 05-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is looking for a Consultant to help assess the impact of an investment project in Uganda, financed by IFC and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.
The project is expected to be a senior loan to a bank in Uganda focused on the micro and small market segments. The purpose of the project is to support the expansion of the banks lending program to micro enterprises owned by women and in the agriculture sector.
Thirty years ago, a million people in Ethiopia died in one of the worst famines in modern history – a disaster caused by conflict and drought.
Today, conflict and drought are again contributing to a crisis that has put 20 million people in four countries on the brink of famine. This time, Ethiopia is not among them.
When I was growing up in rural Nigeria in the ‘80s and ‘90s, agriculture was already a central part of my life. As a child, I gained farm experience working with my father, who was a veterinarian. My mother, a teacher, would send me off to school each day with the parting words, “Go out there and be the best amongst equals.” This is still the motto by which I try to live.
Deadline: 29-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The primary objective of this evaluation are to assess the development impact of the Cargill-IFC programs (ScopeInsight, Coop Academy, and Doni Doni) and to provide information, lessons, and recommendations that can be used to improve the design of future programs.
Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries. They make up almost half of the world’s farmers, and over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture. The number of female-headed households has also increased as more men have migrated to cities. As the primary caregivers to families and communities, women provide food and nutrition; they are the human link between the farm and the table.
WASHINGTON, February 7, 2017 –Improving agriculture regulations in low and middle income countries could go a long way toward feeding the world’s growing population and improving farmers’ livelihoods around the world, says the latest edition of the World Bank Group’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) 2017 report, released today.
The report argues that, while many countries are already home to strong, commercially-oriented agriculture, more needs to be done, for example, by lowering transaction costs for farmers and firms engaged in domestic trade and exports, by improving water permit systems for irrigation, or by providing better conditions for microfinance institutions. Smart regulations that ensure safety and quality control while avoiding burdensome and inefficient requirements are highlighted in the report as good practices that governments may wish to consider as part of their reform efforts.
Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on November 29, 2016
- In 2015, about half of Malawi’s 29 districts were hit by floods, destroying agricultural
livelihoods, leaving more than 1,150,000 people affected and 336,000 displaced
- With $80 million in support through IDA, the World Bank has helped to restore livelihoods through providing agricultural inputs, rebuilding irrigation schemes, and stocking the national grain reserve
- With community grain banks, families are now able to take care of themselves and are feeling less vulnerable to future disasters.