Investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) means everybody wins

While in Malange, Angola, we met Florinda Chilumbo, a farmer who has 200 hectares Florindaplanted with fruits and vegetables.These are much-needed food groups in a region where malnutrition is common. But public policies favor the production of less-nutritious maize and soy, so she is thinking of dedicating more land to those crops. Indeed, there are no incentives for investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) in Angola, or much of the rest of the world.

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As incomes rise, farm employment drops

Globally, the proportion of people working in the agriculture sector has seen a steady farmers_working_in_their_fields_in_guinea.jpgdecline. However, looking at global averages is not enough to understand this trend, as this decline has not been evenly distributed. We break down the world population into two groups (measured through either income or consumption expenditure): the bottom 40% (the poorest people in any given country) and the upper 60% of the income distribution.

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eC2: Agricultural Technologies and Supply Chain Innovations (AgTech) Project. Use Case 2: Digitally Enhanced Agricultural Extension Service Delivery

Deadline: 29-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)agriculture-youth

IFC is seeking to introduce IT based solutions that help its agribusiness clients to increase the number of farmers they reach cost-effectively with consistent extension messages. IFC intends to contract a Consulting Firm who will use communication technologies to deliver standard and localized extension messages to Smallholder Farmers (SHFs) and agents participating in the AgTech project. This approach primarily entails the use of digital tools to deliver extension trainings and to receive feedback from trainees, thereby improving service and the quality of information delivered to SHFs. The required digital solution would be the use of videos integrating other communication channels, such as radio, mobile applications, SMS, and interactive voice response for the delivery of localized and consistent extension messages to SHFs/ agents.
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eC2: Support to the identification and implementation of priority reforms in the agribusiness sector in Guinea

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Investment Climate (IC) in Agribusiness project is a pillar of the IFC-World Bank imagesAction Plan to promote the agribusiness sector in Guinea. The World Bank Group recently assessed the main constraints and opportunities for the development of the agribusiness sector in Guinea.
The IC in Agribusiness project aims to improve the business climate for agribusiness through the implementation of targeted reforms aimed at unlocking investments high potential value chains and improving investments retention and generation. To implement these reforms, a dialogue mechanism to mobilize government and business community’s commitment is needed.

The IFC seeks to hire the services of a Consultant to support the identification and implementation of priority reforms for the agribusiness sector in Guinea. The Consultant will help drive the reforms on the Guinea agribusiness sector and will work closely with the designated teams within to implement these reforms.

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eC2: Brand Design and Marketing Strategy for Export Promotion – Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)initiative seeks to improve the untitledquantity and quality of livestock commodities produced in the county by the key value chain actors. More specifically, the LIFS project focuses on improved productivity across the red meat value chain from livestock production to slaughter, processing and access to markets.
The existing value chain in the county is however fragmented and characterized by limited coordination between the value chain activities and players, and disease control thus unable to compete directly in the international market with producers like Australia. For the Scheme to be bankable, preliminary findings inform of the need to focus on a differentiated product and targeting of high-value local and international markets. This assignment, therefore, seeks to engage an experienced consultant firm to develop a brand design and marketing strategy for export promotion of the products that will be produced in the LIFS value chain.

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eC2: SL Fertilizer Market Study

Deadline: 13-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

The Project background: Agriculture is the mainstay of Sierra Leone, accounting for 62.6% of GDP. Subsistence farming dominates the sector, where the use of fertilizer is limited due to cost, poor availability, and lack of knowledge of the increased yield benefits of correct application of fertilizer in agricultural practices. In Sierra Leone all fertilizer is imported, typically in relatively small quantities which increases cost and reduces availability at critical periods of the crop cycle. Farmers also lack the appropriate education and support which then limits their fertilizer usage.
IFC is looking to hire a firm to undertake a market study in Sierra Leone to better understand the fertilizer market and value chain and to develop a plan to strengthen the fertilizer supply chain which also supports the project development of Mangara Agribusiness Company (Mangara), a local company that is working to develop a bulk blending fertilizer plant in Sierra Leone.

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eC2: FIRM CONSULTANT FOR OUTGROWER TRAINING AND COACHING IN FEED AND LIVESTOCK

Deadline:  07-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

IFC is looking for Out Grower training and coaching firm consultant to start its livestock out grower development project in Raya Azebo District and neighboring woredas in Ethiopia where in the 1st phase of the project, at least 1000 farmers (out growers) (a)adopt good animal husbandary practices, (b) produce proper animal feed for themselves and supply to feedlot, (c) deliver animals that meet export market requirements by end of December 2019.

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Scaling up innovations in agriculture: Lessons from Africa

For too long the narrative surrounding Africa’s agri-food sector has been one of limited scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439.jpgopportunity, flat yields and small farms. It’s true that Africa is still producing too little food and value-added products despite recent efforts to increase investment, and that agricultural productivity has been broadly stagnant since the 1980s as shown in the 2018 African Agriculture Status Report.

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eC2: FIRM CONSULTANT FOR OUTGROWER TRAINING AND COACHING IN FEED AND LIVESTOCK

Deadline: 28-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) untitled

IFC is looking for Out Grower training and coaching firm consultant to start its livestock out grower development project in Raya Azebo District and neighboring woredas in Ethiopia where in the 1st phase of the project, at least 1000 farmers (out growers) (a)adopt good animal husbandary practices, (b) produce proper animal feed for themselves and supply to feedlot, (c) deliver animals that meet export market requirements by end of December 2019.

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The Goods, the Bad, and the Ugly: Data and the food system

The business of agriculture and food is driven by data, making it the treasure trove of shutterstock_77103460today’s agri-food system. Whether it’s today’s soil moisture, tomorrow’s weather forecast, or the price of rice in Riyadh, every bit of data can improve the efficiency with which the world’s 570 million farmers put food into the mouths of its soon-to-be eight billion consumers. Digital technologies are facilitating the flow of data through the food system, shrinking information asymmetries and fashioning new markets along the way. How can we ensure these new markets are appropriately contested, and the treasure does not end up in the hands of a couple of gunslingers? Is there a public sector’s role in generating and disseminating data that on the one hand encourages innovation and competition and on the other reduces opportunities for market capture? One place to look may be at the crossroads of internet and public goods.

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