#AfricaCAN: A Lesotho farmer can now grow vegetables all year long

ls-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-vegetable-farmer-in-lesotho-780x439I met Thabo Lefatle on a cold winter day in Lesotho. We – a team from the World Bank Communications Department – had driven an hour and a half south of the capital Maseru to get to his farm. As we traveled through different parts of the small mountainous kingdom, we met several farmers to find out exactly how the Smallholder Agriculture Development Project (SADP) impacted their lives.

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Indian agriculture at a crossroads: Smart solutions towards doubling farmers’ incomes

in-alamy-stock-photoA few weeks ago, I felt a sense of déjà vu.  I was at a roundtable on agriculture in Delhi, in the same conference hall where, ten years ago, I participated in the consultations on the Bank’s World Development Report 2008 on Agriculture for Development.

This time we were discussing how India can build a stronger agriculture sector without further harm to the environment or depletion of its natural resources.  The high-level dialogue was attended by senior representatives from India’s Niti Aayog, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, leaders of farmers’ associations from Punjab and Haryana, as well as by researchers, academics and donors. We focused on the ‘agriculture-water-energy’ nexus, achieving India’s second green revolution, making agriculture more climate resilient, as well as options to stop the burning of crop residue that is worsening air quality in much of northern India. It was heartening to see the torch bearers of India’s drive towards food security unhesitatingly debate a host of complex and sensitive issues.

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May 15-16: IFC Global Agribusiness Conference in The Netherlands

pexels-photo-264537.jpegIFC Global Agribusiness Conference, May 15-16 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

International Finance Corporation invites investors, private companies whose supply chains rely on smallholder farmers, organizations offering products and services, donors, and government officials to join its Global Agribusiness Conference.

The conference will focus on practical solutions to the challenges of building smallholder professionalism and closing yield gaps between commercial operations and smallholder farmers.

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eC2:LOCAL CONSULTANCY FIRM TO DEVELOP AN ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR RETAILERS/AGENTS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

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Objective: IFC is seeking to contract a local consultancy firm for an upcoming advisory project in the poultry sector. The firm will be tasked with: 1) Developing two assessment tools for (a) poultry agents and (b) animal feed dealers respectively that captures their key business management gaps. 2) Testing the newly designed tools on a small number of agents and feed dealers before launching the tool officially. 3) Submitting the finalized assessment tools to the IFC. 4) Conducting training and providing additional support to the IFC or its implementing partners on the assessment tools as necessary.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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eC2:Agriculture sector and crop value chains mapping and finance gap assessment in Sierra Leone and Senegal

pexels-photo-264537.jpegDeadline:  21-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The IFCs FIG aims to reduce the agribusiness finance gap in emerging markets and achieve large-scale food-supply impact in Sierra Leone and Senegal, by providing financial institutions (FIs) with Investment and Advisory Services. FIG would like to hire a consulting firm to carry out a mapping exercise of the agricultural sector and some pre-selected crop value chains, aligned to the agricultural development policy and/ or strategy of the country. This will include a detailed analysis of the value chain actors and facilitators, the role and impact of FIs (banks, micro-finance institutions, savings and credit co-operatives) and an assessment of the existing and potential financial services delivery channels, especially agency banking and DFS, with respect to rural smallholder farmers.
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eC2:Agriculture sector and crop value chains mapping and finance gap assessment in Mozambique and Malawi

Deadline: 21-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

Objective: The IFCs FIG aims to reduce the agribusiness finance gap in emerging markets and achieve large-scale food-supply impact in Mozambique and Malawi, by providing financial institutions (FIs) with Investment and Advisory Services. FIG would like to hire a consulting firm to carry out a mapping exercise of the agricultural sector and some pre-selected crop value chains, aligned to the agricultural development policy and/ or strategy of each country. This will include a detailed analysis of the value chain actors and facilitators, the role and impact of FIs (banks, microfinance institutions, Savings and Credit Co-operatives) and an assessment of the existing and potential financial services delivery channels, especially agency banking and DFS, with respect to rural smallholder farmers.

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Why technology will disrupt and transform Africa’s agriculture sector—in a good way

WAAPP - Cote d'IvoireAgriculture is critical to some of Africa’s biggest development goals. The sector is an engine of job creation: Farming alone currently accounts for about 60 percent of total employment in sub-Saharan Africa, while the share of jobs across the food system is potentially much larger. In Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, the food system is projected to add more jobs than the rest of the economy between 2010 and 2025. Agriculture is also a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth, and the foundation of a food system that provides nutritious, safe, and affordable food.  At the same time, Africa’s agriculture sector is facing mounting challenges.

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eC2: Handbook on Digital Financial Services & Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 11-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The objective of the assignment is to develop a handbook on digital financial services and agriculture initiatives, focusing on Sub- Saharan Africa. The handbook should serve as a practical tool for implementing DFS and agri projects on the continent. The handbook will assess failures and successes within partnership structures, and aggregate best practices from a variety of implementations at the intersection of DFS and smallholder farming. While there is a myriad of DFS and agri implementations and publications, IFCs handbook should aim to interpret and consolidate available information and translate it into actionable steps DFS providers can take to deploy successful financial or non-financial services for smallholders.

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Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter?

boomSTORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change
  • The World Bank is supporting countries in their efforts to harness the potential of forests to reduce poverty, better integrate forests into their economies, and protect and strengthen the environmental role they play
  • Forest-focused initiatives in China, Mexico and Mozambique are showing positive results, but more is needed to accelerate climate action and deliver on the Paris Agreement

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