Feeding the world from Nigeria, one fish at a time

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.

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eC2: Seeds Regulatory Review and Operationalization in Myanmar for Myanmar Agriculture Input Reforms Project

Deadline: 05-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) mozambique_cad-productions_-j_capela_resizednew
WBG is seeking to hire a Firm to review and support needed revisions of the Myanmar Seed Regulatory Framework in order to develop implementing regulations regarding seed certification, licensing and enforcement procedures. As well, the firm shall develop a capacity building program and provide the necessary training to government officials, farmers and members of the private sector.

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eC2: IFC-Cargill Program in Cote dIvoire Endline Study

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.

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Women in Agriculture: The Agents of Change for the Global Food System

Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries. They scale-750x750.jpgmake 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.

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Better Agriculture Regulations Could Help Feed World’s Growing Population, Says WBG Report

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2017 –Improving agriculture regulations in low and middleland-administration-page 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.

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Article: Reviving Flood-Ravaged Livelihoods in Malawi

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on November 29, 2016

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In 2015, about half of Malawi’s 29 districts were hit by floods, destroying agriculturalImage

    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.

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Newsletter December 2016: Gearing towards Dutch Success

Yesterday the fourth edition of the 2016 newsletter of NL4WorldBank was published.newsletter-dec-2016
In this edition the focus is on the success of SCOPEinsight, a long term partner of IFC. You can also find new presentations of the World Bank on the New Procurement Framework, GAFSP and IFCs vision on Climate Smart Agriculture, as well as the MoU signed by the government of Curacao, the new Doing Business report and a report on Carbon Pricing, and a couple of important upcoming events! 
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eC2: Capacity Need Assessment for Improving Statistics for Sustainable Agriculture in Kenya and Uganda

Deadline: 13-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)mozambique_cad-productions_-j_capela_resizednew
The objective of the assignment is to assess the capacity and infrastructure needs for improving the production quality and dissemination of agricultural statistics to inform policy makers and the private sector for agricultural transformation in Kenya.

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IFC presentations on GAFSP and Climate Smart Agriculture

As part of the strategic partnership ‘Food for All’ between the World Bank Group and the International_Finance_Corporation_LogoNetherlands,  the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, IFC, and IUCN organized an event on GAFSP and the impact of Climate Smart Agriculture on October 28, 2016. Climate change affects companies in the agro-food and beverage sectors all around the world. They face increasing risks: from reduced productivity, new laws and policies, to reputation risks or volatile market prices. Effectively managing risks and opportunities of climate change is vital to secure long-term viability of companies and value chains. Integrating climate smart agricultural techniques and projects in business operations can help firms to become more climate-resilient and in the meantime reduce pressure on forests and other ecosystems and the services they provide. Especially in developing countries, climate change implies challenges to food security and sustainable food production and trade.

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eC2: Agriculture Finance/Insurance Value Chain Study in Nigeria

Deadline: 29-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall objective of the Assignment it to identify promising finance, agriculture andsenegal_sdgs_blog livestock insurance opportunities (including parametric insurance) at different stages of the value chains of 4-5 agricultural commodities in Nigeria.

The Assignment should:
(a) Identify and analyze the value chains
(b) Assess the nature of farmers and production methods
(c) Develop cash flow and financial profiles for value chain players
(d) Analyze the demand and supply of finance and index insurance,
(e) and identify any constraints that may have prevented/hindered the supply of adequate index insurance products
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