The World Bank Group last week announced it would make available a package of $12 billion — an unprecedented level of financing to help developing countries and businesses cope with the health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19. Much of that support will naturally be reactive, financing immediate measures designed to strengthen our response to a brand-new threat. But some of the financing will also be preventative — as it should be, if we are to learn our lessons from the past and strengthen our collective hand before the next bug hits.
Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of this assignment is to improve the livelihoods of at least 150 households through improved agriculture (technical and commercial) and household practices (i.e. use of assets, family budgeting, nutrition, gender equity, etc.) and develop access to improved technical know-how by building capacity of 40 lead farmers that will share knowledge of improved technical practices with their peers.
But whether an individual consumes—or not—nutritious food is contingent upon a myriad of factors, ranging from the availability of certain foods, how convenient they can be turned into meals, or simply, if they meet consumers’ tastes.
The business of agriculture and food is driven by data, making it the treasure trove of today’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.
- Unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year.
- Preventative measures—including greater investment, better regulatory frameworks and measures that promote behavior change—can help countries avoid food safety problems
- An inclusive approach to food safety management that makes food safety a shared responsibility among government, farmers, food businesses and consumers will be most effective
Deadline: 11-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Compile and list by criteria to be defined by IFC Industry Specialists where fortification using micronutrient is currently recommended to be used along the food value chain; Extend the research to ingredients that might enhance the nutritional value/profile of other foodstuffs (such as whey in dairy products, pulses in bakery, etc.); Investigate and list whenever possible industrial/processing best practices to improve foodstuff nutritional content/profile (e.g. how to correctly fortify flour) in the main industries IFC Agribusiness invests in; or to avoid potentially harmful content.
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: 24-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The IFC Indonesia Agriculture Insurance project objective is to contribute to increased investments in agriculture and rural communities by introducing insurance solutions to reduce the risks faced by farmers and lenders/businesses working with farmers due to adverse weather events/risks related to climate change (drought/flood/hurricane, etc.).
IFC invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to conduct Value Chain Mapping of Agriculture commodities in Indonesia, with the objective of identifying promising Agriculture (index) insurance opportunities at different points along the value chain of at least 3 to 4 Agriculture commodities for this project.
The mapping is to provide a clear picture on: 1) Key agriculture commodities to target; 2) Market size/potential – number of farmers & premium volume; and 3) Distribution partners (Agribusinesses, banks, farmers organizations).
Deadline: 28-Jul-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This component of the “Haiti DTIS implementation project” will produce a Feasibility Study for Collection and Treatment Centers or Logistic Platform suitable for perishables crops located in an agribusiness industrial park promoted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This study will include the assessment of the financial, economic, security, engineering, and market demand aspects of the stages in the Logistic Platform (processing, storage and inspection), as well as the required supporting road infrastructure.
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