eC2: Vendor selection for supporting mechanization with smallholder sugarcane farmers under the DSCL and Olam advisory projects

Deadline: 23-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) sugarcane

Objective:  IFC MAS advisory (agribusiness) in South Asia is seeking to recruit a vendor for supporting mechanization with smallholder sugarcane farmers under the ongoing DSCL and Olam advisory projects in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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eC2: Water footprint assessment for clients in India MAS agribusiness advisory

Deadline:  23-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  water

Objective:  IFC is seeking to recruit a specialist agency for conducting water footprint assessment in the value chains of three companies in India under the IFC MAS South Asia agribusiness advisory projects.

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eC2: 2017 GAFSP Program Evaluation

Deadline:  16-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) TF - GAFSP

The principal purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which GAFSP is achieving its key objective of improving the income and food security of poor people in developing countries. The evaluation should look into the overall impact of the Program, and the impacts of the Public Sector and Private Sector Windows respectively, including the Missing Middle Initiative, addressing overall operational and development effectiveness. the Programs performance should be evaluated against criteria including relevance, efficiency, impact, sustainability, additionality, and operational effectiveness/accountability of the Program and the related indicators.

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Enabling the Business of Agriculture

EBA-2017-infographics-1.pngEBA 2017 is the third report in the series, presenting data that measure legal barriers for businesses operating in agriculture in 62 countries and across 12 topic areas. It provides quantitative indicators on regulation for seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, information and communication technology (ICT), and water. Two overarching themes—gender and environmental sustainability—continue to be included in the report analysis to ensure that the messages developed by EBA encourage inclusive and sustainable practices. This year scoring was piloted for the land topic for 38 countries in which data were collected. The data for the remaining 24 countries will be collected next year and the team will refine the methodology further. EBA also collected data on the livestock topic, focusing on veterinary medicinal products (VMPs).

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In Senegal, food security and women’s empowerment go hand in hand

WBG Blog Louise Cord

Senegal’s nutrition policy is at a crossroads. Reaching a critical moment where the effects of malnutrition could have a detrimental effect on generations of young Senegalese to come, the Government of Senegal is striving to make efforts to address the root problems of malnutrition. However, if these actions are taken without a conscious effort bolster the key role of women in nutrition, the country may not succeed in stymieing stunting and malnutrition in the country.

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Women, cities, and opportunity: Making the case for secure land rights

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Land and property lie at the center of many of today’s pressing development challenges. Consider that at most 10% of land in rural Africa is reliably registered. At this week‘s annual Land and Poverty Conference here at the World Bank, we will hear how this vast gap in documentation of land gap blunts access to opportunities and key services for millions of the world’s poorest people, contributes to gender inequality, and undermines environmental sustainability.

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eC2: Food Fortification Best Practices Study

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