Das Fachpodium brachte Junglandwirte mit Vertretern verschiedener Interessengruppen zusammen, darunter FAO, GIZ, Regierung und Bauernorganisationen, um Agrar-Innovation und ihre Rolle bei der Unterstützung integrativer, nachhaltiger und sicherer Wertschöpfungsketten in den Tropen zu erörtern.
Die Bedeutung der Multi-Stakeholder-Prozesse in der Entwicklung und Unterstützung dieser Wertschöpfungsketten wurde betont Multi-Stakeholder-Plattformen wie die FAO Tropical Agriculture Platform und das Netzwerk der Green Innovation Centers der GIZ können eine wesentliche Rolle bei der Entwicklung nationaler Innovationskapazitäten für die Ernährungssicherheit spielen. Regierungen, der Privatsektor und die Landwirte spielen eine wichtige Rolle sowohl bei der Stärkung dieser Kapazitäten, als auch bei der Entwicklung technischer, wirtschaftlicher und funktionaler Kompetenzen. Ein ermöglichendes Umfeld soll Junglandwirten Zugang zu finanzieller Unterstützung, Technologien und einem günstigen Grundbesitzsystem ermöglicht, mit dem sie innovieren, sich an Wertschöpfungsketten beteiligen und ihre Zukunft in der Landwirtschaft gestalten können.
Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen (FAO)
Erick Martinez is an agronomist with more than 30 years of experience in export crops at all stages –such as the production, post-harvest, packing and export of crops. His expertise covers cantaloupes melon, galias, piel de sapo and honeydews, watermelon with and without seeds, chili peppers of colors, jalapeños and habaneros as well as cucumbers, zucchini, yellow, butternut and spaghetti squash, to different export destinations including the United States of America and Europe.
Thus, managing export companies in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, the United States and Brazil, is a fulfilling dream and an important stage of his life.
Martinez currently supports and works for the Honduran government, specifically on the national agrifood development programme in the secretary of agriculture – the official entity to create public-private dialogue platforms between the various actors in each sector and different agrifood chains.
One of the highest priority of the secretariat is selecting producers with the greatest potential, who are already set to begin to see their potential capacities and work on developing them, to improve producers’ opportunity to innovate and crop yields, quality and thus productivity and competitiveness of their crops.
Ruramiso Mashumba is a young woman farmer in Marondera. She holds a BA degree in agriculture business management from the University of West England. Upon completing her studies, Ruramiso worked for one of United Kingdom’s leading agriculture equipment companies. It was during that time Ruramiso realized how the use of equipment and technology could transform agriculture. After returning to Zimbabwe, she committed herself to transform the image of agriculture.
She started farming on a land inherited from her parents in 2012. Back then, it was just a bush with no equipment. Today the farm has tractors, planting and crop protection equipment, and a center pivot.
In 2013 Mashumba started growing horticulture crops for export to the European Union and Africa.
Next year she partnered with the Sustainable Afforestation Association and planted 100 ha of gum trees to address the issue for deforestation in her community. The same year she was elected to the national chairperson of the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union as the first woman in Zimbabwe to hold this position.
Her work was noticed by AGCO and she was invited to attend their Africa Summit in Berlin in 2015. After sharing her story, she was awarded for influence and leading woman towards mechanization in Africa. Ruramiso expanded the farm and started growing a variety of horticulture crops, indigenous organic grains that she milled into flour under the brand “Mnandi”, along with organic and traditional brown rice as well as commercial maize.
In 2016, Mashumba was selected to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship programme of Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Mashumba was a panelist at the World Food Prize in Iowa and gave input on the importance of nutrition in Africa. She also became a member of the global farmer network and was nominated for The Zimbabwe business woman award.
In 2017 Mashumba got a 50 ha contract to grow seed for seed. She founded Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural woman combat poverty and malnutrition by empowering and equipping women with skills and knowledge in agriculture, nutrition, markets and technology; assisting them access affordable and effective agro technology through an input-sharing program; and collectively purchase and sell goods and services. Mnandi’s vision is to ultimately end hunger and poverty. The organization won the echoing green fellowship that offers support and seed funding to startups. Her application was one of the 30 that won out of a pool of 3000 globally.
She has been on the cover of the Zimbabwean Farmer magazine and also on the New Alliance for food and nutrition publication, which is endorsed by the African Union. Mashumba was also selected as vice chairperson for the Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Unions youth ambassadors for the region. She has been nominated for several agriculture awards and won the young farmer leader award presented by the industry and government. In 2018 Mashumba won the iconic African award for farming and agriculture. She was recently invited to Boston for the CRSIPcon organized by the broad institute of technology and Harvard University to give input on what access to technology would mean to small scale farmers.
Pilania has been involved in agriculture, dairy farming and crop-inputs retail business since 2011 in rural part of North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
She co-founded the crop inputs retail business in 2014 that provides crop protection, crop nutrition inputs along with agronomy advisory serving farmers on more than 10,000 acres.
They have a deep understanding of crop needs and provide all crop inputs through existing 4 ag-retail centers. They are farmers first and their association with top manufacturers and deep farming know-how helps them assist farmers in raising successful crops. They grow more than 10 crops on their own 100 acres research and develop farm and infuse meaningful technology that helps carry out R&D successful crop plans for their growers that ensure implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and remunerative returns to farmers.
Pilania has presented their work in agriculture and agri-business at various national and international agricultural forums – International Poplar Commission-2012, World Congress on Agroforestry-2014, Global Forum for Agricultural Research-2016, Global Institute for Food Security-2018 and Food and Agriculture Organization 2018, 2019 and Committee on World Food Security 2019.
She represents the company, which is a part of Private Sector Mechanism at the Committee on World Food Security with United Nations. She is farming focal point in Maize Youth Task Force in Asia–Pacific where the objective is to study youth participation and trends in maize value chain across Asia–Pacific. The company aims to maximize our contribution in the field of agriculture to which they are committed.
Désiré Mushumba, a development economist, agro-economy researcher, trainer and advisor with over 16 years’ experience in designing, managing and providing consultancy services and research in agri-business, food security, development inclusions and agro-economy development in Africa. As a certified agri-business development services provider from Rwanda, he has a proven expertise in agricultural value chains analysis and development, including cash crops, cereals, horticulture, commercial insects and livestock products. Désiré has detailed knowledge of East Africa’s agricultural market environment and has provided value chain analysis studies, policies development and capacity building support to various agribusiness programs in East Africa. His experience as an agri-business expert, value chain analysist and social inclusion makes him very well-placed to lead agro value chain, innovations, market, impact investigations, rural development, capacity development and financial inclusions assignments in Africa.
With academic background in agro-economy (Bsc), integrated agricultural value chains development (postgraduate) and a masters in economic development studies, Mushumba has focused experience in agricultural value chains, capacities development, secondary cities development support and agri value chain financing. He exhibits interest in agriculture sector strategy development, agri innovations systems, value chain analysis, agri financing, farmers’ cooperative capacities strengthening, policies development access to market initiatives through effective business planning, coaching as well as research studies and assessments with a solid background of practical design value chains development.
Désiré has a track record of a wide range of consultancy services in economic development, with experience in offering consulting services to different organizations in various agri value chain development areas – his key area of specialization –, economic empowerment programmes, cooperative development, agro economy, agri-business and capacity development with global experiences in a number of African, Asian and Latin American countries.
He has served multinational and national organizations in more than 13 countries, including African, European and Asian countries. Relevant to this assignment, he has a strong understanding of functional dynamics related to agricultural value chains as well as related inclusive development strategies.
This cross cutting and multi-skilling experience have given Désiré a cutting edge in contextualizing, designing, analyzing agri value chains and challenges related to conceptual analysis of interventions and provided relevant decisional and policies support for sustainable and inclusive agribusiness in Africa through innovation systems.
„Innovation in sustainable agriculture practices is fundamental in promoting family farming in rural communities for job creation, income generation that would ensure economic viability, environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and while maintaining the natural base.“
Sowe obtained bachelor degree in sustainable agriculture; post-graduate diploma in agribusiness and higher national diploma in farm management and extension. He also has a certificate on agricultural extension and general agriculture and on leadership, governance, change management, attractive packaging, and labeling, food safety, standards and financial management, as well as on Human Rights Based Approach programming.
Musa Sowa has been the President of the National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Associations the Gambia (NACOFAG) member of the Board and Council of Roppa since 2016 to date. He is also Steering Committee member of the 3AO West Africa and member of the Agriculture and Natural resources Platform and Technical Working group Gambia.
„Innovation means CHANGING ROUTINES. Innovations can be TECHNICAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL NATURE.
In view of global challenges as climate change, dwindling resources and population growth and an increasingly interconnected world, all actors should work towards sustainable, resource-conserving value chains and fair conditions in the supply chain – development agencies can play an important role at global level in future.“
Andrea Wilhelmi-Somé holds a Master degree in anthropology and sociology and gained a deep insight in the West African traditional societies through a one year field research in the south west of Burkina Faso, were she lived in a typical smallholder farm. In the last 15 years she worked within the GIZ in the area of agricultural value chain development. She lived 12 years in several African countries working within GIZ programs on different agricultural value chains, such as cashew, sesame seeds, rice, cocoa, rubber and palm oil. The focus was on cooperation in multi-stakeholder processes with governmental institutions, international and local private companies and farmer’s organizations.
Wilhelmi-Somé is currently working as adviser for the global project “Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector” which is implemented in 16 countries, mainly in Africa. It is part of the „ONE WORLD, NO HUNGER“ INITIATIVE of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Together with local partners on site, the Green Innovation Centres promote the introduction and dissemination of innovations along various agricultural value chains – FROM ACKER TO DISH! In doing so, they rely on cooperation with 129 partners.
The Centres offer training and education to small farmers, e.g. on improved cultivation methods or business management knowledge. They help them to organize themselves into farmers‘ groups and associations. They also promote south-south learning through eight different cross-country working groups on different topics and north-south learning through regular exposure-seminars in Germany.