Kick-off meeting for InnovAfrica project in Kenya
June 07, 2017
The European Commission is financing the InnovAfrica program from 2017 to 2020.The project aims to improve food security in Africa by integrating ways of increasing productivity for smallholder farms with innovative institutional approaches. The project will take place in six African countries.
It is the challenge to implement and extent the services on sustainable agriculture intensification (SAI) for the crops of maize, millets and brachiaria grass for livestock. In total eight different agricultural value chains are the objective of the research program that focus on the direct application of smallholders and farmers.
KIAG as the only involved SME has the crosscutting function to collect, analyse and interpret data and information with the 16 African and European partner organisations. Digitization gains an essential function as vehicle to generate and disseminate knowledge. The kick-off meeting took place in Nairobi at ILRI centre in the week of June.
Photo credit: BecA-ILRI Hub/Ethel Makila
Status Analysis on TVET within the agricultural sector of Vietnam
Mar. 24, 2017
Steffen Wüstewald, a student of KIAG partner Technical University of Dortmund, has started his thesis in the two Vietnamese provinces of Ho Chi Minh and Lam Dong province. In close cooperation with KIAG staff Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong he analyses the situation of the vocational sector with regard to the job profiles for agriculture. Vietnam is still in its infant stage to establish a system for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Despite the fact of a strong national policy to reinforce the agricultural production, formal training in farming has been neglected. Wüstewald is conducting different series of interviews with students, teachers and agricultural experts to analyse the current situation.
Network of multi-stakeholders: establishment versus civil society?
Mar. 17, 2017
The yearly workshop session of Don Bosco Mondo, one of the largest network for technical education and vocational training (TVET) globally, focused on network structures. Dr. Stephan Kunz from KIAG joined one session together with Steffen Gunnar Bayer from the ‘Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry’ (DIHK) to analyse options to support TVET within networks abroad. Kunz explained the new network approach of several KIAG partners in Vietnam and the Philippines to promote the concern of sustainable farming. The KIAG expert highlighted the enormous need to establish the job profile of modern farmers, who are not only planters any-more. The global demographic and economic development requires much more emphasis on skilled farmers in order to assure food security and create jobs in rural areas. That requests the closed cooperation of all stakeholders within the agricultural value chain. Finally, establishment and civil society have to collaborate to achieve their particular targets.
WeTrace User Interface Design: Winners Chosen
Mar. 8, 2017
Winner of the "Frog King" (Froschkönig) award this year is also the winning team of the user interface design for the mobile WeTrace app. KIAG has sponsored a seminar giving students the possibility to design user interfaces for a real-world case. WeTrace gives consumers the possibility to learn about the production of the food they consume. The winning team Caroline Konrad und Kim Huber have convinced the jury through their efficient and innovative use of mobile devices in conjunction with beautifully handcrafted fish drawings, bringing together the best of both worlds. Congratulations!
Ghana: Traceability for Agriculture
Mar. 7, 2017
Ghana has been banned from exportation to the EU due to substandard quality deliveries. In the framework of the BMZ-financed, GIZ-implemented and AFC-run "Market Oriented Agriculture Programme" (MOAP) Harald Puhl of KIAG has demonstrated how agricultural production can be combined with approaches of blended learning and traceability leading to improved quality and full transparency from the seed to the fork. Animated discussions with producers, producer associations, trade, project and last but not least government have taken place to find issues to the current situation.
Photo: Flickr, Chad Skeers, CC BY 2.0, unedited
KIAG Vietnam is involved in Multi-Stakeholder Partnership
Mar. 7, 2017
KIAG Vietnam will provide assistance to the BMZ funded Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MAP) in Vietnam and the Philippines. Main organisations are the German non-profit foundation justiceF that has initiated the program in collaboration with its Vietnamese partner Viet Watch and the Philippine Association of Negros Producers. It is the aim to integrate all stakeholders of selected agricultural value chains in order to implement tailor-made solutions for sustainable agriculture. The mutual exchange among the Asian partners will be a special note within that project. KIAG Vietnam will assist in the ICT component.
Ghana Voucher Program
Mar. 7, 2017
Being led by Planco (Hamburg, Germany), in this project KIAG implements a voucher administration system for Ghana financed by KfW (Germany). Apprentices from the informal sector are encouraged to step up their knowledge for the sectors they are working in through vocational training. Informal meetings with Fred Kyei Asamoah, the new Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) along with long working days and good food in a traditional African mix have ensured the good specification work as a founding layer of the system to be built.
Start of United Genetics seed study in South-East-Asia
Feb. 17, 2017
United Genetics S.P.A. (UG) is an Italian seed company that is on process to extent its activities in South-East-Asia. Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar are on the list for the expansion mainly for vegetable seeds. KIAG has tailored a software to collect market and trial data for all relevant seeds the company has bred and will breed in the future. It is the target to identify the best regions for specific crops so that UG can start its business promotion.
The first team meeting was hold on 10. February at the headquarter office of Kenso in Kula Lumpur. Kenso is a Malaysian input provider for agriculture and well established in the region. Kenso will cover by its local experts the research service for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. KIAG Vietnam will be in charge for South Vietnam. Martin Baerwind (at the right in the picture) is the Asian director of UG and steers the study in close cooperation with KIAG Germany.
R&D presentation for consumer interface
Feb. 11, 2017
KIAG continuously develops further new modules for its own KIPUS software in order to match the needs of producers, processors, and the trade within the food chain. At the same time, the company has started partnership with ecosign academy in Cologne in order to research and develop on digital consumer interfaces. 15 students under the guidance of lecturer Uwe Boden faced the complexity of different consumer attitude and knowledge in relation to food and its information. The core question remains ‘what does the consumer need to know?’.
In the presence of KIAG staff that has assisted the academic project and the ecosign director, Simone Fuhs, an internal participatory assessment has been made on 8. February in Cologne. According to KIAG CEO, Harald Puhl, a lot of amazing ideas came out that should be used by the company in the near future to communicate data and information on food in B2C relation straight to the consumer. On 22. February ecosign academy will name the winners in the Cinedom of Cologne. KIAG wants already to express its gratitude to the whole group. The winner team will go with KIAG to Vietnam.
New staff at KIAG headquarters
Feb. 11, 2017
KIAG is happy to present its new staff in order to strengthen the WeTrace department. Mounia Essefiani (at the right) is a well-experienced expert on different agricultural standards and operates projects at KIAG. The multi-lingual woman is originally from Morocco, grewing up in Brussels, before she entered the German labour market. Corinna Peters (at the left) is a working student, who cares about data management and business intelligence. She is doing her Master thesis in collaboration with KIAG related to the food sector. Duong Nguyen (in the middle) is Vietnamese and will start by April 2017. She is another Master student of KIAG. Duong wants to apply her new knowledge as she considers the dual science approach as the best model for contributing to the agricultural sector in Vietnam.
Presentation of the Children's Media Guide for the Association of Friends and Benefactors
Feb. 1, 2017
At the New Year's reception of the Association of Friends and Benefactors of the Glyptothek and State Antiquities Collections, Wolfram Puhl and Nils Brüchert presented the new Media Guide for children (aged 6-14) to an audience of 150 guests. Using selected sequences from the app, the story of the making of the app was explained -- starting with the creation of the pedagogic and didactic concept, including the specification of guide components and the composition of the project team, up to the production of the guide. The presentation and the content of the children's guide were received with great interest by the visitors and were often topics of conversation during the evening.
Introduction of new Media Guides for Kids in the Museum
Feb. 1, 2017
With great curiosity, the children of two school classes explored the Glyptothek in Munich for the first time using the new Media Guide produced by KIAG. Two age-specific tours enable the children to experience the unique treasures of the museum in a child-friendly way.
Glauki, the museum owl guides the children through the rooms. Each room has a riddle to be solved under the watchful eye of the stern Athena.
The content is presented in dialogues between Athena, Glauki and the sculptures themselves. At the end of the tour, the kids receive a surprise gift as a reward for answering questions and solving games.
The dialogue texts were created entirely by the museum archaeologists, and KIAG was responsible as a general contractor for the specification, app development as well as execution and orchestration of all other participants like animators and voice actors. The project team consisted of 15 members, project lead KIAG: Wolfram Puhl, Nils Brüchert.
Goodbye 2016 / Auf Wiedersehen 2016 / Au revoir 2016
Dec. 22, 2016
Liebe Kunden, Partner und Freunde der KI,
wie immer neigt sich das Jahr schneller dem Ende zu, als man denkt und wir möchten die Gelegenheit nutzen, um uns bei Ihnen für die gute Zusammenarbeit in diesem Jahr zu bedanken und Ihnen besinnliche Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr zu wünschen.
Auch dieses Jahr verzichten wir wieder auf postalische Weihnachtsgrüße. Vielmehr lassen wir einen größeren Betrag der Stiftung justiceF zukommen. Mit der Spende werden landwirtschaftliche Programme für Kleinbauern in Vietnam und den Philippinen unterstützt. Mehr darüber können sie demnächst auf unserer Webseite und in den sozialen Medien erfahren.
Und damit kommen wir zu einer Nachricht, die vielleicht auf Interesse stößt. Seit einigen Monaten bemühen wir uns, insbesondere in unserem Geschäftsbereich "Sustain" einen News-Blog zu befüttern, bei dem man uns ein wenig über die Schulter blicken kann. Dieser Blog ist parallel auf unserem (ebenfalls neuen) Webauftritt und in facebook zu finden:
Falls die Einträge auf Interesse stoßen, freuen wir uns über Rückmeldung und das eine oder andere Like.
Damit möchten wir uns für dieses Jahr verabschieden und sind 2017 in alter Frische wieder zurück auf dem Parkett.
Mit herzlichen Grüßen von den Mitarbeitern der KIAG------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear clients, partners and friends of KI,
as every year the festive season is approaching faster than planned and we want to use the opportunity to thank you all for the good cooperation and to wish you merry Christmas as well as all the best for the new year.
As in previous years we have decided to donate to charity rather than sending greeting cards and will transfer a substantial amount to the German non-government organisation justiceF (http://www.justicef.org). The funding will support agricultural programs for small holders in Vietnam and the Philippines. You will be able to read more about it on our website and via social media soon.
This leads us to another piece of news which might be of interest to some of you. Since several month we strive to feed a news blog, especially for our "Sustain" activities. The information there is meant to allow you to gain insight view about our activities in this sector. This blog exists in parallel on our (new) website and in facebook:
Should the contents appear of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us or put a like to your activities...
We will take leave from you for this year and will be back with fresh energy in 2017.
With all the best from KIAG staff and management------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Chers clients, partenaires et amis de la KI,
comme tous les ans, la fin arrive plus vite que prévu et nous souhaitons profiter de l'occasion pour vous remercier de la bonne coopération lors de cette année et bien sûr aussi pour vous souhaiter de bonnes fêtes de Noël et de fin d'année.
Cette année encore nous avons opté au lieu de cartes de Noël de plutôt supporter une organisation caritative. Ainsi nous ferons parvenir une somme correspondante à l'organisation non-gouvernementale justiceF (http://www.justicef.org). Avec ce don seront supportés des programmes concernant les petits exploitants au Vietnam et aux Philippines. Plus d'informations à venir sur notre site web et dans les médias sociaux très bientôt.
Avec ceci nous arrivons à une nouvelle, qui retiendra peut-être votre attention. Depuis quelques mois nous nous efforçons d'alimenter un blogue de nouvelles qui permet de suivre nos activités, surtout dans le secteur "Sustain". Ce blogue se trouve en parallèle et sur notre site web et chez facebook :
Au cas où ces informations rencontreraient votre intérêt, nous serions heureux de recevoir vos commentaires et l'un ou l'autre « j'aime » de facebook.
Nous prenons donc congé de vous pour l'année en cours et seront de retour frais et reposés en 2017.
Avec nos meilleurs salutations
Les membres de la KIAG
Dec. 19, 2016
During the previous field visit of KIAG in Vietnam the company introduced the KIPUS software towards the tea industry in Lam Dong. The province is one of the main tea planting areas. As the tea producers are forced to diversify their export market, traceability gains more importance and is considered as a key entrance for the new markets.
For instance, the Cauthee Ltd. company is integrating a new system for pest management as the climate change challenges the organic process. Several kinds of pests attack the tealeaves. KIPUS with its functionalities fits in this process of quality production to monitor properly the production of the 140 ha, starting from the seedlings up to the ready-made products for the new export markets.
Sculpures from Antiquity encounter the digital world
Feb. 18, 2017
Newspaper article about the TIME CODES Exhibitions
Great opening event for TIME CODES - supported by KI app solutions
Dec. 9, 2016
Last Wednesday, more than 400 visitors made the opening in Munich a great success. KI supports here with an app solution for tablets and smartphones, offering great videos and lyrics for each exhibit. Based on the powerful KI app framework, mediaguides for Android and iOS have been developed within six weeks only!
More to come in January with the new interactive app solution for kids including games and animations!
The Children of Basawon are now mobile
Dec. 9, 2016
As we have reported about our social project of mobilizing the children on the Philippine island of Bantayan, we can luckily announce that the kids are now mobile. The 128 bikes arrived safely and were checked and maintained by our local partners. The children of the small island village called Basawon are now so happy to be independent and own a bicycle. "The children had already Christmas", so Maia Becker who has coordinated that activity on site.
MoU Signing and workshop with dragon fruit producers in Phan Tinh
Dec. 7, 2016
A new commercial cooperation has started with the dragon fruit industry in the Vietnamese province of Phan Thiet. Mr Lam, a well-known exporter and fruit producer, signed in the presence of the local dragon fruit producers’ association a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote and implement the KIPUS traceability tool. The area is famous for its dragon fruit production. Local farmers’ associations are supposed to adopt systematically the KIAG software. KIAG Vietnam and the new partners are now on process to configure the dragon fruit version to start for the coming crop cycle in 2017.
Lab-of-tomorrow runs into the final phase
Dec. 7, 2016
KIAG joined the second phase of GIZ’s lab-of-tomorrow to create an innovative business idea in order to support the situation of labour inspection for the garment sector in Cambodia. A consortium consisting of buyers, local producers, textile consultants, and IT developed a strategy based on a digital tool by KIAG to match the challenge for the Cambodian garment sector. The workshop that followed the design-thinking method was conducted by GIZ in Phnom Penh from 30.11. – 01.12.16. The working results of the consortium are now being assessed and will be announced in the first quarter of 2017.
KIAG participated on a workshop of international education cooperation
Nov. 17, 2016
In the context of the new professorship of the technical University of Dortmund /Germany KIAG was invited to contribute during a three-days’ workshop. Prof Thomas Schroeder and his team shared their perspective with experts of technical and vocational training and education (TVET) such as Prof. Spöttl and Prof. Dehnbostel. KIAG provided its expertise mainly on sustainable production and digitization that will influence both vocational training as well vocational education in the near future. Industry 4.0 and education 4.0 are the challenges for the new professorship, which will look into various fields of TVET research, teaching and implementation.
KIAG presents traceability technology at the 6th PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue
Nov. 17, 2016
This dialogue on 17th and 18th of November is part of the PEFC Forest Certification Week which is currently held in Bali, Indonesia and brings together over 200 professionals of the forest and wood industry in Asia. In memoriam to our friend Thorsten Specht we launch Woodpecker, a Chain of Custody system for the supply chain allowing to trace wood from the forest to the sawmill and at the same time to help smallholders as well as big plantations alike to learn and use proper practices in the PEFC framework.
KIAG Vietnam cooperates with Green Rabbit
Nov. 7, 2016
In the framework of the developpp project in Vietnam funded by KfW/DEG, KIAG Vietnam has conducted a one-week training in the Mekong area. Green Rabbit, one of the biggest farmer's cooperatives in the area, has gathered its main technicians and production managers to introduce the traceability software of KIAG. Traceability, the ability to trace every step in production of agricultural products, is an emerging trend in Vietnam. Super and hypermarkets will promote this requirement towards consumers by bar codes, made and produced by Green Rabbit.
Research & Development with ecosign academy
Oct. 24, 2016
Since October 2016 KIAG has started its collaboration with the ecosign academy in Cologne/Germany that is focused on sustainable design. The academic institute, which offers Bachelor and Master courses on design, develops now an interface for consumers. The core questions have been defined by lecturer and team leader Uwe Boden: “What does a consumer really want to know about food, textile or hardware? How can we structure an app that informs properly and satisfies the needs of different target groups?” 18 students are involved in the research & development work assisted by KIAG staff. The presentation of prototypes is scheduled for February 2017. In the meantime, creativity meets technical expertise to master that challenge. KIAG will inform regularly about the progress.
Lab-of-tomorrow workshop in Berlin
Oct. 19, 2016
In the first week of October Harald Puhl and Stephan Kunz from KIAG were invited by GIZ to join the “lab-of-tomorrow” workshop. Companies got the opportunity to engage in new business operations overseas. They developed ideas in lab character to create a business solution. Guided by the design-thinking method a team of multi-stakeholders designed prototypes to improve the situation of compliance for the Cambodian textile industry. The 3-day workshop was conducted in Berlin and will be followed up in Phnom Penh in Cambodia by the end of November. KIAG is actively involved in traceability solutions. The ready prototype will be tested on site under real conditions.
Training for the Spice Industry
Oct. 19, 2016
Vietnam is one of the main exporters for black pepper and other spices on the world market. Several organic producers have send their technicians to get the first introduction of KIPUS in Ho Chi Minh City on 01.10. – 02.10.16. The local experts shared their needs towards KIAG staff to come up with a tailored-made version. Nhan Thien Lu the KIAG manager in Vietnam has invited the participants after he has explored the different areas.
The picture shows the key technicians and farmers during the KIPUS training for spices
Workshop with People’s Committee of Tay Ninh Province
Oct. 19, 2016
On 29.09. – 30.09.16 KIAG has been invited by the local government of Tay Ninh province located in te South of Vietnam next to the Cambodian border. The area is popular for its enormous food production. Currently the government plans a transition from conventional to more sustainable, even organic agriculture. KIAG and its technical consultant Dr. Ba Hung have presented various options of cooperation to assist in improving the conditions for a modern agriculture. In cooperation with the “Vietnam Organic Agricultural Economic Institute” KIAG is now requested to develop a project design.
Chain of Custody in the Forest Sector
Oct. 19, 2016
Traceability is not only in demand for fresh food, but also required for many other products within the primary sector. The sourcing of wood is a major topic on the agenda. In that context several partner organisation in Vietnam have approached KIAG to develop a software that can help to trace the log from the woodland up to the sawmill gate.
On 25. September, KIAG Vietnam has shared the first dummy to Richard Laity, who is a PEFC consultant based in the Mekong area. The software, called Woodpecker, refers in its system architecture to KIPUS, the main software product of KIAG distributed in Vietnam.
KIAG Vietnam is operational
Sept. 16, 2016
Since August 2016 KIAG representative office is registered, operational and fully in function. Our team, guided by the country representative Nhan Thien Lu, is providing technical services for the transformation process in agriculture. The introduction of KIAG’s web-based traceability system is essential to collect, correlate and analysis data before the team designs and implement corrective action. Main areas of intervention are actually the provinces of Lam Dong and Ho Chi Minh City.
The team consisting of qualified agriculturists (from the left to the right: Le Lam Que, Nguyen Tanh Thao, Nguyen Mong Tuyen and Ha Thi My Hiep) assists mainly small-holders in their process of transition from conventional to sustainable agriculture. All activities are traced and documented by KIPUS.
We wish you a lot of success for your important and responsible job on the ground - Chúc các bạn gặt hái nhiều thành công trong công việc.
There is something in the air in Munich...
Sept. 16, 2016
"Time codes 2" exhibition as the second part of the trilogy will open its doors in December in the Glyptothek. Fantastic to see world wide unique ancient objects face to face with their electronic reproduction on LED panels. Also see the artist´s website (donors welcome). Be quick - the exhibition only lasts for a few months.
The Glyptothek is Munich's oldest public museum; the only museum in the world that is solely dedicated to ancient sculpture (with a nice café for recreation as well - see www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de).
As already in the last years, KIAG is in the lead for concept and development of a tablet-based media guide which will also be available in the app stores.
KIAG helps analysing DFB IT infrastructure
Sept. 14, 2016
Digitization and digital solutions are at the forefront of activities at DFB, the German Football Association, to serve the emotions raised by this sport. KIAG helps analysing internal IT processes and infrastructure to ensure that DFB can grow as required and offer fans a broad selection of resources and services also in the future.
GEPA introduces into the value chain of chocolate
Sept. 13, 2016
Another meeting was initiated by IVLA at GEPA – The Fair Trade Company also located in Wuppertal. GEPA (www.gepa.de) is the biggest European importer of food and handicraft items from the South. The food department imports among other raw material cacao to produce chocolate and other tasteful commodities. Chocolate for instance complies with 100% fair traded cacao ingredients which are fulfil also biological standard as well. Hildegard Fuchs, product manager Profood, explained the supply chain from incoming raw material up to the product made in in Germany. Particularly the fair price system compared to the world market introduced the challenge also compared to the other competitors on the fair trade segment which increases, but remains still a market niche.
Academic exchange with Wuppertal Institute
Sept. 13, 2016
The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies and instruments for transitions to a sustainable development (www.wupperinst.org). It is one of the leading research institutions on sustainability in Europe and has invited the International Value Links Association (IVLA) for an exchange of ideas and perspectives. KIAG is a member of IVLA as well and has attended the session to get some inside view into the Hot Spot Analyse, where all dimensions of sustainability are analysed and correlated. It is a conglomerate of various data and information refereeing to a complex assessment system of environmental and social parameters. Katrin Bienge, project Co-ordinator for sustainable production and consumption, introduced the audience to the topic.
Bikes for mobilizing the youth on Banatyan Island in the Philippines
Aug. 25, 2016
KIAG’s activity working in Asia have started with the Philippines. Apart from doing traceability with small holders on fresh food we are monitoring a project of erlebe Fernreisen GmbH in the country. One of the new travel products is the island Bantayan that has been heavily affected by the monster typhoon in November 2013. Another partner of KIAG, justiceF, a German foundation that is supporting a community on Banatyan requested us to help. KIAG networked with its business partner DHL to arrange a special project, the transport of 129 second hand bikes for the kids of Banatyan. 80% of aid projects fail due to custom problems. Not in our case. Last Friday the well maintained bikes started to its final destination. KIAG co-financed the container and helped in arranging the documents. People in Bantayan are more mobile, justiceF can now extend its livelihood activities, and erlebe-fernreisen might develop a new side product. The youth wants to show tourists the beauty of the island, by riding on a bicycle.
Association of Negros Producers manage traceable food production
Aug. 17, 2016
In 2013 KIAG started its new department on sustainability. The development of KIPUS software shall support small farmers to systemize their production and comply with criteria on good agricultural practice (GAP). One of KIAG’s partners is the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) that looks in alternatives to support farming in a sustainable way. ANP provides technical assistance and market access. Due to the software solutions ANP can not only steer the quantity of incoming food products, but document the quality process towards buyers and consumers. ANP and KIAG start now to network the approach of WeTrace to achieve outreach and impact by developing modern agriculture with all stakeholders. Just look at the brand-new video of ANP & KIAG partnership.