Dairy & Livestock Worldwide

promoting entrepreneurship in animal production

moderated by Wim Goris

In Africa and Indonesia, demand for animal products is booming around the growing cities. In response, a specialised high input dairy and meat industry is developing. AgriProFocus promotes entrepreneurship in the animal husbandry, especially for smallholder animal production, which is multifunctional and has low use of inputs.


AgriProFocus aims for optimising the farming system via transfer of proven technology, capacity building to producers and developing market access, infrastructure and institutions around dairy. Priorities include roughage and fodder, milk and meat quality, animal management and the record keeping in animal production.

Our activities include:

- promoting entrepreneurship in dairy learning labs (Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania)

- promoting business linkages in meat production (poultry Zambia)

- herding for the markets event (Kenya)

Check out the navigation menu on the left for more information.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 hours 16 min ago

Book Launch: Dairy Matters

During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.

You can download the book via this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 day 14 hours ago

F&BKP newsletter 2017 #01

Bulletin d'information Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2017 # 1

Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/

Articles:

- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform

- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa

- RUAF analysis report “The role of private sector in city region food systems”

- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)

- ARF Country workshop in Uganda

- GCP Call with CCAFS on Climate Smart Agriculture

- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa

- Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security


Follow this link / suivez ce lien:

http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

Sketch for a research & training facility, starter culture production, and market research

Article Food & Businss Knowledge Platform, by Sijmen Schouten - GCP1 Zambian traditional fermented foods 


In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.

Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 week 4 days ago

The prolonged drought has forced more than 6,000 Turkana pastoralists (Kenya) to cross over in Uganda with about 90,000 heads of livestock in search of water and pasture.


See the video below and read more here.  


Dorina Prech Thanks for sharing Wim. Indeed nomadic pastoralism necessitate even cross-border movement if need be. The government of Kenya has also launched insurance payouts for a number of pastoralists. More on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hotVDQ2Kzro

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Rwanda to source poultry imports from Mauritius, Belgium

Source: The New Times

Rwanda has turned to other countries for importation of poultry products to fill the gap left by a ban triggered by bird flu outbreak in some countries.

Over one month has elapsed since a ban was imposed on imports of poultry products from bird flu affected countries such as Uganda and some European countries, including Hungary, Germany, France, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The Head of Animal Resources at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, told The New Times that an alternative had to be found.

Since the end of January, 49,000 day-old chicks were imported from Mauritius, 29,000 from Belgium and 11.6 tonnes of fertilised eggs from South Africa, some of the countries whose poultry has been free from bird flu, according to Kanyandekwe.

The ban has an had impact on poultry farms, which have been importing chicks from the countries where bird flu cases have been recorded.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Taking the Dairy Industry Forward

Despite the increased demand for improved dairy crosses, there are currently no commercial cattle breeders in the country, making access to breed stock expensive and beyond the reach of most smallholder farmers. Zambia relies more on imported dairy breeding stock from South Africa than local sources for its dairy development agenda.

The limited genetic potential of local cattle breeds currently being milked is a major factor accounting for low milk productivity and viability of smallholder dairy farming. Productivity within the Zambian traditional dairy sector is at 2 litres per cow per day. Emergent farmers who also keep cross breeds produce between 12 and 15 

litres, while commercial producers who use pure breeds are at between 17 and 24 litres per animal per day. It is therefore important to enable the small scale farmers to have access to improved dairy animal breeds.

Although pure breeds have a higher yield than traditional and cross bree

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oct
04

POULTRY AFRICA 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  04 October 2017 to 05 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

Summit-Expo supported by VIV, NABC, WPSA, WVPA and partners

With the recent opening of the Kigali Convention Center, the beautiful, clean, safe and well-connected Capital of Rwanda is set to be the host of the launch-edition of Poultry Africa. The pan-African event focuses to connect African and international producers and suppliers in Poultry & Eggs.

Program outline

Leadership Conference – 2 days (09.00-17.00): Leadership Conference (150 attendees)

Technical Best Practices Seminar – 2 days (13.00-17.00) Seminars (250 attendees)

Expo – 2 days (10.00-17.00) Boutique exhibition (75 exhibitors approx.)

Find more information here!

Orr contact Diana.Toth@vnuexhibitions.com


Event's website: http://poultryafrica2017.com/



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

Poultry development in Eastern Africa, a regional perspective

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

To harmonize the country-oriented Dutch development and economic diplomacy policies with increasing regional influences in poultry value chain developments, better insight is needed in the interdependency of the poultry sectors of different countries. Therefore, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) has decided to support a study and learning project that will look into the various aspects of this interdependency in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda).

The objective of the study and learning project is to gather relevant information on poultry developments in the Eastern African region with the aim of collecting and sharing this information with relevant stakeholders and advise the Netherlands Government on more regional-economic responsive policies for sector/value chain development.

Whilst the issues of interdependency can be recognized across the whole of Afr

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Alphaxrd Gitau It will be interesting to see what comes out of this and whether there are any aspects regarding the engagement of youth in the value chain and how they can be supported.

3 weeks 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Coordinator Job at Heifer International

East Africa Dairy Development-II (EADD-II) is the second phase of an ambitious five-year program designed to transform the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Reporting to the EADD-II Field Operations Manager, and working closely with Business Development Manager, Social Capital & Gender Coordinator and MLE coordinator. EADD II is looking for a qualified person to fill the position of;

Title: Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Leader

Job Location: Mbarara, , Uganda

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Level: Senior Specialist

Client: Non U.S. Based Locations

Closing Date: 03/10/2017

Job details and how to apply can be found here

mar
04

Poultry Keeping: The Basics

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  04 March 2017, All Day Event
  Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre for Africa, Lusaka

Poultry Farming can be defined as raising chickens, ducks, or other fowl (birds) for meat, eggs, or both. This can be done either for profit making purposes or may also be done for only family feeding purposes. Regardless of the purpose, it is important to ensure sustainable methods are followed to ensure reduced losses and maximise gains.

This one day training (Refreshments Included) aims to provide participants with sufficient information and knowledge to allow them to keep poultry in a sustainable way no matter your purpose for keeping poultry. It will also help you understand and decide if you can make money out of the venture. Further, it presents you an opportunity to network and interact with like-minded people.

Register for the event here and contact organisers for payment details.

All Participants will recieve;

1. FREE copy of our e-book "How to Keep Village Chickens for Business"

2. FREE consultation when needed

3. Discounted Veterinary Services from our parter Veterinary Doctors

4.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 21 hours ago

Improvement of farmer’s knowledge about modern pig production and management

During the period 13th- 17th February 2017, the UR-college of agriculture, animal science and veterinary medicine (UR-CAVM) in collaboration with ZAMURA feeds factory and the Netherlands’ government funded project (NICHE RWA 173) delivered a 5 days training to pig farmers in Musanze district. 


The training was officially opened by Dr. NYINAWAMWIZA Laetitia, the principal UR-CAVM who in her welcoming remarks, Dr Laetitia, reminded participants that “the objective of the training falls within UR-CAVM mission of “contributing to the ongoing poverty reduction, economic development and sustainable food security through technology transfer and innovations in agriculture. She further emphasized to participants that CAVM is here for them, approaching UR-CAVM for technical and capacity building is highly encouraged.

Pig farming is not solely a way of living, but it’s also a means to make money. Pig pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Analisis Potensi Pengembangan Usaha Peternakan Sapi Perah Menggunakan Paradigma Agribisnis di Kecamatan Musuk Kabupaten Boyolali

Peningkatan populasi sapi perah dapat dilakukan menggunakan potensi dari daerah tersebut. Potensi dapat dilakukan dengan peningkatan ketersediaan pakan, pengetahuan peternak, permintaan susu, pendapatan peternak, infrastruktur pasar, peranan lembaga pemberi kredit dan kebijakan pemerintah lokal.

Tujuan penelitian ini untuk menentukan kondisi subsistem agibisnis sapi perah di Kecamatan Musuk, dan faktor faktor yang mempengaruhi pendapatan sapi perah di Kecamatan Musuk. Dua puluh desa di Kecamatan Musuk, Kabupaten Boyolali dipilih sebagai lokasi penelitian. Setiap desa dipilih dengan simple random sampling sebanyak 6 orang. Total responden yang diambil sebanyak 120 orang. Metode observasi dan wawancara secara lansung untuk mengambil data secara langsung.

Hasil penelitian menunjukkan rata-rata pendapatan peternak sebesar Rp228.991,27/UT/bulan. Nilai R/C ratio s

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may
22

Agro & Poultry East Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  22 May 2017 to 24 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Jubilee Hall, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

12Th Agro & Poultry, International Trade Show on Agriculture, Farming, Poultry and Equipment Trade Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in Conjunction with Trade Africa 17 from 22 - 24 May 2017, at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Exhibitors
12Th Agro & Poultry provides a unique opportunity to expand your brand in one of the most astonishing business destinations in Africa. Tanzania has a huge potential for Agriculture & its related products as it plays a vital role in country's growing economy. The Exhibition would attract exhibitors from around 18 countries.
Visitors
12Th Agro & Poultry attracts visitor from different countries as a mass visitor campaign would be launced to make a prosper event as visiting countries include Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Nigeria, Mali, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, UK, Germany etc.


Click here for more 



Posted By in Dairy Zambia
Posted 1 month 5 days ago

This is the powerpoint presentation used in the Information Sessions held in the Netherlands

See this link for more info: 


RICHARD MUSOKWA Good presentation love it

1 month 3 days ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks to hear that 

3 weeks 3 days ago

oct
02

Poultry trade Mission to Uganda and Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  02 October 2017 to 06 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

Poultry trade Mission to Uganda and Rwanda

From October 2nd to October 6th, 2017, a Poultry Trade Mission to Uganda & Rwanda will be organised by Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) in close collaboration with VNU Exhibitions and the Dutch Poultry Centre. Part of this trade will take place at Poultry Africa 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The participants of the trade mission will have free entrance tot he Leadership Conference of the Poultry Africa 2017. Also the congres, lunch on October 4 and 5, netwerk cocktail and entree to the exhibition are included. In Uganda and Rwanda several company visits and matchmaking sessions will be organized. 

To register, please sign up here



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Poultry Africa 2017 Leadership Conference 

Summit-Expo supported by VIV, NABC, WPSA, WVPA and partners

With the recent opening of the Kigali Convention Center, the beautiful, clean, safe and well-connected Capital of Rwanda is set to be the host of the launch-edition of Poultry Africa. The pan-African event focuses to connect African and international producers and suppliers in Poultry & Eggs.

Program outline 

Leadership Conference – 2 days (09.00-17.00): Leadership Conference (150 attendees) 

Technical Best Practices Seminar – 2 days (13.00-17.00) Seminars (250 attendees) 

Expo – 2 days (10.00-17.00) Boutique exhibition (75 exhibitors approx.) 

Find more information here!

Orr contact Diana.Toth@vnuexhibitions.com 


Event website: http://poultryafrica2017.com/

 

 

Janine Schoeman Hi Sylvia, have you created an event for this as well? If not, could you please do this. Thanks

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Dairy Business Cocktail: offering a platform to connect rwandan dairy business actors

AgriProFocus Rwanda in cooperation with Agriterra organised a Dairy Business Cocktail on Friday, 25th November 2016. 

The objectives of this 2 hour networking event is to:

  • (1) Provide the key actors in the Rwandan Dairy Business Sector with a platform to network, share information and increase deal making
  • (2) To expand professional connections and opportunities in dairy sector

This cocktail was attended by 21 professionals (3 from farmer organisations, 4 from private companies, 4 from the Government, 10 from NGOs)

The cocktail followed a 2-day Dairy Learning Lab which was organised by AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Agriterra, Send a cow Rwanda and PUM in Rwamagana District on 23-24 November; it was mainly dedicated to animal feeding and feeds. 

The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in su

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Ban on Uganda Poultry Could Be Lifted in the Next One Week

Kenya may lift the import ban imposed on Uganda chicken and eggs in the next one week, after experts from the two countries met to assess the measures taken against an epidemic of bird flu.

This will, however, depend on the final tests carried out by a group of experts drawn from the two countries. They will conclude the exercise in the next one week.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the two teams are doing a risk assessment of the Avian flu outbreak in Uganda to determine if it has been contained.

Mr Bett did not confirm when the ban would be lifted, but officials told the Sunday Nation that it could be as early as this week.

Kenya imposed the ban last month after a highly infectious strain of bird flu was reported in Uganda.

But Uganda has assured Kenya that it has contained the outbreak, adding that most farms that export eggs to Kenya are located more than 10km from the quarantined area. According to Mr Bett, the tea

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

The First 2017 Business Drinks: How It Went

Last week, 26 January, we had our first Business Drinks of the year 2017. As usual, it has remarkably served members and partners to meet new people, chat about possible business opportunities, and introduce new agribusinesses.

More than 70 people attended the event, and we had the chance to listen interesting one-minute pitches.

Awot Berhane is a student at Addis Ababa University, and made a pitch about Green Innovation Hub, which he is a member. He told us that GIH is a student led initiative which channels youth ideas towards tackling climate change and promotes sustainable development.

Wendewesen Kebede is another young pitcher on our Business Drinks. He represents a group of Dairy Advisors who are well experienced on the dairy sector and have received practical trainings from well-known experts arranged by DairyBISS program and Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. Wendewesen explained on his pitch that the Advisors group provides various d

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jul
26

Learning Lab II-Climate Smart Agribusiness in Poultry/Dairy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 July 2017 to 27 July 2017 - All Day Event
  TBA

Learning Labs are practical training sessions which aim to optimize various agricultural value chains via transfer of proven technology, capacity building and market access development to agriculture entrepreneurs and institutions. This year, the network is organizing leaning labs under the climate smart agribusiness theme in the poultry and dairy sectors.

Topics, location and application details will be shared at a later date.

For more information, contact Ms. Maumo Mubila - mmubila@agriprofocus.com