AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:


+ Change makers showcase portfolio
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+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
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+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities


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+ System mapping and gap analysis
+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking


+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work  
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Policy Briefs
+ Annual Leadership Summit
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

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South Africa St., Near Bisrate Gebreal Church, 200 Meters from Mulmul Bakery, 1st floor
P.O. Box 201319
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
T: +251 (0)91 115 6248 

Factsheet:The 2016 factsheet can be found here.

Shiitake Mushroom

Suizhou Mushroom Farming Co.,ltd is a China family-owned export enterprise helping local farmers distribute their black fungus products -Dried Shiitake Mushroom worldwide . Original source at good price .

Place of Planting : Yindian Town, 441300 Suizhou,China

Website :


Product Name Dried Shiitake Mushroom/Lentinula Edodes Mushroom

Latin Name Lentinus edodes (Berk.) Sing

Size Diameter 2-5cm

Moisture 13% max

Shape Whole

Quality Grade A, B and C

Type White flower shiitake mushroom, Tea flower shiitake

mushroom, Smooth surface shiitake mushroom, etc.

Origin Suizhou, China


1)Small bags: 100g, 200g, 300g, 500g, 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, etc

2) Bulk packaging: 10-25kg per carton lined with big plastic bag

3) Other kinds of packaging as per customer's request

Please contact me via:

Phone/whatsapp/viber : (+86)13477047653

Skype: ran060

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Summary available of Second Forum Meeting on Gender in GRAD project

Please find a summary of the Gender in GRAD Project presentation – Strategies, Challenges and Outcomes” of Semhal Getachew who is the Gender and Youth Advisor at CARE. This forum meeting is the second in a series and organized by the Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA). This meeting was attended by 20 network members. 

Click here to access the PowerPoint Presentation.

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Vacancy - Deadline Extended to 28th Feb

Sustainable Land Management Expert - Oromia

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Oromia for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).



CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricu

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Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars East Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for this region, and to identify interested partners from both private and public sectors to support research, development and commercialization of this technology. The mission was implemented by Solynta and took place in six countries.

Please download the full mission report “Exploring the Potential of Hybrid Potato Cultivars in East Africa” (PDF).

A new hybrid breeding technology has been developed to accelerate breeding activities and propagation of starting materials. This technology enables breeders to develop new potato cultivars that are attuned to the needs of the local producers and markets, much more rapidly than conventional breeding. In addition, the high performing products are uniform hybrid true seed

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Hilda Okoth Owekisha Kwigizile this could be interesting for you.

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Watch out for these changemakers! Youth Caravan 2016. Mali

Very happy to share with you the video of the Youth Caravan that took place in Mali in November last year.  The caravan is a moment to learn, share and celebrate young entrepreneurs in agribusiness. While travelling from Bamako to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina many entrepreneurs, organisations and farms were visited. A tight community of (future) changemakers was formed, that continues to meet and learn from each other today. 

Hilda Okoth Very interesting. OMARY A. MWAIMU, Juma Bruno Ngomuo, Marloes Philippo

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OMARY A. MWAIMU Very interesting 

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci Hilda et OMARY !

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Do you work in agricultural education, research, agribusiness or rural advisory? Scholarships are now available for ICRA's autumn courses!

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Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is a

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New version of 2-2 Trade Spreadsheets

February 22nd 2017 a new version 4-2 of the 2-2 Trade Spreadsheet was published HERE on the AgriProFocus on-line platform. 

This version 4-2 replaces version 2 of december 2016. Version 4-2 has some bugs solved and has nicer graphics to be copied from the spread sheet.

  If you have suggestions for improvements, please let us know!  

Improvements from version 3 were:

- lighter and faster response to input;

- published as excel template. When you open it, it produces a copy of itself. No risk of damaging the original anymore.

Best regards,

Rolf Schinkel


Lancement du Programme STARS au Burkina

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  23 February 2017, All Day Event
  Ouagadougou, Hotel SOPATEL Silmandé

Lancement du Programme “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) ou “Renforcement des petits producteurs ruraux africains”, au Burkina Faso, à Ouagadougou,à l'hotel SOPATEL Silmandé, ce 23 février 2017.

Ce programme est un programme de ICCO Cooperation et ICCO Terrafina Microfinance en partenariat avec The MasterCard Foundation. Son objectif est de donner à 210,000 agriculteurs ruraux, au Burkina Faso, en Éthiopie, au Rwanda et au Sénégal, l’accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles.

La cérémonie de lancement qui verra la participation de Mme Leena Lindqvist, Regional Manager ICCO Afrique de l'Ouest, et de Mme Netlyn Bernard, Directrice du Programme STARS est placée sous la co-présidence du Ministère de l'Agriculture et de Aménagements Hydrauliques et de celui de l'Environnement, de l'Economie verte et des Changements climatiques.

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Lancement du Programme “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) ou “Renforcement des petits producteurs ruraux africains”

Au Burkina Faso, à Ouagadougou,à l'hotel  SOPATEL Silmandé, ce 23 février 2017. 

Ce programme est un programme de ICCO Cooperation et ICCO Terrafina Microfinance en partenariat avec The MasterCard Foundation. Son objectif  est de donner à 210,000 agriculteurs ruraux, au Burkina Faso, en Éthiopie, au Rwanda et au Sénégal, l’accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles.

La cérémonie de lancement qui verra la participation de Mme Leena Lindqvist, Regional Manager ICCO Afrique de l'Ouest, et de Mme Netlyn Bernard, Directrice du Programme STARS est placée sous la co-présidence du Ministère de l'Agriculture et de Aménagements Hydrauliques et de celui de l'Environnement, de l'Economie verte et des Changements climatiques.

Daoulata MAIGA Merci Idrissa pour le partage et très bonne nouvelle pour les pays qui bénéficieront de ce programme d'accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles. Bon vent pour le nouveau programme !

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Akibodé Djodji À nos yeux, qui dit financement inclusif dit disponibilité à long terme de capitaux  et mécanismes de financement adaptés aux petits producteurs et micro-, petites et moyennes entreprises (MPME). Le secteur agricole souffre de sous-investissement depuis des décennies, surtout l'agriculture familiale. La FAO estime qu'il faudra investir 240 milliards d'euros par an pour éradiquer la faim d'ici 2030. Les petits producteurs représentant plus de 95 % de l'ensemble des exploitations agricoles, c'est à eux que doit revenir la majeure partie de ces investissements. Le salon du financement de l'agriculture est une innovation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali sur une idée originale de Mr Ba qui reste un bon ambassadeur FINAGRI auprès du projet Master Card. On est ensemble

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The Requirements For The Technical Development Of Corn Grinding Mill In Grain Industry

CORN GRINDING MILL as a pillar industry of China's processing industry, in the tide of continuous development has made a very good market development, effectively enhance the corn grinding mill market competition status, speed up the national economic development speed. Throughout the corn grinding mill industry development, in addition to relying on scientific and technological means, but also have advanced guiding ideology, better guide the development of corn grinding mill industry.

In the grain processing industry, to promote the structural adjustment of corn grinding mill and industrial upgrading, improve the overall level of corn grinding mill industry development. Continue to develop corn grinding mill recycling economy, extension of resources processing industry chain, improve the comprehensive strength of corn grinding mill and continuously improve the comprehensive utilization level of corn.

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Janine Schoeman Dear Cindy, thank you for sharing the information. Please limit your posts so it remains interesting for everyone. Thanks in advance. 

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Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

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  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the platform.

Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.

Target groups

Since this educational programme i

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salacca is one of the fruits certificates IG (geographical indications) No. ID G 000 000 020, we made a variety of processed fruit salacca with export quality, among other things salacca chips, dodol salacca, geplak salacca, candied and pickled wet salacca, seed powder salacca and other salacca product.

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Maintenance Items In Daily Use Of Corn Grinding Mill

With the continuous development of food and industrial products processing industry, the application of CORN GRINDING MILL in the market is more and more extensive. The processing and sales of coarse grain cereals have promoted the development of the corn grinding mill industry, which has led to the overall development of the national economy. Corn grinding mill in the continuous development, continue to increase investment in science and technology to achieve better processing performance of corn grinding mill. The processing of corn is an indispensable part of life, which requires continuous improvement of corn grinding mill production efficiency, better meet the nutritional needs of people nutrition. The increase in the market demand for corn grinding mill has increased the its processing time and is likely to cause wear in long-term use. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain the equipment during the use of the corn grinding mill.

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Kenyan youth second in seeking side hustles in Africa


In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE

By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.

In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.

In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.

The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.

Apart from

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Dorina Prech This is very interesting Alphaxrd Gitau. Could you share the link to the report too? Thanks. 

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Alphaxrd Gitau
There is the link to the source of information Dorina. I am not sure there is a report about it.

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Call for Proposals | SNV | Horti-LIFE

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM 

Netherland Development Organisation (SNV)
Grant Opportunities
Smallholder Chain Integration Projects in Fruit and Vegetable Sector


SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.

Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional securit

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

A report from the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

On a global scale, more and more people are making the decision to become social entrepreneurs in business while aiming for impact in food security. Those entrepreneurs are trying to fill gaps that the private sector, public sector, and civil society actors have left open; issues that need improvement when tackling food insecurity and malnutrition. To gain more insight into their potential contributions, within the F&BKP, social entrepreneurs that work in food value chains in the seven Dutch partner countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin) and their related challenges and opportunities have been mapped within their supporting and surrounding ecosystems.

The report that synthesizes the mapping results has revealed that resource, awareness, and knowledge gaps exist between the social entrepreneurs’ demand for s

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PROLINNOVA Participatory Innovation Training (PID)

At the Farmers' Conference Center in Kenya, Prolinnova is presently holding a training on Participatory Innovation Development (PID) in farmer-led agricultural research. This training involves techniques for building appreciation of the roles that farmers play as scientists and researchers, and ways that multi-stakeholder platforms can be built to support farmers in developing and sharing farmer innovations. PID is a wonderful approach for agroecologically appropriate technology development: innovations begin with context-specificity. 

This training is designed to build capacity for the Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (PROLIFaNS) project they are now implementing in Ethiopia, Ghana Kenya, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Beyond the scope of this project, participants of this training are committed to sharing PID approaches with other interested farmers and organizations working with farmers in their home co

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ICCO Cooperation Launched STARS

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation  

ICCO Cooperation with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation launched the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program in Ethiopia. This five-year initiative will directly support 210,000 farmers (50% of whom are women) and reach more than one million people in rural Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Senegal. STARS will address challenges that smallholder farmers face such as poor farming techniques, lack of credit, minimal access to markets, and limited access to appropriate financial products.

STARS program was launched at Golden Tulip hotel, Addis Ababa on February 15, 2017. On the occasion, Mr Toshome Nigussie, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development of Oromia Regional Government, said "the STARS program, will contribute to the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government, which is an overarching str

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