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:

Linking:

+ Change makers showcase portfolio
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs
+ System mapping and gap analysis
+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking

Leadership:

+ 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.

Questions:
If you have any questions, please contact us through: ethiopia@agriprofocus.comor read our FAQ.

Address:

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.


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Affordability & Financing Models for the Smallholder Market

A playbook for enabling smallholder farmer customer uptake of products and services

June 2015, USAID and Fintrac


'Given the financing gap, and the fact that most farmer income is used to meet basic needs, businesses serving smallholder farmers must rely on innovative methods to enable customers to purchase products and services. Without doing so, companies risk having a limited market for their products and services.

There are a number of promising affordability and financing strategies available for companies to offer customers outside of traditional commercial lending. In many cases, companies can couple these strategies with product and service delivery to offer a comprehensive solution that increases customer adoption.

This playbook will assist partners in understanding the variety and viability of the strategies available to help customers afford a product or service and will help t

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Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.

In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circ

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FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
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Farm Africa Seeks a Programme Manager for Integrated Approach to Improving Rural Livelihoods

In Ethiopia, Farm Africa will be implementing a project entitled ‘Integrated approach to improve rural livelihoods, empowering communities and partners programme’ which is funded by SIDA (The Swedish International Development Agency). This project will be implemented by Farm Africa and the Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Associations (UEWCA). The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to achievement of the Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTPII) through agriculture business development, capacity building in project implementation and delivery, civil society strengthening and embedding climate smart practices in identified development interventions.

For more information on the Programme Manager position for this project, please see the document attached. Deadline for application is April 25th.


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To figure out how large scale composting work, we should have a basic understanding on what a Large-scale Composting Site/Factory consists of first? Obliviously, large scale composting factory always have professional workers, abundant supply of raw material, spacious outside area for organic materials fermentation and advanced & effective fast composting technology.

How to pile the composting materials? How to fast compost the organic materials? What kind of composting equipment is best available for industrial-scale composting? The answers to those 3 questions will exactly simplify the secret of industrial composting’s success!

Compost Pile Constructing → How to Pile the Compostable Materials?

Composting Machine Choosing → What Equipment is Best Available for Industrial-scale Composting?

Large scale composting sites must reply on large composting facilities, such as WINDROW TURNERS, to realize fast decomposition. Speaking of windrow turners, we should know their cla

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Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course, August 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that we will offer the Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course in August 2017. This 5-day course will take place in The Netherlands from 14th to 18th August 2017.

This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC and MDF, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.

Course information can be found through this link. For more information, see also www.hposthumus.nl or email Hans Posthumus at hans@hposthumus.nl.

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The business case for gender-smart solutions in the private sector

Executive briefing International Finance Cooperation (IFC)

Equality of economic opportunity between women and men drives productivity, profitability, and performance. This executive brief of IFC provides examples and figures showing how managing talent of people (men and women) in a company’s workforce and in its supply chain pays back, and how women form an interesting potential market.

Examples

How in Indonesia farmers’ coffee productivity increased by 92 percent, improving ECOM’s access to a key commodity, as a result of IFC’s partnership with ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation targeting women coffee farmers in Indonesia.

How in Nalt Enterprise, a Vietnamese garment manufacturer, staff turnover fell by one-third after the establishment of a women’s clinic and a daycare for employees’ children.

How in Papua New Guinea (were employees lose an average of 11.1 work days per year as a result of gender vi

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alassane bagayoko Coolll image and job!!!!!!

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Drum Mower - AGROZENIT

> Mostly Designed for smaller and middle farms.


>One of the Most durable designs for Hay Harvesting Mowers.


>Quick and simple Replacement of blades.


> Low power Requirements.


> All in Excellent mowing conditions.


>Durable and robust Construction Ensure Long and trouble-free operation.




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Small Containerised Feedmill

Containerised systems are a unique, high-tech and efficient concept developed by Ottevanger Milling Engineers. A modular design with all the necessary feedmill equipment, electrical installation and process control equipment. The main components of the installation are installed and tested at our factory in the Netherlands and require a minimal installation time on site.

Ottevanger Milling Engineers offers the small containerised C3 series for up to 3 tons per hour. The C3 series can be extended into a C3-2. The C3-2 produces 2 tons pellets and 1 ton mash feed per hour. Small modular solutions are built into a 10 ft. or 20 ft. container frame. The container frame also serves as a supporting structure and is easy to install in areas with limited space.

Benefits of small containerised mills

  • All components are reliable and tested
  • Minimal installation time on site
  • Easy handling
  • Complete with support frame
  • Assembled and checked in factory before dispatch
  • Saving on civil and building costs
  • Low energy

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Resilient Business Development Support Opportunity 

From Cordaid/R&D 

Are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) operating in or around Addis Ababa? Are you on the way to become a thriving business but you still struggle how to find your way to the top? Than is Cordaid/R&D’s Resilient Business Development Support (RBDS) the right training program for you!

We will support your company to grow and become investment ready in our 6 months program. It consists of trainings, mentorships and (personal and group) coaching.And at the end of the program you will have an investment ready business plan. 

We are recruiting new companies that will start the RBDS program in July/August 2017. We are looking for companies that already exist for at least 2 year, have between 5-50 employees and have an annual turnover of 700,000 ETB or higher. 

If you are interested in the program, don’t hesitate to contact Aklilu Abate: aklilu@randdethiopia.com or 011 55

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing this opportunity Annelien! I'll ask my colleague Gizaw Legesse in Addis to spread this through our other social media channels as well. Maybe it is a good next step voor our FSRE Innovators: http://agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund Good luck!

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A tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives

Evidence demonstrates that greater attention to addressing gender inequalities in the design and delivery of services or labour recruitment results in improved productivity and more sustainable outcomes. 

But, how to do this? Projects and companies can use the tool decribed in this blog in which Clare Bishop introduces a clear analytical tool with simple scores, spider diagrams, and comparisons, to help think through the spectrum from gender blindness to gender transformation when designing or assessing an intervention. 

The tool helps to: (i) analyse their current performance on gender-related activities at the field level and in project management; and (ii) identify future areas for action. The results of the study piloting this tool will be available in a forthcoming issue.  I found this tool in the Newsletter: What is New in inclusive business part I Click here to download this N

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Prioritising climate-smart agricultural interventions at different scales

Published by Agricultural Systems, February 1st, 2017  

This special of Agricultural Systems focuses on prioritising climate-smart agricultural (CSA) interventions at different scales. Currently, there are few tools that can comprehensively evaluate the range of potential technologies and practices and their possible impacts on food production, environmental sustainability, and mitigation in any context. Therefore, what remains is the prioritization of interventions for investment and broad dissemination. There is a growing body of work by several CGIAR centres and their partners on tools and methods that can be used to prioritise CSA interventions and investments at a range of spatial and temporal scales. This special issue brings together nine papers describing a wide range of approaches and tools. One of the papers (PDF) by Notenbaert et al. describe a generic framework for evaluating and prioritising poten

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Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  19 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Date: 19 April 2017
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Afternoon)

On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.

Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:

§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery

§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia

§ Seed Potatoes –

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Circular economy: a case from Eritrea

Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.

AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.

http://circulatenews.org/2017/04/a-story-of-regeneration-and-reforestation-from-eritrea/

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Sustainable intensification in smallholder agriculture: An integrated systems research approach

Article from Routledge.com

Sustainable intensification has recently been developed and adopted as a key concept and driver for research and policy in sustainable agriculture. It includes ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are crucial components. This book on Routledge by Ingrid Oborn, Bernard Vanlauwe, Michael Phillips, Richard Thomas, Willemien Brooijmans and Kwesi Atta-Krah, describes different aspects of systems research in agriculture in its broadest sense, where the focus is moved from farming systems to livelihoods systems and institutional innovation. Much of the work represents outputs of the three CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Dryland Systems. The chapters are based around four themes: the conceptual underpinnings of systems research; sustainable intens

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Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

You are Invited!

Date: 18 April 2017

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)

Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international c

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African Agri Investment Discovery Mission

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 May 2017 to 25 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Millenium Mayfair, London, UK; Hilton Garden Inn, Hong Kong; & The Grand Hyatt, New York, USA

The 3 Outward Missions London: 23 - 25 May 2017 | Hong Kong: 21 - 23 June 2017 | New York: 25 -28 July Comprises a number of high level events, including a one day African Agri Investment Discovery Forum programme, matchmaking meetings with a pre-selected investment community and businesses with an appetite in African agriculture, site visits

They are there to facilitate access to key decision-makers in the agriculture value chain and investment community. The African Agri Investment Discovery Forum is an investor meeting during which African delegates will communicate excitement, metrics and aspirations to potential investors. The format of the meeting seeks to capitalize on the presence of financiers and investor figureheads seeking opportunities in Africa.

http://agriprofocus.com/upload/event/Agri_Investor_Discovery_Outward_Missions_AAIDF1491398010.pdf

This is a unique opportunity for African stakeholders to:

Showcase African investment opportunities to a carefully selected audience

Meet

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NEW Powerpoint Available on CASCAPE's Gender-Sensitive Activities

These additional powerpoint slides from the Third Forum Series of the ENGEA meeting on March 17, 2017, provide extra information on CASCAPE's current and previous activities regarding women-specific, labour-saving technologies.

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NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Fair & Sustainable

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- series we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

In this third vlog I take you to the headquarters of Fair and Sustainable Advisory Services in Utrecht. I talked to Wilfried Schasfoort, the director, and he explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for Fair&Sustainable.

For more vlogs on our Dutch partnership, check: http://agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership 

Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!


Dorina Prech Great job Anne Marie!

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Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance & Food Security

An article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Innovative developments – An overview  

On Thursday February 16, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) organized the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aimed to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Geo-data and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as geographic information systems, drones, and cloud computing are now being used to boost smallholder’s production and their income.

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications we

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