Horticulture Uganda Page

moderated by Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa

This group serves for exchange and learning on Horticulture in Uganda, Materials available are open to all. 

Uganda has fairly well distributed rainfall and moderate climate and is capable of producing most of the tropical and sub-tropical fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, or even temperate fruits and vegetables in the higher altitude areas. The industry relies heavily on imported seeds for vegetables, such as okra and hot pepper. Ugandan fruits in particular are reported to be sweeter and less acidic than those produced in other countries in the region; however, only a small percentage is of export quality. Small scale rain-fed farms of smallholder farmers dominate the sub-sector.

As a network organization, AgriProFocus Uganda members/stakeholders are committed to unite and complement each other in a shared goal: promoting farmer entrepreneurship contributing to increased food security, value chain development and poverty reduction. In this, with over 4000 registered stakeholders online, AgriProFocus Uganda has positioned itself as a key partner of horticulture stakeholders given its continual involvement in the fruit sub-sector and now the horticulture sub-sector.


1. To lobby and advocate for policy enforcement and changes in the horticulture sub-sector

2. To coordinate stakeholders in the horticulture sub-sector to strengthen the sub-sector

3. To be the center of information for the horticulture sub-sector

4. To increase the visibility of the platform online and offline

5. To seek and promote innovations and technologies that can be adopted in the horticulture sub-sector

Current stakeholders

Current stakeholders in the Horticulture Multi-stakeholder Platform include; SNV, VECO East Africa, Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFFE), Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA), aBi Trust, Nabagereka Development Foundation, IFDC, Solidaridad Network, Zuri Model Farm, Afribanana Products Ltd, Pelum, RUCID, NARL, UGOCert.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

DryDEV REPORT: Highlights of 6 Farmer Exposure Days 

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AgriProFocus Kenya in 2016 organized 6 farmer exposure events in the lower Eastern counties – Machakos, Makueni and Kitui. The structure of the farmer exposure events provided a platform for farmers to learn and also share experiences with other stakeholders. The value chains of focus as per the DryDEV program included; pulses, indigenous poultry, goat, honey and mangoes. However other complimentary aspects for instance water management were also addressed in some of the field days. A lead farmer in each area was identified to host the farmer exposure visit. This provided an opportunity for peer learning.

The objectives of the exposure events are:

1. To provide a platform for farmers to link and learn about market requirement on quality, quantity and logistics

2. To expose and link farmers to value chain financing opportunities

3. Provide opportunity for farmers to learn about products, services and technolo

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Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 6 months 3 weeks ago

UPDATED POST: Successful 12 Farmer Field Days!


Dear Friends,

As you have probably seen from the updates from our field consultants, this past few months have been a beehive of activity for the HortImpact project. We supported the HortIMPACT team to organise and facilitate 12 very successful field days in 9 Counties: Kiambu, Nakuru, Laikipia, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Narok, Nyandarua, Uasin Gishu and Meru.  A number of input suppliers were present, including: Koppert Biologicals, Syngenta, Real IPM among others; seed companies like Kenya Highland Seed, financial institutions and insurance companies like Equity Bank, Family Bank, UAP Insurance, SACCOs among others.  

In this report, you will find an analysis of what made the field days successful. One of the key components is farmers and exhibitors mobilisation - what strategies were used, what made the strategies effective and what lessons can be learned. It also highlights what techniques and technologies wer

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

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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Posted By in Publications
Posted 2 weeks 9 hours ago

Une solution efficace pour conserver la tomate pendant plusieurs mois

Une nouvelle technique  de conservation de la tomate  a vu le jour au Burundi. Il s'agit de la conservation de la tomate par la cendre, une méthode pas chère pour de petits exploitants agricoles!!!!

Pour en savoir plus "http://wire.farmradio.fm/fr/farmer-stories/2016/11/burundi-des-agriculteurs-decouvrent-une-nouvelle-technique-de-conservation-des-tomates-15455"

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

East-West Seed launch agricultural scholarship program to celebrate 35th anniversary

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.

The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.

"Agricultural education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for the future,” says Simon Groot, founder of East-West Seed. "We must encourage farmers' children to carry on the their parents' legacy by equipping them with scientific and practical knowledge to turn farming into a thriving business and a sustainable source of livelihood for their communities."

The scholarship

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 weeks 7 hours ago

What can Ethiopia learn from Kenya in Horticulture Sector Development?

AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing  a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya.  The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries. 

Objectives of the tour:

     · To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.

     · To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.

The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national directorates and region

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Posted By in Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat Bénin
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Faut-il d'importants capitaux pour démarrer son activité dans l'agriculture?

A travers cette vidéo, qui pourrait en inspirer plus d'un, il faut retenir que nous n'avons pas besoin de beaucoup d'argent pour démarrer notre activité dans le secteur agricole.

 " http://www.agribusinesstv.info/Cote-d-Ivoire-Chily-une-recette-de-maman-revisitee_v106.html " 

Akibodé Djodji C'est le fonds qui manque le moins. Merci très chère Tania pour ce partage.C'est vraiment important de faire savoir à tous que c'est possible de se lancer sans forcement toujours attendre des millions. C'est vraiment une vidéo qui inspire . Je partage ici deux idées pour se lancer dans l'entrepreneuriat. Nous avons le Love money  c'est à dire demander de l’argent à vos proches

Votre entourage est précieux, que ce soit vos amis, votre famille, vos cousins, ce sont eux qui croient en vous et en votre projet et qui vous apporteront les premiers CFA pour vous lancer. Il ne faut pas hésiter à leur parler avec votre coeur pour les convaincre que c’est ce que vous voulez vraiment faire, qu’ils ne seront pas déçus. Soit vous les rembourserez quand vous pourrez, soit ils auront des parts dans la société, soit c’est un don.

Secondo, il faut participer aux  concours

Il existe des dizaines de concours chaque année, de plus en plus au fil des ans. Nous en relayons certains ici. Ces concours permettent d’une part, si vous le remportez de repartir avec la dotation, mais aussi d’avoir un avis d’experts, des conseils, de l’accompagnement, une visibilité dans les médias et surtout crédibiliser votre projet dans le paysage entrepreneurial .

1 month 6 days ago

Tania Attiba Akibodé Georges Djodji : Merci cher collègue. Le Love Money (contribution ou apport familial) est souvent mis de côté par nos jeunes entrepreneurs alors qu'il pourrait constituer un important capital de départ.

1 month 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Afrisem Field Days in Arusha 

Rijk Zwaan Afrisem Field Days kicks off with farmers from Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha. The week will continue with international visitors from all over Africa.


Maonyesho ya Rijkzwaan Afrisem yameanza na wakulima kutoka Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo,Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha . Maonyesho yataendelea kwa wageni wetu wa kimataifa kutoka nje na ndani ya Afrika.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Photo of the week in TMEA weekly scope

The photo shows: Women working at Africado, a TMEA Challenge Fund recipient based in Arusha, Tanzania, packing avocados for export.

TMEA = Trade Mark East Africa, a key initiative fostering regional trade in the Eastern African region. The weekly scope is available online through this link.


You may try to subscribe yourself if you have an interest to read more about regional trade.

Women working at Africado, a TMEA Challenge Fund recipient based in Arusha, Tanzania, packing avocados for export.


ECHO East Africa Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 February 2017 to 09 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa.

For more information or to register, follow this link.


Horti-LIFE Study Tour to Kenya

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  16 January 2017 to 20 January 2017 - All Day Event

The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) Ethiopia is organizing a study tour to Kenya from 16th to 20th January 2017. The tour is being facilitated by SNV Kenya and AgriProFocus. Consisting of representatives from Federal Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources representatives, Regional Bureau of Agriculture and SNV Ethiopia staff, the delegation would like to learn from the Kenya experience in the horticulture sector development. SNV Kenya and Ethiopia are also implementing horticulture projects (HortIMPACT and HortLIFE respectively), with funding from the Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  

Objectives of the study tour 

++ To share and learn from SNV Kenya's experience in implementing horticulture development projects across the country

++ To learn from Kenya's experience in horticulture sector development. 

About Horti-LIFE and HortIMPACT

Horti-LIFE started in January 2016 and is being implemented by SNV Ethiopia. The project was formu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Burundi : Un cultivateur invente la conservation des tomates

À l’Est du Burundi, les tomates sont en abondance pendant la période d’août et septembre. Cependant, les producteurs et les productrices ont du mal à conserver leurs tomates pour les vendre plus tard. Une grande quantité de tomates pourrissent.  

Après de nombreux essaie ,M Vital NDUWIMANA producteur de Tomates a découvert une méthode de conservation de la Tomate écologique et qui ne coûte rien. Découvrir son histoire ici

ELYSE MUHORAKEYE Bonjour je vous ai envoyé le lien.

1 month 1 week ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Merci.

1 month 1 week ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU http://www.homejardin.com/cendre-de-bois-coup-de-pouce/aide-conseil-assistance-explications.html

1 month 1 week ago

Elyse Mahoro Woow. quelle technique! Conserver les tomates dans la cendre pendant 5 mois?Tres interessante! C'est tres important, les centres de recherches agronomiques devraient investir a prouver que cette technique est inoffensive pour qu'elle puisse etre adopter par beaucoup d'agriculteurs de tomates pour eviter la perte et augmenter leur profit.

1 month 1 week ago

Guylaine Mwamini Merci @Guigonou pour le partage de ce lien qui nous renseigne de plus sur l'utilisation de la cendre, on serait tenté de dire que la cendre est très indispensable à l'agriculture. Belle decouverte

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

WTO Menangkan Gugatan Amerika dan Selandia Baru atas Pembatasan Impor Pertanian Indonesia

Organisasi Perdagangan Dunia mengabulkan gugatan Amerika Serikat atas Indonesia. Batasan impor produk agrikultur yang diterapkan Indonesia buat melindungi petani lokal dinilai melanggar perjanjian dagang internasional.

Organisasi Perdagangan Dunia (WTO) mengabulkan gugatan Selandia Baru dan Amerika Serikat terhadap Indonesia ihwal regulasi impor produk pertanian. Kedua negara menuding Jakarta melanggar aturan dagang internasional, dengan memberlakukan pembatasan impor terhadap berbagai produk agrikultur seperti buah-buahan, sayur-sayuran, daging sapi dan ayam.

Dewan penyelesaian sengketa WTO memutuskan 18 aturan pembatasan impor yang diberlakukan Indonesia "tidak konsisten" dengan Perjanjian Umum 1994 tentang cukai dan perdagangan (GATT 1994). Organisasi yang mengawasi aktivitas perdagangan di 164 negara anggotanya itu mendesak Indonesia "untuk mengambil langkah yang sesuai dengan GATT 1994."

Sejak 20

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  26 January 2017 to 27 January 2017 - All Day Event

Agritech Expo Tanzania is an outdoor expo enabling the event to host unique event features such as live technology demonstrations of agricultural machinery and products, amongst others.

The event offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet some of the world's leading agricultural companies, network with fellow agricultural professionals as well as government and union officials.

Provides take-home knowledge and skills from the free-to-attend interactive training workshops, in order for farmers of all scales to make informed decisions on new products and agri supplies by comparing them side by side in one location.

Agritech Expo was first launched in Zambia in conjunction with the Zambian National Farmers Union in 2014 to establish a leading business-to-business annual trade expo in Zambia; it is now in its 4th edition.

Why you should Attend

1.  Grow your agribusiness, increase profits and yields while networking with industry professionals

2.  Meet new suppliers and partne

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  

CHARLES GUMIRA This is a very informative Video. I liked it

1 day 9 hours ago


Afrisem Field Days

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  16 January 2017 - 09:00 to 17 January 2017 - 16:30
  Afrisem Doli Estate Usa River Arusha

Come and walk with the experts in vegetable growing. A wide range of vegetables on show for indoor and outdoor growing, drip irrigation, mulching, trellising, hydroponics. Tomato, melon, cucumber, sweet pepper, ngogwe, aubergine, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, radish, lettuce, fennel, hot peppers, spinach, ...

Make an appointment.

Contact: Abel Kuley ( 0677000405)

                Mathew Ngoma (0677000404)

Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

La Foire régionale de l’Intégration, Benin 2016

Du 25 Novembre au 10 Décembre, le Bénin a abrité la foire régionale de l’UEMOA. A ce titre le Togo et le Burkina Faso étaient largement représentés par des entrepreneurs agricoles avec des produits innovants. Le Bénin, pays hôte n’a pas fait piètre figure ! Des produits et équipements innovants ont été exposés.

L’équipe de AgriProFocus ayant visité les stands a été attiré par quelques produits innovants tels que la mini-provenderie, le gari, la purée de Palme Fenou, la purée de tomate…

DEMBELE Oumar et les equipements c'etaient quel  genre 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Tania Attiba @DEMBELE Oumar, équipement de transformation agroalimentaire (rappe, mélangeur, etc), mini-provenderie

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Call for proposals 

Competitiveness & enterprise development project: deadline 30th November 2016

Herewith attached is a call for proposals for the matching grant facility offered by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).  Sectors of interest are horticulture, tourism, coffee, grains, pulses, edible oils, fisheries and ICT

See Fourth call proposals attached for details

Good luck!


Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Tech

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 February 2017 to 09 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Naura Springs, Arusha, Tanzania

The ECHO Symposium will provide a networking and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event.
Potential topics for the sessions will include:
1. Conservation Agriculture
2. Horticulture
3. Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
4. Best Livestock Practices
5. Good Development Practices

Find more information HERE