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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 day 15 hours ago

Submit Your Business Plan.

..and Stand a Chance to Have an Interview with a Bank/Microfinance Institution at our Finance Fair (June 18th - 20th at Chipata Golf Club, Chipata).

With support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, the Dairy Association of Zambia, Image Promotions and Radio Café, AgriProFocus Zambia is hosting a Finance Fair in Chipata from 18th – 20th June, 2015 with the objective of “supporting the development of agri-businesses by improving access to financial services and credit”.

At the Finance Fair in Chipata Golf Club, farmers/agribusinesses will be provided with an opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with the different financial lending institutions attending the fair through “Match-matching Sessions”. During these sessions, the farmer/agribusiness will have a discussion with the lending institution regarding taking out a loan and their business plan.

To take advantage of this opportunity, submit your B

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 days 10 hours ago

La formation sur la plate forme en ligne AgriProFocus se tient à ONOMO Hotel Bamako

Lassina KONE Tout à fait Dialogue, je penses qu'il nous revient d être pro actif sur cette plateforme afin d'échanger nos idées et expériences au profit du développement de l'agro busness au Mali

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Diallo oumar je viens d'arriver sur la plateforme,ici jevoudrai présenter un peu mon structure qui est l'IFEO MALI (interprofession échalote oignon du mali) , elle a été créer en juin 2011 à Bandiagara (plateau dogon) pour prendre en main l'organisation et le dévellopement de la filière échalote oignon ail du Mali. actuellement nous travaillons beaucoups sur les maillons production, transformation et la cmmercialisation.

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Kanouté Marie Hortense Fatou J'apprecie énormement cette formation car j'apprends beaucoup ,l'importance de cette plate forme est qu'elle ouvre des portes et nous permet d'echanger avec des personnes de tout horizon afin d'inover .

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Amegni Serge Les appréciations sont partagées, mais les discussions sont lancées alors , c'est à nous les nouveaux initiés sur cette plateforme en ligne qui nous ouvre vraiment les portes d'un réseau d'agro faire un bilan au bout d'un mois et se poser les questions suivantes : Qu'ai je fait de cette plateforme.....? le nombre de mes invités? il ne suffit pas d'apprécier cette formation......

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Aissatou Nobre Je suis d'accord avec toi Serge. C'est en étant actif sur la plate forme que nous pouvons montrer la valeur ajoutée que cette formation nous a apporté et qu'avions-nous fait des connaissances acquises au cours de cette formation. Alors comme le dit le slogan que Idrissa a lancé, "on est ensemble pas de souci". On fera le bilan dans un mois.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 days 11 hours ago

Parc National de Bamako pour une bonne fin de journée

Espérance Mukarugwiza C'est bien. Salutations de Kigali chers collegues

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10 years AgriProFocus

Event posted by Anne Marie Kortleve in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 September 2015, 13:30-22:30
  Open Air Museum, Arnhem

  ‘Promoting farmer entrepreneurship in low and middle income countries’, that is the mission of AgriProFocus and what we have been doing with enthousiasm and results in the past 10 years!

Development is about change, and no change without renewal. Also at AgriProFocus. AgriProFocus started in 2005 under the motto; co-creation and joint action. Goal was, from the quadrangle Dutch knowledge institutions, civil society, government and private sector, to give a complementary answer to the questions of organised farmers in developing countries. A vigorous support team in the Netherlands started in early 2006 with funding from its members and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reach this goal.

Ten years later, we can proudly say, AgriProFocus is an international network, working globally and specifically in 13 countries with strong local networks and representation. We could not have done this without your contribution and commitment! Therefore, we would like to invite you, our Dut

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 6 hours ago

Every Drop Counts: Securing Water for Food

AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a successful workshop on behalf of Securing Water for Food (SWFF) partners. SWFF is an initiative of USAID, SIDA and Dutch ministry of foreign affairs. The aim of SWFF is to source and accelerate innovations that enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution.

The SWFF workshop was attended by 61 participants drawn from; academia, research, irrigation products developers, irrigation product dealers, development sector as well as consumers of irrigation products. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Ku McMahan the team leader for SWFF at USAID.

The facilitator took the participants through the application procedure and requirements. He also answered questions from audience. 

At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed to review their application before the deadline of submission.

Please find Dr. Ku McMahan p

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Hedwig Bruggeman Looking forward to the proposals from Kenya !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

5 tools to improve the business operations of small-scale farmers or collaboration in agricultural value chains!

These 5 methods have a low threshold and are inexpensive. These tools are published in the latest magazine on Food Chains by ViceVersa, a Dutch Magazine on Development Cooperation. It features our 2-2-trade-tool and our Toolkit Gender in Value Chains.

Read the full article HERE

Charles Kiinde I'd really encourage exports to other countries other than the 'traditional export-countries.' Moreover, we need as a country to researh and find what's the other value for such crops e.g. production of compost fertilizer, renewable energy, animal feeds, etc and break-dependence on countries that 'dictate' what is to be produced, how, when and why....reminds me of communism!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

Interview of the Month

With Mr. Usman Surur, Director of the Federal Cooperative Agency

"Agricultural cooperatives are lungs for the agriculture sector."

The 1st National Conference on Cooperative Development was organized in Mekele on July 3 & 4, 2014 by the Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA), with Mekele University. Almost a year later, FCA organized the 2nd National Conference in Hawassa with Hawassa University on May 7 & 8, 2014. The growing role of Cooperatives in the country’s economy generally, as well as in improving the rural lives of most Ethiopians has been noticeable for the last couple of years. Especially, “agricultural cooperatives are lungs for the agriculture sector”, said the Director of the Federal Cooperative Agency, Ato. Usman Surur.

Appreciating the Director for giving us his precious time while hosting this huge national conference, we invite you to read the brief interview we had on relevant matters of cooperative development. (For the summary of the Nat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

2nd National Conference on Cooperative Development

17 Research Papers Available Below

The second National Conference on Cooperative Development, organized by the Federal Cooperative Agency and Hawassa University, held in Hawassa, Lewi Resort on May 7 & 8, 2015. Over 300 participants, including Cooperative members, government officials, academicians and representatives of NGOs attended the two-day event.

After Dr. Yosef Mamo, President of Hawassa University, welcomed the participants and HE Ato Usman Surur, Director of the Federal Cooperative Agency made the opening speech, the participants had also the pleasure of having HE Desse Dalke, President of the South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, as Inaugural Speaker.

Currently 62,000 Primary Cooperatives, over 330 Cooperative Unions and four regional Cooperative Federations exist in Ethiopia, and are working towards changing the lives of millions of farmer, especially of smallholders.

The main objective of this Natio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

Sup-Hort, “a Project that Showed Tangible Results”

Summary on Horticultural Farmers Day

On April 29, there was a Horticulture Farmers Day, organized by Sup-Hort, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ILRI/LIVES Project, FAO, IDE, PEPE, and CNFA.

Sup-Hort, an Italian development organization which have been supporting the horticulture sector in Ethiopia for more than three years, organized this event in order to review the progress status of the sector and create an experience sharing opportunity among farmers.

The event was held at ILRI compound and over 130 people attended, of which 65 of them were horticultural farmers from different regions. Exhibition and public seminar were the two major programs of the event.

13 organizations, including NGOs, farmer organizations, input suppliers, agro-processers, and producer organizations exhibited their product. New technologies were also introduced for the participants, such us solar water pump and wat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Business Networking at its best during the 6th Agribusiness Club Meeting

The 6th Agribusiness Club Meeting, a quarterly event organised since last year, took place at City Blue Hotels Embassy Row – Kacyiru on Friday April 30th 2015. This event is always dedicated to networking, enabling AgriProFocus Rwanda members to share experiences and expand professional connections. Around 50 people attended the Friday event.

Between cocktails and exchanging business cards, some of the participants did short pitches to inform  about the interesting products, services and opportunities from their organisations and/or companies. Among the people who took the pitches was Mrs. Teddie Muffels, the Agricultural Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy, who talked about the upcoming trade mission, for which Rwandan Horticultural companies will pay a visit to the Netherlands: this trip is aimed at building partnerships between the companies from the 2 countries.

Another person who took the pitch is Mr. T

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Meet our Member of the Month...

Stanley Kasiya,

“Profits are good when realized out of something you love. I love Dairy farming, it is refreshing”.

On 28th April, 2015 AgriProFocus Zambia visited Kasiya Dairy Farm in Chisamba, owned by our AgriProFocus Zambia member, Stanley Kasiya. Stanley actively participated in the March 2015 Dairy Learning Lab (Read about the Dairy Learning Lab by clicking HERE) through sharing his own experiences in dairy and challenged fellow participants to aim for growth in their businesses. In this interview you will read about: how he begun dairy farming and his experience from the Dairy Learning Lab. Lastly he provides advice to other farmers, using his own experience as a basis.

Tell us about yourself?

“I am a dairy and beef farmer. I have started dairy farming with my wife and initially only owned 3 cows. My aim was to understand these cows before buying more. I have now been in the dairy Industry for 7 years and own over 100 cattle, with 30 milking cow

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Hedwig Bruggeman Great story and good example of what farmer entrepreneurship is all about ! Thanks for sharing

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fridah macharia good work but i would encourage you adapt new technology of growing hydroponics fodder for your livestock to really maximize the yields. I innovated this technology in Kenya and all are happy. Solving a pain and need of a livestock farmer is the way to go.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 6 hours ago

Updates from the just concluded National Fruit Event

-   Date: 23rd and 24th April 2015 

-   Venue:  Kati Kati Africa

-   Full report: To be shared soon

-   View the event's Pictorial here

AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, aBi trust, UNFFE, NORGAMU, Nabagereka Development Foundation, NARI Kawanda and RECO industries organized a national fruit event under the theme: ‘’FRUITS PAY’’ The overall goal of the event was to stimulate innovations and trade in the fruit sector within the region.

The event attracted over 150 participants and 18 exhibitors and it brought together stakeholders from across the country to exchange information, share innovative business skills to assist people in the fruits sector to showcase, sell and buy fruit products.

The keynote address was delivered by John Kavuma, the president of the Federation of Association of Uganda Exporters. In his speech he remarked, ‘’Market for frui

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Finance for Smallholders

Workshop on a Research made in Four Countries

A workshop regarding access to finance for smallholder farmers took place today in Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa. The major objective of the workshop is reporting on the study which the Rural Finance working group of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, initiated in cooperation with AgriProFocus in early 2014 to investigate the financing of small producers and producer organizations in order to learn from, upscale and replicate best practices.

This research ‘Finance for Smallholders: Opportunity for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations’ has been carried out in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in developing 14 case studies on projects that have been operating successfully for a number of years. More over the research proposal was drafted in consultation with Terrafina Microfinance, Agriterra, the European Microfinance Platform, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

New Connections, New Opportunities

Business Drinks #2: how it went

I have been looking for the right person for three years, today I got the opportunity to meet, chat and set a formal appointment.

That was Wagnew Ayalneh, from Wasa Mushroom Farm. He is one of our member who found our Business Drinks event as a great opportunity to broaden his business network.

The Business Drinks #2 was organized on 16th April, by AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ABSF and Ethiopian Climate Innovation Center. Nearly 40 people from different organizations, sectors and value-chains came to Black Rose Lounge for various reasons, and went with plenty of possibilities and opportunities to widen their business perspectives.

The real fascination for the organizers was to see members introducing themselves to another fellow member, chat about their respective business activities, and sort out any future engagements. Little circles everywhere, exchanging addresses, even suggesting important contacts and new directions.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Interview of the Month

With Rahel Bekele, Agriculture Service Advisor (OXFAM, Ethiopia Programme)

"It is always good to join hands in any development efforts, as partnership and alliance building is strength."

She was not only one of the Core Team members who handled the organization of the 8th AgriProFocus Agribusiness Finance Fair in Batu. Rather, she was also the motor of the Core Team, as the rest of the team gave their witness. She speaks direct, and she always gets the job done – they described her. Rahel Bekel is Agriculture Service Advisor for OXFAM (Ethiopia Programme), the co-organizer of the Finance Fair. In this brief interview, she will tell us about herself, the role of OXFAM, and the partnership with AgriProFocus Ethiopia in organizing the Fair.

Please tell us about yourself

My name is Rahel Bekele graduated with a Masters Degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, USA on Advocacy, Planning and Program Development. I have a diverse

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

From farm to bank: Facing Laikipia County

On the morning of 27th March, 2015, representatives of producer organizations, Laikipia county government officials, media, representatives of Laikipia business community and other agribusiness stakeholders converged at the Thompson Falls lodge for a business to business forum. AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), Agricultural Industrial Network (AIN) and the Laikipia County government joined together to host the business forum.

The Forum objective was to provide a forum for interaction and debate on agribusiness related issues in Laikipia county. Topics for discussion included;

- Agricultural policy at national and county level and how it affects agribusiness

- Agribusiness investment opportunities in Laikipia county

- Showcasing successful agribusiness enterprises in Laikipia

The key note address was delivered by Laikipia county governor Hon. Joshua Irungu. In his address,

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Posted By in Seed Sector
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago


    Date: 26th February 2015

    Venue: Kati Kati Africa

    Theme: "Access to Quality Seed for Improved Livelihoods"

    Event Report: View details here

    Sneak peek: View more photos of the event here

The seed sector continues to face several challenges such as; low quality seed, limited availability and accessibility of foundation seed. Overcoming these challenges requires collective actions from the different stakeholders in the seed sector. It is therefore against such a background that AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Uganda organized the national seed event with the objective of (I) raising awareness amongst stakeholders on production and access of quality seed (II) providing networking and product promotion opportunities to stakeholders in the seed sector. The event drew over 300 participants out of which 170 were male and 130 femal

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Farmers Took the Stage

on the 8th Agribusiness Finance Fair held in Batu

Since 2012, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has been organizing agribusiness Finance Fairs which comprise not only agricultural market places, but also paper presentation and panel discussions focused on access to finance, as well as field visits as experience sharing opportunity.

The eighth Finance Fair was organized in Batu (some 165 km south of Addis) in collaboration with OXFAM and its local partner Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, on March 27 and 28, 2015. And it was in this event that farmers took the stage to explain their current situations regarding access to finance.

As Batu, a city in central rift valley, is the center of enormous Oromo people traditions, the Finance Fair was opened by the respected blessings from Aba Gedas (elders and leaders of the Oromo ‘Geda’ system). A group of Oromo women, wearing attractive traditional clothes and singing their spirit-lifting Oromifa songs,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

AgriProFocus 10 years!

Today, exactly 10 years ago, 19 partners signed an agreement for cooperation. AgriProFocus was born! Time to celebrate! These pictures are taken in our support office in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In the first picture, our managing director, Hedwig Bruggeman, cuts the cake. The second picture shows the signatures of our partners that signed the agreement 10 years ago. The last picture show a big part of the staff in The Netherlands.

In the future we keep on promoting farmer entrepreneurship!

hailemikael mossie congrats! your effort will reflect on farmers change.

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AZONSI Djibril HBD à toute l'équipe

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Hance Richard Melchior Congratulation for the higher step you have achieved in offering network service so far. I wish you Good Luck for the next years of service. Happy Birthday AgriProFocus.

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jabo butera I've joined the network recently and from my experience of living and trading in Europe, network is the best ways of promoting businesses. So let us embrace and promote this platform to celebrate another successful ten years

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SSEKYEWA HENRY Good work being done keep it up!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 3 days ago

2015 AgriProFocus Rwanda day Event, a success!

The AgriProFocus Rwanda network Day event took place on March 25 at Chez Lando Hotel. This day was comprised of celebrations of 2014 achievements, and sharing the 2015 plan and Networking & Marketplace sessions! This yearly event brings together AgriProFocus Rwanda network members. This year, the event was attended by 114 participants. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda.

The Network Facilitator for the Rwanda, Indonesia and Benin country networks, Mrs. Lisette van Benthum, kicked-off the workshop by giving the current updates from AgriProFocus Netherlands. Mrs. Lisette then introduced Mrs. Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator who also gave the current picture of the Rwanda network, by presenting the 2014 achievements and plans for 2015.

Innovation Communities also presented their planned activities (for more info, you can visit this page to see each I.C.

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné A Successful day for my company GAI Ltd/ Gira Agronome Iwawe. We are under discussion with two potential clients that we met in this event. As we provide proximity agribusiness advisory services to the farmers, we received around 8 calls asking us how we can meet to discuss the contract. We hope to share successful contracts in the future.

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné I learnt about Youth in Agribusiness during the Event. However, I created a room for youth agronomists in agribusiness advisory services but still, youth demonstrates weakness to work with farmers. We want them to share their needs and capacity.

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