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L’atelier fut ouvert par M. Idrissa BA, Coordinateur National Agri Pro Focus –Mali : se réjouissant de la participation massive des invités, il ne tardera à rappeler les objectifs clés à savoir la mise en place de la ‘Communauté d’Innovation- Jeunesse et Entrepreneuriat Agricole’ et la ‘Caravane sur l’entreprenariat Jeunesse 2015’
Un tour de table permit aux dix-neuf (19) participants de se connaitre sinon de se redécouvrir.
Une vidéo-projection suivie de commentaire de M. BA permit de comprendre qu’Agri Pro Focus est une structure néerlandaise datant de 2005.
De nos jours, il est présent dans treize (13) pays dont douze (12) en Afrique et un... Read more
Pathways to the future. The Youth & Agriculture/ ATVET community held its second cascading workshop on July 9. We elaborated on the 3 pathways that will lead us to a lot of employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth in Ethiopia by 2020. Next workshop, on THURSDAY MORNING September 17, we will discuss which actors will (need to) be involved to make those pathways into a real success.
Proud to be a farmer! July 15 in WUKRO, Tigray, saw a highly effective workshop carrying this title, with all local stakeholders involved, to support the 15 selected youths to become entrepreneur and start some joint business in the coming 6 months. This is a pilot project which, when successful, may be used as integrated approach in other parts of Ethiopia.
Gender manual+inventory. The AgriProFocus secretaria... Read more
On the 22nd Day of July 2015, AgriProfocus Kenya held the second youth in Agribusiness trendsetters caravan at the United States International University (USIU-A).
The event brought together about 80 young, trendy and innovative youth in agriculture drawn from different value chains in agriculture. We had a great presentation from the United States International University (USIU-A). This involved models that can help transform subsistence farmers who focus on producing food for survival to metro food entrepreneurs with managerial skills in agribusiness.
“We offer a multidisciplinary program where people can come up with practical solutions in agriculture and make agriculture a business. This will create awareness to the youth so that they can access markets, add value to their produces and fetch best prices in the market”. Said Professor Ruthie C, Rono, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic affairs- USIU-A.
The trendsetter’s carav... Read more
The story of an entrepreneur in Chipata District.
“By developing many enterprises I am able to produce food all year around!’
Mr. Stephen Sinda attended the Agri-Business Finance Fair in Chipata District on June 18th-20th where he showcased his business Garden of Eden Agro Arts.
As a business man he has been looking at how to make his business ventures more profit. He explains that “by using an integrated approach my business is self-sustainable and nothing goes to waste”. Mr Sinda grows vegetables, bananas, Irish potatoes, guavas, avocados and has fish ponds, keeps pigs and goats. “In this way many enterprises are benefitting from one resource” he continues to explain. His approach is simple: he uses the manure from his livestock as fertilisers for his vegetable production and fish farming. He also uses the sugar cane chaf as feed for his livestock and for making composed manure, therefore no by-product goes to waste. With this arrangement there is a continued resour... Read more
Formation sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole du 24 au 26 juin 2015
Le réseau AgriProFocus a organisé une formation sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole du 24 au 26 juin, au centre BANDARI/Bukavu, en faveur des jeunes et autres acteurs œuvrant dans le secteur agricole.
Cette formation avait pour objectif de renforcer les capacités des jeunes sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole, afin de les amener à s’intéresser et investir dans l’agriculture.
Elle a connu la participation de 21 personnes (dont 4 femmes et 17 hommes), soit une moyenne de participation des femmes de 19%. Ces participants sont venus des différentes institutions : 7 de universités, 1 de l’Ecole secondaire, 7 de ONGs locales, 1 agriculteur, et 4 du secteur privé.
Durant ces 3 jours, les participants ont étés formés sur 4 thèmes, à savoir:
1. L’entrepreneuriat et le financement de la chaine de valeur agricole par SAGE PASCAL
2. Le marketing des produits agricoles, par Mr MARCELIN SAFARI ;
3... Read more
Cette conférence avait comme objectif de créer un espace d’échange sur les opportunités d’affaires dans le secteur agricole en vue d’inciter les jeunes à s’intéresser à l’agriculture.
Elle réunie 158 participants (soit 30 femmes contre 128 hommes) venue, pour la plupart, des institutions universitaires avec une moyenne de participation de 19% des femmes.
Différents thèmes étaient développés par les jeunes entrepreneurs ; les institutions de micro finance et un échange d’expérience sur la jeunesse en Indonésie.
La culture de champignon (une expérience réussie)
L’Agro-business et l’éducation financière chez les jeunes.
La fédération des Groupements des pêcheurs du Niger s'engage dans la
Au Niger, le secteur de
la pêche est une composante importante du développement rural. Sa contribution
à l’économie nationale et à la lutte contre la pauvreté est considérable. Pourtant,
le secteur continu à être marginaliser, voire complètement ignoré lors de
la formulation des politiques de développement et de lutte contre la pauvreté,
de même que des différentes politiques publiques mises en œuvre.
On July 7, 8 & 9, private organizations who have won previous Calls of the FSRE Fund and are engaging in the agribusiness sector were taking training on Corporate Social Responsibility in Debre Zeit. A short summary of what was happening there can be found HERE. (Presentation Slides used for the training can be found below.)
This training, which had the objective of equipping the FSRE Fund organizations on how to deal with their environment and community, was organized by ICCO Cooperation. FSRE Fund is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus.
Corporate Social Responsibility is about giving back what one gained from the society to the society. Our business should not be operated in such a way that harms the community. And yet, it is a win-win concept – what you do for the benefit of your community pays a tremendous return in the... Read more
Les deux structures sont convaincus que des politiques gouvernementales incitatives pourraient encourager les jeunes à créer des emplois pour eux-mêmes, notamment dans l’agriculture, mais aussi pour d’autres jeunes dans les zones rurales à travers le pays
Le réseau AgriProFocus,l'Association Jeunesse Action,l'Agence pour la Promotion de l'Emploi Jeune,l'Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de l'Emploi,le Conseil National de la Jeunesse;la Jeunes Chambre Internationale et d’autres partenaires actifs sur les questions de l’entrepreneuriat jeune vont désormais unir leurs efforts pour une synergie d’action à travers la mise en place prochaine de la communau... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania recently organized 4 business to business meetings for producers, buyers and other key service providers for agribusiness such as financial service providers, business consultants, input service providers and extension service providers. These meetings took place during the 39th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meetings hosted over 150 participants, mainly representatives of farmer organizations, support organizations and small-scale entrepreneurs with about 11 buyers of agriculture produce from food processing companies such as Darsh Industries, Bakhresa group and Twiga Feeds Limited.
The participants represented producers for Cashew nuts, Sesame, Horticulture, Honey and poultry. The sessions involved one on one business match making and also general presentations and discussions on available opportunities from the private sector and also from governmental insti... Read more
Closing of Gender in Value Chains Trajectory I
Last week we successfully closed the first Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory in Zambia. All the coachees presented their case studies to their managers, participants from Trajectory 2 and other stakeholders interested in gender mainstreaming. All 6 participants were able to explain how to the tools have supported them to improve their strategies and how this has influenced how they do their work. Some results included targeted approaches to work with women groups, developing strategies to work with both men and women in production and trainings, trained field staff on gender mainstreaming, links to financing for women groups.
We would like to congratulate all the participants for graduating from this program: NWK, Cargill, Alliance Ginneries, SNV, IDE!
The organizations will continue to interact with the Gender network as needs arise and will continue to be part of the network so that others can learn from their experiences.
We wil... Read more
Meet our Member of the Month....
She is a participant of the first AgriProFocus Zambia Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory (read more about the Trajectory here). 9 months after the start of the Trajectory, we decided to meet with Merit Tembo Phiri, an active participant in the Trajectory to learn more about her, hear her views on gender and the work of Alliance Ginneries in incorporating gender in its cotton value chain.
Tell us about yourself.
“I am Merit Tembo Phiri, I am the Gender Focal Person at Alliance Ginneries. With my work I aim to ensure that both men and women are incorporated in the cotton value chain, I have a passion for gender mainstreaming".
How did you hear about AgriProFocus Zambia?
"Through our partners COMPACI that are members of the AgriProFocus Zambia network".
Has the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory met your expe... Read more
AgriProFocus, 4C Association, Scopi (the Indonesian Coffee Plaform) and SCP (the Sustainable Coffee Program) will organize a finance fair focussing on Access to Finance for the Indonesian Coffee Value Chain. The fair will take place in Lampung from 25 till 27 August and will consist of;
Exhibition / Fair: open for financial service suppliers, coffee cooperatives, coffee processors and those offereing services to the coffee value chain, to disblay their products and services.
2 day conference: Where issues regarding Access to Finance in the Indonesian Coffee Value Chain will be discussed.
Field visit: the intention is to visit at least one coffee producer group and a processor.
and a coffee innovation contest.
To follow the program closely as it evolves, please check our Coffee Finance Fair Page regularly. If you would like to know more about possibilites to participate as an exhibitor or speaker during the conference, please so not hesitate to contact our AgriProFocus Indonesia coordin... Read more
As we all know, the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.
In that context, a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including AgriProFocus Ethiopia, have come together in organizing a National Soil Health Campaign in Ethiopia.
For this purpose we have created a new Ethiopian Soil Campaign page which will serve as a good opportunity to share important information and activities regarding soils.
You will find relevant links and recommended readings with regard to 2015 International Year of Soils. On its post stream, you can also share your thoughts as well as useful documents.
You can easily find the Ethiopian Soil Campaign Page among the menus of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia home page.
Whenever you post on the topic of soil, especially on subjects related to the International Year of Soils and our Ethiopian Soil Campaign, please tag your post with "Ethiopiansoils" (without the quotation).... Read more
It is 18th of May 2015, 29 female leaders of 10 agricultural cooperatives meet in Embu Kenya. The participating women are farmer leaders, managers and staff of cooperatives. They participate in a 3-day workshop on the role of women in their cooperatives. The workshop is organized by Agriterra and supported by AgriProFocus. Both organizations believe that including women is important for the business strategy of agricultural cooperatives. The workshop is facilitated by Angelica Senders, gender in value chain expert from AgriProFocus in The Netherlands, together with Trienke Elshof. Trienke is a female dairy farmer from the Netherlands and experienced board member in several cooperatives and other agriculture related policy bodies.
The first day starts with comparing ideas on the roles and capacities on men and women in the pas... Read more
2 of our members, development organization SNV and knowledge centre KIT work together on clever solutions for agricultural development. They do so on the basis of practical, global knowledge and experience and in response to local opportunities.
But what exactly determines the success of chain interventions? Using five projects from their portfolios in which changes in the sector in question had large-scale effects, SNV and KIT distilled the most important elements for successful chain development.
This article was published in Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. Read the full article HERE.
Empowering Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Economic Success
A team of young entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda were sent to Oklahoma State University (OSU) on 1st of May 2014 to participate in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs grant project. The project’s broad aim was to create professional collaborations and learning experiences between mid-level, emerging African and U.S. entrepreneurs as part of a two-way exchange program. The first group attended the learning and sharing forum in the United States for 32 days in May and June 2014 while the second group trained in October and November 2014. The project aimed at supporting the exchange of 24 fellows (8 per country; 12 during each of its two cycles) and 16 U.S. participants (8 per cycle) distributed among the African nations.
AgriProFocus Kenya was selected as the in country partner who undertook the role of sending out a national open call to apply. AgriProFocus thereafter vetted diffe... Read more
Setting: the region of Musanze in the North of Rwanda, a region famous for its potatoes. We are the guests of the Rwandan NGO Imbaraga partner of IFDC in the CATALIST program. This morning we meet with male and female farmers, all active in the potatoes value chain. ‘We’ are professionals involved in the CATALIST 2 program and two gender in value chain trainers from Agri-ProFocus, Angelica Senders and Jacqueline Terrillon. We want to find out how men and particularly women contribute to the quality of potatoes, and what constraints they face. For this purpose we use tools and methodologies from the Agri-ProFocus gender in value chains toolkit the CATALIST staff has just learned during a two-day classroom training. This field work challenges the participants of the training to apply these tools immediately in practice.
After an introduction to the farmers, men and women join separate session... Read more
The agenda included, among other items, the presentation of key results of 2014, an update of the new online platform in operation, and the progress report on the AgriProFocus Business Plan Development in Uganda. Nextto that, Hedwig Bruggeman reported on her trip to Washington (May 30-June 3), related to the Strategic Partnership “Food for all" between The Netherlands and the WorldBank.