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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 day 9 hours ago


From 25 to 27 November 2015, Modern agri inputs supply and Consultancy (MAISCO Ltd) attended and participated actively in joint Conference, exhibition and Competition organised by 7 AgriProFocus Country Networks (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia) together with Rwandan partners NAEB, PSF and RHIO aimed atPROMOTING INNOVATION & TRADE IN HORTICULTURE”

MAISCO Ltd won the third place in a tight and interesting HORTICULTURE BUSINESS INNOVATION CHALLENGE for its innovation based on vegetables seedlings grafting aiming at promoting the production of healthy , higher yield and environmental friendly seedlings with the introduction of Irish potatoes and tomato production on a single plant by Grafting a tomato scion on Irish potatoes rootstock.

MAISCO Ltd would then like to extend its gratitude and thank AgriProFocus, NAEB, PSF of Rwanda and RHIO , SNV for organizing such constructive events wh

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Diane Uwanyirigira Wauoh very proud of you guys,only the sky is the limit

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Rukwaya Colombe wooow together we can feed the world

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Deo Monday Gahima Well done MAISCO Ltd!! United we stand and feed the world.

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chisulo david Wooow your innovation is just amazing. Congrats

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 days 6 hours ago

Last week I was in Guatemala for the launch of the Spanish version of the coffee toolkit!!! This book was produced a year ago in English under the title ‘ Sustainable coffee as a family business; tools and approaches to include women and youth’.

Thanks to Hivos Central America a Spanish version was produced. The book launch was part of a gender in value chain workshop organized and facilitated by Hivos Central America together with AgriProFocus in Guatemala city. Thirty-five (35) people participated in the workshop representing the development-, the cooperative - and the private sector active in different value chains. The coffee -, the honey - and the cardamom sector were well represented. The workshop was very motivating for the participants to address gender in the development of these value chains, not only for social reasons (gender justice) but also for economic ones (more competitive value chains). Hivos and its partners will continue the promotion of a gender fo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus
Posted 2 days 19 hours ago

Africa's Milk Dilemma in online video

DutchFarmExperience is happy to share the english version of the film Africa's Milk Dilemma is now available on-line! You can find the link here:

This 30-minute film shows the side effects of importing Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle into Uganda. When repeatedly crossbred with local cattle these cows are more vulnerable to fatal tick-borne diseases, like East Coast Fever, than local cattle breeds. There is a substantial and rapidly growing use of antibiotics to counter these diseases, and as a result resistance to antibiotics is growing. Moreover, insecticides are widely used to control the ticks. Consumers buying milk produced by these cows are drinking a product that contains antibiotic and insecticide residues. Recent scientific reports predict that in the near future millions of people may die as a result of antibiotic resistance. Moreover, the widespread use of tick pesticides is affecting the country’s biodiversi

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Kick off Conference 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'!

Today the conference on horticulture started in a big room packed with participants eager to find out more about the opportunities and innovations in regional trade in horticultural products.

Opening remarks where made by the CEO of NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mrs. Frederique de Man, Acting Managing Director of AgriProFocus Roel Snelder and the key-note speech was delivered by Hon. Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana. Follow our Twitter-page and Facebook page for live updates and quotes by our speakers!

Twitter live-stream: @RwandaHorti2015 or follow #RwandaHorti2015

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Guylaine Mwamini c'est très bien de nous mettre à jours du déroulement des activités au Rwanda!

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Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. It is great pleasure to part of the conference. Thank you Agripro focus Uganda

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Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture has started!

The first day of the Exhibition is a fact. One of the highlights was the Matchmaking event, organised by NABC and AgriProFocus. 

The Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda met new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector today @ the Holland Lounge at the Expo Grounds (see picture).

Dutch ompanies involved were:  Orinso, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, Koppert Biological Systems, RijkZwaan, DLV Plant, Holland Green Tech, TAHMO, Wageningen-UR, BoP Inc, SNV, Greenport Holland, Agriterra.

We will update you soon with more info coming from Kigali, Rwanda!

Rita Kusasira We are sure waiting!

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Posted By in FINAGRI Niger 2015
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Première édition de la foire sur le financement de l’agriculture au Niger FINAGRI 2015

AgriProFocus Niger en partenariat avec le cadre de collaboration et de dialogue des organisations paysannes du Niger (CCD /OP), la Banque Agricole du Niger (BAGRI), la Banque of Africa (BOA), l’institut de micro finance (Asusu), le Centre de Gestion Agrée du Niger (CGAN) a organisé le jeudi 19 novembre 2015 au palais du 29 juillet de Niamey la première édition de la foire sur le financement de l’agriculture au Niger FINAGRI 2015.

L’objectif de cette foire est de créer un face à face entre les Banques, les IMF, les organisations paysannes, les entrepreneurs privés pour échanger et discuter sur la question du financement du secteur Agricole et mettre en place une feuille de route pour le financement de l’agriculture.

Le FINAGRI a vu la participation de Cinq banques de la place, du CCD/OP, des institutions d’appui aux entreprises, du centre de gestion agrée de Niamey, des e

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Posted By in Talking Soils - share your best practices
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"For mainstream agriculture the soil is merely a chemical and physical entity, a medium or substrate for carrying plants and holding plant nutrients. But soil systems are different. They are defined through the manifold processes within the soil instead of being a pure container holding nutrients and functioning like an engine. Agricultural science and practice often continue to ignore that the soil is a living system that needs to be treated accordingly."

This quote comes from the original article by Georg Deichert who works for GIZ in Ethiopia which was posted on this website a while ago. GIZ is one of the main partners  in the organization of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign.

We therefore start the discussion on this page with the following statement:

STATEMENT I: The organic composition of the soil and the soil biota are more important for healthy and productive soils than the addition of fertilizers.

What do you think? Do you agree? Do you have examples from practice support

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betelihem betty YES! Soil organic matter (SOM) is the organic matter component of soil, consisting of plant and animal residues at various stages of decomposition, cells and tissues of soil organisms, and substances synthesized by soil organisms. SOM exerts numerous positive effects on soil physical and chemical properties, as well as the soil’s capacity to provide regulatory ecosystem services.[1] Particularly, the presence of SOM is regarded as being critical for soil function and soil quality. FOR INSTANTIATE MICROORGANISM affect soil property because affect soil structure and fertility.

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Hailay Gebremedhin Enhancing Organic matter is important for sustinablity of agricultural development!

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Posted By in Business Innovation Competition
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

VOTE NOW for your favourite Business Innovation Competition winner!

We have organised a business innovation competition around horticulture in 6 different countries. 3 winners per country will travel to our event 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture' to be held in Kigali, Rwanda next week (25-27 Nov). They will pitch their innovations during the conference for an expert jury. The expert jury will select 3 overall winners.


We also would like to give the members of our online platform the opportunity to vote for their favorite innovation! 

The innovation with the most likes will win a special prize next week during our event!

Here is the list with innovations and the link to their innovation. You can vote for your favourite innovation by pressing the like-button (the thumb) beneath the innovation itself.

1. AfriBanana Products (ABP) ltd - John Bosco Byaugisha - Uganda

2. Zelo Foods Limited - David Chisulo - Zambia

3. EcoLife Foods - Hadijah S. Nantambi - Uganda 

4. E

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Anne Marie Kortleve Please do not like this general post, alle seperate innovations can be found here:

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Anne Marie Kortleve Winners will be announced on friday 27th of November in Kigali! Voting is open until then!

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Sage Uganda Our vote is for ecolife- Uganda

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Anne Marie Kortleve The online voting is closed as of now. A big thank you to all people who voted!

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Posted By in SEMEA Niger 2015
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Lancement de la troisième édition de la Semaine de l’Entreprenariat Agricole

La troisième édition de la semaine de l’entreprenariat agricole SEMEA 2015 a été officiellement lancée le lundi 16 novembre 2015 au Palais du 29 juillet de Niamey sous le thème « faire du business de la production  à la consommation de nos produits agro-sylvopastoraux». Cette édition a été organisée par AgriproFocus et le cadre de collaboration et de dialogue des organisations paysannes du Niger en partenariat avec Care International, Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD), SOS Faim Belgique, la FAO, la Bagri, KarKara, Asusu, Banque Ouest Africaine, OA, Global Enterpreneurship, Accentreperneur, Centre Gestion Agrée du Niger et la faculté d’agronomie de l’ Université de Niamey.

Le lancement officiel de cette cérémonie a été fait par le directeur général du Ministère de l’agriculture, représentant le Premier Ministre empêché. La cérémonie a

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cisse rabiatou felicitation

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Nicolas Ouali Toutes mes félicitations aux organisateurs mais aussi aux partenaires de la SEMEA; longue vie à la SEMEA

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Idrissa BA Bonne continuation, le début est prometteur et le défi est en passe d'être relevé!

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MAIGA Ibrahima A. Félicitations!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 week 5 days ago


I. Déroulement :

1. Jour 1 :

Après avoir souhaité la bienvenue aux participants, le coordinateur d’Agriprofocus Mali a rappelé le contexte de la formation et surtout son importance dans le contexte malien actuel. Les activités ont véritablement commencé avec la présentation des participants ainsi que le recensement de leurs attentes qui sont entre autres (i) être capable d’élaborer un plan d’affaire, (ii) comprendre le langage des banques et microfinance, (iii) comprendre les points stratégiques dans un plan d’affaires, (iv) connaitre les partenaires ou les institutions financières aptes à financer des PME agricoles.

Les activités se sont poursuivies à travers les présentations et discussions sur les points suivants :

· Définition de la notion de plan d’affaires ;

· Pourquoi le plan d’affaires ;

· Etapes d’élab

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Ce fut une initiative très importante qui denote une fois encore le dynamisme de la Communauté d'Innovation "Accès aux services financiers" dont le lead est assuré par OIKO-Crédits.Cette communauté facilite le B2B entre porteurs d'affaires et les banques.Cette communauté facilite l'adoption de produits financiers innovants et renforce les capacités des services de développement des affaires en élaborant les plans d'affaires. N'oublions surtout pas de nous rejoindre sur notre page facebook. ON EST ENSEMBLE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Reminder: Register now for the soil week events!

We look forward to see you at the Soil Week Campaign in and around Addis Abeba next week nov 16-20th.

Register now to make sure you can attend the workshops, field visits, debates and even a celebration of Ethiopian soils in music and poetry in the National theatre.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to register.

See you soon!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Successful Workshop: Linking Farmers and CAVM activities through Technology Transfer

On the 4th November 2015, a Technology Transfer Workshop took place at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus). The main objectives of the workshop were as follows:

· To increase through specialized training the capacity and competence of corresponding between CAVM and farmers organizations in selected issues of valorization and TT.

· To promote exchange of experiences and creation of linkages among CAVM and farmers forward to networking their activities in the CAVM technology transfer.

· Identify the services delivered by CAVM for helping the farmers to contact CAVM staffs in case they need some help.

· Identify the improved capacity development and technical assistance given by CAVM needed to achieve integrated agriculture sustainable development.

The workshop was

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

Call for Proposals
FSRE Fund, Matching Grant Facility (5th Round)

The Closing Date for Proposal Submission is December 15, 2015; 5:00 PM 

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO-Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus. ICCO’s portfolio in Ethiopia is managed by its Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Africa is contractually responsible for the implementation of this fund. (More on FSRE Fund:

[Full Call Advert, Application Guideline, Budget Format, and Scoring Criteria can be found here:]

Last Friday, the Fund Mangers announced the fifth round Call for Proposal on the Matching Grant Facility 

The purpose of this call for proposal is to provide a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organizations, institutions and compani

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Hailay Gebremedhin Thank you Gizaw for shering this important call for proposals. This is very important for us to reach the community to improve thier livlihood.

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First Ever Extensive Livestock Expo

The first ever, Extensive Livestock Expo took place at the University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS). This expo took place from 4th – 6th November 2015. Joined by over 50 Exhibitors and over 5000 participants, Herding for the markets was one successful event being the first one of a kind.

“DFID aims at helping Kenya eliminate poverty and my aspiration is that livestock will be firm and productive to achieve elimination of poverty. We need more market information to connect livestock farmers as well as encourage private sector to participate more”. Said Lisa Phillips - DFID.

Stakeholders discussed ways of increasing livestock outputs and access to markets and urged farmers to put in more efforts in producing the best for the market. The Expo opened ways of improving the potential of farmers to earn more from livestock, converting existing research into action and enabling them explore, policy makers to unders

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Trendsetter Moment of the month: Focus on Jolly footprints

On Friday 6th November 2015, Kees Wantenaar - AgriProFocus Board chairperson and Gijs Aarts, accompanied by AgriProFocus staff went to visit a practical farm in Matasia, Kajiado County. Kees and Gijs came to Nairobi to attend the regional extensive livestock expo which took place from 4 - 6 November 2015.  In line with this, they saw the need to visit a practical farm. 2 years ago, Jolly footprints was discovered under the leadership of Teresiah Ng’ang’a. Jolly Footprints thrives in breeding and supply of Improved Kienyeji chicken commonly known as Kuroiler chicken.

This variety is a special species of chicken that takes about 4 months to mature and it tastes better than the common broiler chicken. As a master graduate from Wagenigen University, Teresiah has no regrets whatsoever venturing into agribusiness. She is a living example that youth can make up decisions to employ others and not chase the white collar jobs.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Press Conference on the Ethiopian Soil Week

November 3, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Today W/ro Frenesh Mekuria, State Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources gave a press conference on the launch of the Ethiopian Soil Week as part of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign at Etege Tayitu Hotel, Addis Ababa.

On the press conference the State Minister was accompanied by a number of national and international personalities involved on the Ethiopian Soil Campaign: Professor Tekalegn Mammo, Special Global Ambassador for the International Soil Year; Mr. Mohammed Salih, the UN-FAO Deputy Representative; Mrs. Yelleka de Nooy, representing AgriProFocus Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Soil Campaign Organizing Committee; and Artist Sileshi Demissie (Gash Abera Molla) and Musician Munit Mesfin.

The 68th UN General Assembly has declared 2015 as International Year of Soil and December 5, 2015 as the International Day of Soil. The global campaign is coordinated by FAO under the theme "He

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Farmers crack finance to business deals with financial service providers, during the Agricultural Finance Fair held on the 22nd and 23rd October 2015 in Mbale _Eastern part of Uganda

AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Access to Finance in partnership with Financial Access, SNV, GIZ-AGRUFIN, Uhuru Institute, Feed the Future, The Hunger Project Uganda, AMFIU, VECO East Africa and Mbale District Local Government convened a regional finance fair with an overall objective of linking Farmer entrepreneurs to Financial Service Solutions; for Increased Productivity and Profitability.

The two day fair attracted over 300 participants that included but not limited to producer organizations, financial service providers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and professionals, farmer organizations, insurance providers, cooperators, NGOs focusing on agribusiness and other agricultural value chain actors.

during the fair, both farmer groups and individual farmer entrepreneurs had an opportunity to interact with d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
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The True Value Of Networks 

Key note Address at the AgriProFocus Uganda Network Day | Celebrating 6 years in Uganda

By Andre Dellevoet |Group Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)

Thoughts about the value of networks and why the mission of AgriProFocus is so important.

Agribusiness development is no longer about access to finance, access to knowledge or access to markets. It’s about the human factor. There is enough finance available for agriculture, but there aren’t enough eligible agribusinesses to invest in.

We often assume that forging agribusiness relationships and bringing businesses together is based upon common interests and a professional calculation of business threats and opportunities in the marketplace, creating shared value between moral, rational and intelligent partners, based upon agreements that are respected.

How different is reality. In Uganda and regrettably many places in the world, we actually live in a low trust environmen

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Grant Shepherd Reading Andre's key note address, I would like to try and make a meaningful comment as he mentions that there is enough finance available for agriculture, but there aren't enough eligible agribusinesses to invest in. One thing is certain and that is investing in Africa is high risk and investing massive sums of money in capital intensive agricultural projects requires not only trust but rather the best management with the skills and knowledge that can be trusted to ensure its success to all of its stakeholders. Surely then, if the right management is put in place, this management will also be able to transfer the skills over to ensure the standard of the business is upheld for its future success. At the same time trust and values should be passed on to the following generations. If we as professionals are going to try and help Africa, it must then be shown that we have responsibilities to all stakeholders who are in support of these projects by putting in the correct management and then over a period of time it is handed over once the management is entirely satisfied that the "new" management can be trusted to ensure future success. It is well to remember - "Trust is earned over time".

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

Wanted: Managing Director AgriProFocus!

- Dutch only - 

Recrutering van onze nieuwe managing director verloop via Ebbinge.

'belangenbehartiger, gezicht & NGO ondernemer’

Nederlands initiatief. Professionele, innovatieve netwerkorganisatie. Ondersteunt actief agrarisch ondernemerschap en voedselzekerheid in opkomende landen (w.o. Afrika, ZO-Azië). Breed draagvlak.

Vanaf 2005 maakt AgriProFocus haar ambitie waar als kennis- en actienetwerk. Focus op positieversterking van de primaire, duurzame voedselproducent (‘boeren en boerinnen’) en hun bedrijven. In aangegeven regio’s. Leden zijn kennisinstellingen, NGO’s, NL (internationale) agrofood, overheid, agro-professionals. Directeur heeft combi rol van verbinder, leider en ondernemer. Onderhoudt groot extern relatienetwerk (w.o. bedrijfsleven, NGO’s, NL Ministeries, ambassades en internationale donoren), ontwikkelt zakelijke kansen en weet deze te benutten,mede vanwege veranderende inkomstenstromen. Is creatief en oplossingsger

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GANTONGBE Achille hallo Bedankt voor het delen van deze informatie . Ik ben zeer geïnteresseerd in deze werving , maar ik zou willen dat de boodschap in het Engels of het Frans te begrijpen . dank u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Dear Achille, unfortunately the vacancy text is only available in Dutch, since the position is based in Arnhem, The Netherlands. I suggest you use Google Translate if you are interested in the contents of the vacancy.

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Posted By in EKN-FDOV learning events
Posted 1 month 6 days ago

EKN-FDOV Workshop: Partnering in Food Security

On 13-14 October  we enjoyed a very fruitful and effective workshop "Partnering in Food Security". There were about 70 participants of 10 projects and Programmes funded through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and 9 projects sponsored by FDOV, also a Dutch fund. All projects contribute to Food security in Ethiopia.

Please read the journalist impression below and see the Powerpoints on this page: