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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 October 2016 to 29 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Organised by a consortium of organisations in the Agriculture sector and farmer representatives, the Meru Agribusiness Expo is an opportunity for actors in the agriculture sector to meet and network, market their products and services, learn and debate on various issues in the sector and forming potential synergies for improving the sector. Focused on horticulture, cereals (maize and beans), poultry and dairy (cows and goats) value chains, the Expo will be composed of:

1. Exhibitions from various service providers

2. Lectures and debates sessions

Participate at this sector changing event by:

a. Exhibit your products and services.

b. Sponsor this event and contribute to the improvement of agribusiness and agriculture in Meru and its neighbouring areas

c. Visit the exhibitions to learn of new developments and innovations in the agriculture sector 

Please register to Exhibit or Sponsor the event HERE.

For more information,contact us at or 0689  869 565

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 week 11 hours ago

The WestNile Agri-Finance Fair

The event was held on the 17th and 18th August 2016 and In attendance were over 400 participants majority of whom where youth that were supported by partner organisations, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua and the Red Cross.

Anne Marie Kortleve HI Jacob, sounds good! Can you tell us more about conclusions and follow-up? Thnx!

1 week 10 hours ago

Mugisha Richard This event was very unique in the History of AgriProFocus. We had only expected 300, but we were overwhelmed by the huge turn of up to 453 participants. What stood out uniquely was out 453 youth that attended the event, 281 (60%) were female participants.

1 week 6 hours ago

Mugisha Richard During the finance fair event in Arua, it came out so clearly that; the money which the Government channels through commercial Banks targeting youth does not actually reach the target beneficiaries. It was further revealed that, even when youth make an effort to approach these banks for these Government funds (an example was the Youth capital venture fund), they are instead advised to go for business loans with all the associated complex requirements and high interest rates of not less than 25%. As such, youth have decided to ignore the Government funds, saying they are not accessible at all. The question is, what solutions is Government putting in place to address these bottlenecks?

1 week 6 hours ago

Jacob Olanya Amazing out comes. lets watch out for a one page summery of the outcomes for this event.

1 week 6 hours ago

omia Razak Iganachi Thanks a lot to AgriProFcus for coming to the region. The event showed that the youth are ready to work and commit but most are normally frustrated by the people who lead them.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

8th Edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ Event

Ruhango, 11-12 August 2016

For the eighth time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event in Ruhango on 11-12 August 2016.

The aim of the two-day event was to bring together farmers from the Southern Province, finance service providers, agribusiness companies and Development partners operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including Access to Finance, Access to Market, and Information on quality inputs and equipment.

On a ground next to Umuco Hotel where this fair was held, it presented to the farmers, inspiring practical information & knowledge on access to finance & access to markets, in forms of exhibitions, dialogue and interactions. The exhibitors and numerous visitors met each other;.

During the 2 days, the fair brought together 24 exhibitors and attracted more than 2000 farmers who visited

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Posted By in Entreprenariat des Jeunes
Posted 2 weeks 3 hours ago

Célébration journée internationale de la jeunesse :

A l’occasion de la journée internationale de la jeunesse, AgriProFocus Niger, à travers la Communauté d’Innovation « entreprenariat des jeunes » a organisé le vendredi 12 Aout 2016, dans ses locaux une journée de mise en relation des jeunes entrepreneurs avec les partenaires techniques et financiers.

L’objectif de cette rencontre est de mettre en relation les jeunes entrepreneurs entre eux d’une part et d’autre part les mettre en contact avec les partenaires techniques et financiers ayant des programmes et projet pour nouer des relations de partenariat et d’affaires.

Une centaine de personnes ont participé à cette rencontre dont : trois ONGs, deux institutions de financement, trois ministres (Ministre Déléguée au ministère de la décentralisation, le Ministre de l’entreprenariat des jeunes, le ministre de la renaissance culturelle des arts et de la modernisation sociale), le commissaire à l’organisa

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TAMBO DJIBO Alhousseini C'était une journée riche et pleine d’opportunités. Je pense qu'elle sera le point départ de l’éclosion d'un entrepreneuriat dynamique de la part des jeunes.

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 weeks 10 hours ago


TANZANIA and Tanzanians are keen at observing their traditions and culture. Last week, we again marked an annual national event that brought together policy makers, farmers, consumers, agribusiness technologists and innovators as well as producers and suppliers of farm products such as seeds, fertiliser and insecticides.

They all came together and showcased their products and services to farmers as well as members of the public. The event is commonly known as ‘NaneNane’, because it is marked on every 8th day of August thus 8/8. NaneNane is therefore an honour to small, medium and large scale farmers and agriculture key stakeholders in the country.

The colourful event was celebrated at the national, regional and district level in the country and a public event. It is usually complemented by brand speeches, awards and traditional dances (‘ngoma’s’)

Tanzanians got time to reflect and strategise new ways to overcome persistent challenges to improve o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Leveraging on existing knowledge platforms to accelerate agri-sector growth, July 2016

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the 3R (Resilient, Reliable, Robust) Kenya Project organized a successful multi-stakeholder inception workshop on the 19-20th July 2016 in Nairobi. The aim of the forum was to collaboratively identify the challenges faced by the horticulture, aquaculture and dairy sectors; and explore opportunities for scale and synergy through evidence based market-led interventions in the various sectors.

This workshop engaged the stakeholders to identify priority sector issues or opportunities as well as key cross- sector opportunities to inform 3R project action plan. It also explored areas for synergy in the existing networks to facilitate learning and co-creation in relation to the 3R Kenya project. Below are the highlights from the workshop:

 The 3R Kenya project will build on the existing innovations and knowledge platforms to accelerate growth of 3 sectors;

There exist

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Veronica Muniu Please see the contribution that Strathmore University Business School is making to grow the agriculture sector so that we become self-reliant in terms of food security and nutrition. We are always ready to work with stakeholders who have the same vision and goals in the areas of research and training/capacity building.

2 weeks 9 hours ago

Dorina Prech Many thanks Veronica for the great work you are doing. Indeed we need to utilise cross-learning and experience sharing to grow this very important sector.

2 weeks 6 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with in

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago


AgriProFocus Zambia is hosting its Financial Fair to be held from 25th – 26th of August, 2016 at Chipata Golf Club, Chipata Eastern Province. The event expects to host financial institutions, farmers, input suppliers, processors, donors and the media, among others.


AgriProFocus Zambia intends to link Small and Medium Agribusinesses to Financial Institutions during the 2016 AgriProFocus, Agri – Business Financial Fair. The Fair will consist of a Match Making Session where agribusinesses will have an opportunity to have one on one discussions with Financial institutions, input or technology service providers with possibility of closing a deal. The session will not be limited to Financial Products but also products such Equipment and Stock loans.


The documents submitted should include the following but not limited to:

1.0 Executive Summary

2.0 Business Description (company history, ownership, lo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago


La foire agricole s’est déroulée dans le Territoire d’Uvira, du 28 au 30 juillet à l’Institut Mwanga.

Cette foire a connu la participation de 47 organisations, dont 5 institutions financières ( 2 banques et 3 IMFs), 2 Institutions de recherche, 1 Service étatique (Office National du CAFE) , 5 entreprises du secteur privé et 34 organisations des producteurs.

Cette foire avait comme but : connecter les agriculteurs aux entrepreneurs (pour l’accès au marché) et aux institutions des finances (pour l’accès aux crédits agricoles).

Durant 3 jours, les exposants et visiteurs ont eu droit à des présentations, débats et discussions sur différents thèmes mais aussi c’était un moment offert aux agriculteurs pour des échanges d’expériences et la connexion entre acteurs.

Nous avons noté la participation d’une organisation venue du Rwanda(SEED-CO) et 2 autres venues du Burundi.

Cette foire a été organisé par AGRIPROFOCUS RD Con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Conférence de presse sur la formation en agriculture de trois jeunes au sénégal

G1Project et son partenaire AgriProFocus Mali, ont tenu ce mercredi 27 juillet 2016 dans les locaux de AgriProFocus, une conférence de presse sur la formation de trois jeunes agriculteurs au sénégal.

 La conference était animée par le Coordinateur de AgriProFocus Mali , Mr Oudou Bengaly, le Coordinateur de Give One Project Mr Ibrahima Maiga et Mr Georges Akibodé , Network développent et Point Focal Jeunesse- Entreprenariat agricole .

L'objectif de l'association , Ibrahim Maiga  souligne qu'il  vise à susciter la culture du leadership et de l'entreprenariat auprès des jeunes maliens. Ainsi des programmes de formation des futurs chefs d'entreprise ont été initié et ceux qui souhaiteraient ce lancer dans l'entreprenariat seront accompagnés.

C'est dans cette dynamique que les  bénéficiaires Awa keita de Bamako, Abdoul Karim Makadji de Niono et  Ba Traoré d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Agribusiness Online : Emission N°1

Ce dimanche 31 juillet 2016, journée panafricaine de la femme, votre réseau AgriProFocus a lancé le 1er numéro de l'émission  AgroBusiness Online sur les ondes de la radio MALIBA FM 95.5 FM, située à l’ACI 2000.

L'émission a débuté à  9h pour une durée de 60mn.

Après la présentation du réseau, les échanges ont débuté par le rôle de la femme dans la chaine de valeur agricole, journée panafricaine de la femme oblige.

Après cet hommage rendu aux femmes ,nos invités de ce 1er numéro ,Mme Alinta Geling ( Expert Junior , Jeunesse et Entreprenariat Agricole Afrique de l’Ouest ) à AgriProFocus , Mr Amadou Diallo (Directeur Associé Ferme Diop- Diallo) et Mr Georges Akibodé (Network développent et Point Focal Jeunesse- Entreprenariat Agricole à AgriProFocus ) , ont échangé avec le journaliste sur l’organisation de la 3ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour la promotion de l'entreprenariat agricole , q

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 2 days ago

Dissemination Workshop - Finance for Smallholders

AgriProFocus Uganda, in collaboration with the members of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, the 13 largest investors in the Netherlands, organized a dissemination workshop of the research entitled “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. The workshop was held on 21st July, 2016 at Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda. The meeting attracted 57 participants (32 male and 25 female).

Download the One Page report here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Présentation de Mme Geling Alinta

Chers membres du réseau,

C’est avec un grand plaisir que nous vous présentons Mme Geling Alinta , du Programme des Jeunes Experts en Agrobusiness . Notre nouvelle collègue est une néerlandaise Issue donc d’un pays d’entrepreneurs, et d’une famille d’agriculteurs, elle a grandi entre la Guinée-Bissau et le Mali.

Alinta a travaillé en 2015 à International Crisis Group , comme Assistante de Recherche au bureau de Dakar, et a occupé le poste d’assistante de gestion et communication à Near East Foundation , Sévaré –Mali.

Elle obtient de 2014-2016, un Master en Sciences Po Paris, France en Sécurité Internationale spécialisation: Afrique et Agriculture.

De 2010-2013 à l’Université Leiden, Pays-Bas, elle obtient un Bachelor en Paix, Justice et Durabilité Concentration : Développement.

Elle est maintenant de retour en Afrique pour appuyer l’équipe AgriProFocus, tout particulièrement dans le cadre de l’entreprenariat

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci chers membres pour le souhait.

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fabrice giresse Welcome dear

1 month 1 week ago

Tania Attiba Welcome Alinta

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Bon retour en terre africaine!

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Fructueux APLOGAN welcome Mrs

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Atelier de formation sur l’élaboration d’une fiche technique des produits agroalimentaires et l'initiation à l'optimisation de la place du marché 

Ce jour 09 Juillet 2016 s’est tenu à l’Agri Pro Focus un atelier de formation sur l’élaboration d’une fiche technique animé par madame Aminata Diakité en présence de 42 participants venant d'une vingtaine d'entreprise.

L''atelier a débuté  par le mot de bienvenue du coordinateur du projet qui dans son discours à inviter les participants à être assidu et courageux compte tenu de la pertinence du motif de l’atelier qui est la déficit de fiche technique des fournisseurs envers les clients( les hôtels, les supermarchés, les clients de l’extérieurs etc. …. )

Le président de la Fédération Nationale des Transformateurs du Mali (FENATRA) a remercié au nom des participants l’équipe AgriProFocus pour cette initiative au bénéfice des transformateurs.

Après sa présentation la formatrice a anno

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Your profile on this online platform is an online business card, update now!

Your online visibility becomes more and more important in these increasing digital times. Completing your profile on this platform is easy, only takes a few minutes and will connect you to thousands of agribusiness practitioners worldwide!

Updating your profile is done in 3 easy steps:

1. Log-in or sign-up at

2. Click on your name in the upper right corner -> you will be re-directed to your profile-page

3. Take a couple of minutes to fully update it by clicking on the grey-bar called: ‘Edit Profile Settings’

 Add your company or organisation profile and:

• Increase your company visibility online and reach over 20,000 agribusiness professionals

• Promote your business and services to our platform visitors (500,000 pageviews a year)

• Get access to collaboration opportunities both local and international

• A professional and completed profile with contact details will increase your r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

FSRE Up-Scaling Fund Projects Kick-off the Learning Agenda

FSRE Innovation Fund, financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, has been supporting 75 innovative projects since 2012. The fund has innovation and matching grant facilities which financed 39 and 29 innovations respectively. Recently a third Up-Scaling facility is introduced to support innovation that showed accomplishment in their previous implementations.

Up-Scaling Facility

A closed call to invite a number of innovation that have been supported by FSRE Fund to submit an up-scaling proposal was sent earlier this year. According to the fund managers, the major requirements for the invitation are being successful in the previous project and potential of the innovation for scaling up. Furthermore, as the four year program of FSRE Fund is to be ended on December 2016, the up-scaling project must have a six months implementation period. Track record of timely r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Network energy during strategic conference AgriProFocus!

Development of and support to agri-entrepreneurship is at the heart of the AgriProFocus network. 

Through AgriProFocus, agribusiness professionals from the corporate sector, CSO’s, knowledge institutes and governments join forces, share knowledge and combine resources to fully unlock the potential of agri-entrepreneurship for food and nutrition security. Through our Dutch roots and the 20.000 registered professionals in 12 country networks, we are able to facilitate linking and learning and demonstrate that the Dutch Diamond really works in practice.

We are ready for a new phase: to further improve the impact and significance of our network, and to further strengthen the value for our members, partners and key-stakeholders. That is why on 28 and 29 June (in Doorn, The Netherlands) we generated the ingredients for an ambitious strategy and a new businessplan, together with our Dutch partnership members and other strategic

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Marc NKENGURUTSE Very good

1 month 3 weeks ago

NicholaS Amartey Inspiring

1 month 3 weeks ago

Charity PM Chileshe Yes please keep us in the loop on this interesting topic.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 3 days ago

Regional trade facilitation: fostering (business) opportunities for resource poor producers, traders and consumers?

Headlines of a debate at Ministry Foreign Affairs Netherlands. With TMEA (Patricia Ithau), BoPInc (Henk van Duijn), ECDPM (Bruce Byiers).

In a public debate session at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands, experiences of Trade Mark East Africa were discussed and compared with those of BoPInc, in search of further Knowledge sharing on the key question above.

Trade Mark East Africa was created 5 years ago, focusing on regional integration, trade, competitiveness of businesses in the region, in order to reduce poverty in East Africa. Countries involved: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan. In total turnover of $USD 560 mio over 5 years.

Key orientation of TMEA:

- National implementation of regional policies

- Trade facilitation: hardware and software. Including reduction of non-tariff barriers. Capacity strengthening of o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 2 months 3 days ago

Evénement régional transfrontalier: AgriProFocus RD Congo et Burundi

Dans le cadre de activités transfrontalières, le réseau AgriProFocus RD Congo et Burundi, ont organisé une visite à la station de IITA(International Institut of Tropical Agriculture) à Kalambo, dans la province du Sud-Kivu en RD Congo.

Cette visite avait comme but principal, d’échanger sur la Chaine de Valeur manioc .

Une équipe composée des 7 personnes venus du Burundi, dont Mr Jean Paul (coordinateur du réseau au Burundi) et 6 autres membres du réseau venus de différentes organisation, dont une organisation des femmes entrepreneurs du Burundi est venus se rendre compte de l’évolution dans la transformation du manioc.

Vous pouvais lire ici la synthese du déroulement de la visite.

Plus des photo ici

Jean Paul NZOSABA Merci guillaine pour cette publication; nous sommes rentrés au Pays pleins d' ardeur pour développer les chaines de valeurs agricoles spécialement les chaines de valeurs de manioc et soja qui sont les pilliers de l 'entreprenarait des jeunes de kalambo en RDC .Nous projetons collaborer avec IITA Burundi pour developeer les chaines de valeurs de manioc et soja pour nos jeunes entreprenurs en agribusiness.Nous invitons nos jeunes diplomés des universités agricoles de notre pays à rejoindre la plateforme pour bénéficier des opportunités offertes par le réseau dans le développement de l' entrepreneuriat des jeunes au BURUNDI.

1 month 3 weeks ago

NSENGIYUMVA Janvier Merci Jean Paul de l'invitation, comme je suis dans ce groupe, on va initier des actions dans cette logique

1 month 3 weeks ago

Murima w'isangi CNAC Bonne initiative, aller de l'avant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

New Faces, More Pitches

In our Business Drinks
23 June 2016

The Bi-monthly Business Drinks have become a good opportunity for many agribusinesses to connect and interact with each other. The one held yesterday has brought new faces and made us to entertain interesting pitches.

Around 65 members and partners from wide variety of sectors attended the event. They represented agriculture and agro-industry companies, agricultural development programs, government agriculture research institutes, the Federal Cooperative Agency, business development consultancy firms, universities and knowledge institutes, bio-energy companies, commercial farm owners from different value chains, and so on.

We listened 14 one-minute pitches. Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitor from the Netherlands, attended the Business Drinks for the first time and made the first pitch. On the first round of the pitch session, while Beza Ermias from Ariti Herbal and Abyie Astatke from Faji High Land Fruit Farm intro

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