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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.
ATELIER SUR LA REFORME FONCIERE, ORGANISE A BUKAVU
Le réseau AgriProFocus RD Congo a organisé, en date du 8 mai 2015, dans la salle de conférence de l’Auberge Exodus, par le truchement de l’Innovation et Formation pour le Développement et la Paix (IFDP)/ Leader de La communauté d’innovation Accès à la Terre, un atelier portant sur le processus de réforme foncière en cours en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).
Deux objectifs majeurs ont été assignés à cet atelier :
1. Améliorer les capacités des acteurs étatiques et non étatiques dans l’analyse des enjeux liés à la problématique foncière dans la perspective de la réforme foncière ;
2. Inciter les acteurs à réfléchir sur des pistes de solution par rapport à la sécurisation de la tenure foncière paysanne au regard des questions de sécurité alimentaire et d’amélioration des investissements paysans dans le sol.
L’atelier a réuni 38 participants, dont 29 hommes et 9 femmes, mem... Read more
Le Mercredi 27 Mai 2015, dans le verdoyant jardin de la toute nouvelle Hôtel ONOMO, le réseau AgriProFocus Mali a offert un cocktail de reconnaissance et de remerciement à tous les partenaires du Salon du Financement de l’Agriculture organisé du 06 au 08 Mars 2015 dans la capitale des balanzans.
Ce cocktail fut précédé dans la matinée d’une session de formation sur la plateforme en ligne avec une forte participation des membres, et surtout des chefs de file de différentes communautés d’innovations..
Dans l’après-midi, les différents invités et membres du réseau AgriProFoscus au nombre duquel ont pouvait citer l’ex ministre de l’agriculture Mr Idrissa Traoré,la représentante du ministre des investissement et de la promotion du secteur privé, du représentant de la Direction Nationale de l’Agriculture ,du représentant de la Banque Nationale du Développement Agricole... Read more
Scaling up the hortIMPACTEnding on a high note, the Horticulture and Food Security Program [HFSP] provided a perfect launch pad for the new program – The Kenya Market led Horticulture Program [KMHP] also known as hortIMPACT. The new program has also borrowed key lessons from a similar program being implemented in the dairy sector in Kenya by SNV. The kick off workshop was held at Panafric Hotel on 28th May 2015, bringing together a perfect mix of 100 participants drawn from government, private sector which formed the bulk of participants, farmer representatives, as well as the NGO and development sector.
The program was officially opened by the Deputy Ambassador, Ms Marielle Geraedts from the Embassy of The Kingdom of Netherlands. Highlights from her opening remarks affirmed the Netherlands Government support to the horticulture sector as a strategic investor.
Mr Karugu Macharia shared with the participants key findings from an external evaluation of the HFSP. In his pr... Read more
..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... Read more
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... Read more
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
"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... Read more
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... Read more