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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 hours 33 min ago

Dialogue with Farmers

On the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

Batu, 27 April 2016

On March 2015 AgriProFocus Ethiopia and OXFAM GB, in close collaboration with Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, organized in Batu a successful agribusiness finance fair which farmers took the stage. Read more about the previous Finance Fair HERE.

Yesterday, April 27 2016, the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair was organized in Batu with the objective of extending the dialogue started on last year’s Finance Fair between the farmers themselves and the relevant stakeholders. On this Finance Fair also the farmers were given to express their challenges relating to access to finance and agricultural extension services and to present their achievements with the support of OXFAM GB and Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization.

The event which included a panel discussion with two paper presentations and an exhibition by different organizations, opene

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

An inspiring sustainable business, Sabahar Ethiopian Textiles

Kathy Marshall, owner and general manager of Sabahar, inspired the community managers from AgriProFocus (gathering in Ethiopia at the moment) with her entrepreneurial spirit! She used to work for an international NGO, but in 2004 decided to switch to a business approach. She started her silk-business with only two spinning wheels in her own house. Kathy explains: “Nowadays, we buy the silk from over 200 (female) producers in Ethiopia and export fair trade silk textiles worldwide."

Kathy explained the three core values that guide Sabahar:

• Sustainability: We support and train artisans to apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs. By providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, we provide reliable income for families.

• Innovation: Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. We adopt traditional technologies to new fibers and products. We

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

How to improve activities for AgriProFocus network members?

This is one of the topics of the communication and M&E training for our AgriProFocus colleagues happening now in Ethiopia. All AgriProFocus networks are sharing best practices around events, communication and monitoring and evaluation.

For example, we shared experiences and challenges around the soil campaign held in 2015 in Ethiopia for a big and diverse audience and the example of the EKN-RVO Learning event held in Nairobi, which was 2 days and for a specfic targetgroup (food security projects funded by EKN). We discussed the various phases of event-planning and shared many experiences. We also discussed on how we can improve this online platform and how we can best interact wit hand inform our members on important issues related to agri-entrepreneurship. We finalise this week with optimising our monitoring and evaluation to learn from the input from our members and visitors.

Georges Djodji Akibodé Comment améliorer les activités des membres du réseau AgriProFocus? Ceci est l'un des sujets de la communication et de la formation M & E , qui se passe maintenant en Ethiopie pour nos collègues AgriProFocus. Tous les réseaux de AgriProFocus partagent les meilleures pratiques autour des événements, la communication et le suivi et l'évaluation. Par exemple, nous avons partagé les expériences et les défis autour de la campagne du sol qui a eu lieu en 2015 en Ethiopie pour un grand et dversié public et l'exemple de l'événement EKN-RVO apprentissage tenue à Nairobi, qui avait duré 2 jours et pour un Groupe cible specfic (projets de sécurité alimentaire financé par EKN). Nous avons discuté des différentes phases de la planification d'événements et partagé de nombreuses expériences. Nous avons également discuté de la façon dont nous pouvons améliorer cette plate-forme en ligne et comment nous pouvons mieux interagir pour informer nos membres sur des questions importantes liées à l'agro-entrepreneuriat. Nous finalisons cette semaine avec l'optimisation de notre suivi et d'évaluation à apprendre de l'entrée de nos membres et visiteurs.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Investment; “Let Your Money Grow”

Yesterday, the 15th of April 2016, marks the end of a five day ‘Training of Trainers’ course in Financial Literacy. AgriProFocus in collaboration with GIZ AGRUFIN and The Hunger Project organized this course for her stakeholders under the Innovation Community on Access to Finance with an overall objective of equipping participants with skills in financial, savings, loan, planning for old age and investment management.

The trainers who also primarily train and support rural agricultural producers along different value chains; are influencing behavioral change in personal /financial management and planning matters. This is in bid to build self-assurance in making decisions to one’s financial issues, as well as build confidence of agribusinesses in dealing with financial service providers.

This training has reminded me of the need to increase my savings in order to prepare and plan for my old age” says Irene Sekamwa Kajoro.

Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa This is good especially for our farmers

1 week 4 days ago

Jackline kobugabe Congratulations my fellow Trainees!!! It was Marathon.. "Don't let DEBT become a way of life, You can still survive without students Loans, emergency loans and mortgage." Develop a SAVING Plan!!!!!

1 week 1 day ago

Moses Komagum It was enriching for my personal money management. I loved it! To fellow transformed, let's impact on others seriously.

1 week 23 hours ago

Moses Komagum Farmers be ready to tap into this knowledge, skills and confidence...

1 week 23 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 18 hours ago

Successful FSRE Learning Event on Horticulture

Challenges and Opportunities

Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.

Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has pla

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Nicole Metz Further resources on horticulture: 1. Report and video from regional horticulture event East Africa (Rwanda, Nov 2015) 2. Lots of relevant background papers on horticulture (fruit & vegetables) in low and middle income countries: 3. Interesting case study about Ethiopia, is included in a study report on the role horticulture can play for food security: Enjoy reading!

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Mission de redynamisation du réseau AgriProFocus Niger à Maradi et Zinder :

AgriProFocus Niger et le cadre de collaboration et de dialogue des organisations paysannes du Niger, acteur stratégique dans la dynamique paysanne nationale du Niger, mais également dans la mobilisation des autres acteurs, ont organisé une mission conjointe pour la redynamisation du réseau AgriProFocus Niger à Zinder et Maradi du 03 au 09 avril 2016.

La mission a également servi de cadre pour responsabiliser les deux régions dans l’organisation des deux foires prévues dans le plan annuel 2016.

Lors de la mission des ateliers et des rencontres stratégiques ont été organisés. Les ateliers ont réuni, plus d’une soixantaine de personnes, représentants: les organisations paysannes, les services étatiques, les entreprises, les ONGs, les institutions de financement, les institutions de recherche et autres acteurs agricoles.

Les ateliers se sont déroulés en quatre phases :

• Présentation du r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Tanzania Youth in Agribusiness

The youth in Agribusiness working group has been vibrant in Tanzania since 2013 aiming at influencing an enabling environment for youth to engage in agribusiness through mindset transformation of youths and firms. With 4 youth roadshows in Mtwara, Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, the impact has been so far fulfilling. However, more has to be done in order to attract more youths to the sector.

The working group met on 18th March to review 2015 activities as well as plan for 2016. The following were the major achievements for 2015:

· Youth roadshow in Dar es Salaam that gathered more 130 young agriculture professionals including youths from SNV OYE (Opportunities for Youth Employment)

· 2 youth benefited from the cassava program in Lindi and Mtwara

· Tanzania Graduate Farmers Associations (TGFA) linked with the Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank for possible financing of the association members agri-related activities

In or

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Faraja Augustino Thanks Madam Hilda hope to benefit much from the two roadshow in Northern part of the country

3 weeks 4 days ago

Hance Richard Melchior Dear Hilda, Congrats for the best work. Keep It Up.

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 4 weeks 23 hours ago

Today 31st March, is the last day of the AgriProFocus Uganda, 4th GVC Trajectory   Kick off Workshop 2016. The participants came from all over Uganda and between them work on over 12 different value chains, including chilli, soya bean, apiary,cassava and horticulture.

GUMIRA CHARLES Am happy to be part of gender in value chain coaching trajectory organized by agriprofocud Uganda. I have learnt different tools used to identity and analyse gender based constraints in value chains. This will help in design interventions that are gender specific.

4 weeks 23 hours ago

betty adur Am happy to be part of agriprofocus team working to unlock women potential in decision making, access and having control over resource to allow for total development of the house holds and the country at large.

4 weeks 23 hours ago

Racheal Nabbira I feel delighted to be part of the gender trajectory this year.I have got the opportunity to learn various ways and tools that can be used to mainstream gender in the various value chains .Looking forward to developing skills and disseminating this information to our small holder farmers to boost incomes and effectively manage and control resources from the grass roots.

4 weeks 22 hours ago

Nkwatsibwe Adams I missed the opportunity

4 weeks 22 hours ago

Mugisha Richard Adams, you have not missed yet, you can book to participate in the 5th trajectory, 2017

4 weeks 21 min ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 1 month 22 hours ago

A day out with the young agribusiness entrepreneurs

Agriculture is the major sector in Kenya yet young people do not want to venture in it to sustain themselves and create employment. The youth will always think of agriculture as something to do when they retire from offices. There are many parties coming together to ensure that the youth are empowered to venture into agribusiness and promote food security in the world.

It is with this reason that AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and entrepreneurship (GAME) Center hosted a youth in agribusiness trendsetter’s caravan on 24th March 2016. The event was held at USIU-Africa and was officially opened by Professor Francis Wambalaba from USIU-Africa.

One of the most interesting activities that took place during the forum is the ideation through simulation. The simulation activity is a practical guide to running a successful enterprise. Youth in the forum found the activity very involv

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Annette van Andel Great event once more!

1 month 29 min ago

Sanya Wandera Would you share a full report on this! To help us understand the kind of resolutions made, how feasible are the innovations, how practically are they scaling up the stated sectors.

3 weeks 4 days ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hi Sanya, We are working on a report which will be shared soon. Thanks Much

3 weeks 4 days ago

Michael Ondialla Photos too? ;-)

3 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

The Agribusiness Club Meeting of 18 March 2016 was Wonderful!

On the 18th of  March 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with Spark organized an Agribusiness Club meeting around 5:30-8pm local time. This exciting event aimed at at introducing the Agri-BDS Network Association and the new AgriProFocus Rwanda Country Coordinator to the network.

Given that the event was planned to be on Friday in the evening, the time that most of people like; “the beginning of the weekend", organizers prepared different kind of drinks and snacks so that people enjoy their weekend while networking with each other, exchange business cards, share business experiences.

The event attracted 71 participants including but not limited to: Agri-BDS network members, AgriProFocus Rwanda coordination team and other key network members & partners.

After the introduction remarks, the Assistant Coordinator and the facilitator of the event Mr.Anatole Majyambere invited Mr. Desire Mushumba the Progam Man

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Sajji RYAKUNZE Thank you Elyse for sharing , this was so interesting !

1 month 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago


AgriProFocus Burundi à travers sa Communauté d'innovation genre en partenariat avec l'Association des Femmes Entrepreneurs du Burundi AFAB ont organisé un événement pour célébrer la journée Internationale de la femme célébré chaque 8 mars. Le thème choisit pour cette journée est "Egalité des opportunités dans l'agribusiness au Burundi".
L'événement s'est tenu à la détente et a connu une participation de 121 personnes issues des organisations des producteurs, des entreprises privées, des Institutions financières, des organisations internationales et locales intervenant dans l’agriculture ainsi que les représentants des ministères.
La journée était partagé entre les conférences débat sur trois thèmes qui sont les suivants ; « mettre en valeur la contribution de la femme à la sécurité alimentaire ; Changement climatique au Burundi et agriculture ; et groupement associatif, une optio

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Annette van Andel Je suis tres fiere que vous avec organise cette evenement pour celebrer la journee internationale de la femme. Egalite des opportunites, tres important!

1 month 1 week ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Oui aussi très content pour vous pour cette activité. Mais je pense qu'on ne doit pas toujours attendre le 8 mars pour organiser ces gens d'événements. Les femmes rurales acteurs de l'économie locale sont dans le besoin de ces événements bien sûr dans leurs langues locales et non en français ou anglais pour ce sentir appartenir à ce monde remplir d'inégalité. Citation «... si les femmes disposaient du même accès à ces ressources que les hommes, elles produiraient 20-30 % de nourriture en plus… » – La FAO au Travail 2010-2011/AGRIPROFOCUS Chez nous à GLOBAL NOVAT, outre l'expertise en Ingénierie Agricole (études techniques, économiques/stratégiques en agriculture) ; Innovations Technologiques en Agriculture et Vulgarisation/Conseil Agricole; TICs en agriculture, l'entreprenariat, nous travaillons pour l'intégration du genre pour le développement des chaines de valeur agricole., 0022966264461

1 month 1 week ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Yes also very happy for you for this activity. But I think we should not always wait for March 8 to organize these events people. Rural women actors of the local economy in need of such course events in their local languages and not in English or French for that feel part of this world complete inequality. Quote "... If women had the same access to resources as men, they would produce 20-30% more food ..." - FAO at Work 2010-2011 / AGRIPROFOCUS GLOBAL NOVAT home, in addition to expertise in Agricultural Engineering (technical, economic / strategic in agriculture); Technological Innovations in Agriculture and Extension / Agricultural Council; ICT in agriculture, entrepreneurship, we are working for gender mainstreaming in the development of agricultural value chains., 0022966264461

1 month 1 week ago

NSENGIYUMVA Janvier Bien pour l'organisation de cette activité aussi importante. Il faut aussi savoir que la main d'oeuvre au niveau du secteur agricole c'est la femme, donc il faut investir dans la femme pour augmenter la production

1 month 1 week ago

Yacouba Zanga Koné Félicitation à vous pour l'organisation de cet événement à l'honneur des femmes. La femme reste et restera au cœur de la promotion de tous les segments du développement agricole surtout si les événements de ce genre contribuant à faire sortir son travail de l'invisibilité sont promus.

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Le mardi 08 Mars 2016, l'HÔTEL DU CINQUANTENAIRE DE SIKASSO a accueilli le 3 ème salon du Finagri.

Son Excellence Monsieur Konimba Sidibé, Ministre de la promotion de l’investissement et du secteur privé a présidé la cérémonie de lancement de la troisième édition du Salon du Financement de l’Agriculture. Il avait à ses cotés, le gouverneur de Sikasso, le député de la région, le président du conseil régional, le maire de Sikasso, le président du conseil de cercle, et les services déconcentrés et décentralisés de l’état. Cette cérémonie qui a mobilisé près de 378 acteurs, a marqué ainsi le coup d’envoi de trois jours d’activités de promotion de l' entrepreneuriat agricole, faite d’échange et apprentissage mutuel entre acteurs du secteur. La FINAGRI demeure un incontournable lieu de rencontre et d’échange entre acteurs financiers et porteurs d’affaires avec pour cette édition près de 200 plans d’affaires à discuter dans le cadre

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Corporate Annual Plan 2016

The world of 2015 has shown us that interconnectedness is the norm. More than ever, we depend on each other for our safety, economic development and food security, for example. The Global Goals For Sustainable Development are a timely and urgent backdrop to take up many of the present challenges together. In the light of its mission to promote farmer entrepreneurship, AgriProFocus has a solid basis to contribute to: Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on land. 

Policy pillars Dutch government

The AgriProFocus network underscores the key policy pillars for food security of the Dutch government: eradicating hunger and malnutrition; sustainable and inclusive growth of the agricultural sector and creating ecologically sustainable food systems. Within this broader policy framework, AgriProFocus supports the Dutch government pledge for increased coherence. More in particular the

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Humphrey S. Chilewa Great. This is a good platform to discuss issues related to agricultural development. Together we will be able to make a difference.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT I share with joy, Selected objectives AgriProfocus occurrence in Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on land, to contribute to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition; sustainable and inclusive growth in agriculture and the creation of environmentally sustainable food systems. In Benin, the Global Novat firm will actively collaborate with AgriProfocus Benin for achieving these goals in metrs possible. Yours Ms Anne Marie.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Agri Business Development Services Providers (Agri-BDS) workshop

On Friday, 26th February 2016 a second Agri-BDS workshop co-organized by AgriProFocus and SPARK took place at Chez Lando Hotel and attracted 56 members. The purposes of this event were to present the work done by the Agri-BDS Steering Committee, the Agri-BDS registration pathway, share comments and discussion, choose the network’s committee and discuss the way forward.

In her introductory remarks, Ms.Maia Gedde, the Country Director of SPARK recalled:” the Agri-BDS network has been initiated in order to increase the professional standards of the services delivered in Agriculture, facilitate network members to learn from each other, work together, share experience, network more and find solutions together.”

During the presentation of the work done, Mr. Laurent Ulimubenshi, the Secretary of the steering committee highlighted the objective of the Agri Business Development Services Providers network which is:” To accele

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

Vacancy: Executive & Communications Assistant AgriProFocus Netherlands

Fulltime, 36hrs/wk, based in Arnhem

AgriProFocus is an international network with Dutch roots that promotes and drives agri-entrepreneurship to contribute to food security and economic development in low and middle income countries. Our network is active in the Netherlands as a partnership with 35 member organisations consisting of private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and government. Outside the Netherlands we have 12 country networks in Africa and Asia.

For our team in Arnhem, the Netherlands we are looking for a full-time, enthusiastic and creative Executive & Communications Assistant. In this job you will work 50% as Executive Assistant and 50% as Communications Assistant.

Job description:

• You offer executive support to our Managing Director and Director of Programmes: calendar management, drafting of letters, handling phone calls and correspondence.

• You liaise with the AgriProFocu

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Posted By in ASDF Facility
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

Successful ASDF Learning Event took place

On February 18th 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda successfully organized the ‘’ASDF Learning Event’’ at Chez Lando Hotel. The purpose of this event was to provide an opportunity for the funded projects to come together, share experiences, briefly learn from each other.

The ASDF (Agri-Sector Development Facility) was financed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda and managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus Rwanda since December 2013, the facility was closed on 31st December 2015.

Comprised of 2 distinct windows:

- the ‘’Agri-Sector Innovation Fund'' (ASIF) ) with a maximum grant of 100,000 Euros and

- the ''Capacity Building and Small Investments Fund'' (CaBIF), with a maximum grant of 10,000 Euros.

As agreed since the inception phase of the facility, AgriProFocus Rwanda was assigned to organize a learning event on behalf of ICCO. The event held at Chez Lando Hotel, on Thursday 18th February 2016 brought together 99 participants from key s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

Happening Now: EKN Learning Event at Dreamliner Hotel

23 Feb 2016

The topic is Gender, and the main goal is to share experience on how each organization is streaming gender issues on their activities.

Sossena Demissie from AGP-AMDE and Amleset Haile from CASCAPE are making presentations.

Also Jan Willem from Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) gave a nice introduction for today's event.

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Zambia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Gender Track III Kick-off Workshop

AgriProFocus Zambia held a three-day kick-off for the Gender in Value Chain Coaching trajectory which took place from Monday 15th February to Wednesday 17th February. Participants were coached by Gender specialist Namwinga Mumbi. During this workshop, participants were involved in various thought-provoking activities and were introduced to a number of tools and strategies to develop a gender inclusive value chain. Participants left the workshop with a lot of insight into:

        - The importance and benefits of a gender inclusive value chain

        - Key concepts for analyzing agricultural value chains from a gender perspective

        - How they can apply the tools in the Gender in Value Chains toolkit

        - How their current gender action plans can be improved

At the end of the workshop, participants applied eve

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Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Hello dear Maumo Mubila. Thank you for this AGRIPROFOCUS Zambia organized training. This training as you had highlighted that will include gender in the value chain and therefore different players have sustained and equitable income. Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT, suggest you get really involved with structures (office, NGOs, center) at the base to a support board monitoring of these participants and farmers in the pants. It is only on this condition that you can have the desired result '' participants' progress and farmers in the near future! ''. Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT good continuty wish you agriprofocus 2016 activities

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Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Bonjour cher Maumo Mubila. Merci AGRIPROFOCUS Zambia pour cette formation organisée. Cette formation comme vous l'aviez soulignée qui permettra d'inclure le genre dans les chaines de valeur et par conséquent les différents acteurs auront des revenus soutenus et équitable. Le Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT, vous suggère de vous impliqué réellement avec des structures (cabinet, ONG, centre ) à la base pour un suivi appui conseil de ces participants et agriculteurs à la culotte. Ce n'est qu'à cette condition que vous pouvez avoir le résultat escompté ''progrès des participants et les agriculteurs dans un avenir proche!''. Le Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT vous souhaite bonne continuté des activités agriprofocus 2016.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Cooperatives: Towards Tackling Marketing Challenges

On the 3rd National Cooperatives’ Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium

Last week, from 3rd to 8th February, cooperatives from all over the country came together to exhibit and sell their various types of products and services at Addis Ababa Exhibition Center. The event was organized for the third time by the Federal Cooperative Agency of Ethiopia (FCA).

With a theme “Cooperative marketing for fairness”, the event gave a good opportunity for the residents of the Capital to buy agricultural and industrial products directly from the farmers. Coffee, lentils, honey, butter, wheat, onion, avocado, . . . agricultural products from every value chain were brought to be sold with relatively cheap piece. A number of agricultural inputs and machineries were also exhibited by innovators and suppliers.

Moreover, saving and credit cooperatives explained their services and achievements to visitors using detailed graphs in banner and posters.

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Prosper KOUTCHAINOU It's simply super

2 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

EKN - AgriProFocus Kenya -- Exploring collaboration 

Insightful meeting with Agriculture counselor, Bert Rikken and Agriculture officer Liz Kiamba at the Dutch embassy in Nairobi during our Managing Director's Mr Sander Mager visit to Kenya accompanied by the network facilitator.