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..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
On April 29, there was a Horticulture Farmers Day, organized by Sup-Hort, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ILRI/LIVES Project, FAO, IDE, PEPE, and CNFA.
Sup-Hort, an Italian development organization which have been supporting the horticulture sector in Ethiopia for more than three years, organized this event in order to review the progress status of the sector and create an experience sharing opportunity among farmers.
The event was held at ILRI compound and over 130 people attended, of which 65 of them were horticultural farmers from different regions. Exhibition and public seminar were the two major programs of the event.
13 organizations, including NGOs, farmer organizations, input suppliers, agro-processers, and producer organizations exhibited their product. New technologies were also introduced for the participants, such us solar water pump and wat... Read more
The 6th Agribusiness Club Meeting, a quarterly event organised since last year, took place at City Blue Hotels Embassy Row – Kacyiru on Friday April 30th 2015. This event is always dedicated to networking, enabling AgriProFocus Rwanda members to share experiences and expand professional connections. Around 50 people attended the Friday event.
Between cocktails and exchanging business cards, some of the participants did short pitches to inform about the interesting products, services and opportunities from their organisations and/or companies. Among the people who took the pitches was Mrs. Teddie Muffels, the Agricultural Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy, who talked about the upcoming trade mission, for which Rwandan Horticultural companies will pay a visit to the Netherlands: this trip is aimed at building partnerships between the companies from the 2 countries.
Another person who took the pitch is Mr. T... Read more
Meet our Member of the Month...
On 28th April, 2015 AgriProFocus Zambia visited Kasiya Dairy Farm in Chisamba, owned by our AgriProFocus Zambia member, Stanley Kasiya. Stanley actively participated in the March 2015 Dairy Learning Lab (Read about the Dairy Learning Lab by clicking HERE) through sharing his own experiences in dairy and challenged fellow participants to aim for growth in their businesses. In this interview you will read about: how he begun dairy farming and his experience from the Dairy Learning Lab. Lastly he provides advice to other farmers, using his own experience as a basis.
Tell us about yourself?
“I am a dairy and beef farmer. I have started dairy farming with my wife and initially only owned 3 cows. My aim was to understand these cows before buying more. I have now been in the dairy Industry for 7 years and own over 100 cattle, with 30 milking cow... Read more
- Date: 23rd and 24th April 2015
- Venue: Kati Kati Africa
- Full report: To be shared soon
- View the event's Pictorial here
AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, aBi trust, UNFFE, NORGAMU, Nabagereka Development Foundation, NARI Kawanda and RECO industries organized a national fruit event under the theme: ‘’FRUITS PAY’’ The overall goal of the event was to stimulate innovations and trade in the fruit sector within the region.
The event attracted over 150 participants and 18 exhibitors and it brought together stakeholders from across the country to exchange information, share innovative business skills to assist people in the fruits sector to showcase, sell and buy fruit products.
The keynote address was delivered by John Kavuma, the president of the Federation of Association of Uganda Exporters. In his speech he remarked, ‘’Market for frui... Read more
A workshop regarding access to finance for smallholder farmers took place today in Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa. The major objective of the workshop is reporting on the study which the Rural Finance working group of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, initiated in cooperation with AgriProFocus in early 2014 to investigate the financing of small producers and producer organizations in order to learn from, upscale and replicate best practices.
This research ‘Finance for Smallholders: Opportunity for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations’ has been carried out in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in developing 14 case studies on projects that have been operating successfully for a number of years. More over the research proposal was drafted in consultation with Terrafina Microfinance, Agriterra, the European Microfinance Platform, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and th... Read more
I have been looking for the right person for three years, today I got the opportunity to meet, chat and set a formal appointment.
That was Wagnew Ayalneh, from Wasa Mushroom Farm. He is one of our member who found our Business Drinks event as a great opportunity to broaden his business network.
The Business Drinks #2 was organized on 16th April, by AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ABSF and Ethiopian Climate Innovation Center. Nearly 40 people from different organizations, sectors and value-chains came to Black Rose Lounge for various reasons, and went with plenty of possibilities and opportunities to widen their business perspectives.
The real fascination for the organizers was to see members introducing themselves to another fellow member, chat about their respective business activities, and sort out any future engagements. Little circles everywhere, exchanging addresses, even suggesting important contacts and new directions.... Read more
With Rahel Bekele, Agriculture Service Advisor (OXFAM, Ethiopia Programme)
"It is always good to join hands in any development efforts, as partnership and alliance building is strength."
Please tell us about yourself
My name is Rahel Bekele graduated with a Masters Degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, USA on Advocacy, Planning and Program Development. I have a diverse... Read more
On the morning of 27th March, 2015, representatives of producer organizations, Laikipia county government officials, media, representatives of Laikipia business community and other agribusiness stakeholders converged at the Thompson Falls lodge for a business to business forum. AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), Agricultural Industrial Network (AIN) and the Laikipia County government joined together to host the business forum.
The Forum objective was to provide a forum for interaction and debate on agribusiness related issues in Laikipia county. Topics for discussion included;
- Agricultural policy at national and county level and how it affects agribusiness
- Agribusiness investment opportunities in Laikipia county
- Showcasing successful agribusiness enterprises in Laikipia
The key note address was delivered by Laikipia county governor Hon. Joshua Irungu. In his address,... Read more
BRIEF ABOUT THE 2015 NATIONAL SEED EVENT
Date: 26th February 2015
Venue: Kati Kati Africa
Theme: "Access to Quality Seed for Improved Livelihoods"
Event Report: View details here
Sneak peek: View more photos of the event here
The seed sector continues to face several challenges such as; low quality seed, limited availability and accessibility of foundation seed. Overcoming these challenges requires collective actions from the different stakeholders in the seed sector. It is therefore against such a background that AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Uganda organized the national seed event with the objective of (I) raising awareness amongst stakeholders on production and access of quality seed (II) providing networking and product promotion opportunities to stakeholders in the seed sector. The event drew over 300 participants out of which 170 were male and 130 femal... Read more
Since 2012, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has been organizing agribusiness Finance Fairs which comprise not only agricultural market places, but also paper presentation and panel discussions focused on access to finance, as well as field visits as experience sharing opportunity.
The eighth Finance Fair was organized in Batu (some 165 km south of Addis) in collaboration with OXFAM and its local partner Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, on March 27 and 28, 2015. And it was in this event that farmers took the stage to explain their current situations regarding access to finance.
As Batu, a city in central rift valley, is the center of enormous Oromo people traditions, the Finance Fair was opened by the respected blessings from Aba Gedas (elders and leaders of the Oromo ‘Geda’ system). A group of Oromo women, wearing attractive traditional clothes and singing their spirit-lifting Oromifa songs,... Read more
Today, exactly 10 years ago, 19 partners signed an agreement for cooperation. AgriProFocus was born! Time to celebrate! These pictures are taken in our support office in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In the first picture, our managing director, Hedwig Bruggeman, cuts the cake. The second picture shows the signatures of our partners that signed the agreement 10 years ago. The last picture show a big part of the staff in The Netherlands.
In the future we keep on promoting farmer entrepreneurship!
The AgriProFocus Rwanda network Day event took place on March 25 at Chez Lando Hotel. This day was comprised of celebrations of 2014 achievements, and sharing the 2015 plan and Networking & Marketplace sessions! This yearly event brings together AgriProFocus Rwanda network members. This year, the event was attended by 114 participants. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda.
The Network Facilitator for the Rwanda, Indonesia and Benin country networks, Mrs. Lisette van Benthum, kicked-off the workshop by giving the current updates from AgriProFocus Netherlands. Mrs. Lisette then introduced Mrs. Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator who also gave the current picture of the Rwanda network, by presenting the 2014 achievements and plans for 2015.
Innovation Communities also presented their planned activities (for more info, you can visit this page to see each I.C.... Read more