Hilda Okoth

Network Assistant

Arusha, Tanzania

About Me

I am a very open minded person eager to learn new things. I am the Network Assistant for AgriProFocus Tanzania. Please feel free to reach out for any information regarding the online platform as well as any agriculture related issues that AgriProFocus deals with.

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Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor 

SNV Tanzania and partners Jackson Group, WOPATA and AgriProFocus, received funding from Agricultural

Markets Development Trust (AMDT) to implement the Inclusive Business in the Sunflower Value Chain

project in the Southern Highlands (Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa and Katavi regions) of Tanzania. The project

uses an M4P approach in order to increase the sustainable income of smallholder sunflower farmers

through increased access to services, markets and inputs enabled by structural and behavioural change

triggered among the actors in the sunflower market system.


The project is looking for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to support and coordinate project

in Monitoring and Result Measurement (MRM) and Learning activities with partners and market actors on

the Inclusive Business in the Sunflower Value Chain project and ensure the effective measurement and

strategic utilisation of intervention results as well as the targeted d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 6 hours ago

AgriProFocus Tanzania Seeking a Gender in Value Chain Analysis Consultant 

Deadline: 30/03/2017

SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania. 

The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women.

Summary of the Assignment 

Assignment Name

Gender in Value chain Analysis

Value Ch

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Dairy Learning Lab - IRINGA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  10 April 2017 to 12 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Iringa

AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SAGCOT CENTER LTD and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Iringa. The learning lab will focus on:

1. Feeds and Feeding

2. Cow health and reproduction

3. Dairy records and management

About the Learning Lab

The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:

1. Farm visits in the morning

2. Training sessions in the afternoon

Why should you participate?

· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management

· Improve your training materials and skills

Who should participate?

Dairy farmers and dairy practitioners can participate in this event.

Contact us for more information



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Dairy Learning Lab- Kagera

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  03 April 2017 to 07 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Kagera, Tanzania

AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with Robben Consultancy and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Kagera Region. The learning lab will focus on:

1. Feeds and Feeding 

2. Cow health and reproduction

3. Dairy records and management

About the Learning Lab

The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:

1. Farm visits in the morning

2. Training sessions in the afternoon


Why should you participate?

· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management

· Improve your training materials and skills

Who should participate?

Dairy farmers and dairy practitioners can participate in this event. 

For More information contact Yvonne Robben 0688 897 449



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

The 'Mushroom Lady' is growing change in Tanzania

In Tanzania, women are the caretakers of the land. Dressed in vibrant African prints under the hot, unforgiving sun, day-after-day, they plant, weed and harvest the fields. With limited technology, these chores are time-intensive and exhausting. In the evenings, they carry home the day's harvest to prepare for the family’s dinner. They then sell what they can at the local market. The next morning, they start over again.

Even though farming here is a way of life, many rural villages in Tanzania lack nutritional diversity because they eat the same foods day-after-day, meal-after-meal. With their role in the field, women are the nutrition gatekeepers to these communities. And yet, too often, they are not land owners. They are not household decision-makers. They lack access to tools, financing and education needed to push forward. They are not empowered. Even worse, these gender customs are barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty and maln

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks

2 weeks 6 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Men and women make way for gender equality in Tanzanian village – Land O’Lakes & USAID Initiative

Women dressed in vibrant African fabric are sprinkled across fields of tea, coffee and banana trees. This is Tanzania, and these women are the caretakers of the land – and of their families. 

And yet, for women like Isabella Mwile, hard work in the field and raising children doesn’t necessarily make her a partner at home. Traditionally in Tanzania, men are the decision makers. However, in Isabella’s village of Mbaka, in Rungwe district, these traditions are changing.

In January 2015, leaders of Mbaka village acknowledged Isabella’s leadership qualities and selected her to attend an Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) training-of-trainers course on women’s’ and girls’ leadership in agriculture. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development, the IGE program facilitated this session wi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

UN JOINT PROGRAM ON YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

UN women and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have joined forces to improve youth employment in Tanzania.

Watch the video below 



Janine Schoeman Hi Hilda, I was going to watch the video because it sounds really interesting. But the link gives an error. Can you enter the link again please? Thanks!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Janine Schoeman I have entered the link again. Thanks for the heads up.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Katarina Mungure very interesting , thanks for sharing Hilda

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

TANZANIAN COMEDIAN TURNED AGRI-PRENEUR 

It's a long time since artists comedians group Original Comedy stop airing their Original Comedy show. This is appears to be because the artists are engaging in various activities different from that of comedy.

One of the comedian, Issaya Mwakilasa known by the name of 'Wakuvanga' has decided to focus on agriculture at the moment where he can open his agriculture company.
 Wakuvanga spends much of his time these days  on the farm where he has been cultivating various crops in Bagamoyo including maize, rice, beans, papayas, onions, and other crops.
'' It is time now I focus on agricultural activities.I have gained huge benefits and returns since I embarked on agriculture activities. Alot of people especially youth despise farming activities but for sure agriculture is a good source of income" said Wakuvanga.

He has now established a farming company know as Kilimo Burudani and invites people especially the youth to join. The company will

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Anne Marie Kortleve Love this story!

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Women’s agro-business efforts to be supported

Often times women in agriculture and agribusiness lack access to modern farming technology and techniques due to lack of training and education. Further lack of access to finance is a limiting factor to women who are mostly the mainly involved in agriculture production. These limitations hinders advancement of women in this sector. 

The government of Tanzania, has pledged to provide modern agricultural inputs including tractors to women practising modern agriculture through the Centre for Advancement of Women in Agriculture in Tanzania (CAWAT) to participate fully in adopting agro-business practices.  Additionally, Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation and Yetu Microfinance has promised to continue to offer agricultural loans to farmers including women.  

Read more HERE 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

END OF AFLATOXIN IN TANZANIA IS NEAR

Aflatoxin, a major food poisoning fungal infestation that claims hundreds of Tanzanian lives may soon cease to be a major threat following new breakthroughs as the country's scientists finalize on-farm tests aimed at controlling its spread.

The toxic compounds produced by the green mold fungus, which can cause liver damage and cancer, occasions losses of up to 550bn/- annually, and kills at least 3,000 people within that period.

According to a report released last year titled, "Economic Assessment for Aflatoxin Contamination and Control in Tanzania", food poisoning from the fungal infestation was prevalent across the country, and that over 3,300 people are diagnosed every year with liver cancer that is linked to aflatoxin. 

About 95 per cent of them die. But yesterday, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) said it would work in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries, and that such joint effort

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Hilda. For those with an interest in the aflatoxin issue, please also follow the news and background materials developed by the network PAEPARD. http://paepard.blogspot.nl/2014/10/expert-meeting-on-food-safety-for.html

1 month 3 weeks ago

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SYMPOSIUM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TROPICAL ROOTS

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 March 2017 to 10 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam, White Sands Hotel

The 13th International symposium of the international society of tropical roots 

Venue: White Sands Hotel, Dar Salam, Tanzania
Date: 5-10 March, 2017
Proposed Theme: The theme of the symposium is “Expanding Collaboration, Catalyzing Innovation of Root Crops for Accelerating Africa’s Economic Growth”.

The proposed sub-themes are:
  • Managing priority genetic resources, cropping systems pests and diseases
  • Commercial Seed System, Agronomy and weed management
  • Postharvest technologies, value chains and market opportunities
  • Enhancing innovative impact through partnerships
  • Mobilizing Investors for Sustainable Root & Tuber Crop Research and Development.

Find more information HERE 

Register HERE to participate 



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All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

The World Food Preservation Center® LLC (WFPC) in conjunction with its sister University (University of Nairobi) and a consortium of Universities and Research & Development Institutions in Africa are organizing the First Africa-wide Postharvest Loss Reduction Conference and Exhibition. The conference whose theme is Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa is the first of its kind to be held in Africa. The conference will provide an excellent platform for researchers, academics, farmers, industry, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective interventions to reduce FLW on the continent. The specific objectives of the conference are:

  1. To raise awareness on food losses and waste through data and information sharing.
  2. To document the impact of postharvest food loss and waste on food and nutrition in Africa.
  3. To identify and disseminate effective and a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

CALL FOR ENTRIES : ALL-AFRICA POSTHARVEST TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATION CHALLENGE 

The Organizers of the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition, comprising of Global stakeholders in the Postharvest sector and other partners, are announcing the All Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge, 2017. The aim of the challenge is to document and showcase the best emerging postharvest technologies and innovations with potential for scale-up. Additionally the challenge seeks to establish and strengthen linkages between innovators and potential investors to facilitate up-scaling and out-scaling of their innovations with the ultimate goal of reducing postharvest food losses. The call is open to individuals and institutions from or working in Africa. The technologies/innovations should either be at Testing or Market-ready stages.  


Find more information HERE


Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks a lot Hilda Okoth for the information!


2 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

15,000 Tanzania Farmers to Benefit From Rockwood-WVT Initiative

Arusha — More than 15,000 peasants stand to benefit from a new initiative that will see major agricultural transformation and poverty alleviation in the Northern Zone.

Denmark's Rockwool Foundation Research Community, through its partnership with Rural Initiative for Participatory Agricultural Transformation (RIPAT), a scheme for improving farming in rural areas, is partnering with World Vision Tanzania to transform the lives and production activities of more than 15,000 small-holder farmers in Tanga, Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

The project, to be executed through the now co-owned Research Community and Organisational Development Associates (RECODA), targets to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition through improved crop cultivation and better animal husbandry.

In line with that, an agreement to that effect was inked between World Vision Tanzania (WVT) country director, Mr Tim Andrews, and the Rockwool Foundation President

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH TANZANIA HORTICULTURE ASSOCIATION (TAHA)

Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) is an apex private sector member based organization mandated to develop and promote horticultural crops (flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and horticultural seeds) in Tanzania. TAHA's goal is to improve the growth and competitiveness of horticultural industry in the country for social and economic gains, TAHA is a strong voicing platform, representing farmers at all levels, processors, exporters and service providers In the horticultural industry in Tanzania TAHA is looking for motivated and highly experienced individuals to fill the following positions:   

1. Programs Coordinator

2. M&E Officer 

3. Membership Services Officer 

4. Database and Information System Manager 

5. Communication Assistant 

6. Office Administrator

7. Agronomists - Mwanza, Dodoma, Manyara, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam

8. Business Development Coordinator

9. Marketing Officers -

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Coordinator Planning and Logistics

Logistics & Operations

Details
Employer Name: Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem Ltd.
Organization Type: Private Sector
Role: Team / Middle Management
Position Type: Full Time
Application Deadline: 14-02-2017


Description
Rijk Zwaan is active worldwide as a vegetable breeding company that focuses on the development of high-quality vegetable varieties for professional growers. Mutual respect, a strong sense of responsibility and a high degree of employee involvement are the important starting points for our company. Rijk Zwaan is active in Tanzania in seed production and breeding support (Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem, in Tengeru Arusha) and in breeding and product development (Rijk Zwaan Afrisem, in Usa River, Arusha). Currently we have 308 employees and as we continue to grow we have the following vacancies for dedicated diligent Tanzanians:Are you good in project management and planning, who can do monitoring and evaluation and be our new Coordinator Planning and Logistics, who helps to do

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 1 hour ago

Yieldwise - Request for concept notes 2017

AGRA has designated funds to support SMEs operating as regional and/or district maize buying and processing platforms reduce postharvest losses along the value chain in the Republic of Tanzania. Any suitable SME can develop a proposal and apply for this grant. If accepted, AGRA will support the project and the SME will contribute generally a 1:1 funding match to the project. Preferred co-financing includes SME’s own savings, and company cash contribution (e.g. cash acquired through current business operations, cash expected from the ongoing and future business operations), borrowed money (e.g. credit agreements with the banks or financial institutions, loan agreements) but excludes any other grants from AGRA. It is also important to note that own capital investment and materials are acceptable contribution towards the matching grant if these can be translated to cash equivalent. 

 

Find more information HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 4 days ago

SAVE the Dates for AgriProFocus Tanzania Events 2017

Join us in our linking, learning and leadership events in 2017. 

Johnson Yessaya Mwambola Thanks for information


2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 6 days ago

Afrisem Field Days in Arusha 

Rijk Zwaan Afrisem Field Days kicks off with farmers from Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha. The week will continue with international visitors from all over Africa.

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Maonyesho ya Rijkzwaan Afrisem yameanza na wakulima kutoka Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo,Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha . Maonyesho yataendelea kwa wageni wetu wa kimataifa kutoka nje na ndani ya Afrika.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 6 days ago

TANZANIA CHINA AGREEMENT BOOST CASSAVA FARMING 

The government has described a-one billion US dollar partnership agreement on commercialisation of cassava farming and processing with Tanzania Agricultural Export Processing Zone Limited and Epoch Agriculture (TAEPZ) from China as a big boost towards industrialisation.  

This aims to increase cassava production and an assurance for markets and good prices for farmers. Thereby increasing cassava farmers income and creating employment. Farmer groups need to be capacitated therefore in order to meet the industry demand. 

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